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-- -- Obama trying to steer media coverage away from yesterday's bare knuckle house hearing on the botched obamacare roll out.
By giving a speech on immigration reform at the White House surrounded by supporters -- those proceedings on capitol don't.
Here's how it all went down.
It doesn't make sense to have eleven million people.
Who are in this country.
Without any incentive.
Or any way for them to come out of the shadows.
Get right with the law.
Meet their responsibilities.
And permit their families vent.
To move ahead.
It's not Smart it's not fair.
It -- make sense.
We have kicked this particular pin down the road for too long.
Joining us now Howard Kurtz south fox news media analyst and of course the host of media buzz thanks for being with us there ticket city in a split screen there were -- to President Obama will weaken he's been hearing going on.
But we cannot hear that testimony from one of the top officials of the computer software company that is like being President Obama and the administration saying it's not our fault but it failed we didn't get our instructions from them until too late.
We're not hearing her she's drowned out by -- -- had to be deliberate.
But when you say that president was stealing media coverage it sounds like a felony I'm willing to say yeah.
I'm betting I'd thought OK I do that tees but I wanted to say was premeditated.
Nothing happens by accident politics obviously the White House knew that these house hearings on the that the bungled rollout of obamacare or getting a lot of media attention live coverage to all three cable news networks and suddenly president speaks -- -- -- breakaway both fox went back to the hearings and work more quickly.
Then did CNN and MSNBC but.
I would say on balance although he did briefly -- that spotlight.
That the strategy was a bit of a failure I'm looking here -- -- condition of the New York Times I -- zero stories about the president's remarks about immigration and I -- two stories on the problems obamacare the Washington Post.
Did have a story out and the basic reason anybody and is that president didn't really have anything new to say about immigration reform even though it's a very important issue.
Yeah a thousand or next question actually did he even make any news in his immigration a press conference you Murti said no by the way it was -- steering I remember now we're saying that he was I think operating statistics bear that out.
Many Americans now -- younger Americans are getting their news from these comedy shows.
Even Jon Stewart this week taking shots at -- care what impact does that have.
On the whole public dialogue.
A greater impact than you might think and not just because Jon Stewart is wildly popular among younger viewers who.
Don't necessarily want Sunday show is -- read newspapers but also there's a symbolic aspect here Jon Stewart is it's no secret a left leaning comedian he's had President Obama on The Daily Show and the way he came out and of course -- -- very.
Funny -- mocked.
The problems of obamacare ever -- talking back which is sort of suggests the way in which the entire mainstream media those those were not funny for a living.
Have been have turned much more that told I should say has turned much more harsh against the problems as they have now today after today.
So Jon Stewart I think I wouldn't go so far to say if you've lost Jon Stewart you've lost America but if you really was quite a telling moment.
Yeah and he's not the only Democrat in -- you've got to a lot of Democrats many who are up for reelection.
Now coming out and not criticizing the roll out and what not.
Has the media coverage of this issue.
Emphasized -- bipartisan nature of the criticism.
Yeah I think what I've seen a number of stories -- talking about how some Democrats on the hill who after all have to run for reelection next year unlike the president of the United States.
Are joining in this criticism even many liberal commentators who usually support President Obama joining in the criticism they think it's a fiasco for program they really care about and the biggest change I see.
Is in they have to beat reporters the regular journalists who not that's supposed to be taking partisan sides that -- in the White House briefings -- Jay Carney has turned very aggressive.
The big newspapers are revealing more than just the web -- -- but for example your time just yesterday I believe had a story about how the obamacare is not lowering prices in rural areas because there aren't enough insurers to compete.
So I think that -- -- some people saying this should have happened sooner it's hard to critique a program that hasn't debuted yet I think there's been a lot of aggressive and skeptical.
Reporting now on these problems all right and we can hear a lot more of Howard Kurtz on his show media buzz it airs on Sundays at 11 AM Howard Kurtz thanks as always.
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