Michael Calderone, Politico
Earlier today, President Obama talked to a St. Louis audience about “certain news channels” where he’s not very popular, and during his third prime-time news conference, he called on all the major networks but one: Fox News.
Similar to his first two East Room pressers, Obama called on 13 reporters. But unlike last time, the major newspapers got a chance to question the president.
Obama skipped around, too, ignoring the traditional White House protocol that begins with the wires before leading to the networks.
Martha Zoller, Town Hall.com
The assault on the 1st Amendment that is being planned by the government and the extremist Left is not limited to their desire to silence conservative talk radio. Newspapers and television are not immune to the anti-First Amendment efforts that are at work here. In addition, the internet is also a target for receiving the restrictive aspects of the so-called “Fairness Doctrine” as a means of stifling criticism for anything that is being reported or commented upon. Apparently the administration wishes to silence any avenue from which the truth can escape the yoke of government tyranny. ~ Roger Hedgecock, Talk Host and Chairman of The American Radio Free Speech Foundation and DontTouchMyDial.com
For a fleeting moment earlier this year, we thought we had a victory on free speech. The Senate had an 87-11 vote on a rider to the D.C. voting rights bill. They called it the Broadcaster Freedom Act (BFA), and it would once and for all end the Fairness Doctrine.
But the enemies of free speech don’t give up that easily, and they wrap themselves in groups with names like “Free Press” and “Media Matters.”
As he marks his 100th day in office, President Barack Obama has enjoyed substantially more positive media coverage than either Bill Clinton or George Bush during their first months in the White House, according to a new study of press coverage.
Overall, roughly four out of ten stories, editorials and op ed columns about Obama have been clearly positive in tone, compared with 22% for Bush and 27% for Clinton in the same mix of seven national media outlets during the same first two months in office, according to a study by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism.
The study found positive stories about Obama have outweighed negative by two-to-one (42% vs. 20%) while 38% of stories have been neutral or mixed.
When a broader universe of media—one that includes 49 outlets and reflects the more modern media culture of 2009, is examined, the numbers for Obama’s coverage are similar, though somewhat less positive and somewhat more negative. In this expanded universe of media—which includes news websites, additional regional and local newspapers, plus cable news, network morning news, and National Public Radio, 37% of Obama’s coverage has been positive, 40% neutral and 23% negative.
The New York Times reported last week that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, was waterboarded 183 times in one month by CIA interrogators. The “183 times” was widely circulated by news outlets throughout the world.
It was shocking. And it was highly misleading. The number is a vast inflation, according to information from a U.S. official and the testimony of the terrorists themselves.
A U.S. official with knowledge of the interrogation program told FOX News that the much-cited figure represents the number of times water was poured onto Mohammed’s face — not the number of times the CIA applied the simulated-drowning technique on the terror suspect. According to a 2007 Red Cross report, he was subjected a total of “five sessions of ill-treatment.”
By Brent Bozell, Townhall.com
There’s something very curious — even laughable — about watching the media assemble to offer President Obama a grade after the first 100 days. They weren’t exactly a team of dispassionate scientists in a lab. They continue to be what they’ve been all along — a rolling gaggle of Obama cheerleaders — only before it was a campaign, and now it’s an administration. So now they’re assessing whether their awe-inspiring historic candidate still glows with the luster of victory. Hmm … let’s see. They applied the luster, they boasted of the luster, and you can bet your bottom dollar they’ll continue doing both.
Remember Chris Matthews, and apply his pre-inauguration pledge across the media: “I want to do everything I can to make this thing work, this new presidency work.”
The Wall Street Journal
Dick Cheney is often critical of President Obama, but on one issue we suspect the former Vice President has a grudging admiration: In a mere 100 days, the Democrat has silenced eight years of criticism about the Imperial Presidency. It is once again the liberal hour in American politics, and the media and political classes now see energy in the executive as a national asset.
Though we disagree with much of Mr. Obama’s agenda, this turnaround has its benefits. A worried electorate wants to feel better about the country after the bitterness of the Bush years, and his cool confidence has lifted the public mood. He is a likable man who seems open to other arguments, even if he really isn’t. His rise to Commander in Chief has sapped the war debate of its partisan animus, and he is now responsible for success or failure in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has made responsible decisions on both fronts.
TV Newser Media Bistro
How’s this for cable news domination – Fox News beat CNN and MSNBC combined in every hour from 6amET to MidnightET in both Total Viewers and the A25-54 demo for April 2009.
FNC had the top 11 cable news programs in Total Viewers and 12 of the top 15 in the demo. FNC is the #2 network in Total Viewers on all of cable.
From 9amET on, every program grew by more than 60% in the demo.
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