The “serious” mainstream media that has championed Barack Obama is getting upset that the President has figured out that they are no more important than the fluff media.
President Obama has not taken questions from the White House press corps since June 19, an issue exacerbated by the fact that Mitt Romney – who historically has only held press conferences sparingly – has held multiple news conferences in recent weeks. Instead, Mr. Obama has done a number of interviews with local TV news reporters in the various markets where he’s been campaigning and has come under criticism for recently doing interviews with outlets such as ESPN, People Magazine, “Entertainment Tonight” and radio shows instead of taking questions from more hard news outlets.
The Romney campaign, whose candidate has been uncharacteristically chatty with national political reporters lately, has seized on the opportunity to criticize the president for his selection of interviews. “President Obama was on a radio program down in New Mexico, not talking about jobs, not talking about the fiscal crisis in this country, not talking about the rapid increase in debt that has occurred under his administration, instead he was talking about his favorite chili peppers,” said Romney senior adviser Eric Fehrnstrom on CNN this morning.
Later on the same program, Mr. Obama’s deputy campaign manager, Stephanie Cutter, defended the selection of interviews.
“I don’t think that they’re more important, but I think they’re equally important,” she said, referring to whether or not the campaign felt entertainment news outlets were more valuable than the national news media. “I think that’s where a lot of Americans get their news. And I think the president’s going to continue doing that.”
The mainstream media long ago quite asking Democratic Party candidates substantive questions. Why should the candidates view the “news” reporters any differently or more importantly than the entertainment reporters that ask similarly vacuous questions?
It is also a matter of ratings and audience reach. Fewer and fewer Americans watch the network or cable news shows thanks to heavy leftward bias and lack of substance, while the entertainment shows demographics remain steady.
The mainstream media has destroyed its own credibility through blatant partisanship. That the politicians are finally treating them with the contempt they deserve is only fitting.