If you don’t know things are looking up — it is the media’s fault. That seemed to be one of the messages President Obama delivered to graduating seniors at Barnard College today.
“Faith in our institutions has never been lower,” the President said. “Particularly when good news doesn’t get the same kinds of ratings as bad news anymore.”
Here is a bulletin for the White House: Good news NEVER got as good ratings as bad news. That’s why they call it news. The planes that don’t crash, the dogs that don’t bite and the banks that don’t get robbed (or which don’t rob their customers) rarely get ink.
Every administration — Democrat and Republican — ends up thinking they don’t get enough credit for positive developments. Usually, the worse their approval ratings the higher their disapproval of the job the media are doing.
This is NOT to suggest that criticism of the media’s penchant for seeking the dark lining to every silver cloud isn’t valid. It IS to suggest that whining about negative news coverage is not effective.
You want better coverage? Do a better job presenting the facts and packaging the data in a way that makes people stop and say: “Wow. I did not know that.”
Clip below via Mediaite