Usually, members of the mainstream media at least go through the charade of presenting themselves as serious and objective reporters of facts. So it's startling when you get something like this fawning introduction from Dean Singleton, the chairman of the Associated Press board.
Following his glowing introduction, President Obama went on to instruct an assembly of news editors how to report on his positions.
"This bears on your reporting," President Obama said to journalists. "I think that there is oftentimes the impulse to suggest that if the two parties are disagreeing then they're equally at fault and the truth lies somewhere in the middle. And an equivalence is presented which I think reinforces peoples' cynicism about Washington in general. This is not one of those situations where there's an equivalency."
"As all of you are doing your reporting, I think it's important to remember that the positions that I am taking now on the budget and a host of other issues. if we had been having this discussion 20 years ago or even 15 years ago … would've been considered squarely centrist positions," Obama said a few moments later.
Just one more item to add to the long list of reasons why this is the week Obama jumped the shark.