The most powerful media voice in the United States has challenged the most powerful person in the nation.
Call it The New York Times vs. President Barack Obama.
The Times was outraged after The Guardian newspaper's Glenn Greenwald reported that the NSA gathers the phone records of millions of Americans, in what the administration defends as a way of curbing international terrorist threats.
The Obama Administration "has now lost all credibility," a Times editorial said.
Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson had gone on Face the Nation to criticize the administration for snooping on the Associated Press and the Fox News Channel. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/06/ny-times-editorial-board-obama-administration-lost-credibil...
The Times often sets a tone for media coverage in the United States and around the world. Other newspapers, news magazines and television networks take their cues from the Times. The newspaper of record continues to have unparalleled influence.
Obama's act has resulted in one piece of rich irony. Republicans support the NSA move while Democrats condemn it.
Just a few months ago, Obama was yukking it up with journalists at the White House Correspondents Dinner. Now he is on their foe.
Obama's legacy has taken a strange turn, indeed.