Gibbs Gives the Press a Report Card
By Howard Kurtz
The mighty media machine is gearing up to analyze, assess and otherwise sound off on President Obama's first 100 days in office. And the mighty White House press operation is cranking into action to tell the world what a bang-up job the boss has done.
In one of a spate of interviews that press secretary Robert Gibbs is granting during this period, he spoke to CNN's Wolf Blitzer, who asked how he would grade the White House press corps. The spokesman doled out a "strong A."
A Politico reporter asked Gibbs the same question moments later. The press corps "absolutely deserves an A," he said. "You guys ask good questions every single day."
This raises several distinct possibilities:
a) Gibbs genuinely believes that journalists are doing a superlative job and sees the daily grilling he gets as democracy in action;
b) Gibbs thinks the press is doing a lousy job but sees no percentage in picking a fight right now; or
c) Gibbs hopes to spur a little grade inflation in which those he is praising are in turn inclined to give Obama top marks.
At any rate, we give him an A for effort.
Posted at 12:59 PM ET on Apr 24, 2009
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