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NYT’s Friedman: ‘Way too soon to tell’ if media blew it vetting Obama the candidate

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Jeff Poor
Media Reporter

During the 2008 presidential election season, many Americans were captivated by then-candidate Barack Obama’s promises of hope and change. And some would argue that much of the media were taken in by the promises too. Nearly three years into the Obama presidency, is it fair to say the media were duped?

On Sunday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” host Howard Kurtz asked New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman just that question. According to Friedman, the jury is still out.

“Way too soon to tell that kind of thing, I think,” Friedman said. “I think if — look, what have I been calling for, you know, the president to have — I think there is, we just so desperately needed a grand bargain that involves restructuring of debt, raising of taxes, cutting of spending and investing in the sources of our strengths as a country from everything from infrastructure to government-funded research to education. It’s so clear that’s what we need. My personal frustration with Obama has been that while he certainly tried that grand bargain for a little bit, it just kind of went away. Well, it didn’t on the work. He said [House Speaker John] Boehner backed out. I don’t know who backed out.” (RELATED: Levin calls for integration of Obama vacation spot Martha’s Vineyard)

Kurtz pointed out that Friedman had an unusual closeness with Obama as one of his golfing partners. Friedman said that was a benefit.

“Yeah, anytime you spend four hours with the president, either with a spoon in your hand or a golf club in your hand or nothing in your hand — you learn something,” Friedman said. “If he invites you to lunch — anytime you get a chance to talk to the president, in any context, I find incredibly beneficial.”

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  • Verusl

    Times columnist Thomas Friedman is an original OBOT of the highest order… it is through the likes of journalists such as he that most Americans continue in this coverup about Obama being properly vetted – look at this joker, he totally sidestepped the question and went on to mutter and sputter some ridiculous and unintelligible nonsense.  With goons like him spouting how he profits everytime he is in the exalted position of nearness to Obama he is somehow elevated in stature…. what a buffoon…. how does he write a column worthy of publishing when he cannot even answer a simple question?

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  • Poest

    Yea, we noticed he blew it off.  My question is this:  Now that we are into the campaign season, notice how all of the liberal media dig up minutiae on every Republican candidate and possible candidate while never having shown any interest in any part of O’s background at all!  The dicotomy is breathtaking.  To this day this president remains a mystery.  Who in hell is he?

  • Zipsplace

    In my opinion the media promoted Obama and downgraded everyone else. They gave an easy ride for questions and little on substance – that is called BIAS. In my opinion the media is destructive to the real requirement of reporting. Being talked down to as if they are the ones with the knowledge and everyone else is stupid is getting irritating too. Yes the media was duped seems it was simple to do..in my opinion.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MII5HV54YU4QFUG55N2AUYUCKU Ed

    Uh, Anybody notice that the Elitist Douchebag blew off the Question?

    Anyone?

  • Juan William

    Thomas Friedman is a lieing piece of racist dog manure period lieing through his teeth the bias was and is completely obvious for _____ sakes one of the female news anchorslooks as if she has Black lips and no one is going to tel me that McCain and Palin weren’t targets for a friggin useless left wing media they were!

  • Anonymous

    If Thomas Friedman hasn’t figured out President Obama is out of his depth by now, he’s been doing some really good drug…or he is a dolt.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Z4AFADTYIXCN3F6TTE6ENKBJCA Scott

    “investing in the sources of our strengths as a country from everything from infrastructure to government-funded research to education”

    Does this guy really think that’s where our strengths lie, in government hand holding ??
    Is that what built this country and made it great ?
    Are those the strengths that brought us through the great depression and WWII ??

    Really ??

  • http://twitter.com/SukieTawdry1 Sukie Tawdry

    “…is it fair to say the media were duped?”

    Oh, stop it. Candidate Obama was pure creation and the media were willingly complicit in that creation. No, I take that back. The media were the primary architects of that creation. 

    Too soon to tell if the media blew vetting the candidate? Seriously?? You can’t blow it unless you actually attempt to do it in the first place, which they didn’t. By the end of the campaign, we knew everything there was to know about Sarah Palin and the members of her family, but almost nothing about the man who actually won the election. And the little we did know, we had to ferret out for ourselves. Even the media admitted after the fact that ”we didn’t really know much about this guy.” The media should be horse whipped for their dereliction of duty in the attempted canonization of one Barack Hussein Obama.