Drive-By Media is Feeling Neglected By Obama

by Sal on January 23, 2009

in Media,Politics

Is the relationship of adulation between Barack Obama and the Drive-By Media on the rocks now that he has become President?  The media played a large role in getting Barack Obama, the most unqualified man ever to run for President, elected.  The media’s love and downright adoration for Obama was nausiating to watch through the election cycle, the transition and through Inauguration Day. Throughout the campaign season, however, Obama did not grant much access to the press, never giving a Press Conference and rarely speaking off the cuff to the media.

Now that he is President, the media wants their role to resume.  They want information, and are expecting Obama to give it to them.  Yesterday, for example, at an informal greeting of the Press, Obama was asked a tough question on the fact that he had promised no lobbyists in his administration, yet had appointed a former Raytheon lobbyist to Deputy Secretary of Defense.  Obama declined to answer, saying:

Ahh, see, I came down here to visit. See this is what happens. I can’t end up visiting with you guys and shaking hands if I’m going to get grilled every time I come down here.

Pressed again, he said:

Alright, come on, we will be having a press conference at which time you can feel free to [ask] questions. Right now, I just wanted to say hello and introduce myself to you guys – that’s all I was trying to do.

He was then rescued by a cameraman who got all giddy about calling him “Mr. President.”  In other signs of strained relations between Obama and the Drive-By’s is an article in today’s Politico, about how the press are upset that they are being denied access to such events as Obama’s Second Swearing-in, or his first visit to the oval office.  Instead, team Obama distributed their own photographs, which the AP, Reuters, and other news services have declined to circulate, saying “We are not distributing what are, in effect, visual press releases.”

While it is still early, and while I don’t expect the Drive-By love for Obama to dissipate anytime soon, team Obama has to be sure to keep his Drive-By Media disciples happy by feeding them information to write about.  If he doesn’t it could end up being problematic for him.  The media was content to stand by and not do their jobs when there was a Republican to defeat.  Now that a Democrat is in office, there are certain expectations that the press has, and Obama has to meet with those expectations, or the people who built up The One will just as quickly tear him down in their next Drive-by shooting.

H/T: Sister Toldjah

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