“You can only talk about ‘things are going to get better’… for so long and be a cheerleader for so long before it has to actually happen. And that’s the role of policy, not communications, is to actually make things better.”
–Matt McDonald, NPR’s Morning Edition, August 11, 2001.
I could not believe my ears yesterday morning when listening to this segment on NPR. It was actually a fairly critical segment on President Obama’s constant cheerleading about the state of the economy, despite firm evidence to the contrary.
That said, I actually think the segment was a bit too hard on the President. After all, when speaking to the American people, should President Obama urge them to lower their expectations like President Carter so infamously did? Of course not.
However, I appreciate NPR’s effort to provide more balanced coverage of the President.