In an unprecedented event, the White House barred the media from entering Lafayette Park where gay rights activists were protesting. The protestors had handcuffed themselves to the gates after pressures to repeal the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” effort have been limping along.
Now instead of just a gay rights story we have a media rights story playing out for the world to see. Does President Obama just not like the media? Some are calling this move one of the most transparent sides of the White House that we have never seen. However, this really isn’t very surprising to me.
It wasn’t that long ago when a war of words between the White House and Fox News was taking place. It’s been made pretty clear that the White House is not exactly a fan of this particular media outlet. No matter how I may personally feel about President Obama, it seems to me that if he could just silence everyone who disagrees with him, the world would be better…at least for him.
Now this particular event at the White House seemed to blatantly point to an infringement on freedom of the press and it has many Americans worked up. Reporters on the scene were very upset, calling the situation outrageous and ridiculous.
With past experience, I think its being made very clear how President Obama feels about the media. I guess they just aren’t very welcome. Calling police forces to keep the media away was a telling move. Now I can’t help but wonder how this would have played out, if a few years ago President Bush had done the same thing. Sure, people are not happy at how President Obama has treated the media; however, I think if this had happened during Bush’s time there would be riots in the streets.
Even when President Obama steps on toes and does things that raise a few eyebrows, he still manages to somehow get a free pass. We will have to see how this all plays out, but barring the media from any event cannot possibly boost his ratings. I did check the daily Rasmussen Report today and see that Obama’s approval rating is only at 31%. Those that are strongly disapprove of his performance as president is at 41%.
I think the last thing that President Obama needs is the media to be upset with him. He may think that Fox News has something against him but if he ruffles too many feathers in the media world, he may have more problems than just Fox News.