Friday, August 17, 2012

Obama Turns Down Interview With Chris Matthews (MSNBC)

Rumors about Obama's fear of making himself available for a hard hitting interview have been vastly understated...

"I don’t blame him. What if Tingles surprised him with a tough question about how difficult it is to deal with Republicans?

“I just think it comes down to their overall strategy, which is to be low risk, to play it safe. They feel like they’re ahead and there’s no need to put the president in a position where he makes a mistake,” said former George W. Bush spokesman Trent Duffy, a founding partner of public affairs group HDMK. “They feel like they’ve got it won, and Romney’s got to do something dramatic.”…

“I hate the fact that they have made me worry more about access than reporting. Why build a press briefing room if the president isn’t going to brief the press?” NBC News chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd told POLITICO, who said the White House’s disregard for the press has “reached a new low.” “Both campaigns say the press doesn’t cover them seriously. But the more they cordon us off, the harder it is for us to report on the issues.”…

Obama has even declined an interview with the friendliest liberal outlet on television. Earlier this month, MSNBC’s Chuck Todd sat down with Mitt Romney for a one-on-one interview that will be featured in an hourlong MSNBC documentary that will air prior to the Republican convention. MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, who has been very public about his support for Obama, was not granted an interview with the president for the network’s Obama documentary, which will run prior to the Democratic convention. The White House offered Biden instead.

The fact that they offered Obama an interview with a guy who’s face-first in the tank for him instead of asking him to sit with Todd, like Romney did, tells you everything you need to know about partisanship on cable news.

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