At a function commemorating the 50th anniversary of the first live presidential news conference Monday, veteran journalists bemoaned the fact that the press are too "timid" at such events today.
On Thursday, "Red Eye's" Greg Gutfeld pointed out that this is because "The media loved President Obama from the moment their gazes met from across that smoky room...So all the smart folks knew that from the start, Obama's honeymoon would outlive most marriages" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
GREG GUTFELD: So some veteran journalists have piled on the current roster of White House correspondents, accusing them of being too nice to Captain Perfect. This happened during a media shindig Monday, marking the 50th anniversary of the first live televised news conference by JFK.
Now, some blame the 24 hour news cycle for making press conferences less important, boring, and more staged. Maybe so. But I think these old coots are avoiding the real culprit behind these mundane conferences, and that is this: The press got their guy. The media loved President Obama from the moment their gazes met from across that smoky room. They accepted him unconditionally, for he is one of them: an academic liberal, progressive crusader, Democrat, West Wing fan, closet smoker.
On the other hand, he was the first black President - and you know how the media hates that sort of thing.
So all the smart folks - i.e. me and my masseuse Antonio - knew that from the start, Obama's honeymoon would outlive most marriages. For the media to turn on Obama, he'd have to renounce Lady Gaga or worse kitten videos.
That's why watching a press conference, and expecting a "truth to power" moment, is like watching The View and expecting coherence. Other than a mild risk-free display of angst for the sake of theater, forget about any kind of defiance. It's just rude.
But the real folly is watching these old reporters criticizing the new crop for being timid. Cuz something tells me they'd be doing the same thing. They're just mad they aren't there to do it.
And if you disagree with me, you sir are worse than Hitler.
To be sure, in the past 29 months, there have been moments when it seemed the honeymoon was ending, but the love being expressed for Obama by so-called journalists today is possibly deeper and more disgraceful than what we saw in 2008 when he was first running for president.
Suddenly every Republican presidential candidate is a racist. His possible female opponents, Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin, are too stupid for the job.
Yes, the media got their guy, and they're going to do everything in their power to keep him.