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Obama Complains: The Press Hates Me! (Walter Russell Mead)
The Americann Interest ^ | August 8, 2012 | Walter Russell Mead

Posted on 08/09/2012 5:22:24 PM PDT by neverdem

Most of us outside the bubble think that the mainstream media is pretty pro-Obama. We remember all those comparisons to Lincoln and FDR in the heady early days of the administration.

But apparently that’s not how it looks from the Oval Office; the president thinks he’s not getting a fair shot from the press. The New York Times reports:

The news media have played a crucial role in Mr. Obama’s career, helping to make him a national star not long after he had been an anonymous state legislator. As president, however, he has come to believe the news media have had a role in frustrating his ambitions to change the terms of the country’s political discussion.

One former White House staffer moaned that the reflexive anti-administration slant of the media undercut the president at every turn: “The feeling was, ‘man, we can’t catch a break,’ ” he told the Times, describing the White House view of the press in 1979.

Some of President Obama’s complaints about the media reflect criticisms about the MSM that we’ve made here: there’s too much horse race reporting looking at who is winning and who is losing, and not enough serious thought and reflection goes into the news. The press needs to do a better job getting serious ideas and reflective coverage out there into the news flow. We’re trying to do it here here at Via Meadia, and it isn’t easy — and we understand how public officials in both parties can be frustrated by a media climate that focuses on ‘gotcha’ journalism, who’s up and who’s down, and has a very narrow bandwidth when it comes to helping the public understand the tough and complicated issues of the day.

But overall, this president still benefits far more than most of his predecessors from a press that generally likes him, agrees with his policies on most key issues, and deeply hopes that he will be re-elected in November. Few incumbents have ever had this kind of support from the Fourth Estate; few challengers have ever had such a hard time getting a break from the media as Governor Romney.

Moreover, some of President Obama’s complaints are unsettling. As he sees it, the liberal narrative is “the truth”, competing narratives are “factually incorrect”, and the press has a duty not to treat truth on an equal basis with falsehood. By this standard, any article that doesn’t heap scorn and disdain on those who disagree with him is biased; “balance” is an illusion when it comes to subjects about which liberals are passionately convinced that they are right.

It just isn’t that simple. Political disagreements are often about values and context—about which facts are important and should move policy rather than about whether side A or side B is right about some specific point. There’s a totalitarian impulse and a deep hostility to the concept of public debate lurking not far below the surface here, and it’s a little unsettling that President Obama seems to think there are a lot of public policy issues on which the liberal viewpoint is True and the conservative viewpoint is Dumb.

Liberals are often some of the least tolerant people when they are sure they are right; like the Massachusetts Puritans from whom, culturally and intellectually, much of modern American liberalism descends, they believe in freedom for God’s Elect — and force to make the heathen and the unenlightened Do Right.

The Via Meadia bottom line here: it’s a good thing we have a Constitution and laws that limit the ability of the great and the good to decide what the press is free to say. If even Barack Obama, the most coddled and cosseted politician in modern American history, thinks the media is against him, it’s clear that no politician can ever be trusted to umpire the press.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: kenyanbornmuzzie; mittromney; obama; partisanmediashills; roanoke; virginia
When are the rats going to excommunicate Mead?
1 posted on 08/09/2012 5:22:29 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

The best defense is an offense. The WH attacks all the time with their projection of their own transgressions. PIGS!


2 posted on 08/09/2012 5:24:48 PM PDT by originalbuckeye
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To: neverdem

The headline is making me laugh so hard I can’t breathe.
Maybe later I’ll be able to read the story.


3 posted on 08/09/2012 5:26:54 PM PDT by roylene (Salvation the great Gift of Grace.)
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To: All

Is this satire??


4 posted on 08/09/2012 5:29:53 PM PDT by KevinDavis (Virgil Goode and other 3rd party candidates are losers!!!!)
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To: neverdem

It’s not the press that hates you obama, it’s the rest of us that do!


5 posted on 08/09/2012 5:30:22 PM PDT by mardi59 (THE REBELLION IS ON!!!)
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To: neverdem

Is that as in Press,Press,and Pull?


6 posted on 08/09/2012 5:32:36 PM PDT by peteyd (A dog may bite you in the ass,but it will never stab you in the back.)
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To: roylene

Yes: It is a sign of Obama’s insanity that he believes that a media that kisses his butt is against him.

This man is a paranoid Maniac.

The slightest criticism is grounds for him to start crying.

He should have had to contend with what bush put up with.


7 posted on 08/09/2012 5:33:30 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: neverdem

Odd, the actual title fails to highlight the author’s name.

How do you suppose that happened?


8 posted on 08/09/2012 5:36:56 PM PDT by humblegunner (Pablo, being wily, pities the fool.)
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To: neverdem

Nobody likes me, Everybody hates me. I think I’ll go eat dogs.


9 posted on 08/09/2012 5:37:42 PM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: neverdem

Everybody hates you!!!

Go home eat $hit and @ie.


10 posted on 08/09/2012 5:37:46 PM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: neverdem
Zero has been complaining about everything lately. Like a screaming little man-child.
Every speech he talks about Romney out fund-raising him, and to applause. Simpletons.

Keep it up short bus.

11 posted on 08/09/2012 5:39:27 PM PDT by MaxMax
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To: neverdem
"As president, however, he has come to believe the news media have had a role in frustrating his ambitions to change the terms of the country’s political discussion."

OH PLEASE!! THE MSM HAS BEEN COVERING FOR HIM SINCE DAY ONE!!


12 posted on 08/09/2012 5:39:40 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: KevinDavis
Is this satire??

Walter Russell Mead is a registered rat, but I find him to be the exception to the rule. He's honest and smart. I can't think of anything he's said or written with which I have a disagreement.

13 posted on 08/09/2012 5:40:23 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: neverdem

Maybe he would prefer the treatment received by Nixon, Reagan and both Bushes. He’s had his rump swabbed by these stenographers from the get go and complains. What a wuss.


14 posted on 08/09/2012 5:41:27 PM PDT by dainbramaged (If you want a friend, get a pit bull.)
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To: neverdem

Truth hurts.


15 posted on 08/09/2012 5:44:45 PM PDT by tje
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To: neverdem

I notice he didn’t mention the reports that state that the White House Press Corps have been submitting their reports to the Press Office who modify them as need be before allowing them to be released for broadcast.


16 posted on 08/09/2012 5:46:49 PM PDT by The Working Man
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To: neverdem

-——Liberals are often some of the least tolerant people when they are sure they are right; like the Massachusetts Puritans from whom, culturally and intellectually, much of modern American liberalism descends,-——

WTF.....modern day liberals descend culturally and intellectually from the Puritans ???

Wow....where did that come from?

Many moons ago I was quite into reading and studying the Puritans, though not an expert by any means I was vastly more informed than most people...


17 posted on 08/09/2012 5:51:45 PM PDT by Popman (In a place you only dream of Where your soul is always free)
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To: neverdem

One of the comments at Mead’s site offers the possibility that Obama is just saying this to get better treatment by the media, but it has the ring of truth. Obama’s always been vain, self-centered, and spoiled, with great feelings of entitlement. Not sure it adds up to some psychopathology though, or a lot more people in Washington and elsewhere would have to be treated.


18 posted on 08/09/2012 5:53:22 PM PDT by x
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To: neverdem

By press he means FoxNews. He thinks of the liberal media as his PR/publicity department.


19 posted on 08/09/2012 5:58:42 PM PDT by citizencon
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To: neverdem


20 posted on 08/09/2012 6:03:09 PM PDT by Iron Munro ("Jiggle the Handle for Barry!")
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To: roylene

Nothing is more disgusting than listening to Oblubber blubbering and whining.


21 posted on 08/09/2012 6:03:09 PM PDT by Twinkie (Live and let live.)
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To: neverdem

You have got to be chitting me


22 posted on 08/09/2012 6:14:35 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Steyn: "One can argue about whose fault it is, but not ... whose responsibility it is: it's his")
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To: neverdem

But every American patriot hates your guts


23 posted on 08/09/2012 6:37:18 PM PDT by Iron Munro ("Jiggle the Handle for Barry!")
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To: neverdem
“balance” is an illusion when it comes to subjects about which liberals are passionately convinced that they are right.

THIS! I have been trying to tell liberals this for a LONG time. They say Fox is totally biased and not at all balanced, and MSNBC is the only truly unbiased news source. Even when I hit them with the fact that Fox has shown a very slight (6%) bias toward the right, all the other networks combined to be close to 30% biased to the left, and liberals see that as truth. I really wish people could see this.

24 posted on 08/09/2012 7:18:57 PM PDT by America_Right (Remember, Republicans have a lot more in common with Democrats than they do with Tea Partiers.)
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To: neverdem

He’s talking about FNC...the lamestream media are on his payroll, so they don’t really count as media in his fried melon.


25 posted on 08/09/2012 7:33:37 PM PDT by Ms Mable
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To: Popman
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cotton_Mather

WTF.....modern day liberals descend culturally and intellectually from the Puritans ???

Wow....where did that come from?

Cotton Mather went to Harvard.

26 posted on 08/09/2012 7:35:32 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: neverdem
They never questioned his voting present, they never investigated or complained about his school records, they never investigated Jeremiah Wright, or Bill Ayers. Not a word was said about Frank Marshall Davis. Nothing was said about his elimination of his Primary opponents in previous races. Yeah the press hates him lets go with that.
27 posted on 08/09/2012 8:03:40 PM PDT by Hope for the Republic (The 1st amendment is guaranteed by the 2nd amendment.)
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To: neverdem
-—Cotton Mather went to Harvard—

LOL...to think modern day liberals assume the intellectual mantle of Cotton Mather is akin to my cat thinking he is Einstein...

I've read Increase and Cotton Mather books and they are very tough to read because of the old english and the deep and profound thinking found within

I am almost sure if those two giants of their era know progressive liberals were standing on their shoulders they would be highly disturbed

28 posted on 08/10/2012 11:22:09 AM PDT by Popman (In a place you only dream of Where your soul is always free)
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To: neverdem
He says the Puritans believed in freedom for only God's elect?

He hasn't heard that their descendents helped write the Constitution?

29 posted on 08/10/2012 11:44:31 AM PDT by what's up
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To: x
Not sure it adds up to some psychopathology though, or a lot more people in Washington and elsewhere would have to be treated.

Narcissistic personality disorder fills the bill, although they are looking at dumping that diagnosis in DSM V.

Personality Traits

I'm usually not eager to make a diagnosis at a distance, but how do you reconcile claims that the "The Private Sector Is Doing Fine", 'You didn't build that' about business owners and yesterday in which Obama said, “Now, I want to do the same thing with manufacturing jobs, not just in the auto industry, but in every industry.”

Something ain't right.

P.S. Fixing personality disorders ain't easy either.

30 posted on 08/10/2012 3:55:22 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: neverdem
Liberals are often some of the least tolerant people when they are sure they are right; like the Massachusetts Puritans from whom, culturally and intellectually, much of modern American liberalism descends, they believe in freedom for God’s Elect — and force to make the heathen and the unenlightened Do Right.

Cut and paste this and send it to all your friends. They've all seen it in action; here's the reminder in words.

31 posted on 08/11/2012 3:45:27 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: neverdem
I'm usually not eager to make a diagnosis at a distance ...

My first thought is about Barry Goldwater and how psychiatrists psychoanalyzed him from a far and concluded that he was "paranoid," "schizophrenic," "psychotic," and "unstable." If that was wrong then, isn't caution called for now? My second thought is of Bill Clinton who was supposed to be a "malignant narcissist" or a "pathological narcissist," different from ordinary narcissists -- until Obama came along and Clinton became one of those ordinary, everyday, garden-variety narcissists.

... but how do you reconcile claims that the "The Private Sector Is Doing Fine", 'You didn't build that' about business owners and yesterday in which Obama said, “Now, I want to do the same thing with manufacturing jobs, not just in the auto industry, but in every industry.”

I don't have a problem with trying to figure things like that out, or with finding Obama narcissistic. There's enough evidence of vanity or arrogance or self-centeredness in his behavior -- all of those "I ... I ... I"s in his speeches, the talk about stopping the seas from rising, and all the rest.

But I figure, first, that you have to take into account how political differences can distort and exaggerate one's opinions about political opponents -- often you have to dial down some of the more exaggerated portraits -- and secondly, that few people exactly resemble the pathological types in the text books.

If you're halfway effective at anything, you've probably don't fit the ideal type. You aren't going to be as needy or sensitive or eccentric or self-destructive or megalomaniacal as the textbook descriptions. Narcissists can be quite good at "compartmentalizing" and possibly don't show the same traits in all areas of life. If they're at all successful in life, their behavior isn't entirely determined by the textbook definitions or predictable by psychoanalysis from a distance.

Also, the whole idea of narcissistic "fragility" -- the idea that a narcissist eventually reaches a point where his illusions and everything else in his life crumbles around him -- doesn't work for me. First, all political careers pursued long enough are liable to end in failure. Every President declines in popularity over the course of his term, and has failures and reversals. It's the nature of politics for politicians to reach the limits of power and competency and for people to get bored with them and write them off.

Then, too, the narcissists I've known haven't usually shattered or crumpled up and surrendered. Maybe they aren't classical cases of NPD, but thinking the world revolves around one's self can be a source of strength, a buffer against what the world throws at you. In some environments -- Washington, Hollywood, Wall Street, Harvard -- narcissism is rampant and expected and people who thrive there don't usually roll up and die when things go wrong.

32 posted on 08/11/2012 12:13:57 PM PDT by x
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