Act II of media's love affair with the president
Cheerleading threatens to overshadow reporting
- Duration 5:46
- Date Jan 26, 2013
Cheerleading threatens to overshadow reporting
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Obama do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute.
Though faithfully execute the office of president of the United States the office of president of the United States.
And will do the best of my ability and -- the -- my ability preserve protect and defend.
Preserve protect and defend the constitution of the United States the constitution of the United States so help you god so help me god congratulations mr.
It was a big day for Barack Obama on Monday taking the ceremonial oath of office for his second term it was.
Big day for the media as well -- we had does CNN's Jim Acosta is saying that he had to pinch himself we saw Al Roker screaming to get the president's attention.
What happened to reporting you know don't forget Chris.
At is comparing it to the Gettysburg address.
What I think that know -- -- Media -- summit summit summarize it very well -- said this is a tale of two and our girls in 2005.
Which is a bush 432 inaugural.
Media smears in 2013.
Media cheers and he could be alluding to.
The endless discussion about how great -- is about as dressing the kids are taught how this is the economy how they -- straight.
In contrast to the 2005 inaugural just eight short years ago when the discussion was -- need.
Money that was spent on the -- -- coming at the expense of the war when unemployment was couple points lower than it is now.
And meanwhile the Iraq War etc.
that are it would mr.
Rothman completely nailed the sense of bias.
I salute him and his efforts -- -- What about that -- and I mean do do reporters not have memories.
That's a loaded question.
I've you know I think there's a bit a little bit of a double standard here clearly the economy is still on about -- -- that you can't say that that's if that.
-- -- -- -- -- -- The -- that they're they're concerned about spending back when bush was president they should be concerned about it now but look we just it'd be a little earlier about Michael Hastings of Rolling Stone reporter who wrote a book.
He he in in covering the president being around the media.
That what he observed was very immature behavior they -- DD is the word that he used.
And they're sort of in awe of the president and -- I think it just confirms what we've been saying here almost every week about the problem with the press corps and their inability to cover.
-- we heard during the inaugural address we heard about climate change we heard about gay rights we heard about lots of issues but nothing much about the deficit and some other pressing issues that you know -- really pressing issues of.
Well some of the really great analysis from a lot of journalists and commentators was.
No he's a liberal.
This is the biggest media cover up.
This is their version of Watergate.
I mean they tried to portray him as a centrist a man who is not a blue state red state America but the United States of America a guy who could transcend.
All of the political divisions in Washington.
Another saying after all the stuff you just mention.
Well golly I guess he really is a liberal after all.
Who knew was there too much media -- leading in all the coverage that.
I mean he had lost sight -- the braille LYK it's not -- liberal as legacy.
This if you look at today's speech -- -- -- -- lads climate change guns this speech could've been given in 1963.
He -- that the president was making a speech that social reform is setting himself up.
At the great sexual reforma Americans carrying -- and it had he writes about and I didn't got into the deep talent and I think that need to didn't pay cut -- -- -- About that Jim I mean you know.
I guess one wouldn't expect the president to bring up Ben Ghazi in this context in the -- in -- -- in an inaugural address but I mean there are some big foreign policy issues that we're facing out there that.
Didn't get touched you you're right and -- -- it.
That he mentions legacy.
Couldn't -- it was Joseph Pollack great art news it was the first to notice.
-- -- the worst -- peace in our time.
Yes Rick I -- -- the -- -- -- -- Chamberlain's status comment coming back from the -- deal with Hitler in 1938 -- so the most must be gotten -- is that right.
It is astonishing to me that that.
Quote even inadvertently in a sentence different context so to dispute the fact checkers speech writers and reviewers sort of course nobody is an issue media noted he as -- -- this.
And now there's Newsweek magazine which -- and.
Publication I guess you would call it.
The second coming now conservatives have long complained that President Obama thinks that of himself but now cal they've made it official like it.
Well I -- treated as a messiah figure the first time around I think you know the media put too much faith in politics and government because it reflects there particularly.
And they really and they're setting him up.
For a no -- second term and they're not going to hold him accountable they didn't hold him accountable -- the first term because they're afraid of being branded as racist.
And they agree with him I think the the reviewer of the coverage you have for the Washington Post had it right when he said Al -- you mentioned earlier embarrassed himself he wasn't alone.
And then there was the New York Times which complained about George W.
Bush spending forty million dollars on his second inauguration -- -- in this.
Touched on this they -- the inauguration ceremonies for inauguration wartime a lingering question of tone.
That was all about.
Bush -- second inaugural.
And then for Barack Obama spending fifty million on his second inauguration the times wrote fundraising is lagging so far.
For inaugural plans and lamenting the fact that in this economy.
Fifty million dollars was tough the -- Just an interest important.