By Douglas MacKinnon, The Washington Examiner
With President Obama’s choice of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to replace David Souter on the Supreme Court sure to elicit the predictable fawning praise from the majority of the mainstream media, an important question needs to be asked: Is the mainstream media lauding and giving a pass to the president because they agree with him, or because they fear him? There is mounting evidence that it may be a bit of both.
Earlier this month, The Hollywood Reporter referred to the fear. While discussing the fact that the networks were “seething” behind the scenes at the prime-time Obama press conferences that cost them millions, the magazine said no network official wanted to be quoted by name, “fearing repercussions from the administration.”
“If the president wants to make it tough for your network, he can,” said one such executive. Another said, “Nobody wants to take on the White House, so we’ll have to tiptoe through this.”
Gee, if memory serves, network executives did not exhibit such a fear of retribution when George W. Bush occupied the White House.
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