Monday, February 1, 2010

GOP PR Blunder- Don't Debate an Opponent on his Home Turf

By many accounts, President Obama’s meeting with GOP House leaders was a success — for the White House. “[Obama], groping for a new strategy after the Massachusetts defeat, seemed to find the perfect foundation for one Friday: direct engagement with the GOP in front of a national TV audience,” Politico reported.

Turns out the Republicans were hesitant about televising the exchange, but bowed to pressure at the last minute — a decision they regretted. “Sources say that Republicans immediately realized the perils of giving Obama such a platform but had little choice but to say yes,” according to Politico.

While the president and his allies were pleased with his performance, GOP members accused Obama of meeting with Republicans simply to score political points — “exactly the kind of cynical ploy he accused them of.” Related The Huffington Post. Many media outlets, primary left-leaning ones, gauged Obama’s success by Fox News’ coverage of the event. “So effective was the president that Fox News cut away from the broadcast 20 minutes before it ended,” Sam Stein wrote for The Huffington Post. Will this soon be the measure of every TV event: How long Fox covers it?

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