It Dawns On The Media That They Have To Be Tougher On The Administration

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on June 9, 2009

Kudos to Phil Bronstein for writing as much, though I suspect that he is (a) still relatively alone in thinking as he does, and (b) not going to be invited to any White House dinners anytime soon.

But his central point is irrefutable. The media has fawned over the new President to a degree that is utterly unseemly. I know that Presidents get their honeymoons, but there has been a dearth of critical analysis when it comes to judging the performance of the mainstream media. This won’t help us in our decision-making when it comes to formulating policy. This won’t help in implementing policy. And this won’t help in follow-up, when we try to determine whether a particular policy is working.

So I have to wonder why the media keeps doing what it does in terms of its coverage of the Obama Administration. Does it not understand that the lack of critical coverage has deleterious consequences for the country? Or does it just not care, so long as the ratings remain good?

  • Finrod

    Eventually the media is going to look like Kevin Bacon's character at the end of _Animal House_, voice cracking, “Be calm! All is well!”

  • Finrod

    Eventually the media is going to look like Kevin Bacon's character at the end of _Animal House_, voice cracking, “Be calm! All is well!”

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