The guy in the White House responsible for “shaping the narrative” says the reporters have absolutely no experience. And so just say what they are told to say. The Aspiring Novelist Who Became Obama’s Foreign-Policy Guru – The New York Times
Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes had a lot to say about shoving the Obama Administration’s foreign policy down everyone’s throats. But his contempt for the reporters he is dealing with is astounding.
“All these newspapers used to have foreign bureaus,” he said. “Now they don’t. They call us to explain to them what’s happening in Moscow and Cairo. Most of the outlets are reporting on world events from Washington. The average reporter we talk to is 27 years old, and their only reporting experience consists of being around political campaigns. That’s a sea change. They literally know nothing.”
27 years old and they have spent most of their careers chasing politicians looking to get elected to something or other. No understanding of foreign cultures. No memory of the Cold War, or what was going on the Mideast in the 1970s or 1980s. And so they tell us what the folks in the White House want them too.
The fact that this is a NY Times article is something I find interesting.
Go read the whole thing – it has to deal with the Iran arms agreement, and how it isn’t exactly what was sold.