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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Suddenly the press is concerned over Obama "transparency"

  So the MSM got their young man back into the White House. Happy now?
  Well, no, of course not. There are reputations to be made in the MSM! Books to be written!
  And here we are suffering the consequences around the nation. We all know what the symptoms of the disease are: low employment, great numbers on public assistance, drones circling overhead and constant snooping, threats of surrendered civil rights.
  But now apparently the press are outraged, OUTRAGED that the Obama White House is blocking their access to his Wonderful Self.
  Peeps of dissatisfaction having been popping up in the press, the latest of which is the Politico article entitled "Obama the Puppet Master": I predict this article will be widely referenced by talk radio today so we'll summarize it here.
  Vandehei at Politico squawks that it's not their fault! not their fault! that Obama is literally getting away with murder. The right side of the aisle has complained about this for years but to inoculate themselves from appearing 1) endorse conservative complaints or 2) be wrong, Politico says this:
President Barack Obama is a master at limiting, shaping and manipulating media coverage of himself and his White House.
Not for the reason that conservatives suspect: namely, that a liberal press willingly and eagerly allows itself to get manipulated. Instead, the mastery mostly flows from a White House that has taken old tricks for shaping coverage (staged leaks, friendly interviews) and put them on steroids using new ones (social media, content creation, precision targeting). And it’s an equal opportunity strategy: Media across the ideological spectrum are left scrambling for access.
Conservatives assume a cozy relationship between this White House and the reporters who cover it. Wrong. Many reporters find Obama himself strangely fearful of talking with them and often aloof and cocky when he does. They find his staff needlessly stingy with information and thin-skinned about any tough coverage. He gets more-favorable-than-not coverage because many staffers are fearful of talking to reporters, even anonymously, and some reporters inevitably worry access or the chance of a presidential interview will decrease if they get in the face of this White House.
  Hmm. Here it is February, past the second inauguration and suddenly these weasels find their voices.
  Vandehei goes on to reveal that reporters are upset that Obama and his people control all the images (photographs, audio and video recordings), the release of damaging information to weekends, hold only interviews with sympathetic reporters and then punish the press if they dare to ask hard questions. (Hm. Ed Henry of Fox News is president of the White House Press Corpse. Hm.)
  The trigger event was having absolutely no access to The Prince golfing last weekend. Well, I guess golfing is more important than the loss of life in Benghazi.
  And NOW we find out that the only video interviewed of Elena Kagan (former Obama personal lawyer) was taped by the White House. No lively questions there.
  It is notable that a few MSM reporters were willing to go on record to complain. 
  But what are you going to do with a press who writes things like this in the LA Times just after Obama returns from Florida several weeks after returning from Hawaii:
Obama's vacations have been rare, brief and regularly interrupted by crises at home and overseas. Most recently, he suspended his Christmas holiday in Hawaii to rush back to Washington for a few days to deal with congressional negotiations over the so-called fiscal cliff.
  His vacations are rare?
  And, boo hoo, "interrupted by crises"?
  Double boo hoo.
  Let the phonies begin writing their magnum opuses. 
  Just remember.
  We don't believe a word you write anymore, you scaredy chicken cats.
  We'll be waiting for Obama's Watergate moment.
UPDATE: As Frank Beckmann points out, the big deal about "transparency," the petty whining over so little access to the POTUS, and what is the question asked of POTUS after their imperially imposed ostracism from him?
  Why, yes. That question of grave importance is: "Did you beat Tiger Woods, Mr. President?"
  Stunningly significant.

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