How the White House's war on media backfired

The DoJ's journalist-snooping controversy is the one scandal that will cause the media to report aggressively on all the others

President Obama and the White House Correspondents' Association president Ed Henry
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Remember when the Obama administration had a relaxed and fruitful relationship with the media?

It shouldn't be too difficult to recall. The White House Correspondents Association held its annual dinner with President Obama in late April, when all sides gathered to break bread, tell stories, and laugh together… mostly at Republicans, of course. At the time, journalists warned that the relationship between the media and the government it supposedly held accountable had grown much too chummy, and the reporters were more concerned with their celebrity than their reporting. Tom Brokaw slammed the event, pointedly refusing to attend and asking, "Are we doing [the country's] business, or are we just a group of narcissists who are mostly interested in elevating our own profiles?"

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Edward Morrissey

Edward Morrissey has been writing about politics since 2003 in his blog, Captain's Quarters, and now writes for His columns have appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Post, The New York Sun, the Washington Times, and other newspapers. Morrissey has a daily Internet talk show on politics and culture at Hot Air. Since 2004, Morrissey has had a weekend talk radio show in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and often fills in as a guest on Salem Radio Network's nationally-syndicated shows. He lives in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota with his wife, son and daughter-in-law, and his two granddaughters. Morrissey's new book, GOING RED, will be published by Crown Forum on April 5, 2016.