Over at the Daily Caller, Rob Bluey describes how the new kind of politics Barack Obama promised in his 2008 presidential campaign has manifested itself now that that post-partisan president is in the White House:
Veteran reporter Keith Koffler, who writes for White House Dossier, noted recently the “Obama White House has long practiced the tactic of bullying reporters who write stories it doesn’t like.” When [White House Director of Progressive Media and Online Response Jesse] Lee first got the job in May, Koffler predicted it would “formalize the strategy and signals that such behavior is likely to escalate as the campaign begins.”
And that’s exactly what has happened. Over the past three months, there has been a high-profile incident involving the White House and journalists on at least three occasions.
Bluey goes on to detail this bullying. Ed Morrissey, who initially defended the Lee appointment as the White House exercising its “right to respond to criticism” even though he thought the task was “better left to the DNC,” thinks that now Lee is making the White House look bad:
Instead of looking hip and timely, attacking Twitter users would make the Obama administration look petty and thin-skinned, and would diminish the seriousness and dignity of the Presidency. Punching below one’s weight is a strategy that never pays off.
Did the much maligned George W. Bush — or any of his White House communications aides — ever attack that good man’s critics in such a public manner? And he was accused, you might recall, of being a divisive force who could not brook dissent.
Why this administration’s need to attack its critics? And why don’t we see more discussion of this Nixonian tactic in the mainstream media?