Urbin Report

Sunday, January 18, 2009

How long will the press be dictated to?

There are things about BHO that are indicators of how he will run the executive branch. One telling one is how he deals with the press.
Warner Todd Huston notes in NewsBusters:

According to Sun-Times columnist and long-time Chicago journalist, Carol Marin, journalists at Barack Obama news conferences have come to realize that Obama has pre-picked those journalists whom he will allow to ask him questions at the conference and many of them now "don't even bother raising" their hands to be called upon.

Carol Marin writes:
As ferociously as we march like villagers with torches against Blagojevich, we have been, in the true spirit of the Bizarro universe, the polar opposite with the president-elect. Deferential, eager to please, prepared to keep a careful distance.

A big part of BHO's sky high approval ratings comes from a fawning press eager to please him. At some point, those "journalists" who aren't getting called on are going to want something to keep their own circulation numbers up. Our Dear Leader needs to keep this in mind, and that bad news sells.