Ed Driscoll

ABC Picks Up Rush Limbaugh's 'State-Run Media' Riff, Runs With It

Hard to believe that ABC has a headline titled, “Obama’s Media Machine: State Run Media 2.0?” which notes:

As the 2012 presidential campaign kicks into gear, President Obama’s White House media operation is demonstrating an unprecedented ability to broadcast its message through social media and the Internet, at times doing an end-run around the traditional press.

The White House Press Office now not only produces a website, blog, YouTube channel, Flickr photo stream, and Facebook and Twitter profiles, but also a mix of daily video programming, including live coverage of the president’s appearances and news-like shows that highlight his accomplishments.

“Advise the Adviser: Your Direct Line to the White House,” the administration’s latest online program launched last week, encourages viewers to offer “advice, opinions and feedback on important issues” and promises a response from a senior administration official in return.

“We’re striving to not just have a passive website where people can read about what’s happening but create a method of interaction and feedback,” said White House spokesman Josh Earnest.

Rush Limbaugh mentioned yesterday that ABC’s a little late to the party:

Once again, ladies and gentlemen, it was I… in fact, we have a sound bite from 2009, June the 1st, just to demonstrate how far ahead of the curve I am and you are if you listen to this program.

RUSH ARCHIVE:  Remember, now, we are talking with, I think, all but official State-Controlled Media, call it State-Controlled, call it State-Run, the media here is no different than the media Hugo Chavez has.  So forget Drive-By Media, forget mainstream media, it is now State-Controlled Media, by their choice.  The media is choosing to be controlled by the state.  Regardless how it happened, it’s State-Run Media.

Incidentally, note of course, that same Web page offers ABC viewers the opportunity to “CLICK HERE for the latest political news and analysis from George Stephanopoulos.”

Tell me again which branch of the media Stephanopoulos was affiliated with before he came to ABC?

Related: Rush’s frequent guest host quips, “Asked on TV about David Cameron’s recent attack on ‘multiculturalism’, I said flippantly that it was heartening to hear the Prime Minister sounding like a six-year-old Steyn column.”