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Obama’s not distracted, we are by mattsteinglass
March 10, 2009, 8:04 pm
Filed under: Media, President

Steve Benen highlights the parochial “village-y” nature of Mark Halperin saying Obama should put aside most of his presidential duties to just focus on the economy — as though a president is supposed to do just one thing at a time.

What drives narratives like this has nothing to do with the nature of good governance. It has to do with the nature of good media. The news media like to have exactly one storyline to tell. It gives them a nice clean narrative arc to work with. It would be terrible for the governance of the country if Barack Obama were to punt on important issues like stem cell research (not to mention Afghanistan). But it’d probably be good for us media folks — it gets rid of a lot of the clutter.

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