On the evening of Tuesday, June 30, 2009—just five months into his administration—Barack Obama invited a small group of presidential historians to dine with him in the Family Quarters of the White House. His chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, personally delivered the invitations with a word of caution: the meeting was to remain private and off the record. As a result, the media missed the chance to report on an important event, for the evening with the historians provided a remarkable sneak preview of why the Obama presidency would shortly go off the rails. …
Over the two-hour dinner, Mr. Obama and the historians discussed several past presidents. It wasn’t clear from Mr. Obama’s responses which of those presidents he identified with. At one point, he seemed to channel the charismatic John F. Kennedy. At another moment, he extolled the virtues of the “transformative” Ronald Reagan. Then again, it was the saintly Lincoln…or the New Deal’s “Happy Warrior,” Franklin Roosevelt….
Mr. Obama told the historians that he had come up with a slogan for his administration. “I’m thinking of calling it ‘A New Foundation,’ ” he said.
Doris Kearns Goodwin suggested that “A New Foundation” might not be the wisest choice for a motto.
“Why not?” the president asked.
“It sounds,” said Goodwin, “like a woman’s girdle.”
via Fox News.
Absolutely amazing the collusion between these “historians” and a sitting President. How can they claim to be objective when they participate in such pandering? Why doesn’t the media point out the obvious problem with these sorts of meetings? …
That last one I can answer.
Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed:
everything else is public relations.
― George Orwell
There continues to this unholy relationship between the media and Obama specifically and politicians generally. The media wants, no needs, access to the pols and the pols need access to the media. It’s a symbiotic relationship where each benefits the other.
The New York Times was just last week busted printing stories whereby national secrets where “leaked” from the White House. What we have is a major news organization dishing out exactly that the White House wanted printed. That’s not journalism; that’s public relations.
Thankfully the internet is killing the mainstream media faster than the plague raced across Europe. At least with citizen journalists the bias is out in the open. People can make up their own minds considering the source.