News Analysis: U.S. Media Turning Against Obama As Scandals Pile Up

While long perceived by critics to favor U.S. President Barack Obama, the U.S. media is now beginning to turn against him.

Critics have for the last several years blasted mainstream U.S. media for what they billed as favoritism toward Obama, the fist black president in the U.S. history, while seeming to sweep perceived White House missteps under the rug.

But now, as scandals pile up one after another, it has become increasingly difficult for media to ignore the controversy, the latest being accusations that U.S. veterans have died due to delays in treatment at veterans'hospitals.

Indeed, the scandals are numerous, ranging from last year's snooping by the Justice Department on journalists to the powerful Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups. The White House's perceived obfuscation after the terror attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, has also drawn controversy.

In recent weeks, the Veterans Affairs department has come under fire amid accusations that 40 veterans died while waiting for treatment at hospitals administered by the department.

The New York Times, long perceived by critics to favor Obama, recently ran a headline referring to Obama's "setbacks" in Japan and the Middle East. The Times'columnist Maureen Dowd also recently upbraided the administration over the 2012 Benghazi attacks that left four Americans dead, including U.S. ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens.

Many other publications have run stories critical of Obama's landmark healthcare overhaul, also known as Obamacare.

"They're certainly not going to be coddling him," Republican strategist Ford O'Connell said of media treatment of Obama in the lead up to the midterm elections.

"Unless the economy makes a dramatic improvement, and with the (veterans') scandal, it's hard to see how the media will take the spotlight off Obama, but then again all it really takes is some Republican gaffe somewhere" for the media to put its focus elsewhere, he said.

Read more from Matthew Rusling at GlobalPost

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