Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Here's Some News: Barack Obama Has Been Given A Free Pass By The Press

The real news is that it is being written about in the Washington Post. Well on the editorial page by Robert J. Samuelson. He opens with: "The Obama infatuation is a great unreported story of our time. Has any recent president basked in so much favorable media coverage? Well, maybe John Kennedy for a moment, but no president since. On the whole, this is not healthy for America.
"Our political system works best when a president faces checks on his power. But the main checks on Obama are modest. They come from congressional Democrats, who largely share his goals if not always his means. The leaderless and confused Republicans don't provide effective opposition. And the press -- on domestic, if not foreign, policy -- has so far largely abdicated its role as skeptical observer."
The Great Unreported Story Of Our Time. But Samuelson is a nobody in journalism since he's spent so little time unreporting. Hell, this loser even cites facts. How nowhere is that: ". . . a study by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism shows. It concludes: "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."
". . . Another study, released by the Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University, reached parallel conclusions.
"The infatuation matters because Obama's ambitions are so grand. He wants to expand health-care subsidies, tightly control energy use and overhaul immigration. He envisions the greatest growth of government since Lyndon Johnson." And there, just to prove he's not part of the White House press corps he provided some context.
Then, to look even more like an outsider, he gives even more facts and context: "Obama's rhetoric brims with inconsistencies. In the campaign, he claimed he would de-emphasize partisanship -- and also enact a highly partisan agenda; both couldn't be true. He got a pass. Now, he claims he will control health-care spending even though he proposes more government spending. He promotes "fiscal responsibility" when projections show huge and continuous budget deficits. Journalists seem to take his pronouncements at face value even when many are two-faced."
I've heard the dinosaur media harp about how few people identify as Republicans but Samuelson. But that was cherry picking. Samuelson conveys the fuller dimensions of the polls that was based on: "Whatever, a great edifice of government may arise on the narrow foundation of Obama's personal popularity. Another Pew survey shows that since the election the numbers of both self-identified Republicans and Democrats have declined. "Independents" have increased, and "there has been no consistent movement away from conservatism, nor a shift toward liberalism."
"The press has become Obama's silent ally and seems in a state of denial. But the story goes untold: Unsurprisingly, the study of all the favorable coverage received little coverage."

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