1. CBS: GOP Attempts to Tie Obama to Blagojevich 'A Tough Sell' Wednesday's CBS Early Show worked hard to put as much distance as possible between Barack Obama and disgraced Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, as correspondent Chip Reid reported: "Barack Obama and Rod Blagojevich have both been leaders in Illinois Democratic politics for years, but long-time observers say that's about as far as the connection goes." Reid later dismissed Republican efforts to question Obama's connection to the indicted Governor: "...that's not stopping the Republican National Committee from trying to tie the two men together...Despite the occasional photo together, though, linking... continue reading
1. Only ABC's World News Questions Obama's Relationship with Blago The three broadcast networks started their evening newscasts on Tuesday with stories on Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's arrest and corruption charges. All of the newscasts mentioned Blagojevich's Democratic affiliation, but only in passing. And, only ABC's World News questioned the details about the Illinois Governor's relationship with President-elect Barack Obama, while NBC and CBS brushed over the President-elect's connections with Blagojevich and seemed content to end their investigation of this relationship by reporting on Obama's statement that he was not aware of what was going on. 2. ABC on Caroline... continue reading
1. Angst on PBS Over Too-Long Wait for Obama's Inauguration In the midst of a discussion about President-elect Barack Obama's national security team, Washington Week host Gwen Ifill on Friday night's program sought confirmation for her theory that "what people are beginning to say is that this President-elect should be President now" as "people are saying why isn't Barack Obama leading the fight about the auto-makers?" New York Times reporter Peter Baker agreed: "That's right, exactly." He proceeded to fret over how "people voted for change and this strange, odd 77-day waiting period that we impose...between our election and our... continue reading
1. Obama 'Most Fascinating' to Walters: 'Redeemed American Promise' Unveiling President-elect Barack Obama as her "Most Fascinating Person of 2008," Barbara Walters wrapped up her Thursday night prime time special by championing how Obama "has redeemed the American promise that an individual can make his own destiny and create a new world." (Obama hasn't even taken office, yet he's already managed to "create a new world"?) She then presumptuously gushed: "We are all members of that new world now, and that for us makes him the Most Fascinating Person of 2008. Good luck, Mr. President." 2. Good Morning America Gushes... continue reading
1. Mitchell Lauds Obama's 'Effortless' Creation of 'Mosaic' Cabinet When it comes to building a quota Cabinet that fulfills liberal demands for "diversity," Barack Obama is far smoother than the "artless" and "calculating" Clintons were back in 1992, NBC's Andrea Mitchell argued Wednesday afternoon on MSNBC. In contrast to the Clintons, Obama's approach is "effortless. They're creating a mosaic, but they're not doing it by self-consciously creating that mosaic," Mitchell enthused. 2. Milbank on CNN:'Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy' Wants to Stop Clinton During his regular "Political Daily Briefing' feature on CNN's No Bias, No Bull program on Tuesday evening, Dana Milbank... continue reading
1. Time Mag's Grunwald Frets Chambliss Will Cause GOP to Shift Right In a Tuesday posting before the results were in from Georgia's run-off Senate election between incumbent Republican Saxby Chambliss, who won, and Democrat Jim Martin, Time magazine's Michael Grunwald fretted a Chambliss victory "could reinforce the dangerous message that recent electoral results have been sending to Republicans" which is that "GOP moderates like Connecticut Congressman Christopher Shays and GOP pragmatists like North Carolina gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory keep losing, while most Republican survivors have been conservatives from conservative districts and conservative states." So, Grunwald worried, "the party keeps... continue reading
1. MSNBC Anchor Frets: Why Hasn't Obama's Election Ended Terrorism? File this one under "Deluded Expectations." During MSNBC's coverage of the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India, on Thursday, daytime anchor Alex Witt seemed frustrated that the election of Barack Obama 23 days earlier -- and the accompanying "global outpouring of affection, respect, hope" -- had not caused an end to terrorist violence. Talking with correspondent John Yang, who was covering the Obama side of the story, Witt conceded that while "you certainly can't expect things to change on a dime overnight....There had been such a global outpouring of affection, respect,... continue reading
1. Walters Aggressive with Bush in '01, Tosses Softballs to Obama In the interview for Wednesday's Barbara Walters Special on ABC with Barack and Michelle Obama, Walters asked few questions that put the Obamas on the defensive, in contrast with her January 2001 interview with then-President-elect Bush in which she challenged him on a number of fronts. Most notably, she chided Bush for choosing John Ashcroft as Attorney General because he "openly opposes abortion," and claimed that Ashcroft was "not considered a friend to civil rights." She asked Bush about reports that, as governor of Texas, he "spent relatively little... continue reading
1. Stephanopoulos: Obama Cabinet Unparalleled in 'Brain Power' Good Morning America's news team on Monday gushed at the sheer brilliance of Barack Obama's incoming cabinet, including his "team of economic gladiators." Former top Bill Clinton aide-turned journalist George Stephanopoulos rhapsodized: "We have not seen this kind of combination of star power and brain power and political muscle this early in a cabinet in our lifetimes." (What does that say about Stephanopoulos' friends in the Clinton administration?) Co-host Robin Roberts was equally enthusiastic. Speaking with Stephanopoulos, she cooed: "Some would say it's a team of rivals, a la President Lincoln, or... continue reading
1. Obama's 'All-Star Cabinet' of the 'Smartest' Impresses Mitchell While ABC, CBS and NBC on Friday night all touted how news that New York Federal Reserve President Tim Geithner will be nominated for Secretary of the Treasury fueled a market rebound, NBC was the most excited with Andrea Mitchell, sounding completely in the tank, hailing President-elect Obama's "all-star cabinet" as she maintained "Obama is determined to pick the strongest, smartest people he can find, knowing that he is facing an economic crisis of historic proportions." A Nexis search turned up no references on NBC, in December 2000-January 2001, to President-elect... continue reading