sábado, 15 de noviembre de 2008

¿Qué hará Obama con la prensa?

No se pierdan esta pieza de Howard Kurtz en The Washington Post. Kurtz es, a mi juicio, el mejor analista político de medios de los Estados Unidos. Y lleva rato siéndolo. Acá dejo un aperitivo:

No nos lee ni nuestro favorito. Por irrelevantes: After three months of campaigning, he [Obama] stopped reading blogs. After six months, he stopped watching cable news shows. After nine months, he stopped reading the press clips, relying instead on his staff to flag important stories. Obama said during a brief conversation last month that it was "just weird" to be constantly reading and watching reports on his candidacy, creating a "hall of mirrors" effect that he regarded as unhealthy.

No Toma Copas Con Nosotros Ni Nos Filtra nada: Obama, an obscure state senator until four years ago, has no such baggage, but neither has he tried to cultivate close relationships with journalists, even among liberal columnists who revere him. He limited his contact with traveling reporters, some of whom viewed him as aloof. And his tight-as-a-drum campaign almost never leaked or engaged in unattributed finger-pointing.

No pinta bien para el papel: "One of the legacies of the campaign is the de facto death of mainstream newspapers and broadcast outlets as the key influences," [Jim] Warren [ex subdirector del Tribune y ahora en Huffington Post] says. "To what extent will the Huffington Post and MSNBC.com, perhaps, be the source of breaking news? There's a greater ability to control your message and to circumvent the traditional gatekeepers."
Una preguntita de nada: Will Obama feel the need to hold such sessions regularly, or will they be dismissed as a 20th-century relic? If you can beam your message to millions of computer and cellphone screens, who needs the filter of skeptical reporters?