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Politico Claims News Media Is Turning On Obama

From the Politico:

President Obama holds fire — but media doesn’t

By DYLAN BYERS | September 16, 2013

President Barack Obama is damaging his presidency, weakening America’s standing in the world, and displaying “inexplicable” incompetence.

The media figure making those accusations isn’t Bill O’Reilly or Rush Limbaugh, Charles Krauthammer or Glenn Beck. The critic doesn’t host a right-wing talk show, anchor a Fox News program, or write for the pages of the Weekly Standard. In fact, he’s not even a conservative.

It’s Joe Klein, the Time Magazine political columnist. “Obama has lost some serious altitude: In the world, with the Congress, and most importantly with the American people,” Klein, a veteran journalist and political moderate, told POLITICO.

Wow, a highly responsible ‘moderate’ journalist from the completely objective Time Magazine is now being critical of Obama? And he is not a racist redneck cracker? That is news.

Klein isn’t alone: In recent months, and especially since the start of the Syria mess, Obama has been enduring some of the toughest and most widespread press criticism of his four-and-a-half years as president. It isn’t just coming from the usual suspects on the right. Increasingly, the skepticism is coming from the center and even from the left — from White House reporters, progressive editorial boards, foreign policy experts and MSNBC hosts.

Er, Obama is being criticized by MSNBC and other ‘progressive editors’ for not being far enough left? What a shocking turn of events.

And Obama has mostly himself to blame for the recent wave of media negativity (although the Republicans have been glad to lend a hand). To hear the press tell it, his handling of the Syria crisis has been confusing and contradictory at best, making him appear weak on the international stage. His administration’s persecution of whistleblowers and surveillance of the press are at odds with the promises he made as a candidate.

But that is just the way the press is ‘telling it.’

His inability to push a progressive agenda through congress makes him appear ineffective.

This is their real gripe.

In interviews with POLITICO, reporters and pundits from across the ideological spectrum noted that Obama has fewer and fewer safe harbors in the fourth estate…

Which is just not right. A Democrat President should have total protection at all times.

Five years ago, the media was seen as being so sympathetic to the junior Senator from Illinois that it irked even his Democratic challengers. But in his second term as president the tone of both the news coverage and the editorial analysis has become far more critical.

Oh, yes, just look at Time Magazine.

Of course, with more than two years left in his term, the notoriously fickle press’s pendulum could always swing back in Obama’s direction, particularly now that the immediate Syria crisis appears to have abated, at least for the time being…

The Syria crises has not abated. It is now being ignored as part of the news media’s damage control.

But for now even Media Matters For America, the liberal watchdog group dedicated to monitoring conservatives, has noticed a new level of hostility toward the president from mainstream and liberal outlets.

“It is now almost universally hostile,” Eric Boehlert, a senior writer at the organization, told POLITICO. “It’s become consistently critical."

Chuck Todd, the NBC News political director and chief White House correspondent, credited the change in tone to public sentiment.

“I think it is the public and the press reflects the public,” Todd said. “The NSA started it and he hasn’t recovered.”

Media Matters and NBC are both dedicated to protecting the left’s agenda at all costs. But that also includes protecting Obama, since he is in power. So they are trying to tamp down this minor and temporary criticism as quickly as possible.

Conservatives also see the change, and relish that the same folks who they formerly saw as “in the tank” for Obama have started taking a more critical stance…

Don’t worry. If there has been any difference in the MSM’s coverage, it has only been the briefest of changes. In fact, it’s already over. Which is why you are not seeing any headlines about the (disastrous) Syria deal this morning.

Obama’s response to Syria may represent a low-point in the media’s coverage, but the reasons for the change in tone are myriad and predate recent events. Senior political reporters, many of whom declined to be quoted on record, cited revelations about the National Security Agency’s surveillance program, the Justice Department’s monitoring of reporters, President Obama’s use of drone strikes, and a series of perceived scandals — including the IRS’s targeting of the tea party and the unanswered questions about the Sept. 11 raid on Benghazi — as factors in the media’s increasingly critical tone.

Notice how the mere reporting of these events is called the "media’s increasingly critical tone." Apparently, according to people like Dan Byers, the media should have ignored these "perceived scandals" completely. Which, in fact, they tried to do.

If you feel like you’ve seen this movie before, it’s because you have. In 2006, many of President George W. Bush’s defenders turned on him as well. Then as now, the negative coverage was spurred on by skepticism of the president’s foreign policy. One year after praising the Bush White House’s handling of the Iraq war, The National Review was criticizing “the administration’s on-again-off-again approach.” …

In other words, Obama’s relationship with the mainstream news media is just like Bush’s relationship with the unabashedly conservative and clearly pro-Republican National Review. What does that tell you about our media watchdogs’ objectivity towards to Obama?

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, September 16th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Politico Claims News Media Is Turning On Obama”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    To everything there is a season,
    Turn, turn, turn — The Byrds

    I fell into a burning ring of fire — Johnny Cash

    • canary says:


      Ecclesiastes 3
      New International Version (NIV)

      A Time for Everything

      3 There is a time for everything,
      and a season for every activity under the heavens:
      2 a time to be born and a time to die,
      a time to plant and a time to uproot,
      3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
      a time to tear down and a time to build,
      4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
      a time to mourn and a time to dance,
      5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
      a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
      6 a time to search and a time to give up,
      a time to keep and a time to throw away,
      7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
      a time to be silent and a time to speak,
      8 a time to love and a time to hate,
      a time for war and a time for peace.

  2. untrainable says:

    I remember when GWB got all twitchy when the media “turned” on him. Wait a minute, no I don’t. Because they never turned on him. They were against him from term 1 day 1 and never ever let up for a second. (except for a couple of days for that little 9/11 thing)

    Never mind what those racists at MSNBC say, Obama won. Never mind what those right wing extremists at Time magazine write. MMM MMM MMM. Just remember that Obama is our god and we should worship him. TESTIFY (just not to congress)!!!

    Does this mean I can finally stop holding my breath?

  3. captstubby says:

    “only been the briefest of changes…”

    as i posted before,
    its just a matter of time before they proclaim;
    “He kept us out of the War!”
    i see a second Peace Prize down the road.

  4. Enthalpy says:

    The Manchurian has meant to do all of these things and more from the beginning. There are none so blind as those who will not see…

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