Old Media Bending Over Backwards to Excuse Obama’s Ratings Fall

-By Warner Todd Huston

Derek Thompson over at the Atlantic seems to be a perfect example of blaming everyone and everything but Obama for the fact that the president’s ratings on his prime time TV pressers have steadily fallen since the first one. It can’t be Obama’s fault! It has to be other reasons. Why, Obama is da schnizzle,The One, the Obammessiah, dontcha know?

Here is what Thompson says of the low ratings that Obama got for his last TV appearance to push his healthcare plan:

Since Obama’s health care press conference notched the lowest ratings of his presidency, the word is growing that talking about health care is sure-fire way to kill your ratings. Health care, after all, is really complicated, and reforming it is even more complicated. What’s more, cable’s preferred method of discussing policy is to bring in two sides and have them “debate” for two minutes, which is a bad way to cover anything simple and a tortured way to explain anything complicated.

Michael Calderone of Politico spoke to a couple studio and radio people and comes away with the distinct sense that everybody considers health care reform very importantly, very complicated, and very tricky to pull off.

Oh, no, it isn’t that the president is losing his appeal. It couldn’t be that people are beginning to realize that the man is an out right liar. It couldn’t be Obama’s fault that his ratings are steadily falling with every new TV appearance. It couldn’t be that he is foolishly over exposing himself and making people sick and tired of him. Why, it MUST be that the healthcare debate is just too darn complicated for the dumb, stupid, lowly people to understand so they are turning off their TVs.

Thompson blames everyone but Obama for Obama’s falling ratings.

Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as newsbusters.org, RedState.com, Human Events Magazine, AmericanDailyReview.com, townhall.com, New Media Journal, Men’s News Daily and the New Media Alliance among many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs to discuss his opinion editorials and current events and is currently the co-host of “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Conservatism” heard on BlogTalkRadio. He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the new book “Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture” which can be purchased on amazon.com. He is also the owner and operator of publiusforum.com. Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions : EMAIL Warner Todd Huston

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