Matt Welch at Reason takes a gander at Vanity Fair’s latest piece on the Obama White House and finds it pretty cringe-worthy. “I wonder sometimes if they have any idea how this looks to the rest of us,” he writes. A sampling from VF:
Larry Summers, who served as Clinton’s Treasury secretary for the last 18 months of his term, says, “It used to be there was a kind of rhythm to the day” with the tempo picking up after the markets closed and as newspaper deadlines approached, between four and seven P.M. “That’s gone.” And, according to Rahm Emanuel, C.I.A. director Leon Panetta thinks “it’s a huge problem” that Washington runs at such “a highly caffeinated speed.”
Emanuel calls it “F–knutsville,” and Valerie Jarrett says she looks back wistfully to a time when credible people could put a stamp of reliability on information and opinion: “Walter Cronkite would get on and say the truth, and people believed the media,” she says.
Oh please. If only people would believe what the White House told them! Their jobs would be so much easier. It’s all the more annoying that Jarrett seems unaware that Cronkite was far from the paragon of objectivity he’s made out to be.