Obama & the Press: Voices Carry – POLL

Noting that the press seems torn between being justifiably angry at President Obama for his dismissive attitude toward them (and his disinterest in press conferences and “transparencies”) and their instinct to lay down, roll over and let him rub their bellies while they pant, Allahpundit remarks: this relationship is the definition of co-dependency, isn’t it?

Well, yes, we’ve pretty much established that the White House press corps and most of the mainstream media are the well-paid equivalent of the desperate girl with glasses who got dazzled by the King of the Prom, gave her whole self to him on the first date, and now sits by the phone, waiting for him to call just so she can be used by him, again.

Or, perhaps the press is Miss Havisham, their emotional clocks stopped on the Inaugural day, their house tumbling about them as they drag about unsteadily, with one foot unshod, their pretty cake uneaten. Having been fooled by Obama Compeyson, they haul their heavy train of regret about them and grow bitter. One wonders if they will ever turn to the alternative media they despise and try to break as they have been broken and say, “I saw in you a looking-glass that showed me what I once felt myself, I did not know what I had done. What have I done! What have I done!”

Co-dependent, oh, yes. I watched the clip of Chip Reid asking Obama if he ever plans to have a real press conference again, and thought: “He wants me, but only part of the time/He wants me, if he can keep me in line”

What do you think?

Who are the Mainstream Press in relation to Obama
The dog waiting for belly scratches
The sad girl by the phone
Miss Havisham in full regalia
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The drama between Obama and the broken-hearted, ever-hopeful media is only going to grow; if some–even a handful–of journalists snap out of their slumber and begin to wonder what this congress and this president think about free speech, it may become downright operatic.

But for now…

Voices Carry
Aimee Mann

I’m in the dark, I’d like to read his mind
But I’m frightened of the things I might find
Oh, there must be something he’s thinking of
to tear him away
When I tell him that I’m falling in love
why does he say
Hush hush, keep it down now, voices carry
Hush hush, keep it down now, voices carry

I try so hard not to get upset
Because I know all the trouble I’ll get
Oh, he tells me tears are something to hide
and something to fear
And I try so hard to keep it inside
so no one can hear
Hush hush, keep it down now, voices carry

He wants me, but only part of the time
He wants me, if he can keep me in line
Hush hush, keep it down now, voices carry

He said shut up – he said shut up
Oh God can’t you keep it down
Voices carry
Hush hush, voices carry

American Digest: It’s come to this…

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  • http://vita-nostra-in-ecclesia.blogspot.com Bender

    It takes a special talent to ruin and so royally screw up such a 1000 percent guaranteed sure thing as this sycophantic press has been. The Obama folks really are the best and smartest people ever, aren’t they?

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  • Estragon

    Interesting comparison of the (legacy) press to Miss Havisham. Unlike the original, their Compeyson hasn’t even the decency to send a note acknowledging his treachery, and their continued credulity is such that they seem more genuinely bewildered, perhaps even a touch of pique (“He’s late, and I shall deliver him ever such a scolding upon his arrival”), but not a trace of betrayal.

    Strange how all those “layers of editors and fact-checkers” who make them feel so superior to amateur journalists never managed to catch the error.

    Perhaps when your clocks are all stopped, you just remain in the same moment?

  • Feeney

    Wow, this is great! Obama and his “fluffers” in the media. Perfect description of Chris Matthews.

  • Jacki

    I think you’ve hit the nail on the head. Thanks for this insightful post.

  • Judith L

    I loved the Miss Havisham comparison and I really, really wanted to vote for it. But when I saw the dog wanting a belly scratch, I knew I had to be honest and vote for it. Then I discovered that the majority agreed with me. Will the press ever see how they are perceived?

    One hopes, but it is a faint hope.

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  • Rich Fader

    The one song from that era that twenty years on I will rush to turn off. Not even “Don’t You Want Me Baby” does that to me. And yet I have to admit, it fits.

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  • elmo

    That is one of my favorite 80s tunes and I am so glad Ms. Mann is still around today enjoying a successful career as a singer/songwriter.

    Thanks for posting the video, however, you left out from the lyrics the last line of the song, whispered as the chords fade away: “I wish he would let me talk.”