With President Trump visiting Israel Monday, the media have been pushing the narrative that President Obama was Israel’s protector, literally (see headlines below). On Tuesday, CNN political analyst David Gregory and global affairs analyst Tony Blinken were eager to assert that President Obama was Israel’s greatest ally in regard to security.
Roughly five minutes into MSNBC’s Inauguration coverage, host Brian Williams switched gears from discussing Donald Trump becoming President to mythologizing President Obama for having “elevated the office...improved by touching the office and shown great respect for the office he's the custodian of.”
Yes, it’s as bad as you think it was. On Wednesday, MSNBC’s Hardball host Chris Matthews allowed himself to have his knees quake one last time, paying tribute to President Obama, who he deemed “a fine man” offering unparalleled levels of “sentiment,” “temperament,” and “optimism.” “To say that no person can make a difference, I give you the fine case of that fine man, Barack Obama,” Matthews swooned at the end.
Prior to President Obama’s final press conference, CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley seized the opportunity to gush that Obama “will be leaving the presidency in less than 46 hours and he is not going gently into that good night.”
On Tuesday night, the panel on FNC’s Special Report tore into President Obama’s “bizarre” decision to commute Chelsea Manning’s sentence as “an absolute disgrace” that “does tremendous damage going forward because it incentivizes leaks.” This was in contrast to CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley, who reported that “[t]he Obama presidency is ending on a note of forgiveness” and “mercy.”
In the moments after President Obama commuted the sentence of convicted criminal Chelsea Manning on Tuesday, CNN’s Jake Tapper, host of The Lead, vocalized this disconnect between the White House’s actions versus how they felt when Manning first handed over stolen government documents to WikiLeaks.
Friday’s edition of Dateline NBC featured the long-planned hour-long special Reality of Hope dedicated to outgoing President Barack Obama and, naturally, NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt stayed clear of all Obama scandals in lieu of gush over his so-called accomplishments.
Is it hasta la vista, baby, for the venerable White House daily briefing for the media? Way back there in 1955 James Hagerty, the press secretary for President Dwight Eisenhower, came to the conclusion that admitting television cameras to presidential press conferences Ike held in the Indian Treaty Room of the next-door to the White House Old Executive Office Building (now named for Eisenhower) was the future.
My friends, it’s happened. Following President Obama’s farewell address on Tuesday night, ABC poured out warm fuzzes for the President as the assembled liberal journalists bowed down to his “sermon on democracy” doubling as a “song of hope” of “what can look like that we are now a diverse nation.”
To the surprise of probably no one who visits NewsBusters, CBS and NBC went soft in their Tuesday evening newscasts previewing President Obama’s farewell address, touting Obama as having been “the embodiment of hope and the personification of change.”
Fresh off her glowing column on Sunday polishing First Lady Michelle Obama’s apple, author and New York Times correspondent Jodi Kantor appeared on Monday’s CBS This Morning to similarly praise President Obama for being “a big believer in taking a kind of above the fray, unifying, nonpartisan tone.”
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will leave office after eight years of strutting even while sitting down, preening even while standing up, swanking while playing 18 holes. Yet he remains the first president in American history to cast no shadow. President Jimmy Carter cast a pale and minuscule shadow. President Lyndon Johnson cast an obscene shadow. But Obama leaves absolutely no shadow, even in the moonlight.