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Ed Driscoll

Obamastemic Closure

September 20th, 2013 - 9:13 am

“Flashback: New York Times ‘Only Newspaper’ Obama Reads,” John Nolte writes at Big Journalism:

Back In April, we learned though a former White House advisor speaking to The New Republic, that “There’s only one paper the president reads, that’s The New York Times.” In a new book, MSNBC editor Richard Wolffe paints a portrait of a president obsessed with the opinion of the Times’ editorial page. After each negative editorial “the president would summon his communications team to discuss the critical coverage,” Wolffe writes.

Forget the fact that the idea of a sitting president being so myopic, bubbled, and unwilling to consider alternate opinion is a little scary; what all of this might help to explain is why some are wondering if the New York Times is running the White House’s frantic and widely criticized Syria policy.

Perhaps Mr. Obama should expand his information choices. This is only one man’s advice, but it seems quite reasonable:

Still, if you’re somebody who only reads the editorial page of the New York Times, try glancing at the page of the Wall Street Journal once in a while. If you’re a fan of Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh, try reading a few columns on the Huffington Post website. It may make your blood boil; your mind may not be changed. But the practice of listening to opposing views is essential for effective citizenship.

Not to mention effective governing; the above passage is of course, from Mr. Obama’s commencement speech to the University of Michigan’s Class of 2010.

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"If you’re a fan of Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh, try reading a few columns on the Huffington Post website."

I try looking at lefty websites on occasion, but it always takes so long for my IQ to recover...

It's HARD dumbing yourself down enough to understand their arguments.
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Trust me. After all his bumbling and fumbling, he doesn't WANT to read what else is out here.
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Actually he doesn't even read the Times. He doesn't have to. They just tell him what he wants to hear and he knows what that is already, so why bother?
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Back in 2008, all the leftists made a big ruckus out of the fact that BHO was a big admirer of ABRAHAM LINCOLN, indeed, that he was going to BE the next Abraham Lincoln.

I guess they didn't (they don't) know that, while a private citizen in Springfield, Honest Abe was a subscriber to "THE RICHMOND ENQUIRER" and "THE CHARLESTON MERCURY"…

When asked about this from law partner William Herndon, who like most Illinoisians was no fan of the slave power, the 19th-century constitutional lawyer replied by using a legal metaphor:

"Let us have both sides at the table, Billie…
Each is entitled to his day in court"

How much does that ring true in regards to our 21st century constitutional genius? How much does that ring true with regards to the occupant of the White House being willing to hear out members of the opposition (the GOP)?

More comparisons between the 1860s and 150 years (the 2010s) later here:

http://no-pasaran.blogspot.com/2010/04/carvilles-reptiles-smear-is-perfect.html
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What got in the Newspapers craw was the reasons that Bush gave for not reading newspapers, every morning he got briefings from intelligence and law enforcement agencies, and his own political operatives who were way ahead of what was available in newspapers.
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Reading anything else would cut into his golfing time.
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I doubt the quote above by Richard Wolffe.
First, when has the NYTs editorial page taken a stand against ANYTHING Obama has done or said?
Second, Obama believes he's the smartest person, ever. Why would he care what the NYTs or any other newspaper think about him? If they disagree with him (and they don't), he would simply pass them off as wrong.
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Egos this big are almost always incredibly fragile. Just because they think themselves the smartest guy in the room doesn't mean they don't need approval. In fact, they crave it. *EVERYONE* else in the room must know how smart they are, and essentially concede that they're inferior intellectually.

So it makes sense to me that he'd be obsessed with the editorial page of a newspaper, and it also follows that it would be what he considers the "smartest" paper (obviously he can't read them all) that he'd choose. How did he decide it was the "smartest" paper? It's the big one that agrees with him the most...
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Perhaps Mr. Obama should expand his information choices.

You mistakenly assume he's that kind of individual.
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That raises a question:
If you're the Smartest Guy in the Room (World), it would seem a No-Brainer to take your own advice.
But, like all of his pronouncements, they become in-operative the moment they pass his lips.
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Maybe Katie Couric could ask him the question.
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I DVR NBC news so I can have an idea what the other side is thinking. The NYT editorial page or Huffpo might be dangerous to my health.
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