Michael van der Galien

Is MSNBC Falling Out of Love with Obama?

Posted on June 16 2010 12:00 pm
Michael van der Galien was born in the Dutch city of Leeuwarden in 1984. For as long as he can remember, he has been obsessed with the United States. When he was 17 years old, he started blogging - of course about America. His articles have been published at Big Hollywood, Pajamas Media, Hot Air (the GreenRoom) and Right Across The Atlantic. He's also an editor for the Dutch conservative blog, De Dagelijkse Standaard.
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Is leftist network MSNBC falling out of love with President Obama? It certainly looks like it.

Keith Olbermann, for instance, was less than impressed with Obama’s BP speech. “It was a great speech if you were on another planet for the last 57 days,” the man who became (in)famous for doing everything in his power to discredit and disgrace conservatives said on his show yesterday. When guest Howard Fineman asked Olbermann whether he believed Obama had aimed too low, he responded: “I don’t think he aimed low, I don’t think he aimed at all. It’s startling.”

A little later he quoted Obama as saying: “Our determination to fight for the America we want for our children, even if we’re unsure exactly what that looks like, even if we don’t yet know yet how we’re going to get there, we know we will get there.” Olbermann: “It’s nice, but again, how? Where is the how in this speech, when the nation is crying out for how?

If you wouldn’t know any better, you’d almost think that it’s 2006, rather than 2010, and that George W. Bush instead of Obama is the president.

And Olbermann isn’t the only MSNBC hack suddenly becoming critical of the man once heralded by him and his fellow leftists as a secular Messiah. Even Chris Matthews finally realizes that the “thrill” he felt up his leg when listening to Obama giving speeches during the 2008 campaign, “was probably a stroke” (h/t the Daily Caller).

“I don’t sense executive command,” Matthews said about Obama’s handling of the BP oil spill. He went on to explain that the president is repeating many of the mistakes made by former President Jimmy Carter during his one-term presidency.

Although I honestly can’t help but wonder why – why the sudden change? Do MSNBC’s appalling ratings have something to do with it? – I guess there are times that one should just be grateful and not ask too many inconvenient questions. Perhaps this is one of them.

MSNBC is falling out of love with Obama and becoming more critical of this administration: whether this is because they suddenly rediscovered journalists ethics or not is, to a large degree, irrelevant. Let’s just enjoy watching this unholy love relationship come to an end.

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