- National Journalism Center intern Courtney Nolan
Is the press ready to give Obama a ‘time out’ after being
their media darling for almost two years? According to Byron York of the Washington Examiner , the press is now
getting a “cold shoulder from Obama.” Is this a hint at trouble in paradise?
In 2008, The Washington Times published an article stating that the press was
experiencing something extremely different from previous administrations. Obama
had answered 22 questions in 22 days after his win. Compared to George W.
Bush’s silence, this was a reporter’s dream come true.
For months before and after his victory, the mainstream
media gushed over the man who promised change. Be careful what you wish for. Change
is exactly what the press received, and this change is leaving the press, and
the country, hope-less.
Obama’s backbone has been the media. Hotair.com goes so far
as to call the relationship between the President and his press the ‘definition
of co-dependency’; that they both need each other to work effectively. In his
first year, Obama held 12 formal press conferences and gave 161 interviews,
handing hundreds of stories to his devoted media on a silver platter.
But just a few days ago when Obama answered questions when the
President of Mexico was in town, he answered only two questions, taking more
than 10 minutes on each inquiry.
Spokesman Robert Gibbs says that this administration has
dealt with ‘dramatic overexposure.’ First, he wants, no, need attention. Now, it’s too much? You can’t have your cake and
eat it too, Mr. President.
It has been, according to the Examiner, 307 days since the President’s last press conference—a
break far longer than in previous administrations. Reporters are becoming
increasingly frustrated at the change in the flow of information from the
President who touted transparency and openness to the public and media. Members
of the press corps and devout Twitter users are trying to get #AskGibbs as a
trending topic. When you can’t get information from the President, don’t expect
to get it from his mouthpieces either.
With Obama’s approval rate falling (now hovering around 42
percent), Obamacare’s popularity declining, and the media’s attention span
decreasing, reporters and talking heads will
move on to greener pastures. Will we see a recovery in the broken hearts of the
media, maybe finding a rebound in the shining Conservative stars who already
have won over the public? It is time the press wakes up and moves on. This is
not a ‘happily-ever-after’ type of relationship.
Sorry, media. You’re not getting a rose at the end of this