Will The Left Media Be Harsher On Obama In Term Two?

Dylan Byers outlines the “issues” the left has with the president.

The New York Times editorial page launched a series titled “Goals for a New Term,” calling on the president to implement stronger gun control laws and shutter Gitmo, which he had pledged to do during his first year in office. The tone of the editorials has been sharply critical…

David Remnick, the editor of The New Yorker, sought to put similar pressure on Obama on the issue of climate change. “For the most part… the accumulating crisis of climate change has been treated as a third-tier issue,” Remnick wrote. “[I]n his acceptance speech, Obama mentioned climate change once again. Which is good, but, at this late date, he gets no points for mentioning…

A second term offers a chance for renewed efforts, but despite the tone of urgency from progressive editors and columnists, these calls to action have failed to become rallying cries for the party at large. Far from gaining a foothold in the national news cycle, Guantanamo, gun control, and global warming languish as “third-tier” issues — in Remnick’s words — while partisan standoffs over the “fiscal cliff” and Obama’s next Secretary of State drive the news cycle.

All this is notably different from right-wing media, which for all its internal bickering over the future of the Republican party can seem much more organized in rallying around a cause.

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