Denial is an incredibly powerful thing
The LA Times acknowledges the President has a crisis on his hands. The problem with their assessment is they think it’s a public relations crisis.
Caught up in a public relations crisis, White House officials have drawn open a few curtains, revealing once-secret documents and answering queries that they would ordinarily have dismissed with an eye roll.
But the sharing has been selective and done under duress. It has come in fits and starts to an administration that promised to be the most open in American history.
Many allies of the president think that with this burst of sunshine he has arrested the run of bad news and taken charge of the “narrative.” Even in some Obama-friendly quarters, though, the sharing is seen as too little and too late, and all the more disappointing for the high hopes Obama had set for transparency at the outset of his presidency.
This isn’t a public relations crisis, its an existential moral crisis, of which the Obama Administration is failing miserably. Death by drones, Fast and Furious, the IRS, the AP and Fox hunts (get it?) are not public relations problems; instead, they’re a series of moral failures.
As Dean Wormer might say, “Fat, drunk, stupid, inept, and immoral is no way to go through life, Barry.”