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Jake Tapper: The Media Is Failing The Country

From The Weekly Standard:

Tapper: Media Failing Country

By DANIEL HALPER | Tues August 21, 2012

In an interview with Laura Ingraham, White House reporter Jake Tapper said that the media is failing the country.

"A lot of people are hurting out there. Unemployment is 8.3 percent. That doesn’t even take into account the underemployed,” he said, arguing that too much time has been spent not talking about the economy.

Tapper also criticized the media for not giving enough attention to the war in Afghanistan.

That’s okay. The Associated Press has assured us today that nobody cares about the war in Afghanistan.

"We are spending a lot of time in the last few weeks, those of us in the political world, political journalists and also politicians, talking about things other than the economy," said Tapper. "[A] lot of people are hurting out there. I’d like to see more action taken and more emphasis given to this issue.”

But the Obama administration does not want the news media to focus on the economy. So they won’t. After all, the news media know they are an important part of Obama’s re-election campaign. And they are not going to let the team down.

Tapper also said he relates to Mark Halperin’s recent comments about the media. Over the weekend, Halperin said, "I think the press still likes this story a lot, the media is very susceptible to doing what the Obama campaign wants, which is to focus on this."

"I have said before… [that I] thought the media helped tip the scales. I didn’t think the coverage in 2008 was especially fair to either Hilary Clinton or John McCain," Tapper said.

On the 2008 coverage, he noted, "Sometimes I saw with story selection, magazine covers, photos picked, [the] campaign narrative, that it wasn’t always the fairest coverage."

The hell you say. Well, at least it didn’t take a house to fall on him.

Meanwhile, here is a report from last week, via BuzzFeed, featuring some of the questions Obama was asked during a typical hard hitting interview with the “Morning Mayhem” crew on KOB-FM in Albuquerque last week:

President Obama Only Answers Ridiculous Questions

Aug 17, 2012

8 questions President Barack Obama has actually answered in recent days. He’s ducked the White House press corps for eight weeks.

1. "If you had a super power, what would it be?"

"This sounds — it’s kind of a weird super power, but if I had something that I could immediately wish for, I would love to be able to speak any language. Now that’s a weird super power — it might not come in handy to rescue folks from a burning building. But I’ve always wished that whatever country I’ve went to, whenever I’ve met somebody who spoke a different language that I could right away speak their language. I’m a big believe in making connections with people.

"But If it’s like an Avengers super power, then I think the whole flying thing is pretty good…Yeah, you can’t beat just swooping around. That looks like it’d be fun."

2. "What’s your favorite song to work out to?"

"My iPod has a bunch of different stuff. I’ve got a bunch of old school, a lot of R&B, Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind, and Fire, Marvin Gaye, but I’ve also got a bunch of contemporary stuff: Jay-Z, Beyonce, you know, Nas. You name it, I’ve got it. I will say right now that if I’m really trying to get my heart rate up, "Crazy In Love" is a pretty good song to work out to."

3. "Is [the campaign bus] comfortable?"

"It is."

4. "Do you actually get to use your blackberry?"

"I still use my blackberry, I got an iPad that i use. A lot of it is configured or disabled in ways to preserve national security."

5. "Red or Green [Chiles]?"

"I think you’ve got to go with the classic red, although every once in a while green is solid. I’m just going with red on this one."

6. "What’s your favorite New Mexican food?"

"I will confess, I haven’t been able to sample enough to have a favorite. Now the last time I was in Albuquerque I had some pretty fantastic mole if I’m not mistaken — but I have not sampled all that’s available. You guys are gonna have to give me some tips the next time I’m there."

Host: "We’ll go to dinner when you come to town."

Obama: "Alright. Well I appreciate that, I’ll see if I can make that happen."

7. "If we were to visit Chicago, what place would you recommend to get some really good soul food?"

"First of all, there’s a great place on the West side called MacArthur’s, it’s sort of a family restaurant and you name it, you got it. Fried chicken, greens, cornbread, black eyed peas. There are probably three different types of hot sauce sitting on the table. You can’t go wrong there. But when you come to Chicago, you’ve got to try all sorts of stuff. You’ve got Al’s Italian Beef, you’ve got deep dish pizza — gotta check that out. You probably need to get a hot dog at Wrigley field. I know I’m a White Sox fan, but it’s a nice place to watch a ball game. So don’t worry, you will not lose weight if you come to Chicago."

8. "I know your real favorite song has got to be "Call Me Maybe." You can tell us. It’s okay."

"You know, I have to admit that I never actually heard the original version of the song. I saw this version where they spliced up me from a whole bunch of different speeches that I made — they kind of mashed together an Obama version of it. But, you know, it looks like a cute pop song."

At the end of this historic exchange, one of the three ‘hosts,’ Kiki Garcia, announced: “I just flirted with the President of the United States of America.”

Which, of course, makes her the envy of every journalist in America.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Jake Tapper: The Media Is Failing The Country”

  1. untrainable says:

    I’ve seen harder questions posed to Miss America. Seriously, they ask prospective Miss Americas about world peace… helping the poor, morals, ethics. And Obama gets asked what superpower he would have? I’ll tell you.He doesn’t want a super power. He wants to BE a super-power. Not the US. Just him. Alone. RULING THE WORLD!!! (insert disconcertingly maniacal laughter here)

    Maybe we should let Obama and Romney have a swimsuit competition too. Obama might actually win that one honestly. Love to see the evening gown competition. But when the Q&A part of the show came around, Romney would win by a landslide… No matter how nice Obama’s abs are, without a teleprompter the man couldn’t find his ass with both hands and a map.

    But apparently we have more stringent requirements for the chick who represents us in the Miss Universe competition and wanders around the country for a year wearing a sash and smiling for the cameras, than we do for prospective Presidents of the United States. Let’s bring in Simon to tell Obama that he’s a talentless bum and that he’s not going to Hollywood… I mean Washington.

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    This is all borne of the institute of racism. Not the accusatory kind that the left throws at the right, but their own brand which is as old as the KKK and Jim crow laws where the whites in so many industries, in order to “show their acceptance of minorities” intentionally make it easy for the minority “l’object de jour” to appear capable and not have to face any difficulty. This is because whites on the left firmly believe that affirmative action is necessary for a “lesser species” to gain acceptance and equality.

    It’s more complex in some forms but essentially that’s the gist of it. Thus, the all-to-politically-correct have contorted themselves into a contradiction of saying, “They’re every bit the same” while proving, every minute, that they don’t think they are. Then, they get angry when a white guy wants to ask equally challenging questions to a minority member, calling them “racist”. Therefore, they have earned and deserve all the ridicule that can be mustered against them.

  3. Right of the People says:

    I’m waiting for them to ask this one.

    AP: Mr. President, what would you’re dream date be?

    BHO: Reggie and me alone and Reggie takes my hand and—

    • GetBackJack says:

      The real question, after the bath-house confessions cover up in Chicago is “Mr. President, Mr. President> Do you spit or swallow?”

  4. fallingpianos says:

    “Which, of course, makes her the envy of every journalist in America.”

    I was going to say “especially Chris Matthews”, but then I realized that would imply that Tingles is a journalist and would insult the few actual journalists there are left in the legacy media.

  5. Astravogel says:

    Doesn’t AP stand for Alinski Press?

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