Barack Obama has done so well since he first came to national attention (with his speech to the 2004 Democratic National Convention) in large measure because of the fawning treatment he has received from the news media. They have soft-pedaled stories of his past association with a rogue’s gallery of unsavory characters. They all but ignored his extremely liberal voting record and failed to question how he could run as a new kind of politician when he was a product of Chicago’s machine. (He had no record of ever challenging that notoriously corrupt machine.)
Basically, the media all but exempted him from going on defense. In those few moments when during the 2008 campaign, their best efforts notwithstanding, he was put on defense, he stumbled badly. In the immediate aftermath of the GOP convention,* it looked like the wheels were coming off his campaign bus. Barack Obama was not good on defense.
So, now with the media narrative shifting, will Obama be able to push his agenda without the active assistance of the MSM, indeed, with their increased skepticism–as they are now offering greater coverage to (and even shown some sympathy for) critics of his plans?
*Maybe the media grew to so hate Sarah Palin because her nomination caused the narrative of last fall’s campaign to shift. In the years since she had stepped down as Mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, she had effected more real reform than had Obama in his entire political career.