"Bush's meeting was to re-energize conservatives in the face of the liberal media's continuous and relentless onslaught of biased reporting."Sonic, your NY Times article was actually impressive researching.
However, the difference between Bush's meeting with conservative talking heads and Obama's meeting with progressive mouthpieces is a very important one.
The media is already on Obama's side.
Bush's meeting was to re-energize conservatives in the face of the liberal media's continuous and relentless onslaught of biased reporting.
Also, Obama met with bigwigs from the NY Times 4 times before even taking the oath of office and even before sitting down with his own team and has had several of these meetings just in the past four years.
Bush met once with conservatives in the middle of his second term.
It's very important to remember Obama already has the mainstream media eating out of the palm of his hand. He doesn't need all these secretive meetings to tell them to scream any louder.
That's a very big difference in my opinion.
As Talk Radio Wavers, Bush Moves to Firm Up Support
The meeting, which was not announced on the president’s public schedule, was part of an intensive Republican Party campaign to reclaim and re-energize a crucial army of supporters that is not as likely to walk in lockstep with the White House as it has in the past.
Conservative radio hosts are breaking with the Republican leadership in ways not seen in at least a decade, and certainly not since Rush Limbaugh’s forceful advocacy of the party in 1994 spawned a new generation of stars, said Michael Harrison, publisher of the industry’s lead trade publication, Talkers.
Disgruntlement can now be found not only among the more flamboyant radio voices, like Michael Savage, who raged against Mr. Bush’s proposals on immigration and other issues, but also among more mainstream hosts, like Laura Ingraham, who told her listeners in the wake of the scandal involving former Representative Mark Foley and under-age Congressional pages,“You have to ask yourself, the people who are in positions of power now in the Republican Party, are they able to credibly articulate the conservative agenda to the American people — to rally the base, to rally the country?”
you're really not very good at this.