President Obama held an off-the-record meeting with MSNBC hosts and liberal pundits on Thursday, POLITICO has learned.
Present at the meeting: MSNBC’s Ed Schultz and Lawrence O’Donnell, Washington Post economics blogger Ezra Klein, Mother Jones Washington bureau chief David Corn, Talking Points Memo editor and publisher Josh Marshall, ThinkProgress editor-in-chief Judd Legum, Atlantic senior editor Garance Franke-Ruta, Salon political writer Brian Beutler and Fox News contributor Juan Williams.
The participants agreed to an off-the-record classification for the meeting, though sources familiar with President Obama’s remarks said that Williams later appeared on Fox News and cited some of the president’s remarks, which he attributed to administration officials.
The White House did not respond to a request for comment regarding the meeting.
A lot of people believe that the reason the United States lost the war in Vietnam was bad publicity. Their theory is that the “liberal media” turned the voting public against the war effort. This is why Bush I and Bush II put major efforts into controlling the media during the wars in Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq.
But what happened in Vietnam was not so much a failure in public relations as a failure of policy. The American public came to believe (correctly) that they had been misled by a president, that the war was a bad idea and that our military leaders were incompetent in the way they conducted the war.
Can you see where I’m going with this?
Obama lied to the American people. Obamacare is a bad idea. The Obama administration is incompetent. All the spin doctoring in the world will not cure those defects.