Politico has a big piece today whining about the press’s access to President Obama and wonders if they’ve become his puppets. Of course, they blame him rather than themselves.
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.
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. (Read More)
Funny they’re just noticing this now? Where were they the past four years? Oh yeah, they were doing Obama’s bidding, as William Jacobson pointed out.
Obama didn’t force the media to run wild for days against Romney over Benghazi while covering up the cover up. Obama didn’t force the media to collude at Romney’s Benghazi press conference to make sure an appropriate gotcha question was asked. Obama didn’t force the media to proclaim Paul Ryan a liar, or to perpetuate the falsehood that Republicans are racist. Obama didn’t force Politico to turn practically its entire home page over to going after Herman Cain.
Politico and their liberal friends in the media who are whining about the White House have only themselves to blame. They did everything within their power to make sure Obama won a second term. Instead of this pathetic whining they ought to be apologizing to the American people.