That's what the "mainstream" media are, slowly but surely, realizing about the Obama administration.
Reporters have acted as if they hoped that by publicly loving Obama, refusing to report anything that might damage him, Dear Leader might love them back.
But the press is just a tool to tyrants, and he's using them just as any dictator would try to use the media.
At the same time, this administration has aggressively sought to attack its perceived media enemies, particularly Fox News and Rush Limbaugh.
Combining the outrageous persecution of Fox News' James Rosen with the chilling sweep of AP phone records, even media liberals are now waking up to the true nature of this regime.
One of the most sycophantic supporters of the administration has been the Washington Post's Dana Milbank, which makes his excoriation of Team Obama all the more welcome and important.
From Milbank: "The Rosen affair is as flagrant an assault on civil liberties as anything done by George W. Bush’s administration, and it uses technology to silence critics in a way Richard Nixon could only have dreamed of."
A new article by Kirsten Powers, one of the most honest liberal reporters I'm aware of, addresses the same point.
Powers' conclusion: "What all of us in the media need to remember—whatever our politics—is that we need to hold government actions to the same standard, whether they’re aimed at friends or foes. If not, there’s no one but ourselves to blame when the administration takes aim at us."
And James Goodale, writing for the NY Times, says that "President Obama will surely pass President Richard Nixon as the worst president ever on issues of national security and press freedom."