“Calling ‘Em Out: The White House Takes on the Press”
So states the headline from an article at Time.com.
According to administration officials, most notably Anita Dunn, Obama’s interim White House Communications Director, the “media” has been just too darn hard on President Obama and his agenda.
As Time explains: “There was never a single moment when White House staff decided the major media outlets were falling down on the job. There were instead several such moments.”
Sounds a bit thin considering he dominated the Sunday talk show circuit with no less then five soft-ball interviews in a single day.
To sincere, logical people, “falling down on the job” would mean that they failed to objectively report on the issues and the administration’s role in shaping them. However, according to this administration, Big Media has failed at its job of collectively carrying the water for them.
Suggesting that the press has been objectively reporting in an unbiased way regarding this administration is just stupefying. The “babe in the woods” shtick just doesn’t fly. Not after years of bowing at the feet of this false-profit.
“…the aha moment came when the Washington Post ran a second op-ed from a Republican politician decrying the “32” alleged czars appointed by the Obama Administration. Nine of those so-called czars, it turned out, were subject to Senate confirmation, making them decidedly unlike the Russian monarchs. “The idea — that the Washington Post didn’t even question it,” Dunn says, still marveling at the decision.”
Gasp! The Post let a Republican politician contribute an op-ed? Horror of horrors! And as per her admission, 23 of the 32 czars were not subject to confirmation. The nine that were are supposed to justify the whole?
The general in this war is Dunn, 51, a veteran campaign strategist who arrived at the White House in May. She has been a force in Democratic campaigns since the late 1980s and helmed Obama’s rapid-response operation during his run. At the White House, she has become a devoted consumer of conservative-media reports and a fierce critic of Fox News, leading the Administration’s effort to block officials, including Obama, from appearing on the network.
It would seem to me, if Obama and his cadre were sincere in their beliefs and had any courage of conviction, they would welcome and relish the chance to appear on Fox to promote their agenda and decry their critics. Instead, they avoid Fox like the plague, using such aggressive sounding phrases like “it’s a war,” “biting attacks,” “take no prisoners,” and “it’s us against them” to describe their new strategy.
Citing another example, Robert Gibbs displayed disbelief at the reporting of Obama’s school speech, breathless that the New York Times reported about it on the front page in September. What he fails to realize, or disregards, is that it took the “old” media almost three weeks to even acknowledge that the speech was an issue, let alone an issue of passionate concern among many Americans.
This insistence that they were blind-sided is disingenuous. If not for the new, alternative media, consisting of blogs, talk radio, and Fox News, the original, inappropriate itinerary of the “after-speech workshops” would never have been known. Only after sincere outrage outside the realm of the major media forced the true intent of the subject into the spotlight, did Obama and his handlers can the “suggested after-speech workshop.”
The zealots in this administration just cannot fathom the idea that a vast portion of the population doesn’t buy into the type of automatic adoration which they believe they naturally deserve. The sense of buyer’s remorse has set in. The more Obama pushes, the stronger that feeling gets.
They can paint this reality whatever color they want. It still doesn’t change the fact that we, as citizens and organizations, are protected by the first amendment to voice opposition to Obama’s radical tendencies.
The more they demonize their critics, the more pathetic Obama becomes. Branding dissenting voices as racists, astro-turf, bigots, and fringe radicals sure doesn’t sound like the behavior of a Nobel peace-prize winner.