Norah O’Donnell, who recently left NBC to become the chief White House correspondent for CBS News, thinks she’s joining a very exclusive club:
Cognizant of her potential path, O’Donnell has embraced the opportunity to make her mark on the political media sphere. “Brian Williams had that job, Dan Rather held that job,” she says. “The people who have been chief White House correspondents are legendary and the very best journalists in American history. And, so, that was really decisive for me.”
The best journalists in American history? The White House press corps is predominately made up of spineless toadies who rarely ask an important question and even more rarely ask a follow up question that punctures the fog of tired cliches offered by the official spokespeople. Have you ever heard President Obama pressed about his position in the State Secrets Privilege? It’s happened one time, about 3 months after he took office. He lied through his teeth and neither he nor his spokesmen have been asked about it since, despite having his lie revealed even more starkly with every case his administration uses it in.
With all the appalling positions his administration has taken in legal cases, have you ever heard a White House spokesperson question them? Have you ever seen a report on those positions on any news show, network or cable? I don’t recall one. The problem with White House correspondents is the same problem with the rest of the mainstream media — they’re made up largely of sycophants, not real journalists.