Over at NewsBusters.org, they have the vid. It’s NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell spilling the beans on Barry to Chris Matthews last night over on the Keefums Network (MSNBC):

MITCHELL: Let me just say something about the message management. He didn’t have reporters with him, he didn’t have a press pool, he didn’t do a press conference while he was on the ground in either Afghanistan or Iraq. What you’re seeing is not reporters brought in. You’re seeing selected pictures taken by the military, questions by the military, and what some would call fake interviews, because they’re not interviews from a journalist. So, there’s a real press issue here. Politically it’s smart as can be. But we’ve not seen a presidential candidate do this, in my recollection, ever before.

Matthews goes on to suggest that the Obama peeps might be picking the people in the military cheering lines, filling them with adulating African Americans.

MATTHEWS: Let me ask you about access to the troops, Andrea. A lot of African-American faces over there, very happy, delighted faces. Is that a representation of the percentage of service people who are African-American, or did they all choose to join someone they like, apparently? What’s the story?MITCHELL: I can’t really say that. Being a reporter who was not present in any of those situations, I just cannot report on what was edited out, what was, you know, on the sidelines. That’s my issue. We don’t know what we are seeing.

Who is Obama’s media guy? Who chooses his interviews, his crowds, his venues, his backdrops?

Chances are, it’s the guy at the top. Some hard-left magazine reported in early 2007:

Which brings us to something else the two men [Obama and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick] share: David Axelrod, the 51-year-old reporter turned media consultant who was the key media strategist for both men’s campaigns. He’s the one who wrote those ads, framed that shot and came up with the “Yes We Can” tag line.

Yes we can… watch Axelrod, formerly of the Chicago Tribune, play with the media’s already amorous, aroused, and desiring tendencies towards the pseudo-messiah. And we can underscore it.

Karl at Protein Wisdom has a brief but heavily annotated commentary, of which this is the concluding ‘graph :

Academics like Jay Rosen like to write about how the Bush Administration treat the press as illegitimate. The New York Times, PBS, Salon and others have all clicked their tongues over government-produced video news releases broadcast as news. When Barack Obama and does it? And our television networks all join in? Crickets.

It calls to my mind the recent memory of CBS News’ Lara Logan’s interview of Obama in Afghanistan, of which I had noted:

Logan was in awe, and Obama was allowed to dance around easy questions while seeming thoughtful and intellectually curious. It was a stage show.

One wonders if Mike Deaver would have tried this manipulation 28 years ago, and if his candidate (Governor Reagan) would have gone along if he had. I would suppose: yes and yes – but the larger question, of course, is would the media in 1980 have as gladly stooged for Reagan as today’s media is trolloping for Obama?

One of Barack Obama’s problems is that he is wholly contrived, a creation of Axelrod and the willing reporters. He knocks ’em dead with a dollop of meaningless Hopechangehope™.

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