Obama thinks the press is too tough on him
The Kansas City Star
Hard to believe, but that’s what the NYT is reporting. Obama sees himself as an informal “media critic in chief,” and “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.”
The opening anecdote of the story is a window on the climate of opinion in the White House.
Staffers groused after the stimulus passed that the media didn’t talk much about how many jobs would be created or how much infrastructure would be fixed. Instead, fixated on other things. A USA Today piece said, “Traffic Set to Slow as Stimulus Gears Up,” which prompted Jared Bernstein, an economist in the administration at the time, to cry, “The feeling was, ‘man, we can’t catch a break.’ ”
No president gets a free ride from the press but Obama has had it much easier than most. Recall, for example, all those early, over-the-top comparisons to Lincoln. He’s certainly had it easier than any Republican.
Compare his overall media treatment with the press’s inept treatment of Mitt Romney’s largely successful recent foreign trip. Or the current Newsweek cover on Romney, headlined: “The wimp factor.”
Maybe somebody should tell Obama it’s time to man-up and stop whining about your press clips.
Walter Russell Mead nails it in a recent post: “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.”