Occasionally, someone seemingly comments on the media sycophantic treatment of Obama and this is a particularly funny way of doing it: listing how many “first mistakes” Obama made. it’s a very long list of which I sample for entertainment and relevance values both:

On Nov. 7 — just three days after the election — Los Angeles’ KNBC said Obama’s flubbed joke about Nancy Reagan and séances was his “first misstep.”

and an attack on Hillary

And on Nov. 19, Michael Goodwin of the New York Daily News said Obama’s secretary of state dealings with Hillary Clinton might just have been “his first big mistake.”

then a lot of “firsts on this one:

The “first mistake” stories kept trickling in until the week before Christmas, when Obama decided to ask Pastor Rick Warren to give the inaugural invocation. Everyone from the Washington Blade to Fox News piled on with versions of the first-big-blunder story.

You’d think that would have exhausted the ‘first” but

While the Blagojevich scandal prompted a few more “first mistake” rumblings, the press seemed to have decided that the president-elect’s first mistake had come and gone — until Monday, when NBC gave Team Obama another mulligan. (on Richarson – another first)

However, my very  understanding that this list was media criticism was also a mistake – and this being commoner little me – not my first. It is instead, a justification – or rather a list of ones.

It appears that the reason the press has such a short attention span memory is because Teh One has such a brilliant way of dealing with mistakes

Team Obama is also highly skilled at passing out the marshmallows when small fires do break out.
The Obama approach, says Lockhart, is often simply to say: “We messed that up. Next.”

And which other team, still in town used to do that? Which POTUS asked if he made any mistakes froze up :

“I am sure an answer will pop up in my mind… here…during this press conference”

But  the list of justifications goes on

One motive for the repeated false starts may be pure self-interest on the part of the media, says Rosenstiel. “The first misstep is a bigger story than the second misstep,” he points out.

or the more accurate

In addition, once the media’s master narrative has been set, it is hard to change it — and in this case, the transition had been declared “breathtakingly, historically, spectacularly successful” by mid-December, says Rosenstiel. Mistake stories, he explains, haven’t gained traction because they “don’t seem to fit with the declared verdict about this transition.”

In other words, we will not report the facts because this would make our previous fawning ridiculous and a lie.

So, who are we to change “the narrative” because of some pesky facts? No Drama it is!

In the end, it all translates to the old : none of your business asking this, plebes!

We lie because we already decided how this should be reported and we stick to it. And occasionally, we stop and amuse ourselves with how much can we get away with, you schmucks!