White House Press Secretary Jay Carney the other day claimed President Obama has done something like a zillion interviews and just can’t stop talking to the press.
But as anyone knows who saw Steve Kroft of CBS purr while President Obama and Hillary Clinton sat down earlier this month to promote her 2016 presidential campaign, it matters a lot whom you talk to. And the White House is good at picking friendly faces.
One of them – and I don’t want to pick on her too much because she is recovering from a horrible illness – is Robin Roberts of ABC. Unfortunately, Ms. Roberts long ago abandoned political journalism and went into business as a professional Obama booster. She has a very powerful post as host of Good Morning America – one to which the Obamas are putting good use.
Right at the start of the administration Roberts gushed to Obama, “Mr. President – sounds good, doesn’t it” and then talked about how “beautiful” it was watching him and Michelle dance at the Inaugural balls and then zinged him with the prosecutorial “What are you going to remember the most” about the Inauguration Day.
The White House keeps going to Roberts, using her, for example, to stage Obamas “historic” coming out in favor of gay marriage.
And then last week, when Michelle began reviving her Let’s Move initiative, Roberts had a welcoming place for her on the GMA comfy-chair soapbox.
Mrs. Obama during the interview did her part for the White House effort to keep your self defense opportunity limited to one or two rounds, proclaiming that the Chicago girl who participating in the Inauguration and was then killed was shot by an “automatic weapon.”
Only, she wasn’t.
That’s when Robin Roberts did her part, editing out Mrs. Obama’s mistake. In an example of why we have Fox News, Fox’s America Live anchor Megyn Kelly edited it back in. Have a look:
This is a scandal. I wish Roberts the best of health, but it’s such an obscene violation of journalistic ethics that ABC should launch a full investigation and if she was tampering with the news, she should be removed from her position or at least be forced to issue an apology.
Of course, ABC won’t do any such thing. Roberts hopefully will stay well and and enjoy a wonderful life. But journalism is dying.