Sometimes something is so apparent that even Big Media (the BM for short) has to acknowledge it. Okay, so in this case it’s ex-BM. But it still stands as acknowledged.
Several veteran and prize-winning journalists who covered presidents from John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush say that the current crop of White House correspondents are too timid and deferential and have played a role in killing the impact of presidential news conferences.
Unfortunately, what DIDN’T get acknowledged is the lapdog deference the press corp has for Il Duce. I guess you can’t have everything…
The BM’istas try to create the illusion that the deference shown Il Duce was also extended to King George the Dim.
“If you watch an Obama news conference, and watched a Bush news conference previous to that, where correspondents sit in their seats with their hands folded on their laps, [it’s] as if they are in the room with a monarch and they have to wait to be recognized by the president,” says Sid Davis, the former NBC Washington bureau chief who covered nine presidents. “It looks like they are watching a funeral service at [Washington funeral firm] Joseph Gawler’s and it shouldn’t be that way.”
Nothing could be further from the truth. Bush was treated with a hostility previously reserved for Richard Nixon by the BM during his 8 hapless years in office.
I have no love for George Bush. But let’s tell a straight story, shall we? The deference issue is specific to Obama. Period.
It remains to be seen if the White House press corps’ behavior will change [/sarcasm].
The truth is, the only thing that will make the White House press corps return to a position of asking tough questions and being confrontational is a change of president.
May 21, 2011, 4:43 pm at 4:43 pm
Kind of related, the lapdog Canberra press pack, previously so generous to hard Left Greens leader Bob Brown, has turned on him.
Without missing a beat, a far Left activist group, GetUp!, has petitioned the Leftist public broadcaster, the ABC, in protest over its “lurch” to the Right… simply, of course, for asking a few tough yet completely reasonable questions finally.
The point of me telling you that is I suspect if the White House press corps also finally started asking a few tough yet reasonable questions, you’d have any number of your Lefty activists groups screaming blue murder and putting untold pressure on “BM”.
May 21, 2011, 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm
Bingbing, we saw this phenomenon with Rudd. The attack pack in the MSM were let off the leash, and three weeks later he was gone.
Bob Brown has been thrown under the bus.
I’ll give him three weeks until he gets found out for throwing dwarves and being a member of Opus Dei.
Julia will get the message…
May 22, 2011, 8:57 am at 8:57 am
Heh, love the little dog on the lap cartoon, and so apt of some of the media, and support groups such as Getup.
Bing is correct the anger of Bob’s supporters re the media asking a few mild questions is a sight to behold.
May 24, 2011, 4:33 am at 4:33 am
A more thorougher line of questioning than previously pursued by bm is needed for all Greens I believe. That Hanson-Young sticks her dial in front of any open mike in a 50km radius and runs off at the mouth with some of the most insane bs ever spouted by one on the public teat. Give her a heat treatment too.
May 29, 2011, 2:29 pm at 2:29 pm
BM for big media is so much better than msm. they are nothing but shits