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Smurf-Herder
04-28-2010, 11:19 PM
Why reporters are down on President Obama

One of the enduring story lines of Barack Obama’s presidency, dating back to the earliest days of his candidacy, is that the press loves him.

“Most of you covered me. All of you voted for me,” Obama joked last year at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner.

But even then, only four months into his presidency, the joke fell flat. Now, a year later, with another correspondents’ dinner Saturday night likely to generate the familiar criticism of the press’s cozy relationship with power, the reality is even more at odds with the public perception.

Obama and the media actually have a surprisingly hostile relationship — as contentious on a day-to-day basis as any between press and president in the past decade, reporters who cover the White House say.

Reporters say the White House is thin-skinned, controlling, eager to go over their heads and stingy with even basic information. All White Houses try to control the message. But this White House has pledged to be more open than its predecessors, and reporters feel it doesn’t live up to that pledge in several key areas:

— Day-to-day interaction with Obama is almost nonexistent, and he talks to the press corps far less often than Bill Clinton or even George W. Bush did. Clinton took questions nearly every weekday, on average. Obama barely does it once a week.

— The ferocity of pushback is intense. A routine press query can draw a string of vitriolic e-mails. A negative story can draw a profane high-decibel phone call or worse. Some reporters feel like they’ve been frozen out after crossing the White House.

— Except toward a few reporters, press secretary Robert Gibbs can be distant and difficult to reach — even though his job is to be one of the main conduits from president to press. “It’s an odd White House where it’s easier to get the White House chief of staff on the phone than the White House press secretary,” one top reporter said.

— And at the very moment many reporters feel shut out, one paper — The New York Times — enjoys a favoritism from Obama and his staff that makes competitors fume, with gift-wrapped scoops and loads of presidential face time.

“They seem to want to close the book on the highly secretive years of the Bush administration. However, in their relationship with the press, I think they’re doing what they think succeeded in helping Obama get elected,” said The New Yorker’s George Packer.

“I don’t think they need to be nice to reporters, but the White House seems to imagine that releasing information is like a tap that can be turned on and off at their whim,” Packer said.

Much of the criticism is off the record, both out of fear of retaliation and from worry about appearing whiny. But those views were voiced by a cross section of the television, newspaper and magazine journalists who cover the White House.

“These are people who came in with every reporter giving them the benefit of the doubt,” said another reporter who regularly covers the White House. “They’ve lost all that goodwill.”

And this attitude, many believe, starts with the man at the top. Obama rarely lets a chance go by to make a critical or sarcastic comment about the press, its superficiality or its short-term mentality. He also hasn’t done a full-blown news conference for 10 months.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0410/36454.html

mrmeangenes
04-29-2010, 08:26 AM
But-but....I thought they were supposed to be "State Media"-as some on the right claim !!

How could this (Sob !) be ??

Have people on the right been trying to deceive us ?

Pat
04-29-2010, 10:28 AM
Are you sure it's not the Press Corpse?

ocealdia
04-29-2010, 02:43 PM
But-but....I thought they were supposed to be "State Media"-as some on the right claim !!

How could this (Sob !) be ??

Have people on the right been trying to deceive us ?

The article is referring to the White House Press Corps only. They are complaining he has fewer press conferences so he can answer direct questions, than presidents in the past.

Pat
04-29-2010, 03:23 PM
The article is referring to the White House Press Corps only. They are complaining he has fewer press conferences so he can answer direct questions, than presidents in the past.
How many press conferences has he had?
I'm counting zero.

Smurf-Herder
04-29-2010, 06:23 PM
I like this part of the story. It's so ............. Nixonian.

— The ferocity of pushback is intense. A routine press query can draw a string of vitriolic e-mails. A negative story can draw a profane high-decibel phone call or worse. Some reporters feel like they’ve been frozen out after crossing the White House.

mwillman
04-29-2010, 06:31 PM
Poor press babies, are your feelings hurt.

I have a feeling this is coming from the right wing media
that is so common in this nation.
Fox news called, they want to know if you are willing to admit they are correct in calling you a nazi?
Response: Go to hell you ignorant right wing fanatics.

Trinnity
04-29-2010, 06:46 PM
He's a control freak. No surprise. He has a lot of political baggage that needs controlling.
2010, 2012................remember in November.

Smurf-Herder
04-29-2010, 07:20 PM
He's a control freak. No surprise. He has a lot of political baggage that needs controlling.
2010, 2012................remember in November.

He's a closet totalitarian, just waiting until he doesn't need Congress any longer.

Trinnity
04-29-2010, 07:28 PM
Closet ? I don't think he hides it quite that much. I can see him for the wannabe dictator that he is, just fine.
Looks like the press is experiencing that trait too.

Pat
04-29-2010, 07:33 PM
I like this part of the story. It's so ............. Nixonian.

— The ferocity of pushback is intense. A routine press query can draw a string of vitriolic e-mails. A negative story can draw a profane high-decibel phone call or worse. Some reporters feel like they’ve been frozen out after crossing the White House.
You do realize that comparing him to Mr Nixon may invoke the wrath of Crazy Mike.
I did that, and Crazy Mike was relentless in his posts not about the subject matter of the thread, but against me personally.

Smurf-Herder
04-29-2010, 07:41 PM
Closet ? I don't think he hides it quite that much. I can see him for the wannabe dictator that he is, just fine.
Looks like the press is experiencing that trait too.

Think of him as A Lady in Waiting.

He still needs Congress until he can consolidate power.

Trinnity
04-29-2010, 07:53 PM
He can do a lot of damage via executive orders.

I think they are unconstitutional....that should be presented by suit to, and addressed by SCOTUS...btw.

foxbaron
04-30-2010, 01:26 AM
He's afarid someone will ask him where his homeland is.

Smurf-Herder
04-30-2010, 04:06 AM
He can do a lot of damage via executive orders.

I think they are unconstitutional....that should be presented by suit to, and addressed by SCOTUS...btw.

Who knows what executive orders there are out there. Some may even include that fact that their existence can't be acknowledged to the public at large.

The thing is, some of the legislation getting past puts far too much power in executive branch agencies. It's only a matter of time before Congress becomes nothing more than a rubber stamp.

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Pat
04-30-2010, 10:29 AM
He's afarid someone will ask him where his homeland is.
Michelle already said it was Kenya.

kres24GT
04-30-2010, 10:42 AM
Poor press babies, are your feelings hurt.

I have a feeling this is coming from the right wing media
that is so common in this nation.
Fox news called, they want to know if you are willing to admit they are correct in calling you a nazi?
Response: Go to hell you ignorant right wing fanatics.


mwillman, a loyal sheep to the end, just like the Bush fanatics.

Boogie man
04-30-2010, 10:49 AM
But-but....I thought they were supposed to be "State Media"-as some on the right claim !!

How could this (Sob !) be ??

Have people on the right been trying to deceive us ?

And this was supposed to be a "transparent" administration.

mwillman
04-30-2010, 01:39 PM
Hell if it was up to me I would lock up all you fucking right wing traitors so just be glad the President is more tolerant of your selfish greed then I am.

Trinnity
04-30-2010, 04:39 PM
It amazes me the "fans" who are so starry eyed over Obama. He can do no wrong in their eyes. It's a genuine "cult of personality" We haven't seen this sort of thing since Kennedy.
It's not good for people to blindly follow ANY politician. In fact it's dangerous.

He's made so many promises and broken them. Will there be a backlash ?
We'll see in 2012.
(can the damage to the Constitution be undone ?)

I hope the R party will run someone who genuinely focuses on the Constitution. We HAVE to get back to government within the confines of the Constitution. That this profound document is not properly respected and followed IS the problem.