This Sam Donaldson commentary about the Daily Caller reporter who interrupted Obama is so pathetic and laughable it’s almost hard to know where to start:
What this man did yesterday is something new, to me wrong and unusual. I think it is probably the result of the growing incivility of the times, the competition among reporters and news organizations to be noticed not only for the work product but for the theatrics of the gathering…and there is one more factor, let’s face it: Many on the political right believe this president ought not to be there – they oppose him not for his polices and political view but for who he is, an African American! These people and perhaps even certain news organizations (certainly the right wing talkers like Limbaugh) encourage disrespect for this president. That is both regrettable and adds, in this case, to the general dislike of the press on the part of the general public.
Sam, the dislike for the mainstream press on the part of the general public has nothing to do with decorum. The dislike stems from the fact that you’re so f*#-%ing blinded by liberal bias, and your statement above only reiterated that.
“They don’t oppose him for his policies, but because he’s an African-American”? Limbaugh spends three hours a day criticizing Obama’s policies, and we do that a bit here at this blog too. Sam Donaldson and his ilk are the ones who continually introduce color into the equation — and that’s because they can’t win the argument on the facts, so they resort to accusations of racism. Limbaugh also criticized Bill Clinton. Was that racist?
In 1987, the Associated Press published an article that, according to Donaldson’s reasoning, proves that some reporters at the time were also racist:
Donaldson et al have to pretend the press has always operated with the utmost decorum and respect for the presidency — until Obama was elected and right-leaning reporters got their bigotry on — because the only way they can sell the “racist” meme is by selling it under false pretenses.
It’s simply amazing… Obama cops a squat on the Constitution yet again (by his own admission) and some are shocked and offended that a reporter disrespected him? Any reporter concerned with his or her First Amendment rights should be a little more wary of Obama’s disregard for the Constitution than they should be with Neil Munro interrupting Obama’s announcement of another King-like decree.
I also remember not long ago when the left erupted in applause for the Iraqi reporter who threw a shoe at President Bush. Newsweek reporter Michael Hirsh called Bush shoe-throwing incident a “measure of justice,” and the left wing blogosphere loved the shoe-throwing reporter. Now they’re deeply offended by a Daily Caller reporter for interrupting The One. Go figure.
Now everybody be quiet and don’t interrupt Obama. This is his 100th round of golf since taking office, so the pressure is on.
And now, just because it’s funny, here’s a clip of Reagan answering a question from Donaldson: