Yeah. This. Exactly this.
“I’m disillusioned by the people who are disillusioned by Obama, quite honestly, I am,” [George Clooney] said on ABC News Now’s “Popcorn with Peter Travers” before today’s release of “The Ides of March.”Democrats eat their own. Democrats find singular issues and go, ‘Well, I didn’t get everything I wanted.’ I’m a firm believer in sticking by and sticking up for the people whom you’ve elected.
“If he was a Republican running, because Republicans are better at this,” Clooney continued, “they’d be selling him as the guy who stopped 400,000 jobs a month from leaving the country. They’d be selling him as the guy who saved the auto-industry. If they had the beliefs, they’d be selling him as the guy who got rid of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ who got Osama bin Laden. You could be selling this as a very successful three years.”
He’s exactly right, of course. But it’s not an easy sell, believe it or not, since Matt Drudge’s site is almost entirely geared around making the world seem as if it’s on the brink of Armageddon with President Obama holding the doomsday button.
This wouldn’t be an issue but for the fact that Drudge rules the news media’s world, as Mark Halperin once said. So if Drudge thinks the world is ending and it’s the president’s fault, the news media’s coverage will be tainted with this message. How can anyone overcome that? The president has scored more wins in his first three years than almost any other modern president — especially applause worthy, given the divisive politics and economic disaster he inherited.
But misinformation, myopia and intellectual dishonesty are winning, both on the far-right and the far-left.
(via Kona Lowell)