Is The Drive-By Media Turning on Obama?

by Sal on March 24, 2009

in Media,Media Bias,Politics

There are signs that the love affair between the mainstream media and the Obama administration are hitting a rocky patch.  After virtually ignoring Obama’s defects during the campaign and doing practically nothing to determine his qualifications for the job of President, the Drive-By media is starting to realize that Obama is simply not up to the job.

Take this past Sunday’s New York Times, in which the editorial page of the Times as well as three liberal columnists heavily criticized ObamaFrank Rich, Maureen Dowd, and Thomas Freedman all wrote opinion pieces that went after Obama on policy, political competence, and his ability to handle the financial crisis.  It was followed on Monday by a column by liberal economist Paul Krugman, who sharply criticized the Obama-Geithner TARP-II asset buyout plan.

There are other signs of media discontent with the administration.  Press Secretary Robert Gibbs has been getting increasingly sharp questions during the daily press briefings, and even Vanity Fair described Obama as unable to connect to the American people:

The guy just doesn’t know what to say. He can’t connect. Emotions are here, he’s over there. He can’t get the words to match the situation.  This began, I’d argue, from the first moment. He punted on the inaugural. Everybody ran around like crazy trying to praise it because if Barack Obama couldn’t give a speech then what?  He’s cold; he’s prickly; he’s uncomfortable; he’s not funny; and he’s getting awfully tedious.  This guy is leaden and this show is in trouble.

The question is whether this is just a bump in the road, or if the media will turn on Obama as he continues to slide and exhibit his incompetence.  In any case, I agree with Mark Hemingway over at NRO’s The Corner, in saying that the honeymoon of Barack Obama is officially over.

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