As news leaked today of a gaffe on the part of Mr. Obama, news outlets responded in varying and telling ways. Perhaps this observation is simply a reinforcement of the adage “If you’re watching it, it’s for you,” that we seem to read in just about post and/or comment associated with Alone’s writing but I felt it might be interesting to point out.
Mr. Obama leans in to let Medvedev know the scoop on his missile defence policy, that being a hands off policy until the election. I first read of this on BBC’s website; the title was: Obama and Medvedev caught in unguarded missile remarks. The article can be found here and it goes on to quote the President and provide readers with some context for the statement. There seemed to be no politicizing of the matter, although, the issue is certainly politically charged. No real side was taken.
Jump to CNN. The title of its article concerning the statement is as follows: First on CNN: Obama’s open mic a Republican open season. If you’re reading it, it’s for you. The article went on to feature Romney tweets about the President’s remarks and other gems.
I looked to find a Fox News article outlining how Mr. Obama and Rootin Tootin Putin are planning a lavish party in honor of Lenin but I couldn’t come up with anything. For the sake of full disclosure, the title of this article is: During missile defense talk, Obama tells Medvedev he’ll have ‘more flexibility’ after election. There is no mention of the Romney tweets. I suppose the Fox conservatives feel that the statement, itself, is damning enough for them.
I have no agenda one way or another on this issue – I think the President did what any President during an election year would do. The media, however (CNN in particular), has set up this kind of event to spur the brand of contentious, partisan politics Americans crave. Who do you think used the shotgun mic to get the quotes? This kind of reporting is necessary for ratings – it brings in the wankers that follow cable news and political pundits without realizing that masturbation is more fun when watching porn with hot lesbians than with Rachel Maddow.
CNN Article: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/03/26/first-on-cnn-obamas-open-mic-a-republican-open-season/
Fox News: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/03/26/obama-tells-medvedev-hell-have-more-flexibility-after-election-during-missile/