There are some true howlers in this article:
At the same time, it is limiting press access in ways that past administrations wouldn’t have dared, and the president is answering to the public in more controlled settings than his predecessors. It’s raising new questions about what’s lost when the White House tries to make an end run around the media, functioning, in effect, as its own news agency.Which of the sycophantic Democratic Party publicists masquerading as representatives of the public does he expect to hold this president accountable?
Mike McCurry, who served as press secretary to President Bill Clinton, sees an inclination by the Obama White House to “self-publish,” coupled with tactics “I never would have dreamed of in terms of restricting access” for independent news organizations.
“What gets lost are those revealing moments when the president’s held accountable by the representatives of the public who are there in the form of the media,” says McCurry.
What’s different now, says Mark Jurkowitz of the Pew Research Project for Excellence in Journalism, is new technology that allows the White House to distribute its own content far more widely and effectively than past presidents could. At the same time, it’s getting harder for cash-strapped news outlets to resist using photos, video and other content supplied by the White House.
No, what's different now is that the press is letting Obama get away with this. Remember how the press used to shout "gotcha" questions at Bush and Reagan, regardless of whether the setting warranted that kind of spectacle? Sam Donaldson made his career on it. Now, the press pliantly allows the Obama administration to present its own narrative without even making a pretense of an attempt at getting answers to any questions that might prove difficult for Obama.
Obama’s communications strategy works well for him, Dezenhall says, but sometimes at the expense of the “rowdy, boisterous scrutiny that the free press is based on.”
I remember the rowdy, boisterous scrutiny of Reagan and both Bushes, but Clinton, not so much, and Obama? Nil. Who do these guys think that they are fooling? This is happening because our pliant media lets it happen. When Obama has been faced with questions that he couldn't answer, like during the presidential debates, the media closed ranks to defend him and deflect criticism. The basic conceit in this article is that somehow, Obama and his handlers have managed to circumvent the media, when the truth is that the media is in lockstep with the administration and its party.