I don't think Big Media is any less in the tank for the Obama administration than it was yesterday and I have no doubt they will continue to be shills for the O-Train. However, the White House Press Pool decision was not a total surprise. Earlier in the week, ABC News senior White House correspondent Jake Tapper confronted Obama Press Stooge Robert Gibbs:
Tapper: It's escaped none of our notice that the White House has decided in the last few weeks to declare one of our sister organizations "not a news organization" and to tell the rest of us not to treat them like a news organization. Can you explain why it's appropriate for the White House to decide that a news organization is not one -
Gibbs: Jake, we render, we render an opinion based on some of their coverage and the fairness that, the fairness of that coverage.
Tapper: But that's a pretty sweeping declaration that they are "not a news organization." How are they any different from, say -
Gibbs: ABC -
Tapper: ABC. MSNBC. Univision. I mean how are they any different?
Gibbs: You and I should watch sometime around 9 o'clock tonight. Or 5 o'clock this afternoon.
Tapper: I'm not talking about their opinion programming or issues you have with certain reports. I'm talking about saying thousands of individuals who work for a media organization, do not work for a "news organization" -- why is that appropriate for the White House to say?
Gibbs: That's our opinion.
Gibbs was obviously referring to Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity, neither of whom claim to be journalists. They are Conservative commentators and clearly advertise themselves as such. Notice that Gibbs and Obama don't have a problem with alleged journalist Andrea Mitchell who has become increasingly nasty in interviews with non-Democrats. Or with Chris Matthews who gets funny feelings running up his leg when Obama speaks (Michelle O may want to keep an eye on that situation). Or with Keith Olberman and Rachel Maddow who refuse to admit they are hardcore Leftists while shilling for the most extreme Left political positions. Or Rick Sanchez who is nothing but a Democrat bomb thrower. Or the condescending Charlie Gibson. Or the snarky Katie Couric. In other words, opinion journalism is only a threat to their vision of Amerika when it disagrees with Obama's leftist ideology.
How bad is the White House temper tantrum and partisan sniping? Hardcore Leftist reporter Helen Thomas even criticized Obama for their asinine attacks.
This situation is worth watching. For today, Big Media did the right thing and stood up for a free press. Will they continue to stand firm against a White House that seems intent on a Castro-Chavez style, state-controlled media? Stay tuned.