Skip to comments.The pressís puppet master
Posted on 02/22/2013 12:08:31 PM PST by Starman417
Politico writers Jim Vandehei and Mike Allen have written a piece called "Obama, the puppet master." It opens this way:
President Barack Obama is a master at limiting, shaping and manipulating media coverage of himself and his White House.
The Blaze has distilled the piece down to ten of what it calls "The ten most scathing remarks"
10. President Barack Obama is a master at limiting, shaping and manipulating media coverage of himself and his White House.
9. The White House gets away with stuff I would never have dreamed of doing. When I talk to White House reporters now, they say its really tough to do business with people who dont see the need to be cooperative. Former Bill Clinton Press Secretary Mike McCurry
8. The president has shut down interviews with many of the White House reporters who know the most and ask the toughest questions. Instead, he spends way more time talking directly to voters via friendly shows and media personalities. Why bother with The New York Times beat reporter when Obama can go on The View?
7. Obama boasted Thursday during a Google+ Hangout from the White House: This is the most transparent administration in history. The people who cover him day to day see it very differently.
6. The way the presidents availability to the press has shrunk in the last two years is a disgrace, said ABC News White House reporter Ann Compton, who has covered every president back to Gerald R. Ford. The presidents day-to-day policy development on immigration, on guns is almost totally opaque to the reporters trying to do a responsible job of covering it. There are no readouts from big meetings he has with people from the outside, and many of them arent even on his schedule. This is different from every president I covered. This White House goes to extreme lengths to keep the press away. [Emphasis added]
5. But something is different with this White House. Obamas aides are better at using technology and exploiting the presidents brand. They are more disciplined about cracking down on staff that leak, or reporters who write things they dont like. And they are obsessed with taking advantage of Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and every other social media forums, not just for campaigns, but governing.
4. Conservatives assume a cozy relationship between this White House and the reporters who cover it. Wrong. Many reporters find Obama himself strangely fearful of talking with them and often aloof and cocky when he does. They find his staff needlessly stingy with information and thin-skinned about any tough coverage. He gets more-favorable-than-not coverage because many staffers are fearful of talking to reporters, even anonymously, and some reporters inevitably worry access or the chance of a presidential interview will decrease if they get in the face of this White House. [Emphasis added]
3. *The super-safe, softball interview is an Obama specialty. The kid glove interview of Obama and outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by Steve Kroft of CBSs 60 Minutes is simply the latest in a long line of these. Obama gives frequent interviews (an astonishing 674 in his first term, compared with 217 for President George W. Bush), but they are often with network anchors or local TV stations, and rarely with the reporters who cover the White House day to day.
2. * Theres the classic weekend document dump to avoid negative coverage. By our count, the White House has done this nearly two dozen times, and almost always to minimize attention to embarrassing or messy facts. What you guys call a document dump, we call transparency, the White Houses Earnest shot back. If thats the case, the White House was exceptionally transparent during the Solyndra controversy, releasing details three times on a Friday.
1. * While White House officials deny it is intentional, this administration like its predecessors does some good old-fashioned bullying of reporters: making clear there will be no interviews, or even questions at press conferences, if aides are displeased with their coverage.
The story does contain one glaring knee slapper:
Not for the reason that conservatives suspect: namely, that a liberal press willingly and eagerly allows itself to get manipulated.
Of course it is. The press largely worships Obama. As Obama once said
Most of you covered me. All of you voted for me.
It was supposed to be a joke. It's not.
The press "swoons" over Obama
The behavior of the assembled press corps was telling. Everyone, myself included, swooned. Swooned! Head over heels. One or two might have even lost their minds, Hastings writes, as each reporter had a chance to speak personally with the president. We were all, on some level, deeply obsessed with Obama, crushing hard, still a little love there. This was nerd heaven, a politicos paradise, the subject himself moving among us shaking our hands, slapping our shoulders!
Readers here know that the media being Obama's puppets is nothing new.
(excerpt) Read more at floppingaces.net...
So why do they continue to put up with him — battered wife syndrome? You would think the press would get miffed that they are being laughed at.