Nah...just part of the way it works.
In order to say they are "balanced" and that they don't kiss up to the president, every now and then they will take a jab at him on a few things that the public will either not care too much about or that are boring statistics that most folks will not notice.
Later, when someone says that the media is pandering to the President, that media will point to the once or twice that they criticized him and make a big deal about how they "called him out".
It's just part of the game...and the only ones being "played" in that game are the citizens.
Just my opinion from seeing this come and go before.