The Obama – Clinton Media Axis
Saving the Administration and Gearing up for 2016
The cozy relationship between the Democratic Party and the mainstream media made news Monday when Bill Daley, President Obama’s former Chief of Staff, signed on as a commentator with CBS News.
Along with his fellow left-leaning media pundits, Daley has his work cut out for him. The immediate task is saving the Obama administration from the Obamacare disaster. Then he will move on with the others to pave the way for Hillary Clinton in 2016.
Daley is a first-class pick for CBS. Second only to a Kennedy, Daley is Democratic Party royalty. He is the son of one of the most famous politicians of the last century – Richard J. Daley – the longtime mayor of Chicago. He is the brother of another Chicago mayor – Richard M. Daley.
For CBS, Daley is a twofer. He not only ran the White House for Obama, he served in Bill Clinton’s cabinet as Commerce Secretary. Daley’s only political stumble came this year when he launched a campaign for Illinois governor and then suddenly withdrew from the race. It’s a lot easier to chat on TV than challenge an incumbent governor of your own party.
Daley’s position at CBS is only the latest example of the revolving door that spins for Democrats. Journalists leave prominent media jobs for senior government positions; political operatives with government experience join the media.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney is the public face of the Obama administration. He formerly served as the Washington bureau chief for Time magazine. Time magazine’s managing editor, Richard Stengel, recently took a top job at the State Department.
One report says that as many as 21 former print and TV journalists now work for the Obama administration. They are everywhere, peppering the government bureaucracy in all sorts of public policy positions.
Then there are the political operatives who litter the media landscape. George Stephanopoulos, a longtime Clinton loyalist, is host of ABC’s Sunday talk show. Chris Matthews, a relic from the Carter administration, has his own show on MSNBC.
There are top-drawer newcomers as well. Robert Gibbs and David Axelrod, veterans of Obama’s rise to political power, are NBC employees.
The revolving door that serves the Democratic Party has practical advantages. For journalists, a Democratic administration is a lifesaver as media outlets trim their staffs. For Democratic administrations, the media is a reliable source of like-minded prospective employees.
The real loser here is journalism and the American public. The days when journalists looked at politicians with skepticism are long gone. Now, for the most part, mainstream journalists are advocates with job security in the media and government.
Bill Daley will take his place as a prominent spinmeister charged with running interference for Barack Obama and cheerleading for Hillary Clinton. He’ll be right at home.
During the course of his career, Walker has worked in Chicago, Washington DC, New York City, and Phoenix. He served as a reporter in Chicago, a press secretary and speechwriter in Washington, and in numerous positions in New York in corporate and financial services communications.
Walker is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.