The NY Times has a thumbsucker today about alleged overexposure by President Obama in the media. Now, the idea that the President of the United States is someone who tends to make news is never a problem with the media unless its a Democrat but what is even worse is the way the Times frames this story.
But longtime Washington hands warn that saturation coverage can diminish the power of his voice and lose public attention.
Ah-ha! Who are these Washington hands? Political veterans with no political axes to grind, I bet!
“I’m really perplexed. It’s unbelievable,” said Karen Hughes, Mr. Bush’s White House counselor. “They’ve taken his greatest political asset — his gifts as a communicator — and totally diluted them. It’s been especially notable in the last couple weeks.”
Um, what? That’s Karen Hughes, one of the top puppeteers that told Bush what to say and when to say it during his disastrous presidency. Karen Hughes has a mighty unhealthy relationship with the George W. Bush legacy, and it was her who allegedly help ghostwrite Bush’s “autobiography” A Charge To Keep. Surely there’s someone other than a Bushie hack that is concerned over this so-called overexposure.
“It’s a risk of overexposure,” said Joe Trippi, a political consultant.
Ah, well then… But wait!
“If you use it all up on health care, you may not be able to use it on something else. But if you’re going to risk using it all up, this is the one to risk it on.”
So Trippi doesn’t comport to the article’s main thesis. In fact, he says that using political capital to pass health care reform is a good thing.
The rest of the article cites no other Washington insider types on this issue. The sole voice of criticism is from Karen Hughes, a republican insider with a major role in crafting the public relations of the failed Bush administration (she also failed miserably in PR at the state department, a move that probably led to Americans being hurt or killed in the long run). The only place Hughes seems to have succeeded with PR is in getting NY Times reporter Peter Baker to carry her water.