Barack Obama would do well to cultivate an amicable relationship with a few in the media whose insight he values. If I am to believe what I hear, he is somewhat aloof from the press. I don’t blame him because there may be few folk whose opinions would be of value to him, But there is a happy medium and as the campaign goes on a conspicuous affinity for some in the media might serve well.
Team Obama Is Courting Everybody But the Press says Howard Kurtz
But then he turns and writes Even Conservative Media Chorus Sings Obama’s Praises
from which I quote:
Barack Obama, now the media’s odds-on favorite to win the White House, is drawing effusive praise from the chattering classes.
“You’d have to have a heart of stone not to be moved by this. . . . This is a huge moment,” one commentator wrote.
An unreconstructed liberal? An African American hungering for a racial breakthrough? No, it was David Brooks, the conservative New York Times columnist, and he’s got plenty of company on the right
I still think my original point makes sense. If only to learn their names for WH press conferences.
On more personal media front, without wanting to shout from rooftops, this blog is keeping pace with many media and many reputable liberal blogs, sometimes even anticipating things by as much as 24 hours, most recently yesterday’s Gallup poll discrepancy story. While our pertinence may be reflected in an increase in traffic, Google has not seen fit to up page rank to a previous high of 5. But it would be fun even if nobody came.