Sunday, July 20, 2008
Barack Obama is purportedly shunning the foreign media:
As a German correspondent in Washington, I am accustomed to the fact that American politicians spare little of their limited time for reporters from abroad. This is understandable: Our readers, viewers and listeners cannot vote in U.S. elections. Even so, Obama’s opponents have managed to make at least a small amount of time for international journalists. John McCain has given many interviews. Hillary Clinton gave a few. President Bush regularly holds round-table interviews with media from the countries to which he travels. Only Obama dismisses us so consistently.
I'm certainly OK with this, since I really do not care what foreigners think of our presidential candidates. Obama's supporters do claim to care, though, so his decision to avoid the foreign press entirely must mean something else. Perhaps he is worried that they will ask him to reconcile his various public statements about American foreign policy.
One of the strange things about the American Left is its insularity, even parochialism. They really don't understand teh wider world.
The European media wants to idolize Obama. They can forgive him any sin, and overlook any failing -- except one: the Euro-media hates to be ignored, loathes having their own irrelevance rubbed in their faces. Which is what ol' Barack is planning to do.
Big strategic error on Obama's part -- one which shows how little he really understands the world, and one which may cost him heavily.
You expect to much. After all, he is just the Paris Hilton of Politics (famous for being famous). And as far as his Excellent Adventure - he's just trying to get his Forrest Gump on (associate himself with someone else's history/ accomplishment).
(Sorry, T-Hawk, for the verbiage, but it describes the media)
I disagree with Kinuachdrach. Obama is trying to encountering difficult questions. Therefore, he will avoid non-USA media as much as possible. He would much rather be in the company of Couric, Gibson and Williams while they Obamasturbate during his tour.