Skip to comments.Obama camp: People Magazine, "Entertainment Tonight" are "equally important" as news media
Posted on 08/19/2012 11:28:25 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
(CBS News) President Obama has not taken questions from the White House press corps since June 19, an issue exacerbated by the fact that Mitt Romney - who historically has only held press conferences sparingly - has held multiple news conferences in recent weeks. Instead, Mr. Obama has done a number of interviews with local TV news reporters in the various markets where he's been campaigning and has come under criticism for recently doing interviews with outlets such as ESPN, People Magazine, "Entertainment Tonight" and radio shows instead of taking questions from more hard news outlets.
The Romney campaign, whose candidate has been uncharacteristically chatty with national political reporters lately, has seized on the opportunity to criticize the president for his selection of interviews. "President Obama was on a radio program down in New Mexico, not talking about jobs, not talking about the fiscal crisis in this country, not talking about the rapid increase in debt that has occurred under his administration, instead he was talking about his favorite chili peppers," said Romney senior adviser Eric Fehrnstrom on CNN this morning.
Later on the same program, Mr. Obama's deputy campaign manager, Stephanie Cutter, defended the selection of interviews.
"I don't think that they're more important, but I think they're equally important," she said, referring to whether or not the campaign felt entertainment news outlets were more valuable than the national news media. "I think that's where a lot of Americans get their news. And I think the president's going to continue doing that."
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The people living in this country these days adore and worship celebrities and “rock stars”. If you want to be president of the most powerful country in the world, you’ve got to be a “rock star”. Morons.
The more dumbed down the better...as far as Hussein is concerned.
“On November 4th, 2008 millions of Americans were shocked that a man of Barack Obama’s limited experience, extreme liberal positions and radical political alliances could be elected President of the United States. For many of these Americans, the explanation was rather simple... the news media, completely enamored with Obama, simply refused to do their job.
“On Election day twelve Obama voters were interviewed extensively right after they voted to learn how the news media impacted their knowledge of what occurred during the campaign. These voters were chosen for their apparent intelligence/verbal abilities and willingness to express their opinions to a large audience. The rather shocking video below seeks to provide some insight into which information broke through the news media clutter and which did not.”
ET and PM do not ask tough questions...naturally venues for someone who has no answers to ANY legitimate question concerning any important subject...
Doh! They’ve quit. Internals probably show some quite devastating “news” for the flat footed, pencilneck community rabble rouser/hooligan.
Yeah, Steph. Americans get they’re news from Sheeple magazine. LOL.
I don’t know about “most” Americans, but I agree that the State media has about as much relevance as a Victoria’s Secret catalog when it comes to journolism.
You couldn’t make this stuff up. It’s going to be a fun 90 days.
Obama is right. For his purposes all media is equally valid. Its not like the White House media is any less likely to be subservient than the tabloids.
If fact, People probably reaches a lot more people than the NYT or WashPo, so why not give them more time?
What is the media going to do, complain that their knees hurt?
Of course it is Stephanie. How else would the world know what Obama’s favorite New Mexico food is or what’s on his ipod?
Why not have a press conference?!! The “journalists” will just pound their hearts with their fists and mouth the words, “I love you, sigh.”
Aren’t they going to let his twin bro, Alfred E. Newman interview him for MAD Magazine?
Considering the intellectual level of BO’s voters, I have to agree with him.
The sad thing is, that’s pretty much true.
True! For the life of me I can’t figure out why he doesn’t throw a bone to his lapdog media. They’re hyperventilating waiting for the chance to do their part to get his ratings up.
I actually agree with this statement - not because People and ET are so good, but because the news media is so bad. (But the self important navel gazers in the alphabet soup media are not going to take kindly to the comparison.)