ABC and NBC on Friday both excitedly touted Barack Obama's
"star-studded" celebrity fund-raisers in New York City, gushing over the
"Prez in the City." Neither network wondered if $40,000 per plate
dinners with millionaire celebrities might make the President seem out
of touch, a charge often leveled at Republican Mitt Romney.
On Good Morning America, reporter Jon Karl enthused, "Call it Prez in the City, a star-studded, big city Obama fund-raiser at the Manhattan home of Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker." "The A-list evening didn't end there," Karl added, highlighting Obama's follow-up party with Mariah Carey at the Plaza hotel.
co-anchor Matt Lauer offered a similar joke about Parker, hyping,
"Checks in the City. President Obama attends star-studded fund-raisers
in New York City..."
Correspondent Chuck Todd allowed that it "wasn't quite Bieber fever last night," but that the President is trying to "rake in as much cash as he can."
Today managed to use the phrase "star-studded" three times.
Both Today and GMA featured Romney's attack on Obama. Todd related, "This as Republican rival Mitt Romney blasted the Obama administration as the quote, 'enemy of job creation.'" He also brought up the President's "gaffe" from last week.
On ABC, GMA played a brief clip of Romney's new attack ad against Obama.
Neither network, however, focused on any potential downside to palling around with millionaire celebrities during a tough economic season.
CBS basically ignored the Obama fund-raisers, playing only brief clips about the event.
A transcript of the June 15 segment can be found below: