Press Corps Increasingly Aggravated at Thin-skinned, Aggressive White House

Obama’s egomaniac, emperor want-to-be attitude is never more prevalent than when he is challenged on an issue. You can see the consternation and sometimes, outright anger in his face when this happens. He expects everyone to accept what he says or does, without question, obey him, at the minimum, or worship him, at the extreme.

Is President Obama incapable of dealing with journalists who question his policies? The White House press corps is becoming increasingly agitated with an administration that reacts particularly strongly to criticism, and even skepticism.

The White House has adopted a pugilistic attitude towards the press, lashing out at journalists who criticize the president, shutting others out, and adopting a deferential attitude towards the press corps that has some journalists reminiscing about the openness of — gasp — the George W. Bush presidency.

The Obama administration “came in with every reporter giving them the benefit of the doubt,” one journalist told Politico’s Josh Gersten and Patrick Gavin. “They’ve lost all that goodwill.” It seems that the press corps’s offense is questioning the administration’s positions.

CNBC’s Dennis Kneale weighed in on the channel’s website today, where he called Obama a “bully.” The president “gets pouty whenever anyone dares to disagree with him” Kneale claimed. “He seems to view dissension not as healthy public debate but as a suspicious, pernicious challenge to his omnipotence and popularity.”

That is a problem for journalists, whose success can be measured in part by the degree of skepticism they apply to those in power. Though an effective press is one that is not dissuaded by a hostile administration, comity and transparency often go hand in hand — the lack of the former makes the latter tougher.

To the extent Kneale’s critique is accurate, President Obama looks a whole lot like Candidate Obama. He and his administration do their best to control the message by funneling information to select sources and hammering journalists and media outlets that paint the president or his policies in a less than appealing light.

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