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Obama, the puppet master

Posted By admin On February 19, 2013 @ 5:50 am In U.S. News | Comments Disabled

JIM VANDEHEI and MIKE ALLEN
Politico [1]
Feb 19, 2013

President Barack Obama is a master at limiting, shaping and manipulating media coverage of himself and his White House.

Not for the reason that conservatives suspect: namely, that a liberal press willingly and eagerly allows itself to get manipulated. Instead, the mastery mostly flows from a White House that has taken old tricks for shaping coverage (staged leaks, friendly interviews) and put them on steroids using new ones (social media, content creation, precision targeting). And it’s an equal opportunity strategy: Media across the ideological spectrum are left scrambling for access.

The results are transformational. With more technology, and fewer resources at many media companies, the balance of power between the White House and press has tipped unmistakably toward the government. This is an arguably dangerous development, and one that the Obama White House — fluent in digital media and no fan of the mainstream press — has exploited cleverly and ruthlessly. And future presidents from both parties will undoubtedly copy and expand on this approach.

“The balance of power used to be much more in favor of the mainstream press,” said Mike McCurry, who was press secretary to President Bill Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Nowadays, he said, “The White House gets away with stuff I would never have dreamed of doing. When I talk to White House reporters now, they say it’s really tough to do business with people who don’t see the need to be cooperative.”

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[1] Politico: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/02/obama-the-puppet-master-87764.html

[2] Zbigniew Brzezinski – Puppet Master of Obama: http://www.prisonplanet.com/zbigniew-brzezinski-puppet-master-of-obama.html

[3] US documentary depicts Obama as corporate puppet: http://www.prisonplanet.com/us-documentary-depicts-obama-as-corporate-puppet.html

[4] Barack Obama: Puppet on a String: http://www.prisonplanet.com/barack-obama-puppet-on-a-string.html

[5] Wall Street Puppet Obama Sympathizes With Anti-Wall Street Protests: http://www.prisonplanet.com/wall-street-puppet-obama-sympathizes-with-anti-wall-street-protests.html

[6] Alex Jones’ Audio Blog: January 19, 2009 on the new puppet Barack H. Obama: http://www.prisonplanet.com/alex-jones%e2%80%99-audio-blog-january-19-2009-on-the-new-puppet-barack-h-obama.html

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