Press so easy on Obama that some MSM vets are embarrassed
The Kansas City Star
At Huffington Post, Howard Fineman recently gave chapter and verse on how President Obama isn’t being called to account — “pinned against the wall” — for the abysmal economy, his failed first-term promises or the enduring stalemate in budget talks.
He gives several reasons, and winds up with this:
“MEDIA. Obama was such a cool and uplifting story to so many in the media in 2008 that they essentially ceded ground to him that they have yet to reclaim. He ran a tightly controlled message campaign then, and has run an even more tightly controlled White House, with few press conferences and deep access only to those most likely to write positive stories. Univision didn’t get the memo, and its reporters hammered the president about immigration last week. It was a rare moment”
Indeed. Blogger Mickey Kaus (a Dem) laments that articles like Fineman’s can do little to diminish the “protect-Obama instinct in the subconscious of so many in the press.”
Even so, one might hope for a short burst of “the Obama-skeptical attitude that should have been normally and naturally forthcoming.”
It’s true that Mitt Romney isn’t making the most of his opportunities, and if he were more aggressive and detailed, that might influence coverage.
But there’s little doubt Obama is getting a pass, and it’s become so blatant that even some veterans like Fineman find it uncomfortable.