Even Liberal Media Isn't Falling for Obama's Tired Economic Message....
Forget Obamaâs enemies. Even MSNBC turned critic after his latest lame economic speech this week.
Of course, thatâs easy. Just donât ask most liberal journalists about the many Obama scandals â IRS, Associated Press, Rosen, Benghazi, etc. â they will claim that the president is scandal free.
Still, you take what little you can get.
On the networkâs âMorning Joe,â host Joe Scarborough was joined by NBCâs Chuck Todd skewering the president during post-speech analysis.
Todd, NBCâs chief White House correspondent, agreed that the speech was a rehash of what Obama has done before.
Scarborough kicked off the criticism by asking Todd a simple question: âWhat new did you hear yesterday that was new?â
âI didnât hear anything new,â responded Todd. âI remember asking this very question. I always say, remind people the first three letters of the word ânewsâ is n-e-w, right? At the end of the day, a news organization is charged with telling you what's new.â
According to Todd, this was âmore of a tactical speech.â But even for an economic speech, it didnât just focus on jobs and related it issues.
âHe spent a great deal of time about health care. And rightfully so. He's got a big challenge ahead of him. But, if you're looking for the new, no, there wasn't new in there,â said Todd, who added that the speech seemed designed to reinvigorate a âflaggingâ White House.
Even MSNBC turned critic after President Obama's latest lame economic speech this week.
Scarborough piled on, even citing a similarly critical column from The Washington Postâs Dana Milbank describing the speech as âa warmed over jobs message.â In his column, the liberal Milbank called it âroughly the 10th time the White House has made such a pivot to refocus on jobs and growth.â
âReelection does not legitimize you in the eyes of your most vocal opponents and it's got to be frustrating as hell,â said Scarborough. âDana Milbank wrote about the speech in The Washington Post. He said, âa warmed-over jobs message. Even a reincarnated Steve Jobs would have trouble marketing this turkey. How can the president make news and remake the agenda by delivering the same message he gave in 2005? He's even giving the speech from the same place, Galesburg, Illinois.ââ
Scarborough then added the Milbank kicker, ideal for summer TV. âAnd so the president, it seems, is going into reruns.â
Todd has been honest on both NBC and MSNBC about this latest presidential bout of speechmaking.
In the âDaily Rundownâ this week, he admitted it was yet another pivot to the economy. âHeâs said it all before, so he doesnât have anything new to say.â
And in an appearance on âNightly News,â he said the entire trip was designed as a distraction.
âWhen presidents are in trouble and things aren't going well in Washington they do one thing. They get out of Washington,â explained Todd.
Remember, this was said on the left-leaning network MSNBC. This wasnât a conservative Joe Scarborough here.
Scarborough was recently profiled by New York magazine which called him, âthe liberalâs favorite talk-show host.â The Joe of âMorning Joeâ has gone after the NRA, bashed George Zimmerman as a âmurdererâ and regularly attacked Fox News. But it all added up to a clear assessment that Obama had failed in his job to help others find jobs of their own.
On the media side, it was a rare example of the folks at MSNBC doing any job other than PR for the president.
Now, if only they, or anyone else in the media, would do a little digging into how the IRS chief counselâs office may have been involved in targeting of Tea Party and conservative groups by our supposedly neutral government.
Dan Gainor is the Boone Pickens Fellow and the Media Research Centerâs Vice President for Business and Culture. He writes frequently about media for Fox News Opinion. He can also be contacted on Facebook and Twitter as dangainor.