He's also facing a news cycle or lack of one, which comes with the sheer pace of events, unpredictable Facebook posts by the unpredictable Sarah Palin that might, just might need a response, the way news organizations now put themselves into the story (the New York Times daily Webcast with editors discussing upcoming news stories, and an inexperienced White House press corp made of up correspondents who tend to ask really inane, inconsequential questions.
So writes Todd S. Purdum, in an article "Washington, We Have a Problem," in the latest issue of Vanity Fair. Some excerpts from his article:
"Now thank to cable, the Internet, Twitter and Facebook, there is no such thing as a "news cycle in Washington--only one endless, undifferentiated full-color stream of fact, opinion, and attitudinizing, where lies and misinformation flourish equally with truth. ..."The White House communications director, Dan Pfeiffer, still has a Blackberry alert to tell him when The Washington Post and The New York Times have gone live online wit their next day's stories, but this is almost an antique holdover, given that any blogger at any moment can generate a story that forces the White House to respond.""The life experiences--and thus the sense of perspective, history and balance--of today's Washington reporters are qualitatively different from those of their predecessors. An entire generation of Beltway journalists has come of age being taught that the way to succeed is to be smart--if not smart-alecky--young thing.""Perhaps the biggest change that technology has wrought is the ability of almost any rumor to get a foothold in the public discussion and go viral in the broader media. ... The viral communities of the Internet made outright falsehood nearly impossible to extinguish. Was Obama born in Kenya? Of course not ... yet a recent New York Times/CBS poll reveals that 20 percent of Americans believe Obama was born in another country."