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American Media, Journalists Stampede to Love Obama; Healthy?

November 18, 2008

Perhaps it was the announcement that NBC News is coming out with a DVD titled “Yes We Can: The Barack Obama Story.” Or that ABC and USA Today are rushing out a book on the election. Or that HBO has snapped up a documentary on Obama’s campaign.

Perhaps it was the Newsweek commemorative issue — “Obama’s American Dream” — filled with so many iconic images and such stirring prose that it could have been campaign literature. Or the Time cover depicting Obama as FDR, complete with jaunty cigarette holder.

By Howard Kurtz
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, November 17, 2008; C01

Are the media capable of merchandizing the moment, packaging a president-elect for profit? Yes, they are.

What’s troubling here goes beyond the clanging of cash registers. Media outlets have always tried to make a few bucks off the next big thing. The endless campaign is over, and there’s nothing wrong with the country pulling together, however briefly, behind its new leader. But we seem to have crossed a cultural line into mythmaking.

“The Obamas’ New Life!” blares People’s cover, with a shot of the family. “New home, new friends, new puppy!” Us Weekly goes with a Barack quote: “I Think I’m a Pretty Cool Dad.” The Chicago Tribune trumpets that Michelle “is poised to be the new Oprah and the next Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis — combined!” for the fashion world.

Whew! Are journalists fostering the notion that Obama is invincible, the leader of what the New York Times dubbed “Generation O”?

Each writer, each publication, seems to reach for more eye-popping superlatives. “OBAMAISM — It’s a Kind of Religion,” says New York magazine. “Those of us too young to have known JFK’s Camelot are going to have our own giddy Camelot II to enrapture and entertain us,” Kurt Andersen writes. The New York Post has already christened it “BAM-A-LOT.”

“Here we are,” writes Salon’s Rebecca Traister, “oohing and aahing over what they’ll be wearing, and what they’ll be eating, what kind of dog they’ll be getting, what bedrooms they’ll be living in, and what schools they’ll be attending. It feels better than good to sniff and snurfle through the Obamas’ tastes and habits. . . . Who knew we had in us the capacity to fall for this kind of idealized Americana again?”

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Maher: There’s gotta be something funny about Obama

November 7, 2008

On Tuesday, America elected its first black president, Barack Obama. But what does Obama’s sweeping victory mean for the United States?
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Bill Maher has the answer to that, and other questions — including why he wants President George W. Bush to stay at home for the next 76 days.

Maher, the host of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” and the star of the current film “Religulous,” was a guest on Wednesday’s “Larry King Live.” He talked with CNN’s King about Sarah Palin’s future, George W. Bush’s past and the impact of GOP adviser Karl Rove. The following is an edited version of that interview.

Larry King: Were you ever — I don’t want to use the word scared — were you ever worried last night?

Bill Maher: Why? What happened?

(LAUGHTER)

From CNN

Bill Maher is the host of "Real Time with Bill Maher," which airs on Friday nights on HBO.

Bill Maher is the host of “Real Time with Bill Maher,” which airs on Friday nights on HBO.

I think, you know, we all had this paranoid feeling like we’re Charlie Brown and they’re going to snatch the football away again. So, you know, until about when he won Pennsylvania, that’s when it started to look pretty good for the people who were for him.

Related:
US comedians sharpen claws for Obama presidency

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