Media lapdogs curled at the feet of Obama. Politico actually does a piece about the Bush v Obama media coverage. Telling the inside story of the stories about Obama which, if Bush had done them, would have gained him headlines and raspberries. Here.
More golf, guys-only basketball, political advisors in meetings about national security, freezing out Fox news, dithering while Afghanistan crumbles, snubbing the Dalai Lama, secret meetings, executive mission creep, dissing New Orleans, big shot fund raisers, more golf. If the G-4-3 had been the guy doing them there would have been hell to pay in the press. Instead: crickets.
Politico saying (without saying it) that reporters don’t let facts get in the way of a good storyline:
…others say there’s a larger phenomenon at work — in the story line the media wrote about Obama’s presidency. For Bush, the theme was that of a Big Business Republican who rode the family name to the White House, so stories about secret energy meetings and a certain laziness, intellectual and otherwise, fit neatly into the theme, to be replayed over and over again.
Obama’s story line was more positive from the start: historic newcomer coming to shake up Washington. So the negatives that sprung up around Obama — like a sense that he was more flash than substance — track what negative coverage he’s received, captured in a recent “Saturday Night Live” skit that made fun of his lack of accomplishments in office.