Are the media beginning to catch on to President Obama? The answer is a tentative yes. This doesn't mean the press is softening its hostility to Mitt Romney. Heaven forbid! But at least for now Obama is getting razzed by the very people who used to uphold and defend him....
A turnaround was perceptible last month after the president claimed "federal spending since I took office has risen at the slowest pace of any president in almost 60 years." This went too far. It clashed with the reality of a presidency in which hefty spending increases and soaring deficits are hallmarks.
Media fact checkers waded in, not from the right but from the Washington Post and the Associated Press. "Obama claim of thrifty spending falls short of reality," AP concluded. Glenn Kessler of the Post said the president's data "are flawed." It was a full debunking, but Obama aides didn't give up. They continued to argue Obama had slowed spending.
That's another mark of the Obama presidency with potential for media attention: repeating a claim after it's been exposed as false, misleading, or flimflam...
Obama is slippery when assigning responsibility for failures and successes. "Under my administration, America is producing more oil today than at any time in the last eight years," he said in February. The implication was his energy policies were the cause. Though National Journal, among others, pointed out the oil surge was a result of his predecessor's policies, the president has persisted in acting as if the credit should go to him.
After Solyndra, the solar energy company, went bust last year, Obama noted that the program under which it was subsidized "predates me." That is, it was George W. Bush's program. But the loan guarantee to Solyndra was approved by the Obama administration. Again, months later, Obama was still insinuating the Bush administration was at fault.
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