Assigned Reading: Love or Lust, Obama and the Fawning Press Need to Get a Room
It’s beginning. Slowly but surely, the American people are beginning to wake up. This phenomenal piece by Phil Bronstein shows a bit of this. Other stories, pieces and packages critical of the Obama administrations actions and ideas, by CNN and the Associated Press show the beginnings of disenfranchisement among the press corps. Barack Obama has done too much too quickly, and none of his plans seem to be working.
The key may very well be the press. While I have no doubt they’ll be solidly in his corner as election season approaches, there’s one thing they don’t seem to like, and that’s being scooped. And they are. They’re being locked out of White House events. They’re being told what to ask. Sit down to watch or listen to a Robert Gibbs press conference and you’ll see — despite Gibbs affable nature, the rumblings of hostility are beginning.
Of course, the press will never fully cave, but it’s a power struggle. The press would like to set the agenda for everyone, and the White House setting the agenda for the press is a shot to the average newsman’s ego. Discontent will follow, and any break from the ranks will help the American people wake up. Still, it’s up to people like you and like me to lay the foundation for shaken confidence; any help at all from the press will only strengthen any resolve among Americans to question what this administration is doing.
2010, my friends, is shaping up to be a good year, so long as the GOP fights off those who push moderation. If so, 2012 could be even better.