Barack against the world

Steve Benen has a post up about press coverage of Obama. Basically, Obama gets the most negative coverage out of all the presidential candidates. And then Benen jokes about this proving the liberal media’s existence.

The liberal media is a figment of the right’s imagination, no doubt. But I dunno about this. As someone at Balloon Juice pointed out, there’s no comparison offered of previous coverage of other presidents. And given the state of the economy, as Benen notes, some of that coverage is bound to be negative. Also, I’ve been unable to find info on how Pew conducted this study. It might’ve been in a long document I got linked to and didn’t have time to read, but I dunno.

In any case, I wonder whether the press really is opposed to Obama. I don’t think the Villagers dislike him. I think they object to his policies and rhetoric, especially now that the preznit is back in reelection mode and hitting the populist class warfare angle. The courtier press, in other words, doesn’t hate Obama. They are allergic to progressive economic arguments, even the relatively muted ones that Obama offers. I’d wager that Elizabeth Warren, for one, would get even worse ratings among the Serious pundits.


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