Even though more and more Americans question the increasingly political actions of President Barack Obama, the mainstream media continues — for the most part — to give him a pass on actions that would have drawn harsh criticism if his predecessor has pulled the same stunts.
If George W. Bush had pulled some of the same stunts, the pundits would be howling with self-righteous protest and the liberal blogs and discussion forums would be screaming in anquish.
Let’s face it. Most of the mainstream media loves Obama. They hated Bush.
A four-hour stop in New Orleans, on his way to a $3 million fundraiser.
Snubbing the Dalai Lama.
Signing off on a secret deal with drug makers.
Freezing out a TV network.
Doing more fundraisers than the last president. More golf, too.
President Barack Obama has done all of those things — and more.
What’s remarkable is what hasn’t happened. These episodes haven’t become metaphors for Obama’s personal and political character — or consuming controversies that sidetracked the rest of his agenda.
It’s a sign that the media’s echo chamber can be a funny thing, prone to the vagaries of news judgment, and an illustration that, in politics, context is everything.
Conservatives look on with a mix of indignation and amazement and ask: Imagine the fuss if George W. Bush had done these things?