Former White House Spokesman Unaware of Media’s Love Affair With Obama
I don’t remember when Reid Cherlin was Obama’s White House spokesman but he recently penned a column for Rolling Stone which is laughable at best.
Cherlin says that Obama has a “toxic relationship” with the media and always has.
Do you remember the hostile press interviews Sarah Palin got compared to Obama? Do you remember a reporter asking Obama how “enchanting” it was to be president? Do you remember reporters screaming “WHAT ABOUT YOUR GAFFES?” at Mitt Romney?
No, Barack Obama never had reporters eating out of his hand the way that right-wingers love to allege – even though Obama’s intellectual approach made him seem like someone who could just as easily have been a columnist as a candidate. Appearing at his first Correspondents’ Dinner, in 2009, the president joked, “Most of you covered me; all of you voted for me.” But even as polite laughter settled over the black-tie crowd, there was ample evidence that the old way of the news business – in fact, the news business entirely – was falling away, and with it, the last shreds of comity between subject and scribe.
Obama, during his two campaigns for the presidency, had made a point of going over the heads of the media (denigrated as “the filter”) and communicating directly with voters. With Obama in office, reporters have complained that the approach has sometimes bordered on pathology.
Anyone who was paying attention in 2008 and 2012 knows this article is a joke. With the exceptions of FOX News, conservative talk radio and blogs, the media in this country has abdicated its role as a government watchdog and assumed the position of Obama cheerleader.
I don’t even feel the need to cite more examples, there are just too many.