This past week, we saw just why our media are held in such low regard by the American people, particularly by Republican an independent voters. They just couldn’t let go of a “secret” video where Republican presidential nominee expressed himself in an inelegant manner about the state of the 2012 electorate.
When the incumbent President of the United States, however, gave two interviews this very week, revealing first a lackadaisical attitude to the nation’s debt problem and later showing (once again) his tendency to blame his partisan opponents for his failures, our friends in the legacy media effectively took a pass. Now, to be sure, some journalists do, from time to time, report the Democrat’s “gaffes,” with ABC’s Jake Tapper calling out the president for falsely claiming Fast and Furious program began under the Bush Administration.
Few others (outside the conservative media) took note of this dishonesty, much less inquire into whether this is part of a pattern. And they may indeed find that this Democrat does have a habit of making things up.
In the first of the two interviews, Obama’s appearance on Late Night with David Letterman, not only did the incumbent reveal a blasé attitude to the national debt, he also talked as if he were still a candidate and had not yet served in office, putting forward some pablum about a “balanced” approach to deficit reduction, grateful that Letterman wasn’t going to follow up and ask him how he had gone about seeking that balance in his three years and eight months in office.
On Univision Wednesday night, Obama’s interlocutor, Jorge Ramos, did follow up on his question, pressing the Democrat on his failure to pass immigration reform as he had promised. Obama blamed Republicans. (And yet, as Michael Barone reminds us, the Obama Democrats never even brought an immigration bill to the House floor. Democrats, not Republicans, prevented him from keeping this promise.)
These television appearances help define the man we elected president four years ago, a man who talks as if he’s still campaigning for a first term and when confronted on the very real failures of that term, instead of acknowledging his own mistakes, blames others.
And yet, our friends in the legacy media were “too busy reporting the flaws in Mitt Romney’s campaign” to take notice of the failures of Obama’s record in office.
RELATED: To a certain degree, Jennifer Rubin summed up the meaning of these two television appearances in a post this morning where she writes:
Americans who wanted to feel good about themselves and the country and get some inspirational cheerleading voted for Obama in 2008. But the challenge is different now, and the president’s preference for talk over action, divisiveness over deal-making and campaigning over governance is an impediment — a big one — to solving the nation’s problems. What the country needs now is not someone who wants desperately to be the outsider once again extolling the troops to change D.C. It needs someone who will roll up his sleeves, immerse himself in the nitty-gritty work of governing and get something done.
If anything, this week clearly showed how disinterested Barack Obama is in governing. He’d rather be campaigning.