MSM Needs to Break the Cycle of Abuse

Carol Platt Liebau

2/19/2013 8:00:14 AM - Carol Platt Liebau

The press is complaining that "Obama the puppet master" is providing less access than they want, and wailing that the "balance of power" between the press and The White House has tipped in favor of the latter.

This is ironic, of course, given that the press has favored Obama from the beginning; even the tone of the piece sounds like the lament of a lover scorned. 

If the press really wants to get Obama's attention, all it has to do is what it's done to numerous other presidents: Cover him with a critical (rather than adulatory) tone.  Sure, in the short run, he'll dismiss them more and run to his soft outlets. But in the end, if everyone in the MSM participates and calls out the President for his refusal to answer tough questions, Obama will have to get with the program.

The biggest problem, of course, is collective action.  Obama worshippers like Steve Kroft may well simply refuse to participate.  Ultimately, however, who can feel even a scintilla of sympathy for the press' plight? Its members have behaved like slavering sycophants when it comes to covering Obama . And when one behaves in a contemptible fashion, one can only expect to be treated with . . .  contempt.

But a little more self-respect on the part of the press -- coupled with some more balanced coverage -- might at least be the beginning of the MSM breaking the cycle of abuse.