Jonah Goldberg ‘Shocked’ Press Isn’t Protesting Lack of Media Access to Border Detention Centers

"But imagine if somehow the Bush Administration had announced you can't talk to anybody in the humanitarian centers about their experience..."

On Fox News Sunday, National Review Online’s Jonah Goldberg shamed the media for quietly complying with the “very restrictive” media access to immigration detention centers, saying he was “shocked that the press isn’t protesting more the rules at these detention centers” and that their response to the Bush administration would have been markedly different. 

In a discussion about the media’s approach to covering the Obama administration, host Howard Kurtz said that we had seen a shift since the disastrous rollout of Obamacare, saying “coverage has turned much more negative against President Obama than it certainly had been in the first term, in either of his elections,” adding that the VA scandal, the Bergdahl swap, the IRS and the “mess in Iraq” have all contributed to the media’s increasingly critical coverage of the president.

Goldberg agreed to some extent but then turned the conversation to the media’s quiet compliance to the “very restrictive” media access to immigration detention centers and the difference between the media’s response to the Obama administration versus its contentious treatment of the Bush administration:

Goldberg: No I think that’s right. And that happens to all presidents right? In the sixth year people are just tired. They want a new figure, they start talking about the next campaign and all the rest. I am surprised, just to keep it on the border thing for one second, I am shocked that the press isn't protesting more the rules at these detention centers.  

Kurtz: Right. Very restrictive access. 

Goldberg: I mean, everyone wants to compare this to Katrina which I think is a ridiculous comparison on lots of levels. But imagine if somehow the Bush Administration had announced you can't talk to anybody in the humanitarian centers about their experience. People would have gone batty and they’re not doing that on this.

H/T Newbsuters, Video via MRC TV.

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