By Brent Bozell, CNSNews.com
Martha Joynt Kumar, a scholar of presidential communications strategies at Towson University, reports that President Obama is almost everywhere in the media. In their first four months, Bill Clinton gave 11 interviews and George W. Bush gave 18, compared with 43 from Obama. He has offered his eloquence to ABC News at least six times, seven times on CBS and nine times on NBC.
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That large number doesn’t count his latest TV interview blitz, or the four prime-time press conferences. But all this access to the media – based on the strategy that Obama’s charisma can overcome all objections to his policy nostrums – isn’t stopping the collapse of his attempts to rush the country into massive new spending and regulation schemes.
The public is getting bored. About 24.7 million viewers tuned in to Obama’s latest TV show last week, according to Nielsen ratings, some four million fewer than watched his last evening news conference in April and only half the number that saw his first one in February. The media are getting bored, too.
Their decision to play up Obama’s thuggish attack on the city cops in Cambridge, Massachusetts demonstrated Obama was losing control of the political narrative on the health-care front.