The results are transformational. With more technology, and fewer resources at many media companies, the balance of power between the White House and press has tipped unmistakably toward the government. This is an arguably dangerous development, and one that the Obama White House – fluent in digital media and no fan of the mainstream press – has exploited cleverly and ruthlessly. And future presidents from both parties will undoubtedly copy and expand on this approach. – Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen [Politico]
IT IS really amusing to read Politico’s piece today railing about Obama being “the puppet master” of the press, especially considering the American media helped set this up a long time ago. I feel for VandeHei and Allen, but to all of a sudden declare this to be reality is missing the story by about 8 years.
Today, I’m actually enjoying the view, watching President Obama manipulate the media, which didn’t have the energy to ask questions of the candidate when he first came on the scene.
Now the model is set, writes Politico. Now? Seriously? What a hoot.
No one much cared that Barack Obama was playing the press from the start, back when a rising political star swept on to the scene and took the stage during John Kerry’s presidential bid, then followed that tour de force by running for president, with the American media in full swoon from the start.
The majority of Americans, including myself, have said they are happy to have President Obama in the White House today. When you consider the disaster ticket of McCain-Palin, or Romney-Ryan, and what these extremists would have done to our economy, but also what our foreign policy would look like if the neocons were back in charge, no one can blame anyone for knowing Obama-Biden is better.
So you’ll excuse me if after writing the book on the Hillary, Obama and the American press, I’m having a good laugh at the media’s expense today. The bulk of these people are truly clueless as to their own complicity in creating this scenario a long time ago.
It never pays for the press, but especially new media, on which the fate of journalism now rests, to decide a politician is above scrutiny. But it’s not okay to vilify a politician’s actions just because he has found that the U.S. media on the whole is fickle and has no journalistic standards at all.
Can anyone blame President Obama for going around the press and utilizing new social media tools and the alternative access politicians now have at their finger tips? He’d be insane not to.
Particularly when you consider everyone in new media is out for a negative story in order to drive eyes to the page, with objectivity long ago dealt a death knell in American journalism through hyper partisan coverage that is usually pushed by special interests and is virtually fact free.