Members of the media aren't taking too kindly to President Obama scolding them on how to do their jobs during a recent speech at Syracuse University for the Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting.
Even leftist media outlets like Politico and MSNBC are miffed at being lectured about "dumbing down the news" and gossiping on Twitter. Joe Scarborough punched back at the president during Tuesday's Morning Joe, saying the president has also contributed to the decline in proper journalism by reminding him of some of the folks he's sat down with for interviews.
After a clip of Obama's remarks was shown, Scarborough launched in to this denunciation:
There's a man lecturing the media on how to do their business. The man who has not sat down for an extended interview with The Washington Post in seven and a half years, and yet, gladly submits himself to being interviewed by YouTube stars who sit in bathtubs with milk and Fruit Loops.
Co-host Mika Brzezinski tried to continue doing the straight coverage of this story, but Scarborough interrupted to drive his point home:
Fruit Loops, I say. And also another podcast called "WTF" with a liberal, L.A. comedian. But hasn't sat down with The Washington Post in seven and a half years! But we really should hold ourselves to a higher standard.
Other reporters commented on the president's remarks, taking to his least favorite gossip site Twitter (of which he is also a member), like CBS White House correspondent Mark Knoller and The Huffington Post's senior politics editor, Sam Stein:
Scarborough then turned to his panel to discuss how Obama has contributed to the "balkanized" media in choosing to sit down with friendly media outlets who lob him the softball questions rather than taking hard-hitting interviews. The panel, which included a Politico journalist, complained about the transparency, or lack thereof, in the current White House and how frustrating that has been for reporting.
That is thwarting, especially since Obama promised the most transparent White House in history under his presidency. As it turns out, that was a lie.
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