It was reported by Johna Goldberg this morning that Newsweek Magazine has enlisted the services of President Obama to write a piece on the current tragedy in Haiti. Although a noble cause, and truth be told Obama will have one of his staffers write the piece, this request is further evidence of the blurring of the lines between the press and the political process.
Also of note is the fact that in the past Newsweek has had a rather aggressive tilt in their coverage of Obama and his administration. The question that comes to mind is; why not just issue a press release which is normal SOP in cases similar to Haiti’s tragedy. Considering this point, the next viable question is what is the motive or payoff for the exclusive scoop to Newsweek?
Payoff: Newsweek is one of Obama’s top supporters, they have kowtowed and idolized Obama from the beginning, the bill is now being called due now that Newsweeks redesign and change of focus is coming out of the gate. They need a home run to pull this off, what better way than to plaster Obama’s face on their newly redesigned rag.
Motivation: All kidding aside, Obama loves Obama, no mirror is safe, I can see the Prez in 20 years (living in exile) paging through all the covers he garnered while in office, the man is a narcissist plain and simple.
Not to dilute the crisis in Haiti, but this is not the best use of office to be pandering to the media, I don’t think the subscription rate in Haiti will increase due to this article, and by now becoming Author In Chief it further degrades the office of President.
Now if I can only find that recipe piece by Lincoln, or was that FDR, no Trueman, I am making the President some humble pie!
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