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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Obama elevates performance of the press

The Obama presidency has motivated a new attitude from the press. Whereas George W. Bush’s inarticulate bumbling and disregard for factual accuracy were addressed largely by the comedy shows, the press seldom fact-checked what he said or commented on his communicative bluster.

Calvin Woodward from the Associated Press filed a fact-checking story on Pres. Obama’s press conference last night. The New York Times was one of many news organizations to run a review of the press conference, as if it was an artistic performance. It is good to see that substance and style seem to matter once again.

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