Conservative media have long pointed fingers at the "mainstream" media for its handling of Barack Obama-first as a presidential candidate, then as president. In their words, the liberal-dominated media are too soft on the Obama administration.
Some recent developments, however, indicate that, if that's true, it's changing.
Last month, the Radio-Television Digital News Association (formerly the Radio-Television News Directors Association) released a blog about Public Information Officers (known to most as Public Relations or P.R. people). It mentioned a freelance reporter's frustrations with getting information from the White House, writing in parantheses "The Obama administration is not known for its openness".
That's something I haven't heard much with the Obama White House. I heard it regularly with regard to his predecessor.
A bigger issue is the recent apparent dust-up between the White House and Bob Woodward, now an associate editor at the Washington Post, the newspaper where he and Carl Bernstein broke the Watergate affair in the 1970's. Woodward claims he was "threatened" by an Obama aide after saying it was the president who, in 2011, suggested the now-in-effect sequester to ward off a budget stalemate with the Republican-controlled House at that time. Woodward has, in fact, been critical of the administration in recent interviews.
Regardless of the extent of the incident, it's an indication things aren't exactly hunky-dory these days between the White House and certain segments of the media. It might not be as glacial as the days of the Nixon adminstration, but it's there. It can be said it happens to every second-term president. Things don't go as well as they did in the first term, even if it isn't scandal-ridden.
None of this means conservatives will back off their criticism of the president. (By the way, if Fox News is the number one cable news channel in the U.S., doesn't that make it "mainstream"?) But some of it also has made note of the critical articles.
That's something that could make the next four years "fun" for both sides.
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