This week's Mainstream Media Scream features NBC White House reporter Chuck Todd's analysis on why President Obama didn't hit a homerun in his Berlin speech last week, dwarfed by his 2008 speech there given during the presidential election.
"There was an attempt to shrink the crowd size. Now the White House was all too comfortable with allowing that to happen because they feared they could never live up to the billing of what happened five years ago, that they could never recreate another 250,000 people showing up. Maybe they would have gotten 25, 30, 40,000 people," said Todd.
"Now, what I noticed in following this president for as long as I have - and you probably know exactly what I mean, is President Obama feeds off a crowd very well. The way this was all put together, this incredible setting, this incredible backdrop, and then you had that very distracting glass and you could just see that the President himself wasn't feeding off of the crowd. And look, part of it, it was hot. Those folks were out there for two and a half hours. Trust me, I was along there with them. And so, it can sap your energy a little bit, and I just wonder if that added a little bit to this," Todd added.
Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: "Obama's much-touted speech was a flop, so much so that the ABC, CBS and NBC morning shows the next day didn't utter a syllable about it. Yet Todd was set on proving his Obama-friendly bona fides, coming up with ridiculous excuses he'd never extend to a conservative politician."
Rating: Three out of five screams.
Paul Bedard, The Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.