Obama Media in Fear: “It feels impossible for us to change the conversation”

Posted by on Sep 03, 2012 at 7:02 pm

Well now, this pretty much sums things up. They know they’re losing.

Is that all there is?

Presidential campaigns are supposed to be the greatest show in American politics — infused with big ideas and historical import. Yet after 16 months enduring a Republican primary and then a two-man contest so far defined by gaffes, cynicism, knife-fights and rapid-fire news cycles, even the best political reporters want the whole thing over with.

Yet another high-profile veteran campaign correspondent had his Howard Beale moment this week — mad as hell (or rather, sad as hell) and not willing to take it anymore — when Mark Leibovich lamented the devastating “joylessness” of the 2012 grind and wondered what the hell he was doing with his life.

“How am I ever going to get through it?” the chief national correspondent of The New York Times Magazine asked.

Just quit now, you sniveling twit.

But his cri de coeur is just the latest primal scream in a campaign that is sending a whole generation of journalists to the confessional.

“This is worse than normal, a lot less fun, and it feels impossible for us to change the conversation,” Walter Shapiro, who has covered nine presidential campaigns and now writes for Yahoo News and Columbia Journalism Review, told POLITICO.

That’s obviously the objective every day of Team Obama and their media lackeys. Such as Walter Shapiro.

“People are feeling grateful that it’s almost over,” added Maggie Haberman, who covered the 2008 election for the New York Post and is covering the 2012 election for POLITICO. “There has been this ongoing lack of enthusiasm. Neither side seems to be enjoying this race — not the Democrats or the Republicans, and not the reporters.”

So much butthurt, so little time. You know who’s enjoying this? Republicans and all of us getting ready to vote President Empty Chair out of office.
Via John E.


27 Responses to “Obama Media in Fear: “It feels impossible for us to change the conversation””

  1. pablo panadero on 4/04/12 at 8:21 am

    The media lackeys know that their candidate and party are going to lose, and are going to lose big. They also know that they are not the filter that they once were in controlling the narrative. They spent their wad, risked all their diminishing credibility on an unproven candidate that turned out to be everything that his critics asserted that he would be: incompetent, arrogant, and inexperienced.

    Gee, I wonder why they are all so down? Maybe because once this election cycle is over, they go from being useful idiots to just an idiots.

  2. Steve S. on 4/04/12 at 8:45 am

    Don’t know about the journ-o-lists, but I’m having a blast.

    You can cheer for your team when it’s losing. But when loss piles upon loss piles upon loss, the cheers get hollow and become a joke in and of themselves. Even that is tolerable. But when you are ordered to cheer for a loser and will suffer bad consequences if you don’t, then – yes, cheering becomes a joyless exercise.

    I’m waiting for the insurgencies to start.

  3. crackermike on 4/04/12 at 8:46 am

    The media are being blamed for this fiasco just as much as is Obama because people remember the media forced him down our throats. The media will never recover. The Democrats will only after Romney fixes the economy and there is enough money to start all the big, free welfare money again.

  4. Koblog on 4/04/12 at 8:52 am

    “…Mark Leibovich lamented the devastating ‘joylessness’…”

    Wow. That is the saddest thing I’ve ever heard. The poor dear.

    It’s got to be way worse working for the Times following lying democrats around than, oh, fighting and dying for Obama’s losing war in Afghanistan, or being underemployed part time while looking at your mortgage payment, food costs, fuel costs and electricity costs skyrocket.

    By all means, let us vote for Obama so our reporter class can be happy again. Right.

  5. Featuredplayer on 4/04/12 at 9:36 am

    Watching Chris “Tingles” Matthews has given me all the Joy a man can expect from the misery his President has incurred..

  6. Thucydides on 4/04/12 at 9:43 am

    “This is worse than normal, a lot less fun, and it feels impossible for us to change the conversation”

    Because changing the conversation is not your job, you venal hack. People are telling politicians who is in charge, and now they are telling the media hacks as well. Enjoy

  7. s on 4/04/12 at 9:43 am

    if they hadn’t promoted a fraud four years ago, they wouldn’t be in this situation to begin with. we will see some confessions from real journalists attempting to save their integrity before the election, but the rest will just morph into empty chairs.

  8. Dave in Houston on 4/04/12 at 9:45 am

    I dunno, I am kind of looking forward to November and voting against Mr. Empty Chair. I think the elite toffs in the media know that if Obama goes down inglorious defeat, he could take them with him.

    A two fer!

  9. T on 4/04/12 at 10:13 am

    Dave in Houston,

    IMO the media has already gone down in defeat; their mask has slipped. Who, besides a small number of zealots who get their info exclusively from the MSM believe ANYTHING they write?

    Pablo Pandero,

    It’s good to hear from you again–from “T,” another Surberban.

  10. Spiny Norman on 4/04/12 at 10:38 am

    “…it feels impossible for us to change the conversation.”

    Unfreakinbelievable. That’s not your f*cking job, Walter! You’re supposed to be a REPORTER, not an Obama campaign PR flack.

    Talk about the mask slipping…

  11. Blue Hen on 4/04/12 at 11:02 am

    Because changing the conversation is not your job, you venal hack

    Thank you! They’re now openly admitting that they have conjured for themselves some ridiculous role as court wizards or some such. You are supposed to be reporting on what is going on, not “changing conversations”. But George Snuffalupagus, the political creature of the Clinton era who actaully has the nerve to “moderate” Republican debates and who nods approvingly when Brian Ross carries out an oral death sentence on a tea party member via google search, swears that there is no bias. Because then the revolving door between media and government would be in danger.

  12. GMichaelinTX on 4/04/12 at 11:03 am

    I’m going crazy.

    Morning constitutional process, FLASH mental image of EMPTY CHAIR.

    My granddaughter covered her eyes this morning so I wouldn’t see her, FLASH mental image of EMPTY CHAIR.

    Buckling granddaughter into carseat for trip to school FLASH mental image of EMPTY CHAIR.

    Put wifes’ eggs on table, call her for breakfast, FLASH mental image of EMPTY CHAIR.

    Reading laments of the pinko’s of drive by media, FLASH mental image of EMPTY CHAIR.

    It’s like hearing pop goes the weasel in the morning and humming it all day.

    I would say that I feel the pinko’s pain, but that would be stooping to their level, it would be a lie.

  13. werewife on 4/04/12 at 11:20 am

    Thanks for the mention of “court wizards,” Blue Hen. My favorite scene in the Bible is when the staff of Aaron eats the staves of Pharaoh’s magicians. It’s a nice image to have during this election season – which, BTW, many of us seem to be enjoying to the hilt even if the overpaid Narrative pushers aren’t. In fact, that little detail makes it even more fun. The only thing that does sadden me about this – and it does – is that Andrew Breitbart, who deserved this fun more than anyone, is not here to share it with us.

  14. sherlock on 4/04/12 at 11:55 am

    The question I have is whether any media rats will start jumping off the ship during the convention, by actually critiquing the speakers and what they say, or will they all make one last effort and spin the convention as a glorious success that will re-elect Obama?

    I will bet on the latter, because I think there is still plenty of denial in the media to keep them hoping, and they are creatures with a herd instinct after all.

    How many will stand fast right to the end, and break down in tears on election night? I think there will be plenty of them, even the majority. Our job is to make sure their obvious partisanship is not quickly forgotten, and smacks them in the face as they try to discredit a new administration that committed the sin of thrashing their boyfriend like a rented mule.

  15. tom swift on 4/04/12 at 12:28 pm

    “Neither side seems to be enjoying this race”

    Interesting. Looks like classic “projection”.

    I suspect that in reality quite a few Americans are enjoying it. “To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women” – and all in a good cause. Unless of course the Attorney General has his way and good old Democratic voter fraud screws things up again and sends the USA back down the Socialist toilet.

  16. Rlynh on 4/04/12 at 1:01 pm

    The media have only themselves to blame if this campaign cycle is so joyless for them. They vilified George Bush as the Devil Incarnate for eight years, and then latched onto Barack Obama as the Black Messiah. Well, Bush wasn’t the Devil, and Obama isn’t a messiah. In fact, Obama has been such a crushing failure, they don’t know what to do, because they tied all their credibility to him, and he’s sinking like a stone.

    But they shouldn’t worry. When Romney wins, they’ll have a new Devil to fill up their pages and broadcasts (provided anybody is still paying attention by then).

  17. Sardondi on 4/04/12 at 2:04 pm

    Yeah, it’s always a drag to be bombarded day in, day out with unassailable proof that what you swore on your life to a zillion rubes was a sure thing has finally come a cropper. Particularly when you live in Rubetown.

    Chickens. Roost. Bummer.

  18. Mike C on 4/04/12 at 3:40 pm

    “How am I ever going to get through this?”
    – Mark Leibovich

    “This is worse than normal, a lot less fun, and it feels impossible for us to change the conversation.”
    – Walter Shapiro

    Cry me a freakin’ river.

    Out here in Oklahoma, we’re enjoying the whizz-bang out of this. We’re just trying not to say “We told you so” too often.

  19. MassJim on 4/04/12 at 4:06 pm

    Perhaps if the media had not squandered all of their prestige on one candidate (Obama) they would enjoy a little more respect today.

  20. mytralman on 4/04/12 at 4:24 pm

    from one window in manhattan I can see the AP CBS NBC and Condi Nast (The New Yorker). The men who toil there may feel pain now, like their colleague feom across town, mr Sniveling Twit, but it won’t last long. Already the post O narrative is taking shape in these towers, coined by the Master himself:” the recovery is inevitable because of what I did and R is going to take credit for it unfairly”. Sort of an obverse Bush narrative. The real shame of theAmerican Press is that it no longer minds or objects to the endless lies of the left or its Master. For them these confabulations are much more valuable than “news”, because they excite the viewer to spend time on them and attention time is revenue time.. The men who profit from these lies call the same pizza shops, sit on the same concrete benches for lunch, frequent the same parties and restaurants, like “21” which I can also see from the window, and think the same way too, like monks in a garden listening to scripture. R will not get a break from them, even if they fail, but maybe we can get a break from their Master.

  21. Ubu Roi on 4/04/12 at 5:20 pm

    What Tom Swift said above. It’s becoming increasingly obvious that Obama isn’t going to win, even with that 10-15 points from the media.

    Which means we are going to see massive voter fraud on a scale Al Franken could only have wet dreams over. Military voter disenfranchisement, thousands of ballots “found”, Democratic election officials losing ballot boxes from conservative precincts…

    The nightmare scenario is that the Dems fairly obviously steal several states; just enough to tip the balance. I fear for that, because we’re playing it fair and square — for now. The gloves might come off if we’re faced with a stolen election and four more years of Obama.

  22. richard40 on 4/04/12 at 6:45 pm

    “There has been this ongoing lack of enthusiasm. Neither side seems to be enjoying this race — not the Democrats or the Republicans, and not the reporters.”

    Only partly right. The crowds I see at tea party rallies, at romney/ryan rallies, and the hordes of enthusiastic repub commentators I see on the net, tell me the repubs have enormous enthusiasm (although I will admit that for a few it is more enthusiasm against Obama than for Romney). It is only on the dem and MSM side that I see despair, desperation, and any enthusiasm shortage. The only thing that slightly taps repubs enjoyment is a fear that Obama might somehow, with huge help from the MSM, manage to pull off another victory, but that fear just adds more intensity to the enthusiasm. On the other had, I suspect the dems know that even if Obama wins somehow, his 2nd term will be little better than his first, and it will just set them up for even worse defeats later.

    I think the dems and the MSM are beginning to realize that they are in the same position the repubs were in 2008, facing defeat, after a mostly failed presidency, and with a party badly in need of reform. The repubs responded to their huge defeat in 2008 by starting the tea party, reforming themselves, putting economic growth and responsible fiscal policy ahead of socon BS, bringing in lots of new blood, and are now coming back strong. If the dems respond to a huge 2012 loss by permanently repudiating the Obama/Pelosi/Reid wing, and reforming themselves the way the repubs did in 2009, possibly by bringing back the Clinton style dem leadership council approach, and repudiating some of their more greedy and misguided cronies, they could make a comeback. But the longer they delay that needed reform, the worse it will be for them.

  23. richard40 on 4/04/12 at 6:59 pm

    I am also wondering if some in the MSM may finally realize that a Romney win is actually good for them. They can go back to the much easier job of tearing down a Romney administration, and making him out to be the devil, just like they did with Bush, rather than having to constantly distort reality trying to cover for Obama. And the good part is president Romney will probably make enough mistakes, any president makes some, that many of their complaints will even be justified, so they wont even have to constantly lie. So they can go back to their traditional role, of tearing down the man, instead of having to constantly flack and lie for this narcistic vacuous Obama hack.

  24. Marty on 5/05/12 at 12:24 am

    “…it feels impossible for us to change the conversation…”

    As if those idiot reporters EVER should have had the power to define “the conversation” rather than just tell us about it in a factual, fair, even-handed manner.

    The gall! The whole bunch of them should just go rot in hell.