When the Iraq war commenced, Donald Rumsfeld didn’t deny the media access for fear reports from the front lines would turn public opinion against it. Instead, he granted journalists unprecedented access by allowing them to embed directly with the military.
However, the Gulf oil spill is now in its 73rd day and sludge and oil drenched sea life and birds continue to wash ashore, with no end in site. Every additional day that the oil billows out of the well and into the ocean Obama’s administration edges closer to its Waterloo. So Thad Allen responded by pulling the plug for reporters. Journalists are no longer allowed to bring the story to the America people from the front lines, so to speak, of this environmental catastrophe.
Even though the Bush administration provided journalists unprecedented access to the Iraq war, the good, the bad, and the ugly, the mainstream media nonetheless branded the Bush administration the most secretive in recent memory.
Now that the government under Obama’s governance has for all intents and purposes rescinded the First Amendment when it comes to the oil spill in an effort to hide its incompetence, something the MSM and liberals accused Bush of doing when he never actually did it, it will be interesting to watch the media as they report on Obama’s disdain for transparency and a free press.
I don’t have any confidence that the media will treat Obama and his administration’s handling of this catastrophe to the same onslaught of criticism they dished out to Bush for his entire eight years in office. Instead, journalists like Anderson Cooper will wring their hands and utter declarations about First amendment rights and insist that they are not the enemy, but in the end, when it’s reelection time, those same used and abused journalists will be right back where the were in 2008, at Obama’s feet, supplicating and singing hosannas to his greatness.