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(The Atlantic)   Puppy Love: The Media ignored the real news and helped reelect Barack Obama, so why does the Media continue to go easy on President Barack Obama?   (theatlantic.com ) divider line
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2013-02-04 10:41:22 AM  
Well, once you go black...
 
2013-02-04 10:44:23 AM  
Kenyan, Muslim, socialist, fascist, etc.......yep, they've been going real easy.
 
2013-02-04 10:46:35 AM  
I was expecting that to be racist. I don't think it was, unless it was.
 
2013-02-04 10:46:45 AM  
Professional Victims
 
2013-02-04 10:46:51 AM  
Is this the Benghazi chicken or the skeet chicken?
 
2013-02-04 10:48:14 AM  
Thank God for Fox News. They were the only ones brave enough to cover the Benghazi scandal. Too bad the sheeple couldn't understand what was really going on.
 
2013-02-04 10:49:16 AM  
Ftfa: Both sides are equally bad, so don't ask President Obama why he executed a 16 year old American citizen and blamed the murder of an American ambassador on a YouTube video.
 
2013-02-04 10:51:08 AM  
More adversarial, less crazy.

At some point it needs to dawn on Republicans that the idea is to win elections, not to win the 8-9p timeslot.
 
Ant
2013-02-04 10:52:37 AM  
Because the willfully stupid and batshiat insane competition on the Republican side make him look completely flawless by comparison. It's kind of like the way you might ignore a paper cut when you've got a stab wound grabbing all your attention.
 
2013-02-04 10:54:12 AM  

beta_plus: YouTube video


DRINK!!
 
2013-02-04 10:57:10 AM  
I read TFA. It was about 15x better than I expected it to be, and only marginally related to subby's trolltastic headline.
 
2013-02-04 10:57:11 AM  
Was going to point out how this was an exaggeration, but then saw it was a Conor Friedersdorf article that did it for me. Yes, there are times when major news media fails to be diligent and hold politician's feet to the fire and those times should be pointed out and mocked, but those do not make up a significant majority of news coverage, and these complaints ignore the good work being done by publications like The Atlantic, The New Republic, and Salon that have put in weeks of work on devistating pieces on Obama's failures. You can't label the mainstream media as in the tank for Obama without recognizing that they are willing to really put the screws to him in a way that truly partisan news sources wouldn't dream of doing to "their guy".
 
2013-02-04 10:59:35 AM  
Summary of the article:

"it's not that the mainstream media is giving him a free pass, it's that the news only covers things that he does which creates political controversies, and the right doesn't often challenge a sitting president's wartime powers.  No controversy = not newsworthy."
 
2013-02-04 11:05:32 AM  
Make no mistake about it, the media is not going to let the nations first Black President fail! They will continue to step around the touchy subjects and serve him up softball questions because they
want him to look good.  Don't misunderstand me, I think President Obama is intelligent but he rarely has his views challenged and when he is challenged he looks annoyed.
The last debate with Romney was a joke, Romney not only had to debate President Obama he had to debate the moderator who kept sided with the President when he stated he had not stated the attack was due to a youtube video and it was later shown he had.

I kept expecting to see this happen during the debates:

Moderator shows picture of field:  "President, Obama - what do you see here?"

President Obama - "I see a field of grass!"

Moderator - "Very good Mr. President!  Excellent Answer!"

(Applause)

Moderator - "Gov Romney, would you tell us how many blades of grass are in the picture?"
 
2013-02-04 11:06:22 AM  
That was a pretty good piece.

" As someone who is ready to think the worst of Obama's foreign policy and to expose every untoward aspect of it, I confess that I don't know what the right is hoping to get out of Benghazi. "

*chortle*
 
2013-02-04 11:06:38 AM  
from summer 2009 pretty much all they way up until romney's "47 percent" gaffe, the mainstream press had been EXTREMELY adversarial towards obama.
 
2013-02-04 11:07:05 AM  
I'm still waiting for someone to tell me where the hell Colin Powell got those very detailed photographs of the mobile weapons labs that were operating throughout Iraq before we invaded. Anybody in the media gonna pick that one up?
 
2013-02-04 11:07:17 AM  

Lexx: Summary of the article:

"it's not that the mainstream media is giving him a free pass, it's that the news only covers things that he does which creates political controversies, and the right doesn't often challenge a sitting president's wartime powers.  No controversy = not newsworthy."


"Butbutbut, they wouldn't cover his birth certificate having layers in the PDF, or that he was endorsed by the communists in the New Party several decades ago, and they don't write enough articles about how you can hear the disdain for the American people and hatred of American people you can just feel reverberating from his voice in every public speech!"

Essentially they haven't gotten their outrage of the month to stick, so they blame a media blackout on the lack of traction they're getting despite the most popular news station in the country running these "scandals" 24-7.
 
2013-02-04 11:07:28 AM  

lc6529: Make no mistake about it, the media is not going to let the nations first Black President fail! They will continue to step around the touchy subjects and serve him up softball questions because they
want him to look good.  Don't misunderstand me, I think President Obama is intelligent but he rarely has his views challenged and when he is challenged he looks annoyed.
The last debate with Romney was a joke, Romney not only had to debate President Obama he had to debate the moderator who kept sided with the President when he stated he had not stated the attack was due to a youtube video and it was later shown he had.

I kept expecting to see this happen during the debates:

Moderator shows picture of field:  "President, Obama - what do you see here?"

President Obama - "I see a field of grass!"

Moderator - "Very good Mr. President!  Excellent Answer!"

(Applause)

Moderator - "Gov Romney, would you tell us how many blades of grass are in the picture?"


Gov Rommey - more than one
 
2013-02-04 11:07:34 AM  
Better question, what does the modern media do a good job of covering? If you want some sort of in-depth reporting on a particular topic these days you pretty much need to wait for Frontline to get around it.
 
2013-02-04 11:14:19 AM  
t1.gstatic.com
 
2013-02-04 11:17:07 AM  
Have you considered that people just don't like egocentric jerks and prefer someone who is bearable?
 
2013-02-04 11:18:16 AM  

lc6529: Make no mistake about it, the media is not going to let the nations first Black President fail! They will continue to step around the touchy subjects and serve him up softball questions because they
want him to look good.  Don't misunderstand me, I think President Obama is intelligent but he rarely has his views challenged and when he is challenged he looks annoyed.
The last debate with Romney was a joke, Romney not only had to debate President Obama he had to debate the moderator who kept sided with the President when he stated he had not stated the attack was due to a youtube video and it was later shown he had.

I kept expecting to see this happen during the debates:

Moderator shows picture of field:  "President, Obama - what do you see here?"

President Obama - "I see a field of grass!"

Moderator - "Very good Mr. President!  Excellent Answer!"

(Applause)

Moderator - "Gov Romney, would you tell us how many blades of grass are in the picture?"


That was the second debate, not the third, and the moderator was correct: Obama said he called Benghazi an act of terror in the Rose Garden the next day, Romney said that he waited 2 weeks to call it an act of terror, they kept disputing it, and Candy Crowley stepped in and said that Obama called it an act of terror but that the story about the youtube video being a motivating factor was out there for approximately 2 weeks. Check the transcript. That was actually a good debate as far as some uncomfortable questions: asking Obama about gun control before the election and all the Sandy Hook stuff put him in an uncomfortable position since that is a definite sore spot with voters and the Democratic Party, for example.

When you deeply love one team and despise the other, you see all the refs as blind.
 
2013-02-04 11:20:38 AM  

lc6529: Make no mistake about it, the media is not going to let the nations first Black President fail!


Not participating in the fantasies of the right-wing media is not an indication of being in the tank for Obama.
 
2013-02-04 11:21:44 AM  
The right wants the media to keep asking questions on the same "gotcha" topics over and over again. But at some point, the media has to accept that Obama has said everything he's going to say on those topics, so they stop asking those questions and go on to something more current.
 
2013-02-04 11:26:50 AM  
"I could have a Muslim (President Obama) with a laser on his head!"

www.moonbattery.com
 
2013-02-04 11:29:27 AM  
I guess they're still butthurt that no one outside the GOP groupthink didn't buy the Benghazi BS the GOP spin machine was churning out?
 
2013-02-04 11:35:48 AM  

meat0918: Is this the Benghazi chicken or the skeet chicken?


Keep skeeting that chicken?
 
2013-02-04 11:36:05 AM  
In all fairness to this nutjob, the media does go easy on Obama... and every other politician.

Our problem isn't that the lamestream media is too liberal, the problem is that they're spineless and afraid of losing access.

If you want to see actual journalism, you need to watch BBC or Al Jazeera.
 
2013-02-04 11:38:54 AM  
lc6529

Not sure if serious.
 
2013-02-04 11:46:28 AM  

Eddie Adams from Torrance: In all fairness to this nutjob, the media does go easy on Obama... and every other politician.

Our problem isn't that the lamestream media is too liberal, the problem is that they're spineless and afraid of losing access.

If you want to see actual journalism, you need to watch BBC or Al Jazeera.


Eddie wins one internet, journalism is more like an infomercial these days. Claims with no support and no challenges.
 
2013-02-04 11:46:46 AM  

Eddie Adams from Torrance: In all fairness to this nutjob, the media does go easy on Obama... and every other politician.

Our problem isn't that the lamestream media is too liberal, the problem is that they're spineless and afraid of losing access.

If you want to see actual journalism, you need to watch BBC or Al Jazeera.


Conor Friedersdorf is no nutjob, at least I don't think you would consider him one. I know him from his Andrew Sullivan guest blogger days, and he's got a lot in common with his more famous former boss: he self identifies as a conservative, but he is very critical of this current Republican's kneejerk antagonism and willingness to embrace a Wall Street culture that purposely uses information asymmetry to swindle investors and engages in rent seeking on an unprecidented scale as a model of "true capitalism" and then wonders why the youth of America see capitalism as about as bad as communism.

Dude thinks there are legitimate critiques of Obama, thinks that we should call out softball intervewers, but thinks that there have been some journalists in the mainstream media who have been willing to tear Obama a new one on his failures and that the vast majority of coverage is fairly neutral.
 
2013-02-04 11:47:11 AM  

beta_plus: Ftfa: Both sides are equally bad, so don't ask President Obama why he executed a 16 year old American citizen and blamed the murder of an American ambassador on a YouTube video.


You didn't read the article did you?
 
2013-02-04 11:57:59 AM  

Eddie Adams from Torrance: In all fairness to this nutjob, the media does go easy on Obama... and every other politician.

Our problem isn't that the lamestream media is too liberal, the problem is that they're spineless and afraid of losing access.

If you want to see actual journalism, you need to watch BBC or Al Jazeera.


I am not even sure that the problem is a lack of courage. It seems more like the lack of desire. Investigative journalism takes time and money. Neither of those resources is in great supply these days.

/Had to look up the proper plurality of "neither". Damn public school!
 
2013-02-04 11:58:59 AM  

beta_plus: Ftfa: Both sides are equally bad, so don't ask President Obama why he executed a 16 year old American citizen and blamed the murder of an American ambassador on a YouTube video.


It must suck to be you.

/And tardmitter should get the asinine tag.
 
2013-02-04 01:30:08 PM  
Because:
Obama hasn't farked up by talking about rape.
Obama hasn't started a war,
Obama has not left people stranded on roofs after a flood, then awarded his people for it.
Obama didn't let his people tell army grunts to 'soften up' random prisoners.
Obama people hav not 'accidently' deleted emails,
Obama acts smooth and others in the international community don't refuse to shake his hand
the best scandal Republicans can come up with is Benghazi.

Not that I wouldn't like he to trim back on some of the privacy excesses that he borrowed from W's eight years, but compared to Bush W he is so much better.
 
2013-02-04 01:30:56 PM  

FlashHarry: from summer 2009 pretty much all they way up until romney's "47 percent" gaffe, the mainstream press had been EXTREMELY adversarial towards obama.


upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-02-04 01:38:58 PM  

neversubmit: lc6529: Make no mistake about it, the media is not going to let the nations first Black President fail! They will continue to step around the touchy subjects and serve him up softball questions because they
want him to look good.  Don't misunderstand me, I think President Obama is intelligent but he rarely has his views challenged and when he is challenged he looks annoyed.
The last debate with Romney was a joke, Romney not only had to debate President Obama he had to debate the moderator who kept sided with the President when he stated he had not stated the attack was due to a youtube video and it was later shown he had.

I kept expecting to see this happen during the debates:

Moderator shows picture of field:  "President, Obama - what do you see here?"

President Obama - "I see a field of grass!"

Moderator - "Very good Mr. President!  Excellent Answer!"

(Applause)

Moderator - "Gov Romney, would you tell us how many blades of grass are in the picture?"

Gov Rommey - more than one


Media: MY GOD! SUCH PANACHE! SUCH CHARISMA!! The fact that Future-President Romney ACTUALLY ANSWERED THE QUESTION makes it clear what an AMAZING contender he is and leader he'd be!!!
 
2013-02-04 01:39:48 PM  
Romney was gaffing every other week.

Trashing the %47 to extremely wealthy, binders for of women, 'who let the dogs out'.

Obama farked up the debate, but I don't remember any gaffes from him.

/Still waiting some REAL inevitable second-term scandal from his administration.
 
2013-02-04 02:15:36 PM  

beta_plus: don't ask President Obama why he executed a 16 year old American citizen


Did this even happen? What reality are you living in?
 
2013-02-04 02:19:09 PM  
By "real news" subby means "Benghazi"
 
2013-02-04 02:24:37 PM  

beta_plus: don't ask President Obama why he executed a 16 year old American citizen


I'm so tired of the Blame America First crowd and their terrorist-cheerleading.
 
2013-02-04 02:26:16 PM  
www.bitlogic.com
 
2013-02-04 02:28:20 PM  
imageshack.us
 
2013-02-04 03:02:19 PM  
i.imgur.com

You either support the president, or you support the terrorists.
 
2013-02-04 03:17:06 PM  
So, the Atlantic's back to being the Atlantic again?
 
2013-02-04 03:47:06 PM  
That was one of the best written articles I've read in ages. Well, this age at least.
 
2013-02-04 03:48:49 PM  

xkillyourfacex: That was one of the best written articles I've read in ages. Well, this age at least.


Twelve?
 
2013-02-04 04:07:38 PM  

Grungehamster: lc6529: Make no mistake about it, the media is not going to let the nations first Black President fail! They will continue to step around the touchy subjects and serve him up softball questions because they
want him to look good.  Don't misunderstand me, I think President Obama is intelligent but he rarely has his views challenged and when he is challenged he looks annoyed.
The last debate with Romney was a joke, Romney not only had to debate President Obama he had to debate the moderator who kept sided with the President when he stated he had not stated the attack was due to a youtube video and it was later shown he had.

I kept expecting to see this happen during the debates:

Moderator shows picture of field:  "President, Obama - what do you see here?"

President Obama - "I see a field of grass!"

Moderator - "Very good Mr. President!  Excellent Answer!"

(Applause)

Moderator - "Gov Romney, would you tell us how many blades of grass are in the picture?"

That was the second debate, not the third, and the moderator was correct: Obama said he called Benghazi an act of terror in the Rose Garden the next day, Romney said that he waited 2 weeks to call it an act of terror, they kept disputing it, and Candy Crowley stepped in and said that Obama called it an act of terror but that the story about the youtube video being a motivating factor was out there for approximately 2 weeks. Check the transcript. That was actually a good debate as far as some uncomfortable questions: asking Obama about gun control before the election and all the Sandy Hook stuff put him in an uncomfortable position since that is a definite sore spot with voters and the Democratic Party, for example.

When you deeply love one team and despise the other, you see all the refs as blind.


Maybe, but there was definitely something fishy about the entire exchange. It was a Town Hall style debate, where it was explicitly stated that ask the questions would come from members of the audience, about domestic policy. And then the moderator decides she wants ask a foreign policy question. And when Obama mentions a press briefing, she happens to have a hardcopy of the transcript in her hands.

It's not quite the US/USSR gold medal game, but you can understand why it doesn't sit well with some people. It's by far the most believable conspiracy theory in a long time.
 
2013-02-04 04:17:52 PM  

Yes please: It's not quite the US/USSR gold medal game, but you can understand why it doesn't sit well with some people. It's by far the most believable conspiracy theory in a long time.


Well, considering that the US never played the USSR in a gold medal game, I have no idea what you're talking about.
 
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