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Obama is Suddenly the “Puppet Master” of the Press

President Barack Obama visits a pre-kindergarten classroom at the College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center in Decatur, Ga., Feb. 14, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama visits a pre-kindergarten classroom at the College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center in Decatur, Ga., Feb. 14, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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.

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5 Responses to Obama is Suddenly the “Puppet Master” of the Press

  1. PeggySue February 19, 2013 at 12:30 pm #

    Spot on. Taylor! Members of the press in general become highly defensive and insulted when anyone suggests that they’ve been asleep at the wheel for the last 12 years. But anyone paying attention knows this to be true–that the Fourth Estate has turned into a lapdog to the powers that be, rather than performing its duty as the public’s snarling watchdog. And yes, of course, Barack Obama is a perfect example, someone who schmoozed his way right into the WH with a very thin resume. It was sickening to watch all the fawning over the man during the 2008 election, a time in which he was referred to as a . . . god on the Charlie Rose show.

    That being said, the GOP is thoroughly bankrupt and seriously demented. The public’s choices have been severely limited, but there’s no doubt in my mind that a Romney/Ryan Administration would have been completely disastrous. Anyone complaining/crying/running around with their hair on fire now that the WH is controlling the press/media is being disingenuous. Or a fool. Think it’s interesting that the latest outcry is that POTUS did not allow the press access to his mini-golf vacation. They’re all in a tizzy because they weren’t able to cover his game with Tiger Woods.

    Screaming about the important stuff! Keep it classy guys. LOL

    Really, you cannot make this stuff up.

    • jinbaltimore February 19, 2013 at 12:54 pm #

      Indeed…the non-access during a golf game is what has them frustrated? Maybe we should start calling them the White House Tiger Beat Press Corps (pun only partially intended).

  2. Taylor Marsh February 19, 2013 at 2:27 pm #

    “White House Tiger Beat…”

    I’m laughing too hard on that one!

    • jinbaltimore February 19, 2013 at 5:41 pm #


  3. Cujo359 February 19, 2013 at 5:09 pm #

    Does this mean that Politico will now refuse to offer Administration officials the opportunity to be quoted anonymously when they’re speaking in support of its policies?

    Maybe they should take the attitude that access works both ways.

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