Fun With the Self-Referential Press Corps
5:20 PM, Mar 25, 2009 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed Ed Henry's question for the President last night, and the subsequent snippiness it inspired in President Obama, but I think the column-length play-by-play on "the exchange," as CNN is calling it, is a bit much:
Ed Henry, the Peyton Manning of the East Room. Or, is he more of a Randall Cunningham, 'cause this guy can move:
There are parts of the story that are interesting, as a process story, but it also crystallizes the limitless capacity of the web and the 24-hour news cycle to encourage self-absorption. (This, from a girl who competes in Twitter tourneys, so I know of what I speak.)
Elsewhere, the major news dailies are navel-gazing over the fact that they were passed over last night. Only time will tell if Obama's presser picks are a calculated nod to the emergence of New Media that will continue to diminish the power of the flailing newspaper industry. Or, will the Messiah inscribe their names in the Book of Life once again in front of the American people:
Well, after "the exchange," as it will ever be known, things may never be the same between Obama and TV reporters, thereby forcing him to revert to the traditional major dailies for questions that don't include follow-ups.