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Politico Article Attacks Obama

Posted by Steve Markowitz on February 19, 2013

As this Blog has proffered over the years, Barack Obama and his Administration have been the least transparent in modern history.  Even before his election to the first term as president, Obama was given a pass that no other national figure received.  Before the election this was exemplified on two major items.  First, the mainstream media did no investigative reporting on who is Barack Obama and how he became a national figure.  In addition, Obama’s disgraceful association with a racist pastor and a racist church for 20 years was excused away.

While the mainstream media continues to be little more than a propaganda arm for the President, there are cracks beginning to develop in this incestuous relationship.  Left-leaning Politico has published a four-page aggressive attack on the President titled; Obama, the puppet masterPolitico’s complaint against Obama includes the following:

  • President Barack Obama is a master at limiting, shaping and manipulating media coverage of himself and his White House.”
  • Not for the reason that conservatives suspect: namely, that a liberal press willingly and eagerly allows itself to get manipulated.  Instead, the mastery mostly flows from a White House that has taken old tricks for shaping coverage (staged leaks, friendly interviews) and put them on steroids using new ones (social media, content creation, precision targeting).   And it’s an equal opportunity strategy: Media across the ideological spectrum are left scrambling for access.”
  • Conservatives assume a cozy relationship between this White House and the reporters who cover it.  Wrong.  Many reporters find Obama himself strangely fearful of talking with them and often aloof and cocky when he does.  They find his staff needlessly stingy with information and thin-skinned about any tough coverage.  He gets more-favorable-than-not coverage because many staffers are fearful of talking to reporters, even anonymously, and some reporters inevitably worry access or the chance of a presidential interview will decrease if they get in the face of this White House.”

Politico’s refreshing article is not completely altruistic.  It is likely that they have been snubbed by the President and are now in payback mode.  Irrespective of this, it is refreshing to see some in the media start doing their job.  However, it is too little, too late.  The damage inflicted on the Country by this Imperial President has been significant.  When history judges the reasons for failures of his administration, it will likely place significant blame on a press that abrogated its responsibilities.

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