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Vox: Pander-boys for Obama

Well, at least no green lipstick was involved this time but the Juicebox Mafia interview with Barack Obama amounted to the same quality of “journalism”.

Nick Gillespie has it:

Back in the days before the site launched, Vox’s founder Ezra Klein promised his site would let all of us plebeians “understand the news” in a better, richer way.

If Vox’s recent interview—er, “conversation”—with President Barack Obama by Klein and Matthew Yglesias is any indication, the tutorial being offered isn’t about explicating difficult or arcance topics so that even dummies (read: you and me, dear readers) can fake our way through a dinner party.

No, what Vox teaches is how to sit on the knee of power and divine what our rulers really mean to say and why it’s such a goddanged good and smart and sharp idea.

Good grief that was an awful interview by just about anyone’s standard.  Usually when you’re in the tank for someone and you’re conducting an interview, you at least try to hide it a bit.

Gillespie shares another take from Jack Shafer at POLITICO (and if that organization is smacking down Vox for the interview, you know it had to be so disgustingly obvious that even they had to comment):

See for yourself how little meat the hungry press corps was able to scrape from the bones of the Vox interview. CNN: “Obama ‘hopeful’ about partisanship, race relations”; Bloomberg: “Obama Says Wealth Accumulation Speaks to Need for Tax Shift”; National Journal: “In Vox Interview, Obama Sets Limits on What a President Can Accomplish”; Politico: “Barack Obama: Get rid of ‘routine use’ of legislative filibuster.”…

In the example of Klein and Yglesias, they’re less interested in interviewing Obama than they are in explaining his policies. Again and again, they serve him softball—no, make that Nerf ball—questions and then insert infographics and footnotes that help advance White House positions. Vox has lavished such spectacular production values on the video version of the Obama interview—swirling graphics and illustrations, background music (background music!?), aggressive editing, multiple camera angles—that the clips end up looking and sounding like extended commercials for the Obama-in-2016 campaign. I’ve seen subtler Scientology recruitment films.

The last line is classic – Scientology – more subtle than Vox (and more believable).

Meanwhile, Obama continues the perpetual campaign while dodging any interviews of significance.

~McQ

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15 Responses to Vox: Pander-boys for Obama

  • McQ, you left out one of the greatest revelations of this or any other age…

    Barracula understands that not every international problem can be solve using the military.

    I awoke this morning with a deep sense of gratitude that I have lived long enough to see this new dawn of enlightenment.

    True story…

  • It is entirely legitimate for the American people to be deeply concerned when you’ve got a bunch of violent, vicious zealots who behead people or randomly shoot a bunch of folks in a deli in Paris.
    —Barrackah Hussain Obama on VOX

    This is INSANE. It not only fails to identify the Islamist terrorists, it fails to identify their victims…their TARGETS.

    Jews.

    • And remember who the original zealots were – and it just gets funnier.

      Although you can’t hold Barack accountable for his sense of history or facts – from 57 states to the Muslim builders of America.

    • This is INSANE. It not only fails to identify the Islamist terrorists, it fails to identify their victims…their TARGETS.

      >>>> But THE CRUSADES!!!!!!!!!!!

  • We’re talking Kleinolist here and little Matty here.

    There’s a surprise somewhere in this box of Captain Crap?

  • Operatives with a blog: replaces Operatives with bylines.

  • The U.S. government is poised to withdraw longstanding warnings about cholesterol

    I wonder what other questionable advice the government has given me

  • I used to say these people were in love with Barack since they act like smitten teenage girls. I occasionally said ‘voting for Barack Obama was chemically no different than eating a box of chocolates’ paraphrasing the line from Devil’s Advocate. However there’s potential subtext there which may not apply, or maybe it does.

    However, the unrelenting bond of adoration seemed too strong for regular love.

    Then I realized that Barack was a proxy. They were in love with themselves for having voted for a black man. That’s why they voted for him again and refuse to wake up about the man. They don’t want to give up their self-love addiction. The irony is that if you know down deep you’re not a racist, you wouldn’t get anything out of voting for a black man which only supports my contention the Democrat racism that wanted segregate and suppress the ‘inferior’ evolved into the racism that wants to coddle and hold low expectation for the ‘inferior’.

  • A new term from the Vox division of the tongue bath bois of Cabana Collectivo…

    “Micro-gaff”

    Which is what you get when a Collectivist office-holder says something at once both terribly revealing and awful, c.f.

    It is entirely legitimate for the American people to be deeply concerned when you’ve got a bunch of violent, vicious zealots who behead people or randomly shoot a bunch of folks in a deli in Paris.
    —Barrackah Hussain Obama on VOX

    • Why?
      Isn’t that just sorta work-place violence?

      That’s what it was here at Fort Hood right?

      And since we don’t work in French Magazine companies, or Parisian Delis, or most of us, at Fort Hood, there’s no need for concern, right?
      After all, it’s just crazy radicals, not Islam.
      It’s only religious if you’re talking about the Crusades, or slavery, THEN it’s Christians, ALL of em, and it’s because of Christianity today that all that stuff happened 1000 years ago.

      • Who knew that when Hope AND Change(tm) was emaculated, we’d get the wonderful bonus of a Theologian-in-Chief who could cut through all the fuzzy thinking on the part of…well…anybody with a brain.

        It’s really all Zealots…maybe some Maccabees in the boot. Who knew…???

        • If you said Maccabees there is no doubt that Mighty O will think you’re referring to some kind of Africanized worker bees from “Macca”.

          He’ll be a little confused and he’ll say something about hives or queens and drones, but it’s okay, whatever he says will be correctly interpreted for the rest of us by the likes of Klein and Yglesias.

        • Speaking of slavery, I was entertained to discover several of the Islamic states outlawed slavery way back in the 60’s

          That is, the 1960s.

          Saudi Arabia as early as 1962, the UAE in 1964.

          Another afternoon of ‘fun with actual history’