In this post, I mentioned that our friends in the Lame Stream Media are…how shall I put this charitably?… a little slow, so when they catch on to something, you know it’s really really obvious. Check out the first sentence from this Politico story:
President Barack Obama is a master at limiting, shaping and manipulating media coverage of himself and his White House.
Really? You don’t say? Let’s read on.
Not for the reason that conservatives suspect: namely, that a liberal press willingly and eagerly allows itself to get manipulated.
Oh, of course not. It’s not that you’re liberal and in the tank for the Dear Reader. Who could possibly think that?
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.
“The balance of power used to be much more in favor of the mainstream press,” said Mike McCurry, who was press secretary to President Bill Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Nowadays, he said, “The White House gets away with stuff I would never have dreamed of doing. When I talk to White House reporters now, they say it’s really tough to do business with people who don’t see the need to be cooperative.”
How many times do we have to repeat this fact? Gods don’t cooperate. They don’t negotiate. They don’t work with underlings, and to them, everyone is an underling.
Sorry, Journos. We had David Freddoso on the show last Sunday to talk about his terrific new book, Spin Masters: How the Media Ignored the Real News and Helped Reelect Barack Obama. In one chapter of the book, he refers to the LSM as “Battered Media” because despite the fact that Obama repeatedly demonstrates how much contempt he has for them, they continue to provide the slobbering coverage worthy of state-controlled press in North Korea or Cuba.
An embarrassment of a media is a perfect fit for this embarrassment of an administration. God help us.