Obama and the media
As this New York Times editorial
and this Dana Milbank
op-ed reveal, President Obama is losing the authority the liberal media once gave him. I have watched much more TV news during the last week or two than I care to admit to, but it turned out to be useful, for I see something I hadn't seen before, or only saw glimpses of: He is losing his base of support in the liberal media. His supporters overestimated his capacities, his intellect, his judgment, his rhetorical abilities, and they are now wondering what to say, where to go with this unpleasant insight. The straw that broke the camel's back was the amazingly inartful talk he gave as the markets continued plunging, ignoring him altogether. Everyone is admitting that it was a very bad speech, and a revealing one. Where we go from here is an open question (challengers in the primaries?), but that it is a new and unhappy world for this White House is a certainty. You can see it in the media's eyes, you can feel the regret in their once braying voices.
11:43 AM / August 9, 2011