Is The Press Finally Turning Against Obama?

May 15, 2013 10:23 amViews: 19043

The press turns against President Obama


Things don't look good for Barack Obama lately. Not only is he now ridden with scandal in his second term with Benghazi catching fire again, with the IRS snooping into conservative groups applying for non-profit status, but not those of liberal groups, with the Department of Justice seizing AP reporters phone records and with another as yet unnamed scandal brewing, the once enthralled with Obama liberal press is finally turning against him.

Obama probably lost a few liberal news persons when the IRS scandal broke. After all, who is comfortable with even the threat of being targeted by the tax collector goons? But now that the AP phone records scandal has broken and Attorney General Eric Holder is actually defending the seizure of those records, nearly all except the most diehard liberal reporter is seriously weary of the brazen hubris of the Obama administration. The thought that is most certainly on the minds of those in the news business is, 'could I be next?'

The next few weeks could be quite interesting for Obama and company as the IRS and AP scandals start to take shape and more information comes out. As Mitch McConnell said this is, “just the beginning of the story. This is no little thing. This is a big thing."

Read more about the press turning against Obama from Politico.com below:

Vernon Jordan, a close adviser to President Bill Clinton through his darkest days, told us: “It’s never all right if you’re the president. There is no smooth sailing. So now he has the turbulence, and this is the ultimate test of his leadership.” Jordan says Obama needs to do something dramatic on the IRS, and quick: “He needs to fire somebody. He needs action, not conversation.”

Obama’s aloof mien and holier-than-thou rhetoric have left him with little reservoir of good will, even among Democrats. And the press, after years of being accused of being soft on Obama while being berated by West Wing aides on matters big and small, now has every incentive to be as ruthless as can be.

This White House’s instinctive petulance, arrogance and defensiveness have all worked to isolate Obama at a time when he most needs a support system. “It feel like they don’t know what they’re here to do,” a former senior Obama administration official said. “When there’s no narrative, stuff like this consumes you.”

Republican outrage is predictable, maybe even manageable. Democratic outrage is not.

The dam of solid Democratic solidarity has collapsed, starting with New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd’s weekend scolding of the White House over Benghazi, then gushing with the news the Justice Department had sucked up an absurdly broad swath of Associated Press phone records.

Democrats are privately befuddled by the White House’s flat-footed handling of this P.R. and legal mess, blaming a combination of bad timing, hubris and communications ineptitude. The most charitable defense offered up on background is that Obama staffers are scandal virgins, unaccustomed to dealing with a rabid press.

Obama not ever having to deal with a rabid press is a giant understatement. We most certainly know that neither Obama or his cabinet or staffers have ever had to deal with anything but an entirely softball pitching press. Maybe, just maybe that is all about to change.

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