Recently, a Chicago Tribune story had a headline asking if President Obama was the “Velcro president,” that is, whether he was being personally blamed for too many things. We are now coming up to the half-way mark of the president’s term–a good time to assess how he’s doing overall. And that’s exactly what I will do at a public forum tomorrow evening at Loyola University Chicago. Some of the questions we’ll ask a top-notch panel include:
- To what extent has the president kept his campaign promises?
- Have the media been fair in holding him accountable?
- Assess the media coverage thus far
- Is it still credible to assert that there is a liberal bias in the media?
- How effective have conservative media outlets/commentators been in shaping public discourse on the president’s decisions?
Below are the particulars (as lifted from a Chicago Headline Club press release):
TUESDAY: Ponce Hosts Media Panel to Assess Obama’s Midterm Performance
WHAT: Chicago Tonight anchor Phil Ponce and a panel of distinguished journalists and commentators will discuss media coverage of President Barack Obama, at “Promises Kept/Promises Broken: The Media’s Midterm Assessment of Barack Obama,” a forum at Loyola University Chicago.
• Mary Mitchell, columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times
• Paul Green, director of Institute for Politics at Roosevelt University, and political analyst for WGN radio
• Alden Loury, publisher of the Chicago Reporter, an investigative bi-monthly focusing on race and poverty issues in metropolitan Chicago
• Dan Miller, a policy advisor at the Heartland Institute, the Chicago-based free market think tank
WHEN: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14
WHERE: Loyola’s Water Tower Campus: Kasbeer Hall, on the 15th Floor of Corboy Law Center, 25 E. Pearson St. A campus map is available at: http://www.luc.edu./valuess/campus/vt_watertower.html
DETAILS: Admission is free and open to the public, and there will be complimentary refreshments. The event is sponsored by Loyola’s School of Communications and its Student Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Chicago Headline Club, http://www.headlineclub.org
If you’re in the neighborhood, stop by and join us!