Matt Lauer defends Obama and Gibbs

On the Today Show this morning Matt Lauer went after Rick Santelli on his statement that Press Secretary Gibbs was threatening him by naming him specifically as not knowing what he was talking about with the mortgage bailout proposal. Lauer was clearly, definitively taking the government’s side.

Why is Matt Lauer defending the government against a member of the media? It use to be the role of media to report on the actions of the powerful and to inform the people about when government actions are likely to have harmful effects. That’s exactly what Mr. Santelli did.

Mr. Lauer’s inability to comprehend how being specifically named by the press secretary is intimidating indicates to me that his sympathies are entirely with the government. So much for speaking truth to power.

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