The deteriorating relationship between the mainstream media and President Obama was highlighted once again this past weekend when USA Today Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page said that the Obama administration has been “more dangerous to the press” than “any administration in American history:”
This administration has been more restrictive and more challenging to the press, more dangerous to the press, really, than any administration in American history, in terms of legal investigations…and I think access to the White House has just gotten worse and worse.
Page made her remarks at a White House Correspondents Association seminar meant to help reporters deal with the lack of transparency by the Obama administration. Her words echoed those of former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson, who said earlier this year that “It is the most secretive White House that I have ever been involved in covering.” That’s in addition to Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer, who said, “This administration exercises more control than George W. Bush’s did, and his before that;” and more recently, New York Times reporter James Risen, who said, “I think Obama hates the press.”
And they’re liberals!
Obama has no one to blame but himself for the soured relations with the media. After all, not only did they fall all over themselves to support his candidacy, they provided valuable cover for his mismanagement of the economy and largely ignored the scandals that were engulfing his administration. In return, the media received limited access, threats of prosecution for not revealing sources, and demands to change pool reports, to name a few things that have infuriated them.
Even though not everyone in the media has soured on Obama, there has been enough backlash to ensure that his last two-plus years in office won’t be the love affair it was when he was first elected.