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Michelle Obama, The Biggest Loser, and the compliant press

Michelle Obama is going to be on The Biggest Loser, a show which promotes cruel and unreliable methods of weight loss. The link goes into some detail about why the show shouldn't be given added prestige, but here's the bit I want to highlight:
It [an article included in the link above] wasn’t meant for this blog, but it’s now been turned down by three major media outlets. It wasn’t meant for this blog, but it’s now been turned down by three major media outlets. Not because they disagreed with us, in fact all three said that they agreed with the article. It was denied in all three cases because the White House wouldn’t like it, they were worried about damaging their working relationship with the White House, and because it it made the First Lady “look bad and out of touch.” That confused me since I think the problem is that the First Lady IS out of touch, not that I’m pointing it out. And why does the media believe that, in America, we should be scared to question our government?

A petition asking Michelle Obama to not appear on The Biggest Loser.

I considered "lapdog press" for the subject line, but it's a somewhat old-fashioned cliche, and it's probably unfair one way or another to lapdogs.

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