Obama Getting Bad Rap From Media

Monday, 25 Nov 2013 12:00 PM

By Jon Friedman

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Have you noticed that President Obama's victory in his deal with Iran has gone somewhat underappreciated by the American people? I have picked up on this. Maybe it's just me, though.

The POTUS would be right that his administration's negotiations with Iran is a shining moment in his presidency — and that he can't catch a break in the court of public opinion.

To his chagrin, the president is like the husband who finds himself in his wife's doghouse, even though he feels he hasn't done anything wrong, and now he has to win back her trust. Is it fair? Probably not. Is it inevitable, though? Probably.

Think of the nation as that wife. Between the NSA, IRS, Benghazi debacles, and other administration mess-ups, the president is having a hard time getting the benefit of the doubt from the media and the electorate in general.

He is hardly the first U.S. president to have this gripe. Throughout time, the president has raged that the media doesn't give him his due and can only point out the administration's errors.

And you know what, Mr.President? This is a good thing — for you. Now, you will keep working hard to keep the nation informed. Democracy is a wonderful concept for the voters — though maybe it doesn't always seem so hot for the lonely occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Perhaps the president will have to wait to get his deserved praise for his negotiations with Iran until after the end of the football season.

Jon Friedman writes the Media Matrix blog for Indiewire.com. He is also the author of "Forget About Today: Bob Dylan's Genius for (Re)Invention, Shunning the Naysayers, and Creating a Personal Revolution." Read more reports from Jon Friedman — Click Here Now.

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