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Bronstein at Large: Love or lust, Obama and the fawning press need to get a room
San Francisco Chronicle / sfgate.com ^ | Jun 08 at 03:35 PM | Phil Bronstein

Posted on 06/08/2009 6:19:32 PM PDT by thecodont

When Barack Obama decided that questions from the German press about his trip agenda in that country were too pesky, he told the reporters, "So, stop it all of you!" He just wanted them to ask things he wanted to talk about. Well, what politico wouldn't want that?

OK, dad. We'll behave.

And according to a new Pew Research Center poll, we are behaving...like fans. On domestic press, it showed that "President Barack Obama has enjoyed substantially more positive media coverage than either Bill Clinton or George W. Bush during their first months in the White House" with "roughly twice as much" Obama coverage about his "personal or leadership qualities" than was the case for either previous president.

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And in Paris, Mr. Obama talked about how he'd love to take his wife for a romantic tour of the City of Lovers, but couldn't. Then he did. I'm guessing some regular-Joe freedom fries weren't on the menu.

This guy is good. Really good. And, frankly, so far, we're not.

You can't blame powerful people for wanting to play the press to peddle self-perpetuating mythology. But you can blame the press, already suffocating under a massive pile of blame, guilt, heavy debt and sinking fortunes, for being played. Some of the time, it seems we're even enthusiastically jumping into the pond without even being pushed. Is there an actual limit to the number of instances you can be the cover of Newsweek?

If I wanted to see highly manicured image management I'd just take some No-Doz and read Gavin Newsom's tweets. But the Obama-press dance is a more consensual seduction where, in the old-fashioned sense, we're the girl. (In California, there's no other option.)

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: accountability; bronstein; obama; philbronstein; press
Significant (even though it's a blog) because the link is on the front page of a very liberal SF newspaper.

Phil Bronstein is being cautiously bold. I am keeping an eye on him.

1 posted on 06/08/2009 6:19:32 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: thecodont

Love the title.


2 posted on 06/08/2009 6:23:14 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: thecodont

“Obama and the fawning press need to get a room”

They did. Unfortunately it’s called the Oval Office.


3 posted on 06/08/2009 6:35:08 PM PDT by RedStateRocker (Deport all illegals, abolish the IRS, DEA and ATF.)
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To: thecodont

The news media is a failure. Doesn’t report what’s happening, just propaganda.


4 posted on 06/08/2009 6:43:43 PM PDT by popdonnelly (The greatest crimes in history have been perpetrated by governments. You've been warned.)
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To: thecodont
The American press has proved itself worthless as an honest source of news; it's all propaganda now.

To quote an old Soviet proverb without all the hidden meanings: There is no truth in The News, and there is no news in The Truth.

5 posted on 06/08/2009 6:47:09 PM PDT by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|"AlsoSprachTelethustra"-NonValueAdded|Lk21:36|FireTheLiar)
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To: thecodont
But with what CNN financial reporter Elizabeth Cohen called this morning "gazillions of dollars" of our money at stake and crazy people with nukes bristling from around the edges of the world, we can't afford not to keep a closer eye on the substance thing.

The comments are the usual boring litany of Bush sins and 0bama hagiography - one wonders what world most of these people live in, it certainly isn't the real one. And the author misses the real point, which is that where every single achingly earnest 0bot media drone is singing exactly the same chorus, there's money and reputation to be made in opposition. Jake Tapper seems to get it.

6 posted on 06/08/2009 6:49:57 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: thecodont
We are living in the post-Weimar 1930s. Price inflation is underway, with hyperinflation sure to follow. And an eerie cult of personality is dawning before our eyes -- blind allegiance to a mystery man with no accomplishments and a sketchy resume, who nonetheless penned a book about his struggles and vision.

EIN VOLK! EIN REICH! EIN OBAMA?

7 posted on 06/08/2009 6:57:29 PM PDT by Always A Marine
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To: thecodont

Phil Bronstein learned that when you go along with what everyone else is doing, you’re likely to get your foot bit off by a monitor lizard.


8 posted on 06/08/2009 7:15:48 PM PDT by Judges Gone Wild (Who is this uncircumcised, to oppose the armies of The Living God?)
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To: thecodont
Phil Bronstein is being cautiously bold. I am keeping an eye on him.

Better keep an eye on the obituaries. Evan Thomas, President of the Obama-Man-Crush Club won't appreciate less-than-favorable words about His Fantasy-Love Black Man.

9 posted on 06/08/2009 7:20:41 PM PDT by kromike
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To: Always A Marine

If you just translate the original, say as
“One People, One Nation, One Leader”, I think you could get the majority of Democrats to go along with it verbatim today.
OF course you could have gotten the majority of GOP’ers to go along with it when Reagan or Bush were in power, those of us pointing out its origins would be/will be dismissed as cranks.


10 posted on 06/08/2009 8:13:56 PM PDT by RedStateRocker (Deport all illegals, abolish the IRS, DEA and ATF.)
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To: thecodont
A surprising harsh critique of what passes for journalism today. It's too bad the Bronstien is an "editor-in-name-only".

I don't know with certainty if things are going to get worse or better when the MSM finally lets go of what little life it has left. My guess is, as bad as things are now, they'll only get worse.

11 posted on 06/09/2009 6:34:12 PM PDT by Big_Monkey
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To: sionnsar

Agreed. It is so blatently obvious.


12 posted on 06/10/2009 6:44:30 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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