January 15, 2013

Overrating Obama by the inside-the-Beltway media

OH, doorknob, the inside-the-Beltway media is myopic. PBS' Frontline tonight is looking at the Compromiser-in-Chief's first term, and Jonathan Alter says, "this was the greatest presidential transition in history."

Not.Even.Close.

Adams-Jefferson
Quincy Adams-Jackson
Buchanan-Lincoln
Lincoln-Andrew Johnson
Hoover-FDR

All of them, in various ways and for various reasons, were greater transitions.

Beyond overrating Obama, it overrates the current era of America, arguably. But, it starts with overrating Obama.

However, it's a general shallowness and a larger myopia, too. And, it's massive acid trip on Beltway media egotism. This transition rates as the most important in history because folks like Alter wrote about the horse race.

And, that's why thoughtful people like me don't have a lot of use for a lot of national-level media. It's not so much the Obama bias among the liberal media, it's the Obama bias among the neoliberal establishmentarian media.

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