This week's Mainstream Media Scream features the New Yorker's David Remnick, author of the lengthy interview with President Obama, hailing the president's “huge” achievements during an interview with Charlie Rose on PBS. He also credits Obama with a scandal-free administration, shrugging off Benghazi, the IRS and National Security Administration snooping affairs, and Obamacare's troubles.
REMNICK: That the fact that this country didn't fall into a depression, an economic depression, which it could easily have done. The fact that we are out of Iraq for all the problems in Iraq. Getting there in Afghanistan. The auto industry saved. Gay rights more and more ensured, not without help from the president of the United States. The fact that there's been no scandal, major scandal, in this administration, which is a rare thing in an administration. The fact that science is now discussed as science. The fact that climate change, however woefully inadequate the measures for it, is now --
ROSE: Does this measure up to greatness for you?
REMNICK: Well, let’s wait till the end. Let’s wait till the end. A lot of things could go wrong and —
ROSE: But all those things have already happened.
REMNICK: Well, I think those achievements are huge, yes.
Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: “To think it was in the very interview with Remnick that Obama had the chutzpah to complain about how Fox News and Rush Limbaugh were undermining his wonderful policies. Remnick's genuflection before Obama's greatness demonstrates, for the umpteenth time, that the mainstream media are in the tank for Obama, itching for opportunities to trumpet his fantastic accomplishments.”
Rating: Four out of five screams.Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.