Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Some Things Never Change

“The White House seems to think that attacking the media is a way to win popular support for their programs.”

That lede is as old as “dog bites man,” but it seems to be perennial because there’s a grain of truth in it, and Robert Gibbs, the Obama administration press secretary, used it yesterday, this time to go after cable news outlets. He didn’t mention any names, but I’m guessing the initials are FOX News.

I think it’s illuminating because it may not necessarily be where cable television is on all of this. But, you know, we’re sort of used to that. We lost on cable television virtually every day last year. So, you know, there’s a conventional wisdom to what’s going on in America via Washington, and there’s the reality of what’s happening in America.

Regardless of who’s in the White House; the message is the same: if the biased Beltway media would shut up, the American people can make up their minds, and in their infinite wisdom they will do the right thing and agree with the president. Greg Sargent adds,

Obviously there’s a bit of shtick going on here. Still, the Obama team is clearly embarking on a new and more aggressive strategic effort to draw attention to the size of his popular mandate and paint Washington as a place designed to obstruct the public’s will. As Josh Marshall noted recently, Obama hadn’t been tapping the real source of his power — his popular support — as well as he might have. The Obama team is clearly trying to change that.

The more things change….