Kim Strassel on how the Washington press corps is turning against the Obama administration.
A new Quinnipiac poll shows President Obama’s job approval falling to 45%, but the survey also ranks the public’s focus on today’s Washington controversies. Nearly 45% of voters said the IRS scandal is most important, followed by 24% who picked Benghazi. A mere 15% thought the Justice Department’s seizure of press records was a big deal.
For years, much of the Washington press corps has served as this White House’s front-line defense. As recently as a month ago, the press was still playing no-see-um with Benghazi.
Yet since the AP story broke, the Beltway media have been doing a passable impression of a credible Fourth Estate. White House press secretary Jay Carney’s daily briefings now resemble “Survivor” episodes, with journalists firing off questions, rejecting answers, and even rolling their eyes at responses. The White House’s evasiveness on the press scandal has suddenly got the press corps wondering what else this administration isn’t being straight on.