The guys who run Politico have posted some golly-gosh on the President who, you may have noticed, is not stupid. They call it “Obama, the puppet master.” Also “Behind the Curtain: Obama, the puppet master.” This Curtain must be some big deal. Anyway it turns out Obama is neither a fool nor is he pulling anyone’s strings.
. . the mastery mostly flows from a White House that has taken old tricks for shaping coverage (staged leaks, friendly interviews) and put them on steroids using new ones (social media, content creation, precision targeting). And it’s an equal opportunity strategy: Media across the ideological spectrum are left scrambling for access.
So this “puppet master.” He’s on Facebook?
With more technology, and fewer resources at many media companies, the balance of power between the White House and press has tipped unmistakably toward the government. This is an arguably dangerous development, and one that the Obama White House — fluent in digital media and no fan of the mainstream press — has exploited cleverly and ruthlessly.
Yes it’s all about how ruthless the Twitter can be, at least in the hands of Obama. You can see how “arguably dangerous” this is becoming.
February of 2011 the President sits down for an interview with Fox News. Bill O’Reilly interrupts him 48 times. June 2012 Obama meets with reporters in the Rose Garden to announce changes in illegal immigration policy. The Daily Caller’s Neil Munro shouts him down. Days ago at the National Prayer Breakfast, Ben Carson rants a lengthy tirade on the perfect glories of God, the Flat Tax and zombie Health Savings Accounts while Obama sits 5 feet away.
And this barely covers the insults the President has had hurled in his face. Which is to say that these media events have long since devolved into punk journalism, or skree-discussions. Taking direct shots at the President is a thing now.
In all these cases, self-serving people seized the opportunity for personal advancement. O’Reilly saw he could solidify his ‘Fuck You Pal’ bona fides. Munro was an invisible dolt at a doltery, but now we know who he is. Ben Carson is quitting his practice to run for President, and Politico dutifully publishes stories about him every day. If you think the President owes these people their fondest wishes, you’re crazy. Journalism has become the practice of masturbation. When the media become respectable, which likely will be never again, the President will, maybe, talk to them.