Not that this hasn’t been noted a lot before, but this particular example is almost parody:
One of those off-the-record moments was an event where President Obama joined reporters for drinks while the campaign was in Orlando, Fla., an event that Hastings partially details in the book.
“The behavior of the assembled press corps was telling. Everyone, myself included, swooned. Swooned! Head over heels. One or two might have even lost their minds,” Hastings writes, as each reporter had a chance to speak personally with the president. “We were all, on some level, deeply obsessed with Obama, crushing hard, still a little love there. This was nerd heaven, a politico’s paradise, the subject himself moving among us — shaking our hands, slapping our shoulders!”
Hastings reveals that the president spent “over an hour” with reporters who later stayed up late buzz over every detail of the evening.
“Did this inform our reporting, did seeing the man in the flesh, in a somewhat staged and casual setting, provide new, deep, and lasting insights?” asks a reflective Hastings in his book. “Yes, I would say, but again, I’m not at liberty to share.”
They worship him.
And he demands they shut up or he destroys them:
Naturally, Hastings was chastised by many of his campaign colleagues for revealing some of the precious details of the event.
“The fear was that the White House would collectively punish all of us by revoking the already limited access or, worse, Obama might never come down and hang out with us again,” Hastings writes.
Campaign spokesperson Jen Psaki, Hastings notes, was furious and angrily phoned his editor Ben Smith for publishing details of the event. In response, the Obama campaign banished him from the campaign plane for a week.
If you aren’t part of the obsequious, drooling, swooning sycophant worshippers, you’re banished. Also, it’s worth nothing this piece by Politico:
Obama has had his share of problems, amply noted, probed and press-released by Hill Republicans — including Solyndra, the terror attack in Benghazi, Libya, and the bungled Fast and Furious program, which funneled weapons to drug dealers in an effort to trace a trail to kingpins. But they have been relatively easy to swat away so far.
Why do you suppose the murder of two US federal agents, the murders of hundreds (if not thousands by now) of our Mexican neighbors, have been “relatively easy to swat away”? The press worships him. They swoon in his presence, going weak in the knees for their progressive godling.
They won’t report on murders of American citizens. They won’t report on Fast and Furious. They won’t question why Obama exerted executive privilege to hush up hundreds of murders ordered by him. They won’t question Benghazi, where our ambassador was murdered and dragged through the street. They won’t question why a consulate was left defenseless. They won’t question Paula Broadwell’s comments about secret CIA prisons (but they sure will hammer Petraeus).
Most of the media is a willing collaborator in this. They are Obama’s zealots. No wonder public opinion of the media has been so low.