Media are not given to introspection. But their coverage of Barack Obama’s World Tour is so excessive, even they’re noticing. Okay….some of them.
CNN’s Lou Dobbs, Jack McCafferty and Howard Kurtz called it an ”extravaganza” in the early going (see post below).
Fox News had an interview this morning with Eric Dezenhall, author
of “Damage Control” about the topic. He said ‘the press is caught up in
their own role in this historic moment as much Obama’s role in it, they
want to be part of making history themselves.’ He said “there’s a
certain amount of political tribalism going on here”, when a group
collectively decides “who we like, who we don’t like”. That all rings
true, and seems to be stating the obvious.
Fox News’ contributors made similar points on Brit Hume’s Special Report
in the evening. Fred Barnes: “Look, Obama’s more interesting than John
McCain”, he’s “more liberal, more cool”. So this media hyperdrive is
understandable. Mort Kondracke: “They’re more biased now than…ever.
McCain used to be lionized by the press, and now he can’t figure out
how to get their attention. You’d think the media would at least TRY to
Charles Krauthammer says the “infatuation” with Obama is over his
style: “he’s elegant and smooth”….and, Hume reminded them, he hit that
three point jumper in the gym on live tv on a military base in front of
But the finesse stops when you stroke the message, Krauthammer
notes, and on that he’s getting too much of a pass. On the serious
position changes Obama has made, Krauthammer believes he considers
himself “unerring” (and, actually, unchanging) ”and if you find a
change in his position, you weren’t listening”. His campaign has
creatively turned the tables on critics, so Obama goes unchallenged.
“His treatment by the media is not presidential,” concluded Krauthammer. “It’s papal. He has been given infallibility.”