Once again, the media has doomed the Obama presidency. That's got to be the 100th time that the media has said it's all over for Obama's agenda. I'm quite sick of the media. It's insulting that the media belittle serious issues that our nation faces. I think they get insulated in their tiny world.
There has to be a bad guy. There has to be Republican vs. Democrat consequences. There has to a winner and a loser. There has to be a dire consequence on the one hand and a direr consequence on the other. The anchors and pundits are like racetrack touts. Issues become jockeying for position. Somebody has to be right and somebody wrong.
The logical consequence of reporting issues of vital concern to the republic in this way is stalemate. Pretending to inform us while actually jerking us around hardens the political arteries. Compromise is seen as wimpy; the important thing is to be self-righteous and score points. Winning is more important than serving the public.
I couldn`t help thinking of that hand-cranked ice cream yesterday as I watched President Obama`s hour-long news conference. Here we had a thoughtful president whose answers tracked, a man in command of his facts, and yet the emphasis was on the bait in the questions of the press, which were invariably less informed and thoughtful than the President`s answers.
The press doesn`t really like the kind of calming, thoughtful responses we got from Barack Obama yesterday because they are calming, because there wasn`t much to quarrel with and his responses didn`t promise the kind of controversies on which the press thrives. read it all