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  •  The President is one of a handful of very... (11+ / 0-)

    ...powerful sources that drive our country's media narrative.

    "I always thought if you worked hard enough and tried hard enough, things would work out. I was wrong." --Katharine Graham

    by bobswern on Sun Jun 19, 2011 at 04:02:12 PM PDT

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    •  He can drive the media (1+ / 0-)
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      narrative to an extent, but he's got a zillion things to worry about and Foxwingers have one thing to worry about.

      From Neocon to sane- thanks to Obama- and Kos.

      by satrap on Sun Jun 19, 2011 at 04:32:23 PM PDT

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      •  satrap, it's a matter of priorities, you agree? n/ (3+ / 0-)
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      •  This makes zero sense (12+ / 0-)
        He can drive the media narrative to an extent, but he's got a zillion things to worry about

        He either can drive the media narrative or he cannot. There is no mushy middle ground on that much. And it has absolutely nothing to do with "how much he has to worry about".


        REPEAL the Telecomm Act & REVIEW this decision. NO journalist should be fired because their boss can't have the truth told.

        by lunachickie on Sun Jun 19, 2011 at 05:43:32 PM PDT

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        •  You're talking to someone who sees him... (2+ / 0-)
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          ... as "one of us".

          We have bills, and jobs, and kids, and medical issues to worry about. That's a billion things right there.

          So the President, with a big important title, and an entire country/world to handle, MUST have a zillion things to worry about!

          (But he has a cabinet! And aides! And speechwriters! And personal valets! And a cast of one-hundred-zillion to HELP HIM accomplish those zillion things!)

          Shut up, you! A ZILLION THINGS, I SAY!

          Corporate Dog

          We didn't elect Obama to be an expedient president. We elected him to be a great one. -- Eugene Robinson

          by Corporate Dog on Sun Jun 19, 2011 at 06:28:21 PM PDT

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      •  Because there is only one person working in (2+ / 0-)
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        the West Wing of the White House?

        He doesn't have legions of political minions at his beck and call?  

        Right . . .

        Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better. -- Harry S Truman

        by YucatanMan on Sun Jun 19, 2011 at 11:19:23 PM PDT

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      •  He's driving into a ditch...... (1+ / 0-)
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        He can drive the media (1+ / 0-)
        narrative to an extent, but he's got a zillion things to worry about and Foxwingers have one thing to worry about.

        That's why he has STAFF - to help him.  

        But from everything I see he has surrounded himself with the same campaign staff as before, and they don't seem to be having any new ideas/directions, reading of the present, etc.

        Just the other day Michelle was out in CA telling a group at a fund raiser how much the President cared, how he reads those letters, likes to encourage people, cares about people.  

        I think Michelle has been an outstanding partner in the WH, but he has to do more than 'care' - he is there to lead, esp cranky Congress and set policy which will cut the letter volume in half.  Because people can dig themselves out of messes, with a little help - health care & jobs.  He can start by insisting taxes are raised on the wealthy and there is no nibbling & biting at health care.      

        He has let the Repigs (Lucy) grab the football out from under Charlie Brown too many times.  

        Sorry, his campaign people should realize people worked so hard for him after 8 yrs of Bush.  Demons do drive energy.  He & his staff need to show what demons the current Repigs are to Mr/Ms Average American, which means taking it right to the beasts, the h*ll with being Mr Nice Guy & golf games.

        He can be nice after there is some progress.  And getting the country working again is JOB #1.  

    •  If I understand your point... (3+ / 0-)
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      its that one media story that doesn't support the narrative about that session in the 4 articles you linked/quoted (and the dozens of others you didn't link to) demonstrates that the WH shapes the media narrative.

      I guess you could say that you failed to convince me of your point.  

      •  I believe the point is that the President (7+ / 0-)

        is one of the few people with a loud enough megaphone to push the media narrative in a direction different from what the bobbleheads and Murdoch are pushing it in.  (The bobbleheads and Murdoch are actually pushing two different directions -- he-said-she-said in one case, fascism in the other case, but they tend to be complementary.)

        Read pp. 1-7 of Krugman's _The Great Unraveling_ (available from Google Books). NOW.

        by neroden on Sun Jun 19, 2011 at 05:53:17 PM PDT

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