Is the President Just Another Celebrity?

Is the President Just Another Celebrity?

Is the President Just Another Celebrity?

The Nation‘s Ari Melber defends Obama’s recent media blitz, arguing that he can inform the public about what he stands for and helps maintain a healthy democracy.

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Last week, members of the GOP attacked Obama
for his oncoming TV blitz
,
drudging up the familiar (and unsuccessful) argument that the president
acts more like a celebrity than a politician. Ken Spain, member of the
National Republican Campaign Committee, sent out an email stating,
“Celebrity Sunday is almost upon us and while many will have no choice
but to tune in, the numbers continue to show that people are tuning the
president out.” Nation correspondent Ari Melber appeared on
MSNBC on Friday to defend Obama, claiming that his media presence
informs
the public of exactly what he stands for and helps maintain a healthy
democracy. Additionally, it is a response to what the right wants:
answers to tough questions. Melber points out this irony and the more
obvious reality that “you don’t see Miley Cyrus on Meet the
Press
.”

Let us know what you think of Obama’s media appearances by taking our poll.

Alana Levinson

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