Has the Media ‘Turned’ on President Obama After Paris?

By Mark Joyella 

acostaturkeyFox News Channel’s Media Buzz host Howard Kurtz says the “aggressive” questioning directed at President Obama today shows that the media have “turned on” Obama–and one question in particular stood out.

The President, at a news conference at the G20 summit in Turkey, took a series of questions on his policy toward ISIS, including one from CNN’s Jim Acosta that Kurtz described as evidence of “a new and darker mood in the media in the wake of the Paris attacks–and a far greater willingness to take on” Obama. On FoxNews.com Kurtz writes:

If ever a single sentence summed up a media mindset, it was when CNN’s Jim Acosta, in language simply not used in White House news conferences, asked Obama today in Turkey: “Why can’t we take out these bastards?”

Acosta’s question sent a ripple through social media, and Kurtz argues it was significant. “The shift in tone is remarkable, both in its impatient focus on terrorism after the coordinated murder of 129 people in France, and in demanding accountability from a president who has often received soft treatment in the past.”

As to Acosta’s question, the CNN senior White House correspondent told The Huffington Post “I just wanted to ask something that’s on all our minds. Plain and simple.”

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