A few observations here: First of all, White House journalists are blowing this way out of proportion. The Obama administration has contempt for the MSM? Give me a break! This has been the biggest love-fest since Ike was elected and John Kennedy was running around town philandering while photographers looked the other way. But I get it. The fact Obama is doing more soft news shows such as Ellen and Sesame Street upsets the likes of David Gregory and Helen Thomas. The MSM needs to complain a little in order to get the focus back on its members’ inflated egos. Why else do they whimper like babies when the POTUS doesn’t show to their biggest party of the year – the White House Correspondents Dinner?
The casual observer would say a mutual distrust between the media and the White House is healthy – it keeps both sides honest and engaged, with neither taking the other for granted. Personally, I’ve felt the WH press corps hasn’t done enough to cover the stories that would potentially cast a shadow on this president. Don’t believe me? Just compare the West Virginia coal mine tragedy or Toyota recalls to Bush and his handling of Katrina. All were domestic incidents of national awareness. Yet the press corps intentionally kept Toyota and West Virginia industry- and state specific pieces, respectively, with little mention of White House involvement, and certainly not the president’s. With Katrina, liberals sensed a Pulitzer in the offing and felt compelled to psychoanalyze the souls of President Bush and his team to question their allegiance to a city so dominated by another race. Please.
Is this latest incident with White House journalists a tempest in a tea pot? You bet. And the sooner Obama slips into the briefing room and the two sides kiss and make up, the sooner we can go back to dissecting Tiger Woods’ infidelities.