No surprise to see ABC give platform to Obama — but not to his critics


By Ron Smith, Baltimore Sun


Barack Obama American flag SCWhat former CBS news correspondent Bernard Goldberg identified in the title of his recent book, A Slobbering Love Affair: The True (And Pathetic) Story of the Torrid Romance Between Barack Obama and the Mainstream Media, has not cooled in the slightest.

Not since John Fitzgerald Kennedy wowed the press with his looks and charm and the elegance of his wife, Jackie, has a president been so widely idolized by those members of the Fourth Estate who are supposed to report with some objectivity on presidential policies and promises. This is not a healthy thing. We are not some backward nation worshiping a Dear Leader – are we? Well, are we?

There’s much buzz this week about the decision of ABC News to air a special edition of its World News program June 24 from the White House. Charlie Gibson will anchor the news from the Blue Room in a program described by the network as a special town hall meeting on health care. Republicans (remember them?) are very upset about this, maybe because their views on health care reform (whatever they might be) are being left out of this telecast. They think having the president’s views amplified on television without opposition is pretty chilling.


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