Diane Sawyer Joins the Obama
Campaign. Last night, all three broadcast networks found the revelations heard in congressional hearings surrounding
the September 11 anniversary attack in Libya (criminally lax security and an obvious White House cover up) unworthy of
leading their nightly newscasts. All three hit the story, but all three are killing themselves to downplay an explosive
scandal they know could damage Obama's reelection chances.
ABC Removes Romney's Opening Speech from Debate
Transcript. ABC News, on its website that claims it represents the whole transcript of last Wednesday's debate between Mitt Romney and
Barack Obama, decided that they would help Obama out once again. This time, they did it by completely removing Romney's opening statement.
ABC's Stephanopoulos Leads
Post-Debate Media Spin for Democrats. One of the most reliable pro-Democratic pundits is none other than George Stephanpoulos —
not especially surprising, given his track record as a loyal operative for Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign, but hardly the objective, unbiased
voice touted by ABC News. MRC has documented how, in eight out of the last nine general election presidential debates (every one since he joined
ABC News in 1997), Stephanopoulos has gone on his network's airwaves to claim victory for the Democratic candidate, all in the guise of offering
Obama to reporter: I will unite America!
The alternative headline could easily be, "Proof that the president believes you unwashed masses don't remember
the last three years" or "Mainstream media drone lets Obama get away with one of the most absurd statements of his
presidency to date (besides the one about healing the planet, of course)." The interview being referenced
here is Obama's exclusive with ABC's Diane Sawyer, which ran late last week. Sawyer was attempting to goad
Obama into saying that Newt Gingrich labeling him a Food Stamp President was somehow racist (it's not).
Then Ignores News on Obama White House Ties to Solyndra. On Tuesday and Wednesday's World News, reporter Brian Ross
exposed e-mails indicating that the Obama administration gave a $535 million loan to the green company Solyndra, despite deep
misgivings inside the government about its viability. Yet, Good Morning America has declined to follow-up on the ABC scoop.
ABC quickly puts a positive spin on a major scandal: Solyndra
Bankruptcy Unlikely to Hamper Gov't Investment In Green Jobs . While the evidence continues to
prove that gambling millions in taxpayer money on a company that made just $3 for a product that took $7 to
produce was rather unwise, it doesn't look like the one bad apple has ruined the whole orchard of green energy
Insists Obama's 'Done Remarkably Well'. When asked how Obama is doing overall, [ABC's George]
Stephanopoulos pulled out the old line about how nobody "in our lifetime" has been dealt a tougher hand coming
into the White House, as if Ronald Reagan had it easy faced with Carter-era inflation and unemployment.
Mouthpiece? ABC News talking head Cokie Roberts was shilling for the Obama administration once again
on Good Morning America during an interview with former Clinton operative George Stephanopoulos. She wasn't
just shilling for Obama but tying to mold the news and public opinion to her left-wing druthers instead of
giving an honest review of today's political climate.
Moran, Stephanopoulos Shill for Obama's Gulf Address. Despite widespread criticism of President
Barack Obama's Oval Office address on the Gulf oil spill — including flak from MSNBC's left-wing
posse of Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann, and Howard Fineman — ABC's Terry Moran and George
Stephanopoulos on the June 15 "Nightline" fawned over the president's speech and ignored its obvious
George Stephanopoulos Defends Obama's Smoking, Coos Over Physical Fitness. Ex-Clinton aide
turned journalist George Stephanopoulos on Tuesday gushed over the results of Barack Obama's first White House
physical, even going so far as to defend the President's continued smoking. Talking to Dr. Richard
Besser, the Good Morning America host defended, "My reaction is, what is the big deal? He's got the
most stressful job on the planet."
Sticks to Obama Staffers and Friends on Church Avoidance in Year One. The Obama family's
continued lack of church-going in Washington was spun by ABCNews.com into something cute and positive... No one
in the ABC piece is allowed to question if Obama now has a phobia about church attendance due to his 20-year
membership in the church of radical-left Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Dwyer can't even bring himself to mention
Wright's name, only that Obama quit "Chicago's embattled Trinity United Church of Christ." He couldn't
get any more specific than that.
ABC You Later. Once upon a time
the press wasn't simply an advocate for a particular brand of politics, it was their responsibility to be a watchdog of our
government and report the facts and subsequently the general public could weigh those facts and form some sort of opinion.
In the Age of Obama, that idea is as foreign as the Votian language. Today, our established media not only decide
what should be constituted as news but also determine what news is factual.
ABC Self-Nationalizes For Obama.
As much of the U.S. private sector, including health care providers, resists government takeovers, what a
sorry sight to see ABC News leap forward to make itself a propaganda arm of the government.
becomes the 'All Barack Channel'. The mainstream media is so in love with Barack Obama that they
continually try to one-up each other in their sycophantic coverage of their new president. But ABC has
raised the stakes by taking up residence in the White House for a day in order to spew the Official Party Line
on health care.
ABC: A Love Story. A
full day's worth of single-payer friendly health care coverage on ABC was just what President Barack
Obama's doctor ordered. The president hopes to radically change the country's current health care system,
so he enlisted his one of his more powerful constituents — ABC News — for help.
To The Ministry of Propaganda. We now hear that on June 24, ABC Television will provide
Barack Obama with free time, pre-empting prime time entertainment for what amounts to an infomercial promoting
nationalized health care. Of course, they have no intention of doing the same for the opposition.
They have ceded their independence and become lapdogs to the government.
Should Drop All Pretense and Go With An All Barack Lineup. Let them all know that you're sick of it.
Stop watching their "news". It's no longer news. Send them the only message they understand; crash their
ratings, and thus their revenue. Rent a DVD, or tune into Fox on June 24. Then boycott Charlie, Katie and
Brian everyday before it's too late. Stop feeding the beast.
Did ABC Fabricate
Projections of an Underwater Southern Florida? Yesterday [6/16/2009], the White House released
an over-the-top climate report, meant to bolster waning public support (through fear-mongering) for the
administration's disastrous carbon taxation scheme. But as overly-alarming as was the document itself,
its portrayal by ABC's crack meteorologist Sam Champion on today's Good Morning America may have redefined
ObamaCare Special Turns Into Presidential Filibuster. Call this a teachable moment, but even
with ABC's best-laid plans to kickstart the debate about health care reform and not allow the "Prescription
for America" special to become an "infomercial," as many have complained — the president spent more
than twice as much time as his questioners vaguely answering or not answering the questions asked of
him. But the network consistently presented the event as part of the need to fix a "broken
system." When asked, every one of the 164 hand-picked audience members said they felt that
health care needed to be changed.
love affair with President Obama. There are several troubling aspects to ABC's relationship with the
administration. Linda Douglass, a former ABC News journalist, is now communications director in the White House's
Office of Health Reform. The Washington Times recently reported that employees of ABC gave 80 times as much in
contributions to Obama's campaign ($124,421) as they did to his Republican opponent, McCain ($1,550). And a study
released this month by the Business and Media Institute found that ABC News had aired stories with positive reviews of
Obama's health-care policy 55 times, while it featured just 18 negative stories on the subject.
How ABC Stacked the Deck for Obama:
With the very first question of its prime time special, Questions for the President: Prescription for
America, ABC set the tone that essentially confirmed for viewers that the president was right in his
desire to radically remake America's healthcare system. As the infomercial began, "moderator" Charles
Gibson asked a seminal question of the doctors and other participants that were about to hear the president
speak: "How many of you agree with the president that we need to change our healthcare system?"
Naturally they all raised their hands.
Can Anyone Take ABC Seriously?' In an open letter sent today [7/30/2009] to ABC News President David
Westin, NewsBusters.org Publisher Brent Bozell questioned the ethics of ABC as a "news" network and wondered
"how in the world can anyone take ABC seriously" after it was announced that ABC News has hired Democratic
donor Dr. Richard Besser to be their new Senior Medical Editor.
Classroom Campaign: No Junior Lobbyist Left Behind. "ABC" stands for All Barack's Children.
On Sept. 8, young students across the country will be watching television. Yes, they'll be parked
in front of boob tubes and computer screens watching President Obama's address on education. Instead of
practicing cursive, reviewing multiplication tables, diagramming sentences or learning something concrete,
America's kids will be lectured about the importance of learning.
Jake Tapper bans "Obamacare" from his blog. For a guy from Salon, Jake Tapper has struck me as
someone who has been very conscientious as the White House correspondent for ABC News. He usually is
trying to be a watchdog, even when his colleagues are content to be lapdogs. That does not make the
story coming from his Twitter feed tonight any less odd.
Shipman's Husband Named New Obama Press Secretary. The White House on Thursday named
Jay Carney, the husband of ABC News reporter Claire Shipman, to be the new White House Press secretary.
Carney is also an ex-journalist, formally of Time magazine. Will this appointment prove to be a conflict
of interest for Shipman? Will she continue to report on the Obama administration?
Been Skipping the White House Press Corps for Network and Social Media Softballs. In noting the latest
White House "hangout" with questions from YouTube users, Amie Parnes of The Hill noted that President Obama has
failed to hold a press conference since early October — three months without engaging with White House
reporters who might feel professional pressure to ask unexpected hardball questions. Instead, Obama submits
himself to softball sessions with ABC's Diane Sawyer or Barbara Walters.
when no one understood why ABC asked about contraception at the NH Republican debate? Remember
when George Stephanopoulos, at the New Hampshire Republican debate on January 7, brought up and harped on
whether the candidates thought states could ban contraception? Everyone, at least on our side of the aisle,
shook their heads in disbelief as to why Stephanopoulos was bringing up the issue. ... It's almost as if
Stephanopoulos got the memo first. Unless, of course, you believe in coincidences.
Creepy-crawlies for the evolved Obama. That celebrated
creepy-crawlie that often wanders up Chris Matthews' leg has jumped to another network, where the celebration of the president's coming-out
party, such as it was, continues without surcease. "Whatever people think about this issue," said George Stephanopoulos, co-host of
the ABC-TV morning talk-show, "there's no denying when a president speaks out for the first time like that, it is history." Replied
Robin Roberts, his co-host and partner in grime: "And let me tell you, George, I'm getting chills again.
Once Again, ABC News and
Team Obama Meet at the Marriage Altar. Daniel Halper of The Weekly Standard reports that ABC campaign reporter Matthew Jaffe
married Obama campaign deputy press secretary Katie Hogan in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin on Saturday [7/28/2012]. This would be the second
ABC-Obama union, after OMB director Peter Orszag and ABC correspondent Bianna Golodgryga. These camps are very cozy.
Obama to give
Sunday morning interview to ABC's 'This Week'. The president has customarily avoided the Sunday show circuit. When he appeared
late last year on "Meet the Press" during his reelection campaign, it was the first time in more than three years he had appeared on one of the
shows. In 2009, the president sat for a series of Sunday show interview [sic] to build support for his health care reform plan.
The Editor says...
Mr. Obama only goes to TV interviews where he is sure to be asked easy questions. That generally means small-market stations, sports networks,
Still Think Obama Was the 'Best President Ever,' Here Are 14 Reasons Why That's Ridiculous. [#9] He literally
spied on the media. The media loved Obama, but Obama didn't love them back. In fact, Obama abused the Espionage
Act to target reporters and their sources. Less than six months into Obama's second term we learned that his Justice
Department secretly obtained two months of phone records of AP reporters and editors. One consequence of this Obama
administration spying was that longtime sources stopped talking to the Associated Press and other news organizations.
Obama's Justice Department also secretly obtained then-Fox News reporter James Rosen's phone records, tracked his movements,
and read his emails while investigating possible leaks of classified information to Rosen for an article on North Korea's
nuclear program. Rosen was also threatened with jail time when the Obama Justice Department labeled him a
"co-conspirator" with one of his sources who was charged with violating the Espionage Act of 1917 for leaking the information
to Rosen. Another journalist, James Risen of the New York Times, was similarly treated as a co-conspirator with a
government source indicted by the Obama administration under the Espionage Act. Risen was subpoenaed and originally
compelled to testify against one of his sources.
Attkisson Notices Something Obama Photographer Reveals, in Relation to Benghazi. As we can see, the Trump
administration had no problem publishing the pictures of the situation room during the Baghdadi raid. And that's on
Saturday. The Obama administration had no problem posting the pictures of the situation room from taking down bin Laden
and that's from 2015. Perhaps [Pete] Souza or someone else in the Obama administration could shed some light on why
those Benghazi pictures are still not released since September 2012, some seven years later?
Squeaky clean, huh? Obama forgot about
these 25 scandals. [#4] Obama's DOJ spies on AP reporters: Just months before the 2012 presidential
election, the Obama administration reportedly spied on Associated Press reporters. WND reported when the AP said the
Justice Department secretly seized two months of reporters' and editors' telephone records without explanation in April and
May 2012. In the AP's report on the scandal, President and CEO Gary Pruitt called the Justice Department's move "a
massive and unprecedented intrusion" into how news organizations gather the news.
Joe Biden, Here Are Some Scandals You Forgot. [Scroll down] Today, President Trump's Twitter attacks on
CNN reporters are threats to the future of free expression. Back in 2012, the Obama's Department of Justice spied on
the Associated Press, tapping around 20 different phone lines — including cell phone and home lines —
that captured at least 100 staffers who worked for the outlet. The government kept records of all outgoing calls "for
both the work and personal phone numbers of individual reporters" and the main line used by reporters in the House of
Representatives. The Justice Department had already spied on Fox News reporter James Rosen in 2010, collecting his
telephone records, looking at his personal emails, and tracking his movements. [Attorney General Eric] Holder, by the
way, shopped the case to three separate judges, until he found one who let him name Rosen a co-conspirator in the crime of
reporting the news.
PA targets reporters —
but that's just half the story. [Margaret] Atwood continued: "While the United States isn't putting reporters
in prison yet, the tactics of the current administration are dangerous." Who could that be? Naturally she meant Trump
as being authoritarian, and dangerous enough to put reporters in prison, though not yet. It's chilling, she warned, and it's
coming. Guess what? It came. But not under Trump. It came under Obama. Where was that speech from Miss
Atwood? Disobedient reporters were not tolerated and found themselves shipped to re-conditioning camp — under Obama.
Obama Staffer: Facebook Allowed Us To Break User Data Rules Because They Were On Our Side. Yesterday
[3/19/2018], Facebook's stock tanked after it was revealed that they gave user data to a firm, Global Science Research (GSR),
via an app. This data was then given to Cambridge Analytica, a firm that was working for Donald J. Trump's 2016
presidential campaign. The app not only gave GSR the data of the user who filled out the survey, but also that of all
of the user's friends without them knowing it. Some have noted a similar mining tool used by the Obama team, but they
gathered information through their website (with permission from those who engaged) and the armies of volunteers, which was
then matched with voter profiles. Yes, still a bit creepy, especially since the campaign boasted that they probably
knew every single one of the 67+ million voters who supported President Obama in 2012. [...] Facebook certainly knew that
something was up concerning user data given the sheer volume GSR was mining from the app MyPersonality. But we're not
going to discuss Cambridge. We're discussing what many of you have noted on various social media platforms about the
inherent left wing bias ingrained in the services.
Media Praised or Ignored Obama's Harvesting of Facebook Data. The political and media establishment have
whipped themselves into an almighty frenzy over allegations — yet to be confirmed — that Cambridge
Analytica may have used improperly-obtained Facebook data during the 2016 election campaign, a charge they strenuously
deny. Online political advertising is now a "dark art," according to The Guardian. "Data And The Threat
to Democracy" is the blunt headline at the BBC. Facebook likes helped Trump "steal the election," according to a columnist
at the Philadelphia Inquirer. In the U.S., lawmakers are calling for an investigation into Facebook, and in the
U.K., the authorities are seeking a warrant to raid the offices of Cambridge Analytica.
genius for Obama is scandal when it comes to Trump. On Sunday [3/18/2018], The Guardian reported on the
supposedly nefarious workings of President Trump's data-gathering team at Cambridge Analytica. The report suggested
that Cambridge Analytica had essentially issued questionnaires through a third party; those questionnaires, which were
personality quizzes, requested that you use your Facebook login. Cambridge Analytica then compiled data regarding those
who completed the quiz and cross-referenced that data with political preferences in order to target potential voters.
This isn't particularly shocking. In 2012, The Guardian reported that President Obama's reelection team was "building a
vast digital data operation that for the first time combines a unified database on millions of Americans with the power of
Facebook to target individual voters to a degree never achieved before." [...] Facebook had no problem with such activity
then. They do now.
Campaign Official: Here's How We Were Able To Mine So Much Facebook Data. Amid the media blitz over an
exposé by The Guardian revealing that Cambridge Analytica hired an analytics team back in 2014 to provide profile data
on around 50 million Facebook users that the Guardian suggests was used to benefit the Trump campaign (which Cambridge
maintains is simply untrue), past reports and new revelations about the Obama campaign similarly mining social media data
have come to light. On Monday [3/19/2018], the Independent Journal Review, one of the websites hardest hit by Facebook's
recent newsfeed algorithm changes, highlighted a series of tweets by Carol Davidsen, former director of integration and media
analytics for Obama for America, in which she explained how the campaign was able to mine Facebook's data in a way that
employees for the company suggested they "wouldn't have allowed someone else to do because they were on our side."
Echo Chamber Manufactures Media Narrative Ahead Of Investigations Into Hezbollah Scandal. The former Obama
officials who manufactured a media "echo chamber" to sell the Iran deal are now working to undermine a bombshell report that
revealed how former President Barack Obama's administration derailed its own Drug Enforcement Agency's efforts to stop
Islamist terrorist group Hezbollah from developing a global narcotics syndicate. The Obama administration gave
Hezbollah a pass, according to a bombshell Politico piece, in order to protect the Iran deal — one of the few
remaining pillars of Barack Obama's legacy. Two Republicans on the House oversight committee, Florida Rep. Ron
DeSantis and Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan announced a congressional investigation into the scandal on Thursday, calling on the
Department of Justice to release all documents on the subject.
Trump vs. Obama.
Obama is a coward. Trump will call someone a name while Obama will anonymously source a smear through three levels of
staffers, political allies and reporters. Trump called CNN "Fake News" on camera. Obama sourced Operation Rushbo,
targeting Rush Limbaugh, through a variety of White House people and left-wing allies. Trump will boot reporters he
doesn't like. Obama authorized secretly hacking the emails of a FOX News reporter. Trump had an openly hostile
conversation with the Prime Minister of Australia. When Obama wanted to call Netanyahu "chickens***", he did it by
having one of his people anonymously plant it with a reliable media sycophant, The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg, before later
having a spokesman disavow it. Poultry ordure doesn't smell any worse than that. But Obama is very careful to
launch dirty attacks without getting any on his hands. The insults are anonymously sourced. The retaliation comes
out of the bowels of the bureaucracy. And he only finds out about it from the media. That allows him to retain
what he cares about most: his popularity.
Rosen: Nothing Trump is Doing Even Comes Close to Obama's Criminal Persecution of the Press. For all the
rage exhibited by the media over Donald Trump's tweet calling the press the enemy, which they are, President Obama is the one
who persecuted the press. Obama is the one who called for control over the flow of free information. He is the
one who tells the media what to print. Obama threatened reporters. James Rosen himself was spied on by the Obama
administration. James Rosen told Jesse Waters on his Fox show last night that nothing the President has done approaches
what Obama did to the press.
if Obama dropped Hillary's email bombs? Obama is a major narcissist who always wants to expand his personal power.
Being president has not satisfied his power-hungry ego; nothing ever will. For months he has been talking about running for a third
term, and he's back at it today. Washington speculation has long focused on Obama's ambition to become SecGen of the
U.N., an office he could try to expand into a genuine power center to achieve the utopian fantasy of the left, a world order in which
everything is "properly" controlled from a dictatorial center. This is consistent with the worst kind of Marxism, but it is also
the dream of jihad: world conquest. Obama has shown time and time again that he is a sort of Marxo-jihadophile.
Drudge suggests U.S. government cyberattack on Drudge Report website. Matt Drudge wondered aloud Thursday
evening [12/29/2016] whether his popular site was the object of a U.S. government cyberattack. Via the Twitter account for his
Drudge Report, he said his news-aggregation site is the victim of the "biggest DDoS since site's inception," referring to a Distributed
Denial of Service attack.
suggests US government attacked his site: Attkisson explains why. Matt Drudge tweeted from his verified
account about DDoS attacks on Drudge Report last night. According to another tweet from Drudge, the attack was coming
from thousands of sources, none of which could be traced to Fort Meade, where NSA headquarters is located. Drudge
Report tweeted that the attack lasted 90 minutes and was linked to an International Business Times article with more
details. International Business Times also cited a tweet alleging that RT News (a Russian news site) was also under
attack. This came just hours after the Obama administration announced it would retaliate against Russia for allegedly
interfering in the 2016 election.
Legacy media fakery.
"Fake news." Funny, isn't it: After all these years and only after Hillary Clinton loses the presidential election to
Donald Trump do we hear about the ominous scourge of the newly dubbed "fake news." Yet, those complaining are the people who
created and propagated the concept itself. From Walter Cronkite, who bemoaned not being able to "shape the news" later in
life, to President Obama's lackey Ben Rhodes. An aspiring novelist before being tapped to assist the president, Mr. Rhodes
bragged to The New York Times the Obama White House is essentially Edgar Bergen to the media's Charlie McCarthy.
Fake News Is Unreal.
Of course, social media didn't win the election for Trump, information did. Social media was just the vessel, and if your entire foundation is built on lies, information
is your enemy. The phony capitalists at Bloomberg had hoped the free market might correct this horrible problem but now realize "There might be a need for the state to
step in." The president himself has claimed we need a "curating function" to handle this "wild-wild-west-of-information flow." Later he complained to
Rolling Stone that we are getting information from "completely different sources." [...] Barack is ultimately calling for the abolition of facts and suggesting America
take up some kind of state-run media the way Britain and Canada have. "If you're looking for fake news, you might want to check in on the people trying to shut it
down." I've lived in both those countries. The scariest thing about state-run propaganda is how well it works.
Obama administration at war with RT, an
alternative media source'. If you look at the independent — that is, corporate-owned —
media in the US they are all an echo chamber of US propaganda and that is completely outrageous, Brian Becker of Answer
Coalition told RT. Other political observers also voiced their opinions. Russia's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria
Zakharova began Thursday's press briefing with a statement regarding a comment by the US State Department that RT will no
longer be treated on the same 'level' as other news outlets. It came after a RT journalist asked for evidence to back
up the department's allegations that Russia hit a number of hospitals in airstrikes in Syria.
House Leaks Private Trump Transition Communication To CBS News. Almost everyone on the transition team needs a
security clearance in order to see details of the candidate backgrounds. It is no big deal, and has nothing to do with
anything except the ability to review information, candidate experience, qualifications and provide an opinion.
However, that said — the bigger back story issue as outlined in this tweet from CBS is far more concerning.
It would appear the Obama administration is leaking private discussions to CBS news.
Nothing is coincidental in the Obama administration. WH:
Mosul offensive not timed for US election. The White House said Monday [10/17/2016] that the Iraqi prime minister's decision
to launch an offensive to drive the Islamic State out of Mosul was his alone and had nothing to do with the U.S. political calendar.
"The Iraqi central government is the one that is calling the shots, and they should. They are a sovereign nation, and the support
they are receiving from the [U.S. military] is at their request," presidential press secretary Josh Earnest said Monday [10/17/2016].
Earnest added that Obama administration is "confident" that Prime Minister Haider Abadi is making his timing decisions for the rights reasons.
Calls for 'Truthiness Tests' for Media Companies. President Barack Obama floated the notion of a test for media
organizations, griping about the wide-spread existence of alternative media available in America. He was critical of
the current Wild West online environment where people could say anything on social media or on news websites. "We are going to
have to rebuild within this wild-wild-west-of-information flow some sort of curating function that people agree to," he said.
Obama's Orwellian Farewell. [Scroll down] Considering the above examples, it was all-the-more astonishing to hear
President Obama lashing out last week in a Pittsburgh speech about citizens needing to "sift through lies and distortions" in the
media. The President looked back fondly to the days before Talk Radio or blogging or Social Media when just three networks
delivered what he called "fact-based news" that people trusted. Mr. Obama — as the hourglass runs out on his
time in the White House — added these chilling suggestions: "We are going to have to rebuild within this
wild-wild-west-of-information flow some sort of curating function that people agree to,.... There has to be, I think,
some sort of way in which we can sort through information that passes some basic truthiness tests and those that we have to
discard, because they just don't have any basis in anything that's actually happening in the world." One can only
speculate as to what Mr. Obama's proposed "curating function" for news could accomplish which the Associated Press is
not already doing.
Clinton's ObamaCare rant was scripted — and approved by Obama. When Bill Clinton recently criticized
ObamaCare as "the craziest thing in the world," it looked to everyone like he had given Donald Trump a stick to beat Hillary
with at their second presidential debate this Sunday at Washington University in St. Louis. But as usual, the Big
Dog was crazy like a fox. According to multiple sources both in the White House and the Clinton campaign, Bill was
following a carefully crafted script that was poll tested and endorsed by his wife and Barack Obama.
Suggest CBS's 'Face The Nation' Agreed to WH Demands Not to Ask Kerry About Clinton Emails. Emails obtained by
the RNC and provided first to The Wall Street Journal show that the White House reached out to CBS's Face the
Nation to ask that the topic of Hillary Clinton's emails be made off-limits during an interview of Secretary of State
John Kerry, and that the White House believed CBS had agreed. WSJ reported late Thursday [10/6/2016] that the
Hillary Clinton campaign and White House collaborated to present a unified P.R. front when the story broke that Clinton had
used a private email server while at the State Department. Accordingly, White House communications director Jennifer
Palmieri and State Department spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki exchanged emails to discuss the upcoming TV appearance by Kerry.
Dept. And White House Coordinated To 'Crush' Clinton Email Coverage. The State Department and White House
coordinated to shield Sec. of State John Kerry from being asked last March about Hillary Clinton's emails in an interview on
CBS News' "Face the Nation," newly released emails show. "Think we can get this done so [Kerry] is not asked about
email," Jennifer Palmieri, then the White House's communications director, wrote to then-State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki
on March 12, 2015, two days after Clinton held her first press conference to answer questions about her email practices.
Obama Spent BILLIONS Of Taxpayer Dollars Trying To Convince You He's Smart. It has been eight years of the most
ego-driven presidency in the history of the Republic. And if the devil is to be found in the details, those details
have now revealed the extent of Barack Obama's yearning to convince others of his own magnificence — an endeavor
he spent a half-BILLION dollars per year of taxpayer dollars on. And beyond that direct $500 million per year federal
employee public relations army, is another ONE BILLION dollars the administration is utilizing for outside the administration
PR firms to spin his policies in a favorable light. That is a one billion dollar advertising campaign to combat reports
on administration-related scandals, the still-tepid economy, unemployment, the rise of ISIS, etc. In short, it is the
pay-to-play scheme that Team Obama has utilized to control the Mainstream Media.
army of public relations staffers cost U.S. taxpayers $500M per year. President Obama has swelled the ranks of
government PR, adding hundreds of new public relations specialists to the federal payroll during his time in office, costing
taxpayers a half-billion dollars a year, the government's chief watchdog said Wednesday [10/5/2016]. That doesn't include
the more than $100 million the administration spends annually for help from private sector spinmeisters, nor does it account
for the $800 million spent on contracts for advertising in 2015, according to the Government Accountability Office.
"Spending $1.5 billion on government PR activities is a huge waste of money. That sort of spending should be drastically
scaled back," said Chris Edwards, a federal budget scholar at the Cato Institute.
defends $1.5 billion in PR expenses. The White House on Thursday defended its decision to significantly expand
the ranks of public relations specialists on the executive payroll during President Obama's time in office, and cast it as a
transparency exercise that's needed to ensure officials are communicating "effectively" to the public. The Obama
administration has spent more than $1.5 billion on government public relations staffers a year, as well as additional
private-sector communications specialists, since the president took office, according to a Government Accountability Office
report released Wednesday [10/65/2016]. The White House's chief spokesman, Josh Earnest, defended the move and called it
money well spent.
Unstoppable PR Machine Fed By Your Taxes. A new report commissioned by Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo. (F, 58%),
who chairs the Senate Budget Committee, found that government agencies spend about $1.5 billion every year on advertising and
public relations. It may take a minute for the absurdity of that to sink in.
Dems lay groundwork to ban Fox, WSJ political coverage. In their biggest threat yet to conservative media,
Democrats on the Federal Election Commission are laying the groundwork to bar companies with even the tiniest foreign
ownership from American politics, a move that could ban Fox, the Wall Street Journal and even the New York Times from
covering political races or giving endorsements.
operatives stripped Judical Watch of 'media' status, overcharged for FOIA requests. Political operatives within
the Obama administration wrongly punished conservative legal group Judicial Watch, stripping it of "media" status and trying
to force it to pay higher fees for its open records requests, the General Services Administration inspector general said in a
letter released Thursday [9/29/2016]. The GSA botched several high-profile open records requests, delaying them for
months while political appointees got involved, Inspector General Carol F. Ochoa said. The findings were released while
the administration was facing charges of slow-walking open records requests for Hillary Clinton's emails, as well as other
requests. In the case of Judicial Watch, the order to strip it of media status came from political operatives with long
ties to Democratic causes — and even from the White House.
New 700,000-Word Regulation is Good for You. The nine-second video of two federal bureaucrats the White House
posted on its blog last week was notable for something it omitted. That something was very big — and putting
it on display might not have fit with the apparent propaganda purpose of the video. [...] The regulation is 1,690 pages
long. Page 1,689 is the signature page for [Transportation] Secretary [Anthony] Foxx. Page 1,690 is the signature
page for [EPA] Administrator [Gina] McCarthy. When Foxx and McCarthy signed the regulation — as recorded in the
video on the White House website — they did not place the first 1,688 pages anywhere within view of the camera.
Was that in deference to trees? Or did the Obama administration not want to show America that these two unelected bureaucrats
were signing a 1,690-page regulation.
three FEC commissioners must be removed from office. Democratic senators are now trying to weaken Second, Fifth
and Sixth Amendment rights in their push for new gun laws. They also controversially voted in 2014 to weaken the First
Amendment, specifically to let both Congress and state legislators regulate political speech. Yet even they have not yet
dared to launch an attack on the freedom of the press. But their fellow partisans on the Federal Election Commission
do not scruple to take such a step. They are completely out of control; they voted, it was revealed Wednesday
[6/29/2016], to regulate the press and the editorial judgment of its members. After years of chomping at the bit to
go after conservative bloggers and aggregators on the internet, the three Democratic commissioners on the FEC went even
further with an unprecedented effort to insert themselves into a cable news network's editorial judgment.
mourns and keeps moving. One day after the president made a somber visit to Orlando, the first family was on
vacation here Friday [6/17/2016]. The three-day family trip to national parks in Carlsbad, N.M., and Yosemite, Calif.,
was planned long before the tragic terrorist attack that killed 49 at a nightclub in Orlando last weekend. Timed to
the 100th anniversary of the creation of the national park system, the excursion had a policy component: aiming to draw
attention to the conservation of federal lands and protecting the environment.
Immigration Propaganda and our National Identity. Fox News reports that the White House has drafted a social
media script on immigration for its Hollywood zombies to disseminate. You may recall that the White House furnished gun
control talking points for its Tinseltown puppets earlier this year. The entertainment shills dutifully delivered
President Obama's thinly disguised message for gun control with the mindless hashtag "StopGunViolence." The White House
supplied the script, imploring its actor enablers to tweet it and post it on other social media. It doesn't matter that
Obama's lawless proposals would do nothing to make Americans safer. What's important is that liberals care, as
evidenced by their painfully vacuous hashtag-parroting tweets.
House Emailed Pro-Immigration Talking Points to Celebrity Influencers. The Obama administration has sent an
email containing ready-made pro-immigration talking points to top-level Hollywood influencers in an effort to encourage them
to promote the White House's immigration policies on social media during June's Immigrant Heritage Month. According to
Fox News, White House Associate Director of Public Engagement Jesse Moore sent an email to a number of unidentified Hollywood
A-listers and executives last week with a list of short, social media-ready talking points that the Obama administration
hopes the celebrities will post for their millions of followers on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
The Editor says...
As I have said before, the opinions of celebrities are no more valuable than yours or mine. This is especially true if the
celebrities' opinions have been fed to them by the propaganda department of the White House.
Rigged Information Game. The term, "State Media" has been an apt descriptor for every administration's media pawns since
WWII, but in the past seven years, collaboration by government and friendly outlets has reached new heights of deception and perhaps,
illegality. The Congressional Research Service (CRS) pointed out there's been nothing new about the White House's use of
government resources for propaganda in recent decades, but in the early years of the Obama administration, it had already "leveraged ties
to the arts and entertainment community to embed propaganda in the content of television programming and artwork. These propaganda
efforts violated appropriations riders and federal law prohibiting the use of appropriated funds for publicity or propaganda purposes."
[...] [O]ur "press" is no longer so free, inasmuch as much of it — today's State Media — is inextricably circled with Academia and the
Progressive Establishment (which should be an oxymoron but isn't). This is a trilateral commission you never hear about — all useful
idiots propagating the progressive agenda every day and night. As repeaters — not reporters — of talking points provided by their
political masters, State Media operatives have been the dupes of a philosophy that bodes an end for the America of Washington, Lincoln,
eager to 'explode onto the scene' in 2016. This story comes to CNN from an unnamed White House source, someone
who apparently knows exactly what Obama is feeling and is not afraid to share it, along with portions of his new speech.
Does anyone think sources this close to the president just leak things like this willy nilly? Do his top aides stand
around the water cooler and say 'Hey, did you see that CNN story today? Yeah, that was me.' I don't think so.
This has all the signs of a carefully crafted piece of PR placed to create anticipation among the Democratic faithful, some of
whom might be feeling down about the mauling Hillary Clinton's reputation took last week.
How Obama Manipulates
the News. [Scroll down] The Samuels piece shows an Obama administration no less willing than previous
administrations to assemble insider teams to construct elaborate sales pitches for its controversial policies. Compare
for example, the "war room" quarterbacked by Rhodes that drew on staffers from the State Department, the Treasury Department,
the Defense Department, the United Nations delegation and the National Security Council to push the Iran deal to Congress to
previous White House initiatives.
White House Reporter: Media 'Happy to Be Managed' by Obama. Retired USA Today White House reporter
Richard Benedetto penned an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal on Friday [5/20/2016] titled "How Obama Gets Away With
It." He suggested "Usually when an incumbent president is leaving office and a slew of candidates are battling for his job,
that departing chief executive's record is a major campaign issue." But Obama's record in office is not an issue.
Obviously, one reason is the Republican establishment didn't want Obama to be an issue, which is why they moved to take any
budget fight with Obama off the table for the rest of his presidency. Benedetto noted "Donald Trump's bombastic
candidacy is a huge distraction and often blocks out or obliterates more-substantive issues." He also argued the
media is putty in Obama's hands.
Where did the money come from? J-Street was paid by Obama administration
to promote Iran deal. J-Street received more than half a million dollars to advocate for the Obama administration's
controversial nuclear deal with Iran, it has been revealed. The liberal Jewish group, which bills itself as "pro-Israel and
pro-peace" but which critics say takes solely anti-Israel stances, was paid the money by the White House's main surrogate organization
for selling the deal. The Ploughshares Fund was named in an explosive New York Times profile of Obama aid Ben Rhodes, in which
the President's chief spin doctor listed the central groups responsible for creating an "echo chamber" in order to promote the deal,
even when the White House's official line didn't jibe with the facts. According to Associated Press, the group's 2015
annual report details several organizations which received substantial funds to peddle the official White House line on the nuclear
deal. Among them was National Public Radio (NPR), which received a $100,000 grant to promote "national security reporting that
emphasizes the themes of U.S. nuclear weapons policy and budgets, Iran's nuclear program, international nuclear security topics and
U.S. policy toward nuclear security."
Bathrooms are latest diversion
from Obama's and Clinton's troubles. In yet another executive overreach to redirect public discussion, Obama
arbitrarily ruled that every public school receiving federal funds must allow the minute fraction of society who are
transgender to use the restroom of their choice, not their biological gender. We're being played again, folks.
Here's what's really at stake: Obama's heir-apparent and legacy protector, the 68-year-old Hillary Clinton, is getting
shredded in Democratic primary after primary by a 74-year-old socialist, Bernie Sanders. [...] Obama would also like to
distract you from the slipping new-job creation rates. Obama Care and its artificial state exchanges are crumbling
beneath the weight of their own costs and disincentives. [...] Disturbing reports of the military's poor readiness mount,
including planes being cannibalized for parts to keep half the jets flying.
Obama the Fabulist.
A number of people at AT and elsewhere have written about the New York Times' fascinating but also deeply disturbing
story of how Ben Rhodes, a callow, unsuccessful but well-connected short-story writer became the Obama administration's
primary foreign policy mandarin. This should come as no surprise to careful observers of this administration.
Rhodes, according to the Times piece, is Obama's foreign policy "guru" a man who has a "mind meld" with the
president. What Rhodes and the president share though, is not so much a leftist approach to foreign affairs —
though presumably that plays a role — but rather a talent for creating foreign policy fables that flatter Obama and
his coterie, and can be passed off to lapdog media types as "successes." In this, Rhodes is just one more piece of the
fictional story that is Barack Hussein Obama, the country and the world his stage, and the rest of us merely players —
Fools: The Short Story of America's Liberal Elite. The story is rich with detail that should scandalize
anyone who is concerned with either truth or humility in American policymaking. Rhodes apparently lied to sell the Iran
deal to the American public, counting on ignorant, sympathetic leftist journalists and activists to peddle the
administration's foreign-policy line and dominate the public debate.
Meet the Democratic Liars
Club. [Scroll down] The latest clincher is the admission of a top White House aide that much about the
Iranian nuclear deal was a fabrication sold to a lazy, gullible press corps. Deputy National Security Adviser Ben
Rhodes boasts that most reporters were too dumb to know or care they were being misled. "The average reporter we talk
to is 27 years old, and their only reporting experience consists of being around political campaigns," Rhodes told The
New York Times. "They literally know nothing."
Epiphany on the Road to Tehran. The internet was abuzz following a story by David Samuels on the jerk who
admitted he manipulated the truth to get the president's absurd deal with Iran accepted (accepted, that is, by the Democrats
in Congress who blocked a Republican resolution to reject it). In case you missed it I'll provide a quick summary of the
salient parts, but that shouldn't be the end of the story: the press having allowed itself to be flimflammed into being mere
White House megaphones needs to redeem itself, should it care to win back even the tiniest shred of credibility.
The runt of Rhodes.
President Obama and his team hold a low opinion of the intelligence of the American people. [...] Now comes Obama deputy
national security adviser Ben Rhodes to reveal the lies on which Obama's alliance with the Islamic Republic of Iran was
promoted. [...] Rhodes is not, as he should be, confined to fetching coffee and performing other menial tasks befitting his
qualifications to formulate national security policy. [...] Rhodes himself, however, is an odious ignoramus who knows one
thing: Obama's servitors in the mainstream media are useful idiots.
Obama plays his adoring fans in the press. It turns out, for example, that the story carried by the press about
the Iran deal being possible because of the election of a more moderate government in Tehran, was made up. It was a
fiction, as various actual experts on the subject warned at the time. That is, in real terms, it was a lie. The
deal was in fact already in the works in 2012, a year earlier than anyone knew. And the whole idea that Iran's
government was split over this deal between moderates and hard-liners was a fiction spun in order to create excuses for
Iran's persistence in belligerent behavior later on. Rhodes and others worked to suppress inconvenient news at
inopportune moments, such as when Iran captured ten U.S. servicemen on the day of the State of the Union address.
Littlejohn argues the Obamas are desperate to provide a certain agenda whenever they visit Britain. Take
another look at the audience at Barack Obama's 'town hall' meeting in London. Is this a portrait of Britain you
recognise? I know we are ordered to celebrate 'diversity' at all times, but was it really a genuine representation of
our population as a whole? OK, so London is now one of the most multicultural cities on earth, to the extent where some
parts of town can feel like a foreign country. [...] Needless to say, there was the obligatory number of women in Islamic
headgear, without which no televised gathering can be broadcast.
Gitmo is just a distraction from Obama's ISIS failures. The president says Guantanamo Bay makes us less safe because terrorists use it as a
propaganda tool. But terrorists use just about any type of military response as a propaganda tool. That's no reason to unilaterally disarm.
And, I can tell you that when we're talking about Gitmo, we're talking about the worst of the worst terrorists in the entire world. The president isn't
talking about trying to move people to the United States prison system that are low level criminals or terrorists. These are the worst of the worst,
including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who was the mastermind behind 9/11. Not only that, but 30 percent of former Guantanamo prisoners are either
confirmed or suspected of re-engaging in terrorism. In fact, just this week, a former Guantanamo prisoner was arrested in Spain after trying to
recruit for ISIS. There's a reason these terrorists are in Guantanamo. And we should keep them there.
The Editor says...
The Twitter reactions show that Obama's actions are nothing new, that his statistics are stretched, and his huffing and puffing
about executive actions were just dramatic effects to attract news coverage.
Administration hides gay agenda in vandalism crime at Missouri Mosque. The DOJ misreported anti-Muslim graffiti on a Missouri Mosque by
leaving out very important details that will change one's perspective on the crime. The DOJ reported it as an ordinary hate crime towards Muslims
and the mean words spray painted on a mosque then seemed to be from a random "hater" of Islam and a senseless act. However, the vandalism
was actually a pro-homosexual response to the way Muslims mistreat gays.
Candor Inside Obama's Off-the-Record Briefings. Hours after President Obama announced in a 2014 speech that he was escalating his
campaign against Islamic extremists, a number of prominent columnists suggested they knew exactly what he was thinking. [...] What none of the
journalists told readers, because they had promised the White House that they would not, was that their attempts to portray the president's
intentions had followed a lengthy and secret meeting with Mr. Obama the day he delivered the speech.
Inside Obama's secret pity
party. Poor Barack Obama. Americans don't appreciate his wisdom, and those nasty Republicans are picking
on him again. Woe is the leader of the free world. That was the essence of his private meeting with friendly journalists,
where the president gave his water-carriers talking points so he could jet off to Hawaii and still look as if he's engaged in national
security. The session was off the record, so Obama couldn't be quoted or put on the spot with tough, public questions.
But his trademark self-pity, partisan pique and warped ideas came through in the subsequent stories and columns.
shelling out billions to public relations firms. The federal government has spent more than $4 billion on
public relations services since 2007, according to a watchdog group, with more than half of the money going to the world's
largest firms. A review conducted by Open the Books found that there are now 3,092 public affairs professionals working in
the government, an increase of 15 percent — or about 400 people — over the past seven years.
Obama, national assignment editor. White House officials commonly whisper story suggestions to Beltway
reporters. "Did you see this?" they might e-mail a reporter with a link to something they find outrageous
and in need of debunking. Such tips often arrive under the protection of off-the-record terms.
Obama Isn't Open And Transparent After All. A coalition of 50 journalism groups Tuesday condemned President
Barack Obama for his stranglehold on information — this despite promising to be the most open and transparent
president. The most recent call to end the strict control of information is not the first time the Society of Professional
Journalists (SPJ) has tried to end the practice. Despite the previous attempts, the administration has continued to ignore
them. David Cuillier, a chairman for the group, noted what the Obama administration is doing falls in strict contrast to his
More evidence that late-night comedians are really political activists: Jon
Stewart's secret White House visits. To engage privately with the president in his inner sanctum
at two sensitive moments — previously unreported meetings that are listed in the White House visitor
logs and confirmed to POLITICO by three former Obama aides — speaks volumes about Stewart and his reach,
which goes well beyond the million or so viewers who tune into The Daily Show on most weeknights. Love
Stewart's jokes or hate them, he has proven to be a unique voice who is capable of turning in-the-weeds policy
discussions into viral video sensations that the country is still talking about the next morning.
Stewart Made Secret Visits To Obama White House. Jon Stewart, host of The Daily Show
on Comedy Central, made multiple secret visits to the White House during Barack Obama's presidency,
the Virginia-based political blog Politico revealed Tuesday [7/28/2015]. "Jon Stewart slipped
unnoticed into the White House in the midst of the October 2011 budget fight, summoned to an Oval
Office coffee with President Barack Obama that he jokingly told his escort felt like being called
into the principal's office," the article by Darren Samuelsohn opens. Stewart made another visit
to the White House in February 2014, shortly before Obama warned Russia of potential repercussions if
it made a bigger military intervention into Ukraine.
Ramadi Falls to ISIS, POTUS Goes Golfing, Gets New Twitter Account. During the Iraq
War, the United States paid a terrible price to secure Anbar province from terrorists. Between
April of 2004 and September of 2007, 1,335 Americans and nearly 9,000 Iraqis died in the battle for
Fallujah and Ramadi. But by 2008, the battle had been won — and liberated Iraqi citizens
could again walk the streets without fear. Now Ramadi and Fallujah are back in the hands of terrorists.
But never mind that, the big news today is that POTUS has a new Twitter account, you guys!
House Press Corps: Obama Doesn't Like Us. A whopping 78 percent of White House reporters who
participated in a Politico survey say President Obama doesn't like them, and about the same percent think
Michelle Obama doesn't like them either. The results suggest the press corps perception of itself is
vastly different than that held by many Americans — particularly conservatives — who
perceive a cozy, mutually nurturing relationship between press and president. The poll was conducted
mainly on background, with reporters not having to attach their names to the answers for publication.
Of 65 reporters who answered the question, 51 said Obama "dislikes the press."
refuse Obama's dismissal from golf course, are sent to the 'shed'. After a two hour
flight, Obama motorcaded to the posh Floridian National Golf Club in Palm City to play a round and
also stay. At that point, the pool reporter, Byron Tau of the Wall Street Journal, wrote in his
report to other correspondents, "The White House has called a lid. Pool does not anticipate news or
POTUS sightings until tomorrow's departure of Air Force One." [...] The trip will cost taxpayers
$843,508 in airfare alone.
Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama Became Media Control Freaks. Embattled former
secretary of state Hillary Clinton can console herself with the knowledge that she's not
alone. The presumptive presidential candidate and email deleter — whose apparent
reluctance to release public records and documents prompted the Associated Press to sue the State
Department this week — is by no means unique in her wish to starve the insatiable media,
or at least restrict ravenous reporters to a bland diet of happy news.
Latest Word on the Trail?
I Take It Back. The quotations come back redacted, stripped of colorful metaphors, colloquial language and anything even mildly
provocative. They are sent by e-mail from the Obama headquarters in Chicago to reporters who have interviewed campaign officials under
one major condition: the press office has veto power over what statements can be quoted and attributed by name. [...] Many journalists
spoke about the editing only if granted anonymity, an irony that did not escape them. No one said the editing altered the meaning
of a quote. The changes were almost always small and seemingly unnecessary, they said.
Proof! Establishment media controlled. This may be
the most important story broken by the New York Times in years. What it means is this: When Americans read these reports —
whether in newspapers, wire services or on the Internet — they are not really reading news stories at all. They are reading
approved, pre-packaged press releases from the government and politicians. But, even worse, they are not labeled as such. They are
labeled as actual news. That's how low the national press establishment has descended. [...] These so-called journalists are selling their
ethical and moral souls for access to politicians. And this practice raises expectations by politicians that they can routinely manipulate
the press to their advantage.
White House Using Tax Dollars for Studio-Grade 'Pure Propaganda'. Former CBS News correspondent
Sharyl Attkisson said the Obama administration has been producing its own video content to promote "unfiltered"
messages with taxpayer-funded staff, including hairstylists, makeup artists and wardrobe consultants.
By cutting out the news media, Attkisson said the White House has figured out how to avoid questions and
accountability. She also revealed that the Department of Agriculture has more than 1,200 "media relations
Obama WH Secret Phone Conferences Bear Fruit With TV Media's
Limbaugh Attack. As soon as the sun rose on the day after Limbaugh's CPAC appearance,
three of the four of the phone call participants attacked Limbaugh with the same talking points.
It seems obvious that they coordinated their attack together in the Obama secret strategy session.
It is amazing that a president's staff can have such power over major media figures without a peep being
heard from those that only months ago bashed former presidents over a perceived undue, even "dangerous,"
control of the media.
Ultra Secret Website for Behind Scenes Media Planning Sessions
Revealed. First came word of the daily secret planning session phone calls between Obama
Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and several highly placed Old Media types and now Politico has revealed the
existence of a hush, hush web message board where denizens of the lefty media get together on a daily
basis and plan how they will all cover the news for the great unwashed out there.
The MSM isn't liberal enough for Obama... Obama seeks filter-free news.
The highest-profile moments in the new approach have been well-noted, such as the president giving an
interview to progressive radio host Ed Schultz and Obama calling on a reporter from the liberal-leaning
Huffington Post at his first news conference. But those moves are only part of a much larger strategy
aimed at communicating directly with audiences the White House believes are more sympathetic to the
president's agenda — and one in which much of the work is being done by Obama's top advisers.
Obama has new flag
frenzy. Oh, say — can you see? Look. It's President Obama, and he's
surrounded by American flags. They're on the dais in star-spangled glory. They're at the
town-hall meeting and the news conference, in bold folds of red, white and blue. The White House has
rediscovered — or possibly reinvented — the patriotic cachet of Old Glory as a perfect
frame for the new president. That's the same president who once would not wear an American flag pin.
Things have changed.
The Editor says...
When you see American flags carefully placed behind Mr. Obama at his staged photo opportunities,
it should be obvious that the presence of these flags has nothing to do with patriotic pride, especially given
his earlier reluctance to
show respect to the American flag. Flags as big as basketball courts are commonly used to draw attention
to used car dealerships. In these cases, the American flag is just a prop whose only purpose is to make
you (subconsciously) feel a little better about the ugly business at hand.
What Releasing the CIA Memos is
Really About: It's about controlling the news cycle, putting opponents on the defensive, and diverting
attention away from other, more-timely battles underway. We recently witnessed a similar tactic. The
release of the Department of Homeland Security's "rightwing extremism" report, dated April 7, offered the MSM a
counterpoint to frame their minimum coverage of the April 15 Tea Parties. ... It's all about misdirection of
public attention, and all sides of the media are conscious, or unconscious, facilitators of the ploy choreographed
from inside the Obama administration.
Obama trying to run out the clock? It's not uncharacteristic of this administration to run
late. But seeing that 28 minutes elapsed before Obama took the stage, you could make a case that the
Obama team is trying to make it difficult on networks to carry former Vice President Cheney's speech.
team ensures his messages get delivered properly. Here's the new Obama communications wrinkle,
which has former journalist David Axelrod's Chicago fingerprints all over it: Unbeknownst to the invited
writers, they've been classified politically, say, centrist in one group or more conservative or more liberal
in another group. That way the aides' presentations can be tailored to go down best with each group's
ideological leanings. Last week, as Ed [Morrissey] reports, the Obama communications team had two writer
briefings going on in the White House simultaneously. And you'll be surprised to learn the president
managed to make surprise entries at both of them.
Lifts Ban on Lobbyists! Back to Business as Usual. Roll Call is reporting that during the typical Friday
afternoon document dump — a practice used to hide actions that might prove somewhat embarrassing to the White
House — the administration quietly announced that some of the former restrictions on lobbying ballyhooed about
during the late campaign have been lifted. And now, we have to wonder: will the media notice this sudden
change? I mean, a whole day has gone by and so far only Roll Call has mentioned it.
this is transparency, what's accountability? The White House press corps is challenging the Obama
administration's reliance on background briefings by unnamed officials — noting that the same officials
tend to turn up soon after, delivering the same message on television. And more to the point, didn't President
Obama run on a promise of transparent government?
Obama Quietly Issues Statement on Terrorist
Attack in Arkansas. After two days of silence, President Obama issued a statement Wednesday on the shooting
of two U.S. soldiers by a Muslim militant in Arkansas — but the White House didn't even email the statement to
its list of national reporters. Rather, the White House appears to have quietly released this statement to a local
AP bureau in Arkansas...
Barack Obama and the White House woo The New
York Times. [Scroll down] One part of Obama's Times fixation is strategy. For all the
proliferation of news outlets, Obama aides believe the paper still has an outsize ability to shape perceptions
among political elites and other journalists. But part of the relationship is more complicated, according
to some close observers, flowing from a cultural affinity that makes Obamaites crave the validation that comes
from being written about by the Times.
The morning conference
call and Democrat media manipulation. Every morning, a group of old friends have a nice chat.
ABC's George Stephanopoulos, CNN's James Carville, CNN commentator Paul Begala, and Obama's Chief of Staff
Rahm Emanuel have a wide ranging conference call, usually starting just before dawn. Democrat Pollster
Stan Greenberg is a frequent participant. They examine current events and how they fit into the new
administrations policies. They determine how to best get their message to the public.
Obama manipulates the media. Do You Want Your OTV?
[Scroll down] After the event, President Obama went to the White House basketball court to shoot hoop with the
Lady Huskies. The White House press corps was not allowed to attend. ... Now we know why: Obama White
House officials decided to do their own media report on the visit, complete with cuts, interviews, and chyrons
identifying who's speaking. ... Do Obama White House officials think their media coverage isn't flattering enough?
The Editor says...
Attention White House reporters — here is a quick and easy solution to your problem: When
the White House provides their own sanitized media coverage, don't put it on the air!
Stock Pro-Obamacare Poll With Obama Voters. Realizing that Barack Obama's healthcare initiative
has hit some roadblocks in Congress, the good folks at CBS News and the New York Times figured they'd help it
along by creating a new poll on the subject that WAY oversampled people who voted for Obama. Although
the then junior senator from Illinois received 53 percent of the votes last November, NYT/CBS surveyed
almost twice as many Obama voters as McCain voters.
President Packs the Press Corps. During the eight years of the Bush administration, liberal
outlets such as the Huffington Post often accused the White House of planting questioners in news conferences
to ask pre-planned questions. At this afternoon's news conference, President Obama fielded a pre-planned
question asked by a planted questioner — from the Huffington Post. ... [Nico] Pitney asked his
question, as arranged. Reporters in the room looked at each other in amazement at the stagecraft
they had just witnessed. White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel looked at the first row
of TV correspondents and grinned.
Tuned for More of 'The Obama Show'. [Scroll down] And, as it turned out, he [Pitney] was
not the only prearranged questioner at yesterday's show. Later, Obama passed over the usual suspects to
call on Macarena Vidal of the Spanish-language EFE news agency. The White House called Vidal in advance
to see whether she was coming and arranged for her to sit in a seat usually assigned to a financial trade
publication. She asked about Chile and Colombia. A couple of more questions and Obama called
it a day.
Obama Planting a Huffington Post Question Worse Than Bush's 'Gannongate'? [Scroll down] Will
these networks find it even more scandalous that the Obama White House much more explicitly pre-arranged a
question from the left-wing website The Huffington Post, and allowed their reporter Nico Pitney to have the
second question of the entire event, like they were the second most important "news" outlet in America?
White House Denies HuffPo
Set-Up. The White House defended its treatment of HuffPo blogger Nico Pitney at a presidential
press conference on Tuesday. ... The White House has made a point of selecting journalists that are not part
of the mainstream media for questions at his press conference and that has made even an Obama loving media
suspicious of his motives and methods.
presses the press into service. [Scroll down] Pitney, play-acting right along, did his
part, beginning, "I wanted to use this opportunity to ask you a question directly from an Iranian." He
could have said, "I wanted to use this opportunity to ask you a question directly from an Iranian, because
that's what you asked me to do and because I really, really want you to like me." But he had more sense
evidence making. The Obama administration yesterday [6/16/2009] released its blockbuster global-warming propaganda document,
Global Climate Change Impacts on the United States. It's a doozy, filled with colour graphics, maps and dramatic pictures.
Helen Thomas: Not Even Nixon
Tried to Control the Media Like Obama. Following a testy exchange during today's briefing with
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas told CNSNews.com that
not even Richard Nixon tried to control the press the way President Obama is trying to control the press. ... Thomas
said she was especially concerned about the arrangement between the Obama Administration and a writer from the
liberal Huffington Post Web site.
The Cost of Controlling The Press.
Barack Obama's White House is spending more than $80,000 a week to staff its old and new media offices. Add the price
of speechwriters and the White House communications tab reaches nearly $100,000 a week, or nearly $5 million a
year-and that is for salaries alone. Based on the coverage the President has garnered so far, it is money well
A Sponsorship Scandal
at The Post. The Washington Post's ill-fated plan to sell sponsorships of off-the-record "salons" was an
ethical lapse of monumental proportions. Publisher Katharine Weymouth and Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli have
now taken full responsibility for what was envisioned as a series of 11 intimate dinners to discuss public policy
issues. For a fee of up to $25,000, underwriters were guaranteed a seat at the table with lawmakers,
administration officials, think tank experts, business leaders and the heads of associations.
What's really behind Obama's sudden plea
for troubled health reforms today. Friday afternoons and evenings — as we've mentioned here
previously — are usually a dumping ground for political news its originators do not want noticed much.
Especially entering warm summer weekends. The flip side of that adage is that there's rarely much competition for the
news at those times. Tah-dah! Not by accident today President Barack Obama (despite the shattering death of his
beloved teleprompter earlier this week) staged an unscheduled media availability to insert himself into the news.
Not much competition, so he got lotsa coverage.
Obama Complains About the News Cycle but
Manipulates It. It has become his common lament. Challenged about difficulties with his
economic or legislative programs, President Obama complains about the tyranny of "the news cycle," pronouncing
the words with an air of above-it-all disdain for the impatience and fecklessness of today's media culture.
Yet after six months in office, perhaps no other president has been more attuned to, or done more to dominate,
the news cycle he disparages.
Rahmbo browbeat network heads
to carry Obama's health care presser. It is the simple exercise of power. Obama's got more of it than
the TV networks. And if you have someone in the White House perfectly willing to exercise that power by making
implied threats, there isn't much even giant corporations can do to deny Obama what he wants.
Becomes 13th MSM Journalist to Spin Through Revolving Door for Obama. Roberta Baskin, a veteran of CBS News,
ABC News, PBS and Washington, DC's ABC affiliate, with a stint at the Center for Public Integrity mixed in, "will join the
Department of Health and Human Service's office of inspector general as a senior communications adviser in mid-August,"
Washington Post "Federal Eye" blogger Ed O'Keefe reported late Monday [8/2/2009].
Media Blackout on Obama eligibility dates back
to November. The Northeast Intelligence Network and Canada Free Press are in possession of
extremely sensitive investigative documents, including a stunning written admission by a nationally known
talk show host stating that he was threatened with his career — or worse — should he
talk about the issue of Barack Hussein Obama's birth records to a national audience. This document was
obtained on December 10, 2008, and provides explicit detail of a "gag order" imposed on this host before
and immediately following the national election last November.
Liberals' birther obsession: It's
the left-wing, not the GOP, that's pumping up the story. You could be forgiven for thinking
that a serious campaign is afoot — aided and abetted by the national Republican Party —
to question Barack Obama's citizenship. ... It is not Obama's right-wing opponents, however, who are devoting
the most attention to this obscure, Internet-driven "movement" ... Rather, it's liberals, bent on portraying
their conservative opponents as extremists — and changing the subject to help a President under
increasing scrutiny for the substance of his policies — who are driving this story.
Firing up the leftist
base. I've been watching the media onslaught aimed at these townhall protesters, and now think I
understand why we saw a huge pickup in coverage on the birth certificate controversy over the last 2 weeks.
Media Matters and other 527s, like Moveon, send daily communiqués to left-leaning media with their issues
highlighted, and talking points suggested. Clearly, they decided to hype attention to the birthers over
the past couple of weeks, so that they could now use them to try to discredit other legitimate protest,
especially that occurring over the health care takeover.
Rahm's Media Muscle:
Is it just us or is there something wrong with the White House dictating news coverage to advance the
president's medical insurance agenda? We thought this sort of thing happened only in Venezuela.
Information". [Linda Douglass] makes no attempt whatsoever to prove her assertion that Obama's
comments were out of context or irrelevant. And that's what's sort of interesting to me. Her rebuttal
technique is truly Obamaesque, in that she does what Obama himself does: Quotes Obama as proof that
Obama is always right.
Beck Loses Advertisers Over 'Racist' Remark. White House Involved? Glenn Beck has lost advertisers on his
TV show after calling President Obama "a racist" in the context of the Henry Louis Gates arrest controversy. The
pressure on advertisers has become a politically charged debate about the right to free speech, censorship and what
constitutes hate speech. Conservatives are questioning if the campaign against Beck is connected to the White
Just Make Stuff
Up: President Obama's war on the truth. Why has President Obama developed a general disregard
for the truth, in a manner far beyond typical politicians who run one way and govern another, or hide failures
and broadcast successes? First, he has confidence that the media will not be censorious and will simply
accept his fiction as fact. A satirist, after all, could not make up anything to match the obsequious
journalists who bow to their president, proclaim him a god, and receive sexual-like tingles up their
Barack Obama doesn't
care what you think. What I am concerned about, and warning everyone about, is the media machine
that uses these organized events to broadcast the agenda. Framed differently, these activities aren't meant
to convince attendees that healthcare is good; these activities are meant to manufacture the news, spread
propaganda tropes, and over-inflate the image of the pro-socialized healthcare forces. PR stunts.
The Obama modus operandi is to make his goons look bigger than they are. These are the people who will
make a group of twenty conservatives appear diminutive with a far-away camera angle, and then give individual
interviews to all three liberal attendees.
Obama the Omnipresent.
Even by the norms of his ubiquity, Mr. Obama has been on an especially prodigious media binge lately, pitching
his health care plan seemingly everywhere but the Food Channel and Fox News. He will sit for interviews
on Sunday with ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN and Univision, and hit the "Late Show With David Letterman" on Monday (he is
scheduled to be the show's only guest), to go with his recent run in the print media (Men's Health), on the
Web (Bloomberg) and on cable news (CNBC).
prez seems like endless 'infomercial'. During his first eight months in office, President Obama has sat
down for three times as many television interviews as his most recent two predecessors combined. ... "He's turning
the presidency into an infomercial," warned former White House speechwriter Matt Latimer.
Manipulation of another communications medium: Capital
Hill Switchboard Illegally Being Used to Push Obamacare? If you call one of the numbers that
leads you to the switchboard for Congress, the number you'd call to be put through to your Congressman or
Senator's office, you get a short message selling Obama's healthcare policies before being transferred to
the switchboard operator. This should be the sort of story the Old Media would investigate
fully. But will it?
Obama's Olympic bid
stagecraft. Sixteen days ago, Richard Baehr noted speculation that President Obama would make a
last-minute dramatic trip to Copenhagen this week, to pitch the case for Chicago hosting the 2016 Olympics.
The publicly-announced plan had been for Michelle to represent Chicago's bid. Because other contenders were
sending their top leaders, it seemed as if Obama were letting Chicago down. Unless you took the cynical
view and saw this all as dramatic framing of an upcoming event, so as to maximize propaganda benefits.
Obama — We've Got Questions. Alessandra Stanley, reporting for the New York Times on President Obama's
Sunday talk show grand slam with same-day interviews on CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS and Univision, commented on his "remarkably
overt display of media management." On talk shows that are known for their challenging questions, Stanley observed,
"No one shifted an armchair, moved a flower arrangement or asked an unexpected question." Media management
is not what America needs.
The Most Transparent
Administration Ever? Not at DOJ. Is the Department of Justice engaging in fraud, or is it simply trying
to hide its propaganda? Those of you wondering how DOJ uses your tax dollars to enforce our nation's laws might be
interested to learn that Eric Holder has apparently hired former Democratic campaign bloggers to work at the department
in what appears to be a secret propaganda unit.
Controls Your Televison Set. Next week the networks will coordinate their shows' story-lines to
promote volunteerism. ... You know how folks always say: "If you don't like what you see, just change
the channel." Well, clearly next week that won't be an option. It's going to be a full-court
press... nowhere to hide.
The Editor says...
You have another option that's really quite
refreshing: TURN IT OFF!
The partisanship and dishonesty of the American media is a familiar story and a slightly pathetic one.
What makes the ongoing assault on Rush disturbing is that the White House is a participant in it. As
Time magazine and others have reported, a small group of Democratic operatives and media figures —
Stanley Greenberg, Paul Begala, and James Carville — have colluded with members of the Obama
administration — Rahm Emanuel and Robert Gibbs — in a campaign to demonize [Rush]
Limbaugh, using him as a proxy target for congressional Republicans.
Personal Fouls. The Left has opened up
a new front in its ongoing efforts to censor conservative voices and to ban conservative political thought from polite
society. Their latest target: Rush Limbaugh, who is now being viciously smeared as a black-hating racist.
Of course, the Left has viciously smeared Rush and other conservatives for some time now. That's their modus
operandi; it's how they operate.
House aide says Barack Obama team 'controlled' the media. Anita Dunn, a senior White House aide, has boasted
of how Barack Obama's presidential campaign managed to "absolutely control" the press during the 2008 election. The
top campaign strategist who has shot to attention recently as President Obama's main attack dog against Fox News, the
conservative-leaning cable network, was speaking at a conference in the Dominican Republic in January. "Very rarely
did we communicate through the press anything that we didn't absolutely control," she said.
Says White House Even Picked Out Her Clothes. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's nomination process
was so controlled that the White House even approved her clothes, she told Yalies when she appeared at her 30th Yale
Law School reunion on Saturday [10/17/2009].
Working 'around that filter'. White Houses lately, and successful campaigns as well, have prided themselves
on "media management" — with carefully planned campaign and official events aimed at steering "around that
filter" of the national media and delivering a controlled public message.
Community service as a
TV theme. More than 100 programs on ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and cable networks will spotlight the idea of giving
back, through story lines or public service announcements.
The Editor says...
Giving back. Phooey! Don't let anyone twist your arm and badger you to "give back to the
community." The "community" already comes and takes what it wants — right out of your
paycheck. Take a good look at your paycheck stub and add up all the money you've "contributed"
to FICA, Social Security, and the welfare state.
Obama and his
'Enemy' Fetish. There's nothing in the world like freedom of speech, so long as the speaker booms out
your praises, sprinkles his remarks with words and expressions such as "hope," "change" and "the fierce urgency of
now." In such a case, welcome to the White House. Can we pour you a glass of lemonade, give you an
autographed photo of the president? You others out there — shut up!
The Censorious Sound
on the Left. Team Obama's idea of "straight news" is that which goes straight from Rahm Emanuel's cellphone
into Stephanopoulos's mouth. Team Obama's idea of news without "perspective" is Brian Williams broadcasting publicity
stunts like Obama buying hamburgers for his staff and the "news" of the day is how many apples can be spotted at the White
House. The only thing in their way is the emerging alternative media, which is why they're out to destroy Rush
What would Mao do? "What
would Mao do?" seems to be the guiding question in White House communications strategy. [Anita] Dunn bragged
that during the 2008 presidential campaign, "very rarely did we communicate through the press anything that we didn't
absolutely control." The Obama White House continues this drive for control using the tools of government,
seeking to harness all means of communication and organize a Cultural Revolution Lite. A push for control
is revealed in attempts to organize Hollywood to help convey party messages and to use the National Endowment
for the Arts to promote Obama policy initiatives. The Federal Communications Commission is considering
content regulations on radio stations under the guise of promoting "diversity."
The White House Takes a Chokehold on the
Media. [Scroll down] After all nothing can be allowed to interfere with the White House's
media echo chamber in which reporters repeat White House talking points to the public and back to the White
House again. That is not journalism. It is very literally propaganda. ... The Obama Administration
has tried to create its own economic reality, its own military reality, its own diplomatic reality and above
all else, its own spin reality. And to do that, to make sure that the public hears nothing but the
White House talking points day in and day out, you need control of the press.
Dunn: How We Created Obama's Cult of Personality. With a compliant media willing to focus on his
"rock star" personality, Obama got away without having to address many of his questionable friends that never even
made it into the public discussion. Seeing how well this method worked on Obama's church, the campaign decided
to use his charm as an answer for most everything else. ... Most Obama supporters had no idea there was a purposeful
strategy of fabricating an intimate relationship. Yet once again, the media chose to ignore all warning signs
and encourage people to get swept off their feet.
Volunteerism Scandals Hollywood Won't Be Broadcasting. Hollywood hearts Obama. Obama
hearts government-directed national service. That is why you won't be able to change the TV channel all
week without getting lectured about the need to get off the couch and Do Something. (After your favorite
shows are over, of course.) Creeped out? You should be.
That Are Disputed. I remember, as a very young person, the august comparative
tranquillity of the Eisenhower era, when the president requested national air time only for
matters of indisputable national interest. He never abused this privilege, and there was
no call for equal time.
Obama want to control the message or the media? Controlling the message, for any White House,
is hard work. ... It's a laborious process that's full of traps and pitfalls. And the Obama
administration has no use for any of it. It would rather control the media instead.
Soldiers as Props. The photo-oped dead/wounded soldier routine is one of Obama's favorites.
Back in July 2008, Obama cancelled a planned trip to visit wounded troops at Rammstein and Landstuhl U.S.
military bases in Germany because, as MSNBC reported, Obama "could not bring any media. Only military
photographers would be permitted to record Obama's visit." Dead soldiers are not props for Army
diversity, props for health care reform or props for Obama's perennial campaigning. They are men and
women who make the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation. Their memories should not be tarnished
by cheap politicking by cheap and tawdry politicians.
Obama's Door-to-Door Sales
Team. President Obama's 13 million-strong campaign e-mail list has been transformed into
a mass political operation dedicated to enacting his agenda — along with its apparent readiness to
help elect Democratic candidates and eventually re-elect the president.
Doubletalk on Political Dissent. While the kowtower-in-chief's press shop feeds paeans to free speech
into Obama's globetrotting teleprompter, the White House is still waging war on vocal foes at home. Obama has
lectured his critics in Washington to stop talking and "get out of the way." He has stacked his carefully
staged town halls with partisan stooges and campaign plants throughout the year.
Obama begins to duck the WH press corps. After months of what some critics called
overexposure, President Obama has of late avoided questions from the White House press corps at
large, closing the Oval Office to traditionally informal question-and-answer sessions with reporters and
pulling back from the fast pace of news conferences he established when taking office. The
president, whose job-approval ratings have been on a steady slide, hasn't held a formal news
conference in 19 weeks, since July 22.
Obama. President Obama's athletic prowess is becoming a real advantage in office as he recently
has taken the duck-and-run approach to the media. Instead of defending himself in front of the open
microphone, he is dispatching his cronies to defend his policy positions. Our commander-in-chief isn't
living up to his campaign promise of presidential access and transparency.
Obama Names Transgender Appointee to Commerce Department. President Obama recently named Amanda
Simpson to be a Senior Technical Advisor to the Commerce Department. ... While Simpson is clearly one of the
first transgender presidential appointees, Democratic officials say they're unsure if she is the very first
one. The White House had no comment on her appointment.
Obama's transgender appointee. The Obama administration's appointment of Amanda Simpson to a
relatively low-profile spot as advisor to the Commerce Department felt intentionally buried over the New Year's
news cycle. Why? Simpson, who will be working in the Bureau of Industry and Security,
used to be a man.
Phony Fruits in the Obama White House Garden.
Hold on to your hoe. It turns out that the fruits and veggies used in a special edition of the popular
Food Network TV show "Iron Chef America" featuring first lady Michelle Obama did not, in fact, come from the
White House garden. Could there be a more deliciously fitting symbol of Obama White House fakery than
Obama's Official Twitterer Connected To MoveOn.org. The woman that poses as Barack Obama on all his
social networking websites such as Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter is connected to the far-left organization
MoveOn.org. For those scratching their heads, the President in theory is a member of these websites.
However, he obviously isn't responsible for typing in the little messages that are going out to his followers
almost 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
New Social Media Mouthpiece. The Democratic National Committee and Organizing for America —
the successor organization to Obama for America — are seeking a "social networks manager" to
oversee Obama's accounts on Facebook, Twitter and MySpace. The ideal new hire, according to the official
job description, will possess "strong, sharp and personable" writing skills, as well as the ability to craft
messages that "move people to act" and managing multiple "complex" projects.
Coffee Party. When I heard about Annabel Park's grassroots coffee party movement and her
background in the Obama campaign it piqued my curiosity. The two most recent Obamaganda projects,
pro-Obama letters to the editor (see Ellie Light) and the even less successful pro-Obamacare push on the
conservative talk radio airwaves, were reliant on individual action supported and inspired by the future
former president's propaganda machine. The coffee party movement represents a shift back towards
the sort of large scale community organizing that helped Team Obama win in 2008.
The Coffee Party Con:
The new and much-publicized Coffee Party movement sports a fairy-tale narrative about a spontaneous uprising of
concerned Americans appalled at the Tea Parties and determined to restore civility. ... No thanks to the liberal
media, we know that its founder, Annabel Park, is an Obama-supporter, filmmaker (she made one for the Obama
campaign), and former New York Times strategy analyst. In other words, she's a progressive
'founder' in Astroturf hole, keeps digging. Annabel Park, the purported creator of the Coffee
Party movement does damage control with the help of CNN, claiming that her movement, aided by Soros-funded
organizations and planned at RootsCamp, a left wing organizing workshop held at the teachers union NEA
Headquarters, is actually a spontaneous, self-organizing movement.
Are you kidding? The Obama White House did not allow the press to cover the president's signing
of the executive order created to win Rep. Bart Stupak's vote for Obamacare. At the daily briefing,
reporters wanted to know why no press photographer or reporter was allowed in. Press secretary Robert
Gibbs told them they should be happy with a picture from the White House photographer, Pete Souza —
a photo produced and selected by the White House. It will be a "nice picture," Gibbs assured reporters.
The next move of
the Alinsky left. [Scroll down] Why did these congresspeople, including Emmanuel Cleaver
(the alleged "spitee", who actually walked too close to a protester shouting "kill the bill" and got sprayed),
Barney Frank, and Nancy Pelosi deliberately march into the demonstration and confront the Tea Partiers?
After all, wasn't it Nancy herself who said she was "frightened" by these supposedly violent people? Is
it possible that they wanted to provoke a reaction from the crowd to be used by the media to demonize the Tea
Party movement (i.e., "Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it")? Is it also
possible that when there was nothing sufficiently provoked by the lawmakers' confrontation, they decided
to fabricate it? I believe their previous record of untruthfulness supports this hypothesis.
Left Playing the Hate Game.
In reality, this kind of commentary is nothing new. We see it every time conservatives have any
political momentum whatsoever. The idea is that by shouting "racist," these liberal columnists can make
their opponents shut up. But this is a very angry and polarized political climate.
Is the White House press corps necessary? Has the
YouTube presidency pre-empted the journalists who cover the White House every day? If you can get the
news directly from the president and his Twittering West Wing staff, why do you need the press corps?
Is Obama Making
the MSM Obsolete? The White House Press Corps and the MSM are becoming very nervous. The
White House has discovered that they can get their message out to the public without the "filter" of the
media to slow them down. Continuing to operate under the template that it is their job to make Obama a
success, the MSM has been completely unwilling to call him out on this. Alternatively, President Bush
was excoriated by the MSM for avoiding the press for any extended period of time throughout his two terms
The Judas Kiss, the Brutus Stab, the Obama bow.
[Scroll down] Obama's bow-wow in portraiture far outshines the hardly ever seen Portuguese Water Dog,
Bo, last seen all over the Internet in April of 2009. The lens have captured Obama's subservient bows
to Saudi King Abdullah; Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko and even to Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio.
Photo ops one and all.
Obama Attends Non-Existent
Soccer Game? Reading the story about President Obama breaking tradition and ditching the presidential
press pool over the weekend to watch one of his daughter's soccer games, it appears harmless, right?
Not so. It is rather disturbing when you dissect it.
Is the 'Master Communicator' Ducking the Media? [Scroll down] During the same 265-day time
period when he studiously avoided press conferences, Obama delivered dozens of prepared speeches to friendly
audiences, most to pitch his pet project, "Health Care Reform." Obama also granted dozens of interviews,
the overwhelming majority of them, not surprisingly, to MSM interviewers sympathetic to his policies.
transparent White House ever... Police chased reporters away from the White House and
closed Lafayette Park today in response to a gay rights protest in which several service members in
full uniform handcuffed themselves to the White House gate to protest "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
People who have covered the White House for years tell me that's an extremely unusual thing to do in
an area that regularly features protests.
Dawn alert? Cranky policeman boots reporters from White House protest. A protest outside
the White House? Yawn. They happen all the time. Usually they're ignored. What's the
best way to get some attention for it? Don't let the press cover it. Even better, have some
loudmouth policeman boot the reporters away. But whatever you do, make sure videocameras are rolling.
If this was the plan, it was executed flawlessly Tuesday afternoon [4/20/2010].
'The Front Page' To a Flock Of Sheep: Reporters, Then and Now. Petty tyrants love to
shove other people around, but when those hired to "protect and serve" start acting like they're armed
bureaucrats who don't have to answer questions from the rabble, then we're in trouble. Especially
when it was not an emergency, and lives were not in danger. There had better be a pretty darn good
reason from barring citizens, and their representatives in the media, from a public park, and this sure
doesn't seem like it.
Incurious Media or a Four-Leaf-Clover President. Maybe the timing of the Securities and Exchange Commission's
fraud case against Goldman Sachs was legitimate. Maybe the arrest of nine Hutaree members for seditious conspiracy
and a host of other crimes was also properly timed. If that's the case, then we need to start calling Obama the
four-leaf-clover president because every time he needs a villain, the government picks one.
Why reporters are down on President Obama:
Obama and the media actually have a surprisingly hostile relationship — as contentious on a day-to-day
basis as any between press and president in the past decade, reporters who cover the White House say.
Reporters say the White House is thin-skinned, controlling, eager to go over their heads and stingy with even
basic information. All White Houses try to control the message. But this White House has pledged to
be more open than its predecessors, and reporters feel it doesn't live up to that pledge in several key areas.
Up in the Air,
Obama Meets the Press. President Obama made a rare appearance in the back of Air Force One to
chat with reporters on Wednesday. The president, who does not often chat with his "press pool," came
back ostensibly to share the news that he was congratulating Republicans and Democrats for moving a financial
regulation bill to the senate floor. But then he stayed and took five questions. For nine minutes.
Obama Makes Rare Visit to Press Cabin. President Obama strayed from his normal routine Wednesday [4/28/2010]
and made a surprise visit to the press cabin aboard Air Force One upon his return from Quincy, Illinois where
he wrapped up a two-day swing through the Midwest. ... It was rare for reporters traveling with the president
to have this kind of access to Mr. Obama, who has become notoriously inaccessible to the press.
The Editor says...
Notice that Mr. Obama controls access by the press in a most selfish manner. He appears unexpectedly
while the reporters are eating and only stays a few minutes.
war on the press gets some ink. Richard Wolffe, a former Newsweek reporter who wrote a very
favorable book about President Obama's 2008 campaign, is getting special treatment from the White House
according to a Politico story. And according to Examiner White House correspondent Julie Mason, Wolffe
was even allowed into Obama's health care summit, which could barely accommodate the pool. In a
catalogue of the various grievances, members of the press express exasperation with the administration's
insistence on providing access to sympathetic voices, like Wolffe and the New York Times, while limiting
contact with others.
Obama's Dysfunctional Marriage
to the Press. It has all the trappings of a dysfunctional marriage. The press wants to
communicate with Obama via direct questions, but he's aloof. The press wants behind-the-scenes access,
but Obama is too busy feeding exclusives and scoops to his mistress, The Gray Lady, and he doesn't even try to
hide the affair. He gives the quiet treatment to The Wall Street Journal and scolds Fox
News — and in so doing telegraphs a message to other journalists: criticize me, and we'll
freeze you out. Or worse.
Never let a crisis go to waste. Obama Heading
to Gulf Coast for Update on Oil Spill. President Obama will go to the Gulf Coast in the next 48 hours
for a firsthand assessment on efforts to contain the massive oil spill from an offshore drilling rig, a White House
official said Saturday [5/1/2010].
Elena Kagan White House "Interview"
Riles Reporters. The White House today [5/11/2010] posted on its website a video allowing Supreme
Court nominee Elena Kagan to speak "in her own words" about her personal history and perspective. ... While the
White House seems to believe the American people deserve to hear from Kagan, it has not made her available to
to see here: Kagan "interview" just another infomercial. It's standard practice around the
White House (going back administrations) for any big nominee pending confirmation to stay away from interviews
and unscripted public utterances until the voting is over. It keeps things tidy and minimizes variables.
No biggie. The Obama administration, however, made SCOTUS nominee Elena Kagan available for an
interview — by White House staffers. ... It's just another campaign commercial, masquerading as openness.
Opaque White House Insulates Kagan From Press Corps. In the latest example of a pattern of
opacity, the White House has cut off the press's access to Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan. Kagan
has extensive ties to journalists, which only serves as a testament to this administration's determination
to control the message on its major initiatives, including Kagan's nomination.
Talk to Kagan's Family? Permission Denied. White Houses traditionally put a muzzle on their
Supreme Court nominees, to keep them from saying anything that might jeopardize Senate confirmation. But
the Obama White House has taken it one step further. It is limiting, if not blocking, access to the
doesn't take questions at Freedom of Press Act signing. After the signing of the Freedom of Press
Act on Monday, President Obama declined to take any questions from the press. During a pooled press event
in the Oval Office, President Obama was asked if he would take a couple questions. "You're certainly free
to ask the question," Obama told the reporters in the room. "I won't be answering..."
Obama Turns His
Back On the Press. At a ceremony to sign a bill promoting press freedom around the world on
Monday [5/17/2010], President Obama refused to take questions from reporters. "I'm not doing a press
conference today," he told Chip Reid of CBS News, "but we'll be seeing you guys during the course of the
week." So when the president hosted a "news conference" in the Rose Garden with the president of Mexico
on Wednesday, Mr. Reid thought maybe this time Mr. Obama would take questions.
Obama Avoids Tough Questions from Press,
Again. [Scroll down] So-called "press conferences" with foreign leaders usually allow for
only two questions from the White House press corps and two from foreign reporters. But today [5/19/2010]
he said there was time for only one from each side. And in what I suspect was a White House effort to assure
that the questioning was limited to immigration and other issues of U.S.-Mexico concern, he called on the
Univision reporter from the U.S. side. So if his goal was to avoid answering any tough questions about
yesterday's elections, or the oil spill in the Gulf, or financial regulation, or Iran, or Afghanistan —
(Axelrod's) Choreographed Media Blackout. The "most open and transparent" president in American
history is still playing hide-and-seek with the press, and even the liberal New York Times has begun to notice
it, as indicated by this headline: "Obama Turns His Back On the Press." If the mainstream media
were not so ideologically wedded to Obama's big-government agenda, they would be doing more than pointing out
his secrecy and hypocrisy with the occasional headline.
Are In Love With Obama Despite His Contempt For Them. National Review's Rich Lowry on Saturday's [5/22/2010]
"Fox News Watch" noted a bizarre relationship between Barack Obama and the media: "they're in love with the guy and
he has contempt for them." Host Jon Scott started the discussion by mentioning the peculiar irony of the President
on Monday signing the Press Freedom Act while refusing to take any questions from media members at the event.
press now gets cold shoulder from Obama. Will Barack Obama go an entire year without holding a
formal news conference? He's getting close: The president's last full-scale session with the press
was on July 22, 2009, which was 307 days ago. When Obama last held a big news conference, there
had not yet been terrorist attacks at Fort Hood, Detroit, and Times Square. Scott Brown was an unknown
Massachusetts state senator. There was no national health care bill, much less national health care law.
Can Treat Media with Contempt Since He Knows They'll Always Be 'On His Side'. The Washington
press corps "have only themselves to blame" for President Obama refusing to answer their questions at White
House events, exemplified by how he hasn't held a press conference in ten months, Washington Examiner chief
political correspondent Byron York contended in his Tuesday column, "Fawning press now gets cold shoulder from
Obama." After all, "Obama treats them with contempt because he knows that when big tests come, they've
always been on his side. There's no reason for him to think they won't be there in the future."
BP paid workers $12-per-hour to be props for the photo ops. Has
it really come to this? Yahoo News' Brett Michael Dykes reports that BP paid busloads of temporary cleanup
workers to show up as stage props for President Obama's visit to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill cleanup operations
on Grand Isle.
Media Access to Oil Spill? Media organizations say they are being allowed only limited access to areas
impacted by the Gulf oil spill through restrictions on plane and boat traffic that are making it difficult to document
the worst spill in U.S. history.
Obama and Media
Minions Inspire Violence. Most assuredly, the tea parties are not about racism or hate.
The truth is quite the opposite. The tea parties are about love; love for the greatest nation on the planet
and a fervent desire not to see it transformed into something unrecognizable. The Tea Party Movement is
no more complicated than that. So where did the New Black Panther Party get the erroneous idea that the
tea party patriots are, as Janeane Garofalo says, "a bunch of redneck racist against a black president"?
The unfortunate answer is the Obama media machine.
FTC draft study
proposes massive bailout of newspapers. The Obama FTC is attempting to commit the liberal press
to permanent, government-run life support, with the federal monolith and the state-funded press each supporting
the other in perpetuity. Let's see, raise taxes, reduce competition, expand government, drain the profit,
control the news... Music to Obama's ears.
DNC, Obama Now
Astroturfing Talk Radio. The shameless media manipulators at the DNC have a new campaign designed
to promote Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court. As with previous campaigns, the "Kagan for Justice Action
Center" is run via a special website set up by Organizing for America. It encourages people to write
letters to the editors of newspapers nationwide (And we can presume that, as before, local newspapers will
publish DNC talking points without realizing it).
Another Round of Obamacare Obamaganda.
As soon as Obama can spare the time to take a break from entertaining himself with publicly funded
rock 'n' roll parties, he'll begin an Obamaganda campaign to convince the stubbornly unsophisticated
majority that Obamacare is the panacea for not only their health needs but also the nation's financial
difficulties. I wish I were being facetious. The first stop on his tour will be Wheaton, Md.,
where he'll conduct a nationally televised stunt with senior citizens timed to coordinate with the mailing of
the first batch of his magnanimous $250 rebate checks to Medicare beneficiaries to help pay for their
There's a pipe
spewing oil into the gulf, so let's build more windmills. Obama, the first modern president
to pass his first full year in office without addressing the country from his historic desk, had the setting
right. Just back from a day-and-a-half on the gulf coast listening, reassuring, talking tourism, eating
seafood. He wore the proper suit, had the requisite flags and family photos in the background.
disastrous Gulf disaster team. [Scroll down] Politico's Mike Allen channels West
Wing thought this way: The Gulf gusher is a battle we can't win. So we had to make this
tragedy about something bigger than the liveshot of spewing oil. So having surrendered on the
challenge of stopping the oil, Obama tried to redirect the public's attention away from the spill and
onto the political debate over a cap-and-trade bill.
Censors In, Liberty Out.
[Scroll down] Thus, as Anthony G. Martin has opined, it is clear that the nomination of Elena
Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court is intended to bolster the Obama's intention to censor anything he chooses.
Obama, the dictator would come full circle. Why aren't the journalists up in arms about this?
Don't they see that this is yet another of Obama's serial double-crossing strategy? He smooth talks a
group, invites them into his lair, and then tears them apart when they are no longer useful to him.
House Enacts Rules Inhibiting Media From Covering Oil Spill. The White House Thursday [7/1/2010]
enacted stronger rules to prevent the media from showing what's happening with the oil spill in the Gulf Coast.
CNN's Anderson Cooper reported that evening, "The Coast Guard today announced new rules keeping photographers
and reporters and anyone else from coming within 65 feet of any response vessel or booms out on the water
or on beaches — 65 feet."
Gibbs Evades Question of Whether Obama Agrees With His
Medicare Director. White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs has evaded answering the question of
whether President Barack Obama agrees with Dr. Donald Berwick, his newly appointed director of Medicare and
Medicaid, who has insisted that health-care systems must redistribute wealth. "Excellent health care is
by definition redistributional," Berwick said in a speech delivered on July 1, 2008. When asked
directly at the July 7 White House press briefing whether Obama agreed with this, Gibbs would not answer
Why Obama evades
reporters. Let's face it; the more Barack Obama exposes of himself the more America has no
confidence in, or respect for, him. His serial lies have become obvious, as has his lack of knowledge.
America was sold a story — and this story had a very bad ending.
President's One-Man Death Panel. The president recess-appoints a fan of rationing and Britain's
National Health Service to direct one-third of American health care. Why does the administration want
his views hidden from scrutiny?
Transparent Administration Ever Makes Effective Reporting from Gulf a Felony. Effectively
reporting on the Gulf oil spill is now a Class D felony, punishable by a fine of up to $40,000.
That's right, the most transparent administration in history has made it a felony, effective July 1, to
get within 65 feet of what the Coast Guard determines are essential recovery efforts. According to
Anderson Cooper, officials tried to up that number to 300 feet.
Berwick Doesn't Stick Around for Questions.
President Barack Obama's controversial pick to run Medicare and Medicaid made his first public appearance Tuesday
[7/13/2010] since he landed the job in a recess appointment, but he did not remain at the press conference long
enough to take any questions from the news media.
to the Media — Obama's Just Not That Into You. Love is a many splendored thing — except
when the feeling isn't mutual. Then, love stinks. That's the position journalists find
themselves in as their love for President Barack Obama has been a one-way street. The rejection
is much harsher than screening their calls. Obama has done everything to keep them away except
take out a restraining order. The latest examples of mistreatment include actions by both the
Defense Department and government agencies in the Gulf clean-up. In both cases, journalists have
been restricted in ways that have made scribes scream.
What a coincidence. Just as Obama is about to institute health care reform, up pops a billboard on Route 22
in Hillside, New Jersey advertising a group supporting the Right-to-Die. What an ironically opportune
time for the euthanasia discussion to begin again.
House looks to leverage Michelle Obama's popularity. Playing it safe can sometimes pay off,
as first lady Michelle Obama is finding with some of the highest favorable ratings in official Washington.
And she could be taking those numbers out for a test drive, as the White House looks for ways to leverage her
popularity without diminishing her value as an asset.
Michelle's life is a holiday.
Not cognizant that the masses have already blacked her out of mind, Mrs. Barack Obama has put a media
blackout on her latest holiday including an about 30-room reservation for herself, daughter, friends and
bodyguards at a five-star hotel in Benahavis, Spain.
Heckuva Job, Barack. Earlier this season, Team Obama launched a PR offensive designed to convince
Americans that a real economic recovery was underway. They called it "Recovery Summer!" Note the exclamation
point. They wanted you to really, really get that they believed we were in "recovery." It wasn't just
a "recovery." It was "Recovery Summer!"
silence. HR2765 would seem on the face of it to have been a signal victory for American
authors and for their free speech rights. It would seem logical that the White House should have
trumpeted its promulgation to the high heaven. Instead, the Adminstration's silence has been
deafening. The Act was subject of no ceremony. No photograph was released to the public,
and only Representative Steve Cohen was present at its signing.
House reporters mum on Obama lunch. White House reporters are keeping quiet about an
off-the-record lunch today with President Obama — even those at news organizations who've advocated
in the past for the White House to release the names of visitors. ... Obama has met several times
with columnists and television pundits for off-the-record lunches to discuss a variety of issues
since becoming president. Today, he reached out to the White House beat reporters who file
their papers' straight news stories.
Feed the Reporters! Nuance and
President Obama's Media Strategy. Today President Obama tried to make nice with White House
reporters by hosting an off-the-record lunch. The reporters are mad and sad because the President
doesn't speak to them very often, especially not in casual settings. The New York Times didn't go to
lunch — no time to waste with off-the-record chicken salad — but blogged about the
invitation. The dozen or so reporters who did eat with the President this afternoon weren't
allowed to write about it.
Obama's tax-paid propaganda. Recovery.gov, for example, is a tax-paid website that cost $18 million
to create, yet does little more than peddle job-creation data that are discredited almost as soon as they are posted.
hope with your change. In the modern era, all presidents have to some degree used their office
to promote themselves and their policies. The Obama administration, however, has taken the practice to
new heights. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) last month unveiled a slick, $700,000
television commercial featuring crusty old actor Andy Griffith announcing that "more good things" are coming
to seniors — thanks to Obamacare. Just add the O Force campaign logo, and the
advertisement will be ready for use in the 2012 presidential race.
Andy Griffith Ad Taxpayer Funding Probe.
Ads featuring Andy Griffith running in targeted markets during the election cycle at a reported cost to taxpayers
of over $3 million in October alone are coming under scrutiny from Republican leaders on the House Ways
and Means Committee.
The Andy Griffith
Show. Just before the November elections, the federal government decided to spend $3.2 million
on "educational" TV ads praising ObamaCare. The spots featured Andy Griffith, a favorite of seniors from
his days on TV's "Mayberry R.F.D." and "Matlock." But the expenditure may have been inappropriate, and a
nonpartisan fact-checking group says the ads were misleading. The ads with Mr. Griffith, a staunch Democrat,
might as well have been a paid commercial for President Obama's health-care talking points.
Griffith's Obamacare Ads Cost Taxpayers $3.66 Million. Politico reports that the Obama
administration's pro-Obamacare Andy Griffith TV ad cost taxpayers $3.66 million, according to records
obtained from the Department of Health and Human Services. Actually, there were at least three such
ads, so it's not clear whether this was the cost for one, or for the whole batch. In [one] ad, Griffith
says, "That new health care law sure sounds good for all of us on Medicare!"
How Obama mis-spent
his summer vacation. Since 1985, the hands-down winner for worst marketing campaign has been
New Coke — the disastrous flop when Coca-Cola tried to change its flavor. After 25 years,
we have a new contender — President Obama's "Summer of Recovery" slogan of 2010.
kids are so off-limits they're on the cover of his new book. [Scroll down] In July 2008,
candidate Obama allowed his two daughters, Sasha and Malia, to appear on a segment of "Access Hollywood," but
soon came to regret his decision. "I don't think it's healthy," he told ABC, "and it's something that
we'll be avoiding in the future." Since that time, there has been a general rule that Obama's children
are off-limits for most public discussion. But it's been a rule the president has observed at times and
ignored at others. Now, it appears, is one of those times he's ignoring it.
Podesta's propaganda strikes again on White House's Chamber of Commerce line. [Scroll down]
No surprise, the White House and the DNC are taking talking points from the Center for American Progress, also
known as the non-profit arm of the Obama administration. CAP's ties to the Obama administration are very
close. CAP chief John Podesta was the transition director for the Obama administration, and his name shows
up in White House visitor logs more than any other. At least 10 former lobbyists for CAP now work in senior
administration positions. I remember the first time I saw CAP produce similar propaganda (yes, I think
that's the right word for dishonest material intended to feed to politicians).
Shutting Up Business.
If at first you don't succeed, get some friends in high places to shut your opponents up. That's the latest
Washington power play, as Democrats and liberals attack the Chamber of Commerce and independent spending
groups in an attempt to stop businesses from participating in politics.
Campaigns On Hip Hop Radio This Morning. With a hip hop beat playing in the background, President Obama
called into a Dallas urban radio station this morning, bluntly appealing to Democrats to vote early which is allowed
in Texas. And at the prodding of host Rickey Smiley, an Obama supporter, the President speculated on how he
might govern if Republicans score big gains in Congress next week.
When Bias Has Its Own Media.
The Obama Administration feels free to smack the press around, because by giving up their independence, the
press also gave up any of the leverage they used to have. Once the media sold out everything, they have
nothing left to offer anymore. As long as they are wedded to promoting socialism at any cost, the White
House is the only game in town, and as long as they create the news out of White House talking points, the
Obama Administration has the media right where it wants it.
Unemployment Up, Obama Flees the Country.
Just as we find ourselves a mere whisper away from double digit unemployment, our inept Commander in Chief runs off to
Afghanistan where he will lecture General Petraeus on how to run a war without winning.
President Obama's Leather Jacket Has
New-Car Smell. One might be inclined to dismiss the stiff, gleaming newness of the leather jacket President
Obama wore to greet the troops in Afghanistan today [12/3/2010] as a sign that his awkward "Tough Guy" stance was a hastily conceived
distraction from this morning's lousy jobs report.
The Andy Griffith
Show. Just before the November elections, the federal government decided to spend $3.2 million
on "educational" TV ads praising ObamaCare. The spots featured Andy Griffith, a favorite of seniors from
his days on TV's "Mayberry R.F.D." and "Matlock." But the expenditure may have been inappropriate, and a
nonpartisan fact-checking group says the ads were misleading. The ads with Mr. Griffith, a staunch Democrat,
might as well have been a paid commercial for President Obama's health-care talking points.
Surprise Trip to the Briefing Room. The unannounced visit by President Obama and former
President Bill Clinton to the White House briefing room was a surprise to absolutely everyone —
including Mr. Obama's top advisers.
House attempts to quiet revived talk of 'death panels'. The Obama administration is trying to
quiet talk about so-called "death panels" after The New York Times reported Sunday that a new Medicare
regulation includes incentives for end-of-life-care planning. The Medicare policy will pay doctors for
holding end-of-life-care discussions with patients, according to the Times.
is Paying Google with Taxpayer Money to Alter 'Obamacare' Search Results. The brazenness of the
Obama administration never ceases to amaze. Try typing "Obamacare" into Google, and you'll find that the
first entry is now the Obama administration's www.healthcare.gov. If you don't particularly like that
result, you'll probably hate the fact that you're paying for it. ... Using taxpayers' money to alter the
results of search engines and to control the flow of information is disturbing on multiple levels. It's
particularly disturbing when it's done to promote a massive expansion of government power, like Obamacare.
And one wonders how — or if — it's even legal.
Uses New York Times to Tamper with New Black Panther Investigation. Attorney General Eric Holder
recently made statements to the New York Times so detached from reality that they could have been written by
scheming Republican operatives for fun. In particular, Holder tells the Times that the lawless dismissal
of voter intimidation charges against the New Black Panthers is "a made up controversy."
our way to the poorhouse. President Obama hopes to be saved by a euphemism. He is
wagering on the power of the word "investment." It sounds so market oriented and cutting edge
in contrast to its more pedestrian, politically fraught synonym, "spending," especially the toxic
"deficit spending" that, to this point, has defined Obama's presidency.
lunches with TV newsmen before State of the Union. President Obama met with several top news
personalities and pundits on Tuesday before his State of the Union Address. Per a White House pool
report, the president met with the group for lunch at the White House this afternoon [1/25/2011].
Among the figures reported to be meeting with the president were CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Diane Sawyer and
George Stephanopoulos from ABC, Brian Williams from NBC and Chris Matthews from MSNBC. It wasn't
clear whether there were more attendees at the meeting.
Obama wants to put himself on TV during an
"emergency" -- just like Fidel Castro. FCC: Presidential emergency alerts
to be tested. Everybody has heard the national Emergency Alert System (EAS). Those
familiar "duck calls" that reassure listeners "THIS is a test..." The FCC is planning an upgrade to
the tests by including presidential announcements in the system. ... "The primary goal is to provide the
President with a mechanism to communicate with the American public during times of national emergency," said
[Lisa] Fowlkes. The change, she said, is that prior to last week's order there was no rule in place to
call for or allow a test from top to bottom.
leeriness of the press. Obama, it seems, does not like the uncontrolled Q&A. ... Obama so far has
endured just 75 short question-and-answer sessions with the press, according to Towson University political science
professor Martha Kumar, who tabulates all things White House press ops. During the same period in their own
respective presidencies, George W. Bush did 258 short Q&As, Bill Clinton did a mind-numbing 408, and George H.W.
Bush did 159. More than Obama, in short.
Michelle Obama to
Hold Another 'Listen Only' Press Briefing. First Lady Michelle Obama will hold another "listen-only"
conference call with reporters this afternoon, continuing a pattern of holding events for the media where access
is sharply limited. ... The First Lady appears to be establishing a new routine, where she speaks and —
from beginning to end — reporters mutely listen.
He speaks, you listen, then you leave. Obama
shoos away reporters. What's the point of inviting reporters into the Oval Office if they can't ask
questions? President Obama gave a statement to the press pool on Monday after talking with Australia's
prime minister, Julia Gillard. ... Afterward, a handful of the journalists invited into the room shouted
questions at Obama, as is customary in such situations. But Obama wouldn't bite. "Thank you very
much, everybody," Obama said as the reporters clamored for an answer. "Thank you guys." They
kept shouting. "Thank you very much. Thank you very much, everybody," he repeated.
Obama Wags the
Dog. What is this really about? As the price of oil skyrockets, as our debt levels
rise to new highs and our housing market drops to new lows, President Obama decides that it is a
fantastic time to start dropping bombs on Libya. Nobody, including Obama, seems to know what
our objective is in Libya. First, it was deposing terroristic thug Muammar Qaddafi; then it
was standing up for the United Nations; then it was protecting civilians; now it is some combination
of all of them.
Andrew Breitbart: Courts an Instrument of
Leftist Thuggery. Politicians and their supporters use interesting tactics to intimidate
and silence their critics, from rumor-mongering to editorial cartoons, even dueling pistols. But
the target of a high-profile lawsuit who is also a relentless investigator of the Obama administration
says the judicial system is being used to retaliate against him. "The President of the United States
has an unprecedented and uncanny desire to silence those who report the truth about him," says media
mogul Andrew Breitbart.
Obama's War on "War".
What if they gave a war and nobody was allowed to say it? The debate over military action in
Libya has lately taken an absurd twist, driven by the Obama administration's bizarre unwillingness to
call a war a war.
Caper. By the time Obama and Biden were sworn in, the once-valiant, once-intelligent, once-fully-human
American media had been completely reduced to the Puppy-Pack that now begs for access and cowers in closets.
The Puppy-Pack lines up for "press" reports every day, where they are treated to the master's latest lap-dog's
hush-puppy avoidance tactics. Still, the Puppy-Pack stays in line and doesn't even complain when they
never get to actually ask the master any questions. Press conferences are far too unwieldy for the new
master to handle, so the Puppy-Pack just goes with the flow. And as every sentient American knows by now,
the only people who watch or listen to Barack and Joe's Puppy-Pack are the sheeple.
one of many to be 'caged' by VP. Vice President Joe Biden's staff may have apologized for
stowing a news reporter away in a closet during a fundraiser last weekend, but Saturday's incident wasn't
the first time the VP kept a member of the media stuck in a tiny room during an event. In March 2010,
Baltimore Sun reporter Justin Fenton was on duty to cover a Biden fundraiser in Maryland, and was forced to
wait for an hour in what he jokingly called a "cage" that was guarded by the vice president's staff.
As Stockholm syndrome sets in, the reporter himself tries to backpedal. How
my wait in a closet almost brought down the White House. I was kidnapped. That was news
to me. My paper and I conspired to cover this up, to protect Vice President Joe Biden and his staff
from charges they had imprisoned me at a fundraiser last week. That was news to me too.
Obama selects small-town reporters who are sufficiently bedazzled. Obama
rewarding local stations in battleground states with biggest 'get' in TV news. As Obama keeps the
White House press corps at a distance, he has sat for more than a dozen interviews with their colleagues from
local TV stations — with unpredictable and sometimes illuminating results. ... An anchor from the
ABC affiliate in Cincinnati swiped paper towels embossed with the presidential seal from a White House
bathroom, "just to prove that I really was there." Of course, she had additional proof of her visit:
an interview with the president that aired on television. Nonetheless, she held up the towels for the
camera in a live shot from the White House lawn.
How President Obama plays media like a
fiddle: In early November, Barack Obama was one sad sack of a president — his agenda
repudiated by midterm voters, his political judgment scorned by commentators, his future darkened by a growing
belief he might be a one-time president. In early February, Obama is master of the moment — his
polls on the upswing, his political dexterity applauded by pundits, his status as Washington's dominant figure
unchallenged even by Republicans. This three-month metamorphosis says something about Obama's survival
skills, but the turnabout says even more about the mainstream media: Obama is playing the press like
Advantage Obama. If
releasing his birth certificate was made necessary because the media were distracted by the issue, and were
thereby neglecting the important stories, then why in the world would he release it on the same day news
broke of his decision to appoint Gen. David Petraeus as CIA director and Leon Panetta secretary of defense?
Surely these are the kinds of substantive stories the media should spend their time covering instead of being
distracted by the birth certificate. But with his press conference, the president guaranteed that no one
would cover anything that day except the birther issue.
White House use birth certificate to distract press? When he released his long-form birth
certificate on Wednesday morning, President Barack Obama gave into pressure put on him by potential 2012
presidential candidate Donald Trump, seemingly playing right into the real estate mogul's hand by
addressing an issue he had so steadfastly avoided. But, indirectly, Obama is benefiting from giving in
to Trump as the mainstream media's focus isn't on the major storylines that would usually dominate the
headlines, like the Federal Reserve press conference, unfavorable economic numbers and all-time-lows for
Obama in polling results.
Just in Time, Obama
Changes the Subject. [Scroll down] The New Yorker piece — and its devastating
"leading from behind" quote — had entered the mainstream media. The whole thing was, shall
we say, about to metastatize. Time to change the subject. And a topic was readily at hand.
That very morning, the White House released the President's long-sought Hawaiian birth certificate.
Other Hand. While we were distracted by the president's birth certificate show-and-tell, his EPA
releases its guidelines for expanding federal power under the Clean Water Act. America's economy and
freedom are at stake.
Obama pics taken after speech. Pic of
Obama's speech was staged. The photos are now widespread online and in newspapers, images of a confident
President Barack Obama striding toward the camera to announce the killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. Not so
widespread, however, is the news that the photos weren't from Obama's actual history-making speech. According to a
Reuters blog post, the photos were taken after Obama's actual announcement, during a brief re-enactment minutes later.
Turns out now,
those photos of Obama giving his 'I caught Bin Laden' speech were faked. Could the Obama White House
communications folks have found anything else to step in over the presentation this week of their boss and the dramatic
recounting and re-recounting of the execution and really rapid remains disposal of Osama bin Laden? It turns out
now that all of the non-White House still photographs of the president's dramatic entrance down the hall into the East
Room and the late Sunday evening speech itself were faked.
Blotting out oil
reality. With polls making it crystal clear that Americans are not pleased with spiking
gasoline prices, President Obama has deployed what might be called the "octopus strategy." When an
octopus is threatened, one of its survival tools is to dispense a cloud of ink to confound predators.
Likewise, in response to rising fuel prices, Mr. Obama has dispensed a cloud of obfuscation — one that
scapegoats others for high energy prices when his own policies are at fault.
cheers we're not supposed to hear. There is a particular media conceit that, in the garb of
purported impeccable disclosure, is in fact a license for news sources to market talking points. ... Admittedly,
the senior official was merely following an old, regularly used Washington tactic: going on background not
necessarily to speak the truth, but to spin the office talking point — and make it sound like an
inside revelation rather than just a standard piece of propaganda for mass consumption.
Reform? It's a Distraction. Immigration reform, huh? ... Weren't we just talking about the
$14 trillion debt? The budget you didn't pass? Thuggery against Boeing? Debt ceilings?
Medicare? According to a new NBC News poll, 58 percent of Americans disapprove of Obama's
handling of the economy — an all-time high. So perhaps the discussion wasn't helpful to the most
vital imperative: electing Obama.
Did Obama Delay the
Osama Raid for Political Reasons? Amid all the uproar over the Obama administration's missteps
following the successful raid on Osama bin Laden's Abbotabad hideout, one question has been overlooked:
did the administration deliberately delay the raid to yield the greatest benefit for Obama? The
operation was five years in progress at the time of the raid.
Puddle Power Grab.
Barack Obama's EPA means to implement the major provisions of failed legislation by regulatory means, a massive
power grab with frightening implications. But with the American media preoccupied with a royal wedding
and the assassination of Osama bin Laden, almost nobody seems to have noticed when late last month an important
announcement was made by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Soviet Propaganda Would Fit In
With USA Of Today. Today, the Obama administration is inserting federal government dictates into
major aspects of life and the economy in the USA. In the USSR, the governing Communist Party directed and
controlled all aspects of life and the economy. Today in the USA, political correctness is used by American
progressives to control speech and to suppress undesirable criticism. In the USSR, speech-control played a
major role in silencing the opposition. The nuanced difference is that those who critique Obama administration
policies are accused of being racists or bigots; in the USSR, individuals who criticized the government were
described as spies, traitors or "enemies of the people."
Out Of The Pool. If the mainstream media had any gumption at all, they would vigorously protest the
strange, new self-appointed arbiter of "fair" press coverage as an implicit threat to their own capacity to cover
the news fairly. What the White House has done by telling the Boston Herald it can no longer send a pool
reporter to cover local campaign events on behalf of the media is another baby step toward state control of the
media, using the carrot of access against the stick of exile.
Obama off the deep end.
We all know Obama has an aversion to tough questions. During the campaign, he would refuse to engage with most local
media, and reporters who camped out at the rope line got a stern talking-to from a campaign staffer. But using the
White House press pool to possibly punish or reward media based on what the White House considers "fair" coverage?
This is taking the control freak thing to new levels.
act with the press. Don't look now but the last time President Obama allowed questions from the
press was on April 5 during the budget battle. So far, the press doesn't seem to mind very much.
They meekly accept the PR handouts offered by the White House press office and bombard press secretary Jay Carney
with questions he couldn't possibly answer anyway.
Truth beware: The Internet "Obamanator" is
here. Internet web sites, pundits, bloggers, commentators and denizens of the "alternative media"
who are critical of Barack Hussein Obama beware, as you will now be "officially" in the crosshairs of the Obama
White House. As part of his 2012 re-election campaign, the Obama administration this week created an
"online rapid response team" tasked specifically with quashing any Internet articles and news critical of Obama.
House Creates Liberal Damage Control Position. The White House has created a new position dedicated
to damage control in the media, but it appears the role will focus on spinning negative stories published on
left-of-center websites — or "progressive" blogs as the new job defines them — not
right-wing news outlets.
precedent for press. A little more than a week ago, Vice President Joe Biden traveled to
fundraisers in two battleground-state cities, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. Neither stop included the
White House press corps; requests by local media to cover the events were denied by the vice president's
Media Manipulation. Continuing a pattern of punishing unsupportive media that began during the
2008 campaign, the Obama Administration recently banned a Boston Herald reporter from the media pool covering
a presidential visit as apparent retaliation for running an op-ed by Mitt Romney. ... This follows a string
of similar incidents in recent days...
Public Be Intentionally Distracted From Project Gunrunner Hearings? The premise here is rather
simple. This president loves distractions; his administration is so corrupt, he desperately needs them
in order to avoid accountability. The more something can damage his administration, the more those
distractions are welcomed and the larger they must be. In November of 2009, the climategate scandal
broke when scores of emails were released that torpedoed the man-made global warming movement. A few
short days later, a scandal nowhere near as important dominated the news cycle; it involved the White House
"gate crashers" known as the Salahis.
House Corrects Job Creation "Laughter" Line in Transcript. Most of the time the lines "Laughter"
and "Applause" in a press release of a transcript don't normally garner any attention -- except when President
Obama is talking about jobs and the two words were interchanged. At a fundraising event Monday night
[6/20/2011], Obama said, according to the White House's official release sent a couple hours later, this
line that was noted to be apparently funny to the crowd: "Over the last 15 months we've created
over 2.1 million private sector jobs. (Laughter)," the release stated.
flags Drudge-mocked transcript. The Drudge Report Tuesday morning cheekily linked to an official
White House transcript of President Obama's remarks from a fundraiser the night before, which noted the
audience laughing at his jobs claims. "Over the last 15 months we've created over 2.1 million
private sector jobs. (Laughter.)" said Obama per the transcript, emailed to reporters Monday night
at around 11:30 p.m. It did seem a little strange — because why would Obama
supporters laugh at job creation?
The Editor says...
Doctoring the transcript to make the President look better is exactly the same thing as revising history.
The official record has now been changed, but don't ever forget that Obama's dishonest minions tampered
with it. Obama stood there and claimed he had created millions of jobs, and even his most partisan
supporters knew immediately that it was either a joke or a lie, and they laughed at him. That's
why they had to change the transcript.
House Uses Progressive Media Director to Bully Conservatives on Twitter. Friday afternoon, the
White House quietly released its annual report to Congress on White House staff salaries. Among the employees
is the infamous director of progressive media and online response, Jesse Lee, who is paid $72,500 a year to provide
White House sanctioned responses to any negative press it receives. The position, which was previously part
of the privately-funded DNC's rapid response team, is now a taxpayer-funded spin machine to thwart bad press against
President Barack Obama.
border gun rules a distraction from Fast and Furious scandal, Issa says. The Obama administration
bolstered sales-reporting requirements Monday for gun dealers in the southern border states of Arizona, California,
New Mexico and Texas. Darrell Issa, House oversight committee chairman, has already criticized the new
requirements as nothing more than an attempt to deflect attention from the Operation Fast and Furious scandal.
House Did Not Want GOP Response to Presidential Speech. The President is used to flexing his
muscles and storming the public airwaves whenever he wants to sell skeptical Americans on socialist economic
policies. The White House and media have before refused the GOP an opportunity to present a dissenting
response, thus squelching the presentation of a balanced debate.
Obama's Idiotic Infographic.
President Obama has suggested in his last 147 television appearances that he inherited the national debt from
President Bush, who squandered the Clinton surplus with his "tax cuts for the rich" and his unnecessary wars.
Now someone at whitehouse.gov, apparently not an accountant or an economist, has put together an "infographic"
that assigns hard numbers to these vague assertions, explaining in detail how "$12.7 Trillion [was] Added
to the Debt Over the Last Decade." The graphic parts of the infographic are competent, and the White
House logo looks spiffy, but the info part is entirely mendacious.
to Investigate White House Involvement with Bin Laden Film. The normally tight-lipped
Obama administration is reportedly giving a Hollywood production company access to sensitive intelligence
information, in an effort to help produce a film about the Osama bin Laden raid. Why would the
White House do something like this, you might wonder? It could have something to do with the movie's
well-timed release date — a month before the 2012 election.
Probe White House involvement in Osama bin Laden film. Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) has called
for a federal investigation into allegations that White House officials are providing Hollywood filmmakers
with "top-level access" to information surrounding the successful mission that killed 9/11 terrorist
Osama bin Laden.
Hosted Obama Fundraiser, Releasing Bin Laden Movie Before Election. There may be an overtly
political reason that moviegoers will be seeing the story of the Osama bin Laden raid just before they vote
for president. Sony Pictures, the company distributing next year's film, hosted a fundraiser for Barack
Obama on their studio's premises in California last April. So far, Sony is the only major studio to hold
a political fundraiser this cycle. According to Deadline Hollywood, Sony will release the bin Laden movie,
directed by Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow, on October 12, 2012 — less than
a month before the presidential election.
cheap 'shot'. Nineteen of the 30 families asked for no media coverage of the ceremony at
Dover — that request for privacy was, of course, honored. By everyone, that is, except
Barack Obama. He slipped in a personal photographer, who snapped a dramatic photo of the president
saluting in silhouette.
of Obama saluting fallen troops questioned. The image millions of Americans saw after the
bodies of 30 fallen troops arrived at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware Tuesday was of a silhouetted
President Obama in somber salute. Now news organizations are wondering why the White House was
allowed to take and distribute that photo when media covering the event were barred from taking any.
Helicopter Attack is Obama's Fault. In a characteristic move, Obama has banned the media
from the return of the remains of these Navy SEALs to the U.S. Clearly, the visual of a parade of
coffins, the images of the worst day in recent U.S. history, would not be an opportune Obama photo-op.
Cold-blooded calculation. And do not expect the press, whose job it is, to get to the truth of
bucks come from Comcast. President Obama raised eyebrows this weekend when he visited
Comcast CEO Brian Roberts' Martha's Vineyard home on Sunday [8/21/2011]. Comcast, beyond being
a telecommunications giant, is also the parent company of NBC and MSNBC.
Obama's Command Center Photo-Op.
President Downgrade cut his vacation short to make an appearance at the Hurricane Command Center for a few
pictures yesterday [8/27/2011]. ... Apparently, not everyone was impressed with this obvious publicity stunt.
Department Of Doublespeak. The government's image well earned by its excesses are what
the administration wants the public to forget when it uses the phrase "federal family." In
reality, our "federal family" is actually Big Brother — a ruling presence that burdens,
manipulates, plunders, abuses and surveils the people. Big Brother demands obedience and doesn't
tolerate dissent. ... Covering up a government's reputation by referring to it as a family doesn't
change the facts that produced the sullied reputation. It is still an unwelcome force by any
use of term 'federal family' for government expands under Obama. The Obama
administration didn't invent the phrase but has taken it to new heights. "Under the direction
of President Obama and Secretary Janet Napolitano, the entire federal family is leaning forward to
support our state, tribal and territorial partners along the East Coast," a FEMA news release declared
Friday as Irene churned toward landfall. The G-word — "government" — has
been nearly banished, with FEMA instead referring to federal, state and local "partners" as well as
"offices" and "personnel."
@AttackWatch all watched up? The Twitter feed has been silent now for nearly three weeks, and
the website hasn't been updated for the same amount of time.
Obama attempts to redefine September 11: Obama
declares September 11 National Grandparents Day. Despite the seemingly singular focus
on tragedy this September 11, the White House found another purpose for the day: recognizing
the importance of grandparents. Quietly on Friday [9/9/2011], President Barack Obama declared
September 11, 2011 National Grandparents Day.
The Editor says...
Even though this "holiday" has been celebrated since 1978,
this is still an attempt to draw attention away from the anniversary of the day America was attacked by the
Religion of Peace. Barack H. Obama
has tried this before!
The Administration Going to Use GM to Distract from Solyndra? Many people call it Government
Motors these days. General Motors has been a government slush fund to reward unions and other Democratic
loyalists since the Obama Administration arrived in Washington. Now there are signs the Obama campaign
and DNC intend to use GM to distract from Solyndra.
most open Administration in history" barring reporters from Obama's fundraisers. The President
will star at two big Silicon Valley fundraisers Sunday, attending a $38,500 per person dinner at the Atherton
home of COO Sheryl Sandberg, and starring at $2,500 and up fundraiser starring Bruce Hornsby at the Woodside
home of Sandi and John Thompson. But in a rare move — and a departure from the President's
previous trips to California — local media have been informed that the White House will not allow
any of their representatives to act as a "pool" reporter and file reports from those events.
car company you got, Ford. In a single day this week, the Obama administration managed to chill
the free market, stomp all over the First Amendment and — once again — bend Detroit's
auto industry to its political will. Not bad for a day's work.
How much did THIS cost? Michelle Obama's Target trip.
Never has a Target dash caused such a ruckus. Jennifer Lopez could probably shop at Target without
creating a stir equal to that caused by the first lady after she made an unannounced, midafternoon trip
Thursday [9/29/2011] to the mega-retailer in Alexandria, Va.
chic... or a desperate PR stunt? It was intended to her portray her as an ordinary mom, keen to make
savings for her family. But Michelle Obama's casual slip-out trip to Target is being met with scepticism,
as media personalities deride the 'incognito' visit as a well-timed PR stunt. Only last month the First
Lady was accused of indulging in luxury holidays worth $10 million dollars on the tax payers' dime.
Now Wonders If Michelle's Target Photos Were Just Orchestrated PR with AP. Washington Post media
reporter Paul Farhi is finding a lot of unusual circumstances — and unusual no-comments —
around Michelle Obama's razzle-dazzle distraction outing to Target after her latest controversy over wearing
$42,000 diamond bracelets. He found "there might have been something to the notion of White House
arrest? This isn't exactly getting into tin foil hat territory, but neither can the
question about the timing of revealing the arrest of a suspect in the Iranian terror plot be dismissed.
distraction? Talk about convenient timing. Yesterday's [10/11/2011] announcement
of a thwarted Iranian bombing/assassination plot against Saudi targets in Washington sure takes a lot
of heat off of Attorney General Eric Holder. Coming, as it did, just as the House Oversight
Committee, chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), seemed to have caught him in a bald-faced lie
about his role in Operation Fast and Furious.
freezes local reporters out of S.F. event. President Obama is scheduled to appear before
hundreds of donors at a $7,500-a-plate noontime fundraiser today at San Francisco's W Hotel —
but not a single local reporter will be allowed inside to cover his only stop in the area, the White
House said Monday [10/24/2011].
White House Wants Jason Mattera Investigated
for Biden Question. "Don't screw around with me!" barked flustered Vice President Joe Biden
during his now-famous encounter with HUMAN EVENTS editor Jason Mattera. It looks like the White House
wants to put some muscle behind that threat. The Dear Leaders do not like impertinent questions.
Filth of OWS goes beyond sanitation.
We live in an era where OWS literally stole the news. Citizens, who have to scramble to find out about ObamaCare
reaching the Supreme Court, are saturated with news about OWS rapes, drug overdose deaths and the outbreak of both
sexually transmitted disease and ones like tuberculosis. OWS grab news headlines for fighting the capitalist
pigs in the banking business while giving the capitalist pigs in senate and congress a free ride. The only
cleanliness associated with OWS is the purity of their Marxist strategy at play. They deflect and distract
from the Fundamental Transformation of America ongoing at the White House.
emails: DOJ, Eric Holder manipulated press for favorable 'Fast and Furious' coverage. Attorney
General Eric Holder's Justice Department sought to manipulate reporters' coverage of Operation Fast and Furious
during the days preceding a November 1 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, new emails obtained by The Daily
Caller indicate. Emails between senior Justice Department officials and investigators in the office of Iowa
Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley show that congressional staffers leading the investigation into Operation Fast and
Furious requested information about Operation Wide Receiver — a Bush administration program — and other similar
cases, more than a full month before the DOJ leaked information to selected media outlets on October 31.
Street Occupiers as Mind Erasers. Look at what those Occupy morons on Wall Street have achieved
in just a month of ruckus-making. Those kids can't string a coherent sentence together. They were
stoned a lot of the time. What they did was pure street theater, a publicity con, and the media loved it.
It was easy for all the mediots in Manhattan to hop a cab from Midtown to check on the slow-motion riot, write
their stories, and go home early. The "hate Capitalism" schtick got headlines — while the
Occubums were tweeting up a storm on their shiny new iPods, iPads, and iPhones, all exquisite products of
Christmas shopping at Best Buy. President Obama made a surprise visit to Best Buy and PetSmart Wednesday [12/21/2011],
picking up a rubber chew toy for his dog and Christmas gifts for his daughters. The shopping trip in northern Virginia opened
with the PetSmart stop, where Mr. Obama picked out a rubber chew toy that cost $24.99 and another item.
Bo flown back from Hawaii to Washington for Obama photo op? Did Barack Obama's dog Bo fly back just days after
his Hawaiian holiday began so he could take part in a presidential photo call? ... an island eyewitness said he saw the
Portuguese Water Dog taken for a walk earlier this week, ahead of President Obama's delayed arrival.
Bo and B.O.: This may not
be the biggest story of the year, and in all likelihood it probably isn't even true. But did the president really order
the first dog back from Hawaii to the White House to be a prop for a Petsmart photo op? According to a report, Bo was
spotted one day in Hawaii, where Mrs. Obama had gone for vacation in advance of her husband, and in a "regular guy at the
pet store" photo-op with President Obama in Virginia the next day.
The Editor says...
The eyewitness in Hawaii said he saw a "Portuguese Water Dog taken for a walk", but it does not appear that the dog was
being walked by anyone in the Obama family, so this was apparently a mistaken sighting. Why does a story like this
gain any traction? Because it sounds like something the Obama White House would do.
White House: No Round
Trip Excursion for Bo. Apparently, a report in the Chicago Sun-Times saying Bo had gone
to Hawaii with Michelle and the girls last weekend was not correct, and a Bo sighting reported by the Honolulu
Star-Advertiser was mistaken. ... Now — this is pretty funny — the man who reported the Bo
siting [sic] has released a statement saying he made a mistake.
Obama's Media Flying Monkeys Get Their Marching Orders.
The relationship between Barack Obama and his media continues to burn with the same ardor as it has from the opening days
of the 2008 campaign. The latest example is private sessions the White House has held with certain favorites not for
the purpose of imparting news but for advising how to spin it.
Carney's "Nastygrams" Strain White House Press Relations. Some members of the White House Press
Corps, who have largely given President Obama favorable coverage during his nearly three years in office, are
bristling at the communications that press secretary Jay Carney and his staff are sending them. According
to The Washington Post some of the emails from the press office are dubbed "nastygrams" and show just how little
tolerance the White House has for criticism from a press that they feel should roll over and play dead for
the administration's policies.
spin doctor bruises hacks with 'nastygrams'. At the centre of their complaints, according to The
Washington Post, are so-called "nastygrams", aggressive, critical emails sent with growing frequency by Mr Carney
and his staff. Some of the more delicate members of the press have also been upset by profane language with
which they are increasingly upbraided over the telephone by government spin doctors. Their concerns were
formally raised at a meeting in November between the White House Correspondents Association [WHCA] and Mr
Middle Class Warriors
Dine Out for $260. I realize the Obamas are wealthy people, and that wealthy people have the right
to drop $260 of their disposable income on chow. But if you're going to invite Associated Press photographers
along to capture your trip to Target and stage photo ops at PetSmart and Best Buy, then I'm going to write about
your unpublicized excursion to Alan Wong's. The press pool was not invited in to take photos this time.
In fact, others were discouraged from doing so too.
ObamaWood. Apparently, it's not just us extreme right-wing
Republicans who are concerned over the possibility that the White House might have given the studio and
filmmakers classified information they weren't cleared to receive. ... As a result, the Pentagon has started
its own investigation, and the CIA is now re-examining its policies when it comes to dealing with Hollywood.
Osama bin Laden movie leaks investigated
by Defense Department. Rep. Peter King said Thursday [1/5/2011] that the Defense Department
has launched an investigation into whether its personnel leaked information to producers for a film —
to be directed by Academy Award winner Kathryn Bigelow — on the May 2011 raid that killed Osama
bin Laden. King, who chairs the Homeland Security Committee, previously called for a probe to look
into any sort of cooperation between federal agencies and producers for the movie, which at the time
had been scheduled for an October release — a month before the elections.
Media's Malpractice With Obamas' Halloween Bash Hurts Conservatives. The White House has thrown
so many over-the top parties and the First Lady has come under fire from the President's advisers for her
expensive tastes, so the initial reaction to hearing of yet another extravagant White House party is anger.
But was the Halloween bash like the other White House parties? Was it like the party with Paul McCartney
that the Obamas enjoyed while the Gulf struggled with an oil spill? Or the party the White House threw
when America had its credit rating downgraded?
DHS Monitoring Journalist Activity Online.
Just sit back for a minute and imagine the howls from the media if it was disclosed that George W. Bush's
Department of Homeland Security was monitoring the social media activity of journalists. The word Nixonian
would be trending on Twitter and you could be assured the daily White House press briefing would turn into a
free-for-all. Well, it'll be interesting to see the reaction of Obama's adoring White House press corps
when they discover their activities are being tracked by the Department of Homeland Security. ... In the case
of the Obama administration, it's pretty much akin to the boss monitoring the e-mail activity of his employees.
visit to campaign HQ kept out of sight. Even as the GOP presidential primary season gets well
under way, the White House continues to insist President Obama has yet to focus on his own reelection bid.
It may come as no surprise then that when Obama made an unannounced visit to his campaign headquarters in
Chicago Wednesday night [1/11/2012], members of the traveling press corps were kept far away.
Obama and Panetta Uses Military Brass
as Props. "As President Obama stood on the podium in the Pentagon briefing room Thursday [1/12/2012]
to outline the nation's defense priorities, the military stood with him," reported The Washington Post, as if the
military brass had any other alternative than to serve as props for the President. Pentagon chief Leon
Panetta, who opposed the Reagan defense buildup when he was a left-wing congressman from California, was
there as well.
Security Is Monitoring The Drudge Report, The New York Times. It's unclear exactly why, but
the Department of Homeland has been operating a "Social Networking/Media Capability" program to monitor the
top blogs, forums and social networks online for at least the past 18 months. Based on a privacy
compliance review from last November recently obtained by Reuters, the purpose of the project is to "collect
information used in providing situational awareness and establishing a common operating picture."
Whatever that means.
House leaves press pool behind again. President Obama again left the White House without some of the
reporters assigned to travel everywhere with him. The White House abruptly changed the call time for media
to assemble to 8:15 AM this morning, and informed them of this change at 8:16 AM. As a result,
Obama left the White House without a handful of the journalists assigned to write dispatches and reports to
Convention Press Briefing Attended by 500 Journos Kept Strictly Off-the-Record. So the Democratic
National Committee (DNC) gave a walk-through Wednesday for network journalists planning on covering the party's
nominating convention this summer in Charlotte. But while the DNC is trumpeting the convention as "the most
open and accessible in history," the Charlotte Observer's Mark Washburn complained that the briefing, attended by
some 500 journalists, was kept strictly off-the-record.
Obama's Orchestration of the Republican
Nomination: While pretending that Mitt Romney is the Republican they fear most, the Obama
Reelection Campaign, with the help of the mainstream media, has been doing what they can to help the
Governor secure the nomination.
President Obama's War On The Fast & Furious Whistleblowers. [Scroll down] Senator Grassley
then pointed out that the first whistleblower to come forward about Fast and Furious (ATF Agent John Dodson) had
recently been attacked by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). According to Senator Grassley, "Someone in
the Justice Department leaked a document to the press along with talking points in an attempt to smear [Dodson.]"
Handle the Truth (Just Ask Gov. Brewer). [Scroll down] [Brad] Watson looked right at Obama and asked:
"Why do you think you're so unpopular in Texas?" And when Obama tried to make it look like he wasn't that unpopular
in Texas, saying he'd only lost in 2008 by a "few percentage points," Watson countered: "Well, you lost by
about 10%. 55 to 44." And because Obama can't handle criticism, he became noticeably bothered
as the questions continued. When the short interview was over, an angry Obama whispered to Watson: "Let
me finish my answers next time we do an interview." Of course Watson won't get another interview, because Obama
locks reporters out if they dare take him to task.
finds virtual end-around to bypass the White House press. President Obama is finding ways to get
his message to the public without going through the White House press corps. Obama on Monday [1/30/2012]
held his "first completely virtual interview" as part of an event hosted by Google+, the social network the
president called "a newfangled thing."
DOJ May Release bin Laden Death Photos in Time for Election. Looks like the American people may
soon see images of President Obama's new favorite talking point: Osama bin Laden's corpse. ... The cynic
in me has to hand it to this administration — rather than publish the images just after bin Laden's death
occurred, they've managed to withhold the information long enough to time the release with the 2012 election.
Been Skipping the White House Press Corps for Network and Social Media Softballs. In noting the latest
White House "hangout" with questions from YouTube users, Amie Parnes of The Hill noted that President Obama has
failed to hold a press conference since early October — three months without engaging with White House
reporters who might feel professional pressure to ask unexpected hardball questions. Instead, Obama submits
himself to softball sessions with ABC's Diane Sawyer or Barbara Walters.
Inside Media Matters: Sources, memos reveal erratic behavior, close coordination with White House and
news organizations. Founded by [David] Brock in 2004 as a liberal counterweight to "conservative
misinformation" in the press, Media Matters has in less than a decade become a powerful player in Democratic politics.
The group operates in regular coordination with the highest levels of the Obama White House, as well as with members
of Congress and progressive groups around the country. Brock, who collected over $250,000 in salary from
Media Matters in 2010, has himself become a major fundraiser on the left. According to an internal memo
obtained by TheDC, Media Matters intends to spend nearly $20 million in 2012 to influence news coverage.
Media Watchdog Threatens Press Freedoms. Media Matters For America head David Brock surrounded
himself with "more security than a Third World dictator," including a semi-automatic-toting "assistant" protecting
him from right-wing assassination squads, according to the Daily Caller. ... Recent revelations expose Media Matters
as nothing more than a thinly disguised adjunct of the Democratic National Committee. With President Obama
announcing he was breaking his campaign promise of refusing the help of Super PACs, you'll never guess who
serves as the head of a new one called American Bridge 21st Century: Media Matters' David Brock.
And there's lots of overlap in the two groups' donor lists.
the White House manipulating the media through Media Matters? The Daily Caller has a multipart
exposé on David Brock and Media Matters which will surprise ... well, probably no one who reads this site.
Speaking with former and current employees, Tucker Carlson, Vince Coglianese, Alex Pappas, and Will Rahn paint a
picture of Brock as paranoid and out of control, but still supremely effective at getting his message out through
the mainstream media.
Obama Programing Media Matters Or Is It The Other Way Around? There has been a lot of chatter about
the blockbuster report at the Daily Caller revealing the extent to which the self-proclaimed "media watchdog"
outfit Media Matters for America is joined at the hip with the White House. Many are shocked at just how
much Obama is seemingly programming the media with the supposedly independent Media Matters acting as its
pipeline to the Old Media.
MMFA and the White House
sittin' in a tree... Weird coincidence, huh? Some guy at a tax-exempt, "nonpartisan" organization
puts out an internal memo, and suddenly, out of the blue, the White House is pushing the exact same narrative.
As Ed [Morrissey at Hot Air] points out, the question isn't so much whether Media Matters is colluding with the White
House, but which one is pulling the other's strings. Either way, it doesn't reflect well on the Obama
It's almost time to wag the dog. Would Obama
Go to War with Iran to Win Reelection? [Scroll down] Beneath the gentle sound of Obama's pacifistic
speeches and his 1960s-style antiwar approach to diplomacy, there lurks a man who wants a second term in office.
And to get such a term, he comes across as someone who'd just about anything to get a few red state voters to go his
way in November.
Michelle Obama's Media Blitz Erase Her 'Angry Black Woman' Image? While she is hoping that a series of television
appearances will cement the unmarried mom and single women's vote for her husband, she is also obviously trying to re-sculpt her
image into that of a pro-America, pro-military and patriotic mom who is fun-loving and pleasant to be around. This
last week, she has consistently been smiling and showing a positively treacly can-do spirit, appearing everywhere on
daytime television and late night television talk shows.
Broadcasters Call for IRS to Investigate Media Matters. The Daily Caller reported last week that
Media Matters, the progressive-fascist group funded by wealthy leftists to silence anyone who dare fail to meet
their political purity test, received a $50,000 grant to "fact-check" religious broadcasters. Coincidentally,
last November, religious broadcasters found themselves under attack from the FCC, when their exemption to closed
captioning regulations, which is very expensive, was revoked.
Is Media Matters Obama's
Watergate? [Scroll down to page 5] As The Daily Caller has
and here, there
have been direct ties between Media Matters and various mainstream media outlets. The Caller lists,
among others, MSNBC, the Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San
Francisco Chronicle and Huffington Post. All of which turns these news outlets from
journalists to potential partners in collusion, deliberately seeing to it that the Daily Caller series
never sees the light of their TV cameras or printed copy.
Double Standard on Reporting Government Abuses. What gets under Obama's skin iis [sic] the leaking of embarrassing
information about the U.S. government. He loves when journalists report on foreign governments' misdeeds —
particularly when those reports can be used to drum up war fever — but not when they tattle on Washington's abuses.
Obama Press Conference
to Cut Into GOP Headlines. Three senior administration officials just laughed when asked if they
had decided to schedule a President Obama press conference for Tuesday to insert the White House into a busy
news day that otherwise was guaranteed to be dominated by Republicans fighting for delegates in ten states.
Noting — accurately — that reporters had been lobbying for an Obama press conference, they
insisted that the scheduling just worked well for Tuesday.
5 questions for Obama. President
Barack Obama's first full news conference in four months has nothing, nothing whatsoever, to do with upstaging the
GOP on Super Tuesday, to hear White House officials tell it. Of course, nobody outside the four walls of the
West Wing really buys that...
House Works to Shape Debate Over Health Law. On Wednesday [3/7/2012], White House officials summoned
dozens of leaders of nonprofit organizations that strongly back the health law to help them coordinate plans for a
prayer vigil, press conferences and other events outside the court when justices hear arguments for three days
beginning March 26.
White House works to influence the Supreme Court
on ObamaCare. Just for fun, close your eyes and imagine a Republican president was summoning
dozens of non-profit organizations to coordinate activities, including a prayer vigil, for his signature
legislation, and imagine the media reaction. While you're at it, imagine that same Republican president
was making blatant attempts to influence the Supreme Court in defense of his legislation.
Let us pray. Robert
Pear reports in yesterday's New York Times on the Obama administration's planned public relations offensive on
behalf of Obamacare. ... Hmmm. A prayer vigil for Obamacare. This seems to me something of a
category error with seeds of comedy buried in it. Something tells me these folks lack a finely honed
sense of irony, or maybe even a deft political touch.
The Shameless Obama Campaign.
The timing of Obama's speech to the UAW could not have been accidental. As the president was delivering his
broadside against his political adversaries and rallying labor's shock troops, Republicans held primaries in
Michigan and Arizona. Again and again, the president has demonstrated an eagerness to interfere with the
GOP's moments in the spotlight.
Government officers impeding reporter access to information, interviews. An overwhelming majority of
journalists who cover Washington say the public is not getting needed information because of government control over
interviews and information requests, according to a new poll. The survey from the Society of Professional
Journalists of reporters who cover federal agencies found most journalists have experienced a range of interference
from public affairs employees. The release comes at the start of so-called Sunshine Week, a week dedicated to
The Editor says...
(1) It's an election year and the politicians are pandering to the feminists.
(2) Membership in private clubs is not the government's business, and certainly not the President's business.
(3) This was probably a red herring to get Obamacare and the Supreme Court out of the headlines.
Obama's Overseas Travel
Turning Into Campaign Stops. [Scroll down] Lastly there were photos of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton dancing at a Cartagena club
and knocking back a beer. Undignified in a diplomatic context, they are perfect images in a populist campaign context. So
if there was nothing serious reported at the summit, maybe it's because there was nothing serious to report. The media's boys on
the bus know very well where momentum comes from — campaign pandering and hijinks, not serious statesmanship.
Race question not even allowed at White House briefing.
At the daily briefing today [4/23/2012], nearly two dozen reporters were not allowed to ask any questions, including [Les] Kinsolving. Instead, CNN was given
seven and CBS and Fox six each. Kinsolving wanted to ask if the president had any response to columnist Walter Williams' recent revelation about
how race is an issue only some of the time.
The Barack and Michelle Obama Monopoly On Your Privacy. [Scroll
down] While her husband dominates the Internet, and with only the flimsiest of qualifications, Michelle Obama has invaded the boob tube to
become entertainment television's 'Cameo Queen'. [...] If name and face recognition is what wins elections, the overbearing Michelle's already got it
in the bag for her husband. Since President Obama took office in 2009, Michelle Obama has appeared on television about 44 times, and
that number continues to grow.
Afghan trip: 14,000 miles for brief remarks lacking one crucial word. Here's what Obama got politically from this
stagecraft: Bonus public attention focused on the Osama bin Laden assassination anniversary. Photos of troops
clamoring for his fist bumps. An entire day focused on him, his words and non-stop talk of the 10-year war winding
down. An entire news day, one of only 189 precious ones left before Nov. 6, not focused on Solyndras,
prostitution scandals, GSA parties, $5 trillion in new national debt, no federal budget for three years running,
high unemployment, sluggish growth, legal crucifixions nor Mitt Romney.
Re-vetting wars: Obama's
girlfriends speak. One of the foremost concerns of the Obama re-election effort is the promised re-vetting of Obama,
playing off the widespread perception that the media utterly failed to investigate the reality beneath the highly manufactured
identity peddled in 2008. Thus, there is a need to preemptively define the process, creating a safer version of re-vetting
than the Breitbart-is-here blogosphere threatens. The release of information about a couple of "real" girlfriends of Barack
Obama in a Vanity Fair excerpt from a new biography of Obama by WaPo journalist David Maraniss fits this template. Somehow,
Maraniss discovered the identities of, and obtained the cooperation of two women who state that they dated Obama, Geneieve Cook
and Alex McNear, who even provided excerpts from love letters. I wonder if anyone helped him find these two women, because
they have been hidden all these years.
abandons press pool again. President Obama ditched his press pool reporter for the second time this year, leaving the reporter
at an event as he returned to the White House. [...] Obama previously left the press pool at the White House in January when he decided to
attend his daughter's basketball game on short notice.
cynical endorsement of gay marriage is a gift to Mitt Romney. The day after North Carolina voted 60-40 to ban gay marriage, Barack Obama did what
any sane politician would do and ... endorsed gay marriage. He told ABC that he felt compelled to by the gay interns he knew, his wife, his children and
Jesus. Why did he really do it? Sheer, naked opportunism. Like the contraception issue before it, this is an attempt to distract from how bad the
economy is. What will Obama do next in his desperate bid for re-election? Make a claim on the Falklands?
How President Obama played
the press perfectly on gay marriage announcement. Little happens by accident in the Obama White House, or the Obama reelection campaign for
that matter — if there even is a difference between the two. And the dramatic decision by the president to come out Wednesday [5/9/2012]
in support of same-sex marriage is no exception. Contrary to what many in the news media would have us believe, the decision was carefully planned
Gay Marriage as a Distraction. Barack Obama has
been for same-sex marriage (to the extent he is for anything other than himself) since he declared himself a supporter back in the nineties in Chicago.
He just changed his mind publicly for electoral expediency. Now he is changing his mind back for the same reason, but it's amped up. He
wants to put Mitt Romney — who polls are showing to be a formidable presidential opponent — on the spot on an issue the governor
would rather not talk about (and probably shouldn't). Obama and his people are seeking to change the subject of this election from the dreadful
financial condition of our country to same-sex marriage or anything else that sticks.
No gaiety for Obama. In some respects, the
homosexual "marriage" issue is a diversion. Jobs and the economy are overwhelmingly the top issues in every poll of national priorities,
usually followed by the federal budget deficit. Some commentators have suggested Mr. Obama's train wreck of a stand was designed to take
attention away from the dismal economy, which it won't.
Obama campaign nixes cell
phones at some fundraisers. You have to turn off your cell phone on an airplane, but at least you get to keep it. That's
not the case when high-flying donors pony up for first-class access to hear President Barack Obama at exclusive fundraisers — his
campaign takes the devices away. So much for live-tweeting or videotaping Obama's pitch.
Obama and TV News. President Obama's recent announcement of his policy
change on gay marriage made news, and not just because of the policy, but for the way in which he announced it: In an interview with ABC's Robin
Roberts. As the Washington Post's Paul Farhi wrote, Obama's release was "controversial" in that he did not do it in the traditional ways of a press
conference or an Oval Office address, but in a daytime television interview on the second-ranking network, and with a reporter who does not typically
focus on politics.
How the Democratic Party lost its way. Why is the
country debating gay marriage right now? The deficit is out of control. The economy is stuck in neutral. Incomes are flat.
Unemployment is stubbornly high. Europe is on the brink of collapse. The Middle East is on the brink of war. So why are we talking about
gay marriage? The reason is simple: President Obama was facing a backlash from a core Democratic constituency, namely the gay rights
community, and he had to respond because he desperately needs its campaign contributions.
Mass Distraction: Barack Obama Has No Clothes. [Scroll down] When a president has no discernable governing leadership skills,
and nothing to which he can point as an example of the positive things he has done for his nation's economy, he must spend all his time campaigning
and fundraising. He needs lots of cash with which smear his opponents, and boatloads of it are now sailing into Port Obama from wealthy
leftwing Hollywood loons and other radical advocates of homosexual marriage.
Jimmy Fallon: 'The President Booked Himself On Our Show'.
In a career lowlight for both President Obama and Jimmy Fallon, the President appeared on Fallon's late night show last month to "slow-jam" a little of the
ole' big government propaganda. This morning [5/22/2012] on the "Today Show," the spectacle continued with both Fallon AND Matt Lauer gushing like a
couple of schoolgirls over the month-old show. The news that did come from it, however, was the fact that our narcissist-in-chief booked himself on
the Fallon Show.
Obama ditches reporters
after golf outing. President Obama ditched the small group of reporters that accompanied him on a golf outing Saturday [5/26/2012] at
Andrews Air Force Base. Mr. Obama arrived at Andrews in suburban Maryland at 1:08 p.m. to play golf with a foursome that included
Marvin Nicholson, the White House trip director, and two other men. That was the last time the press traveling with the president saw him.
Obama's Wasteful, Phony
Photo Ops Busted. Like many others, The Daily Oklahoman is not amused. An editorial there questioned why
in a time of out-of-control federal spending, is our opportunistic president burning up thousands of gallons of jet fuel and
spending millions of taxpayer dollars for nothing more than phony photo ops to further his re-election campaign. Actually,
the photo ops proved to be unbelievably phony.
and 8.2% Unemployment. This week the economic news is so grim even the media's usual qualifier "unexpected" is
meaningless. We have grown to expect a stagnant economy on the rocks. Meantime, the Obama campaign is heading
into full conman territory, hoping like the Wizard of Oz that we'll just pay no attention to the pint sized amateur behind
the curtain pulling the government levers.
over Obama administration leaks grows in Congress. Sen. John McCain's furor over leaks made by current and former
members of President Obama's administration has prompted more lawmakers to join the call for an investigation. McCain, who
took to the Senate floor alongside Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) Tuesday [6/5/2012] to raise allegations that classified details
crucial to the composition of two New York Times exposes, which exposed the extent of U.S. involvement in cyberattacks against
Iran and the White House's secret "Kill List," were divulged to journalists for political reasons.
McCain: Obama Leaking Security
Info to Bolster Campaign. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has accused the Obama administration of leaking classified information
regarding intelligence operations in order to benefit Barack Obama's reelection by strengthening Obama's foreign policy credentials.
On CBS "This Morning," [6/6/2012] McCain charged, "This is the most highly classified information and it's now been leaked by the
administration at the highest levels at the White House and that's not acceptable." He intimated that the White House was
"breaching national security" either by leaking the information or tacitly encouraging it.
The Obama administration is
keeping open secrets. On the one hand, the Obama administration, citing national security, asserts that the American
public has little right to know anything, even after the fact, about a drone campaign that has killed many Al Qaeda terrorists.
On the other hand, the administration has turned into a veritable sieve on a range of sensitive national security matters.
Labor Dept. Forces Journalists to Use Government-Issued Computers. Journalists are crying foul at a new Obama
policy that will deny them the right to use their own computers to write stories from economic data issued inside the halls
of the Department of Labor. Instead, the DoL says, journalists will have to use government-owned computers, government-selected
software, and government-owned Internet transmission lines to write their stories about the data issued by the department.
The White House
Leaks: Americans Need Some Answers. The president's Friday press conference contained this precious gem: "The
idea that my White House would purposely release national-security information is offensive." Aye, Mr. President, ' tis
offensive. That's why we'd like you to stop doing it.
You don't interrupt the president. So goes the
media narrative in the wake of the media hysteria surrounding the Daily Caller's Neil Munro and his so-called "heckling" of President Obama.
Yeah, right. This is bunk. A pluperfect illustration of a double-standard, as was illustrated in this space yesterday with a video clip of
the White House press corps not only interrupting then-President Ronald Reagan as he read a statement but then shouting and shrieking at him as he
left the room. But is there more than meets the eye in this dust-up over Mr. Munro? [...] Someone needs to say this: There is a
culture of corruption in the media world that is the White House press corps.
Obama is now using his children for political gain. Obama daughters showing up in public comments, campaign
ads. The bump in visibility comes as President Obama uses the girls to personalize his image and his thinking on a range of public
policy issues, from explaining why he placed a phone call to a college student assailed by radio talker Rush Limbaugh to his decision to support gay
DOJ Censoring Reporters?
According to Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, yes. Grassley expressed concerns the Department of Justice is censoring reporters
and trying to control how they quote DOJ attorneys during public meetings yesterday during a Senate Judiciary Committee
Obama Imposes Sex Quota on Townhall
Questions. At an event in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Monday afternoon [7/16/2012], President Barack Obama imposed a
sex quota on questions from the audience, insisting he would only take questions alternately from a female and then a male,
and not two in a row from people of the same gender. He also vowed to keep his answers short — but then
managed to take only six questions with one of his answers (according to the White House transcript) extending to over
Your Guide to
Sleazy Democratic Party-Backed Banks. The fat-cat narrative attacks on Republicans won't go away by making nice with the
White House — or by relying on Beltway journalists to drop their double standards and vet the president's own bad bank
entanglements. Indeed, The New York Times admitted this week that their staff and other political journalists from every major
media outlet submit their work to the White House for unprecedented review, editing and "veto power."
Sanitizing of quotes is disgraceful
journalism. There's something journalists you trust haven't told you: Those quotations you're reading from top officials may
not have been said by those officials during their interviews. In a shameful journalistic acquiescence that we who covered presidents and
politicians once considered unthinkable, reporters and editors are now letting officials who were interviewed review, approve and even alter
quotations before publication. We know about this only because of a fine article by The New York Times' Jeremy W. Peters.
On July 15, Peters did what every self-respecting Washington journalist should have done.
WH Press Corps Goes Seven Weeks Without a Question.
President Obama has not taken a serious question from the White House press corps in nearly seven weeks, a remarkable string that points to a campaign-style
White House operation that is seeking to insulate the candidate from tough cross examination.
Gaffe Alert Level Three: Joe
Biden Press Shop Literally Trying to Edit Media Reports. The controversy surrounding Vice President Joe Biden's offensive claim that Republicans want to
enslave black Americans has become such a concern to the Obama White House that the veep's staff have resorted to trying to directly censor the news coverage about him.
In what is widely believed to be an unprecedented move, the Biden press shop has severely restricted access to vice president and begun telling journalists what they should
write about his activities as they write them up.
Want Simpson-Bowles Question Barred From Presidential Debate. If you thought the Democrats would be satisfied with the fact
that a solid phalanx of liberals have been chosen to moderate the presidential (and vice-presidential) debates, you would be wrong.
Now they want to dictate what questions will be forbidden from being asked at the debates. I kid you not. The Politico reports
on the question that the Democrats want to make taboo: ["]Some Democratic lawmakers want to make sure that one question does not get
asked at the upcoming first presidential debate — about Simpson-Bowles.["]
Defense: Democrats, Media Desperate to Change the Subject. The surest sign that Democrats know they are in trouble after Paul Ryan's nomination to the
Republican presidential ticket behind Mitt Romney is the desperation with which they are trying, desperately, to steer the conversation away from the economy,
entitlements, and the Constitution — with the help of the media, of course.
Obama Knocks Romney for Not Releasing Medical Records,
Hasn't Disclosed His Own. This was brilliant timing on the president's part. [...] First off, by surprising the media, Obama knew the few good
ones in there wouldn't be as ready to hit him with tough questions as they would with some notice. Secondly, Obama knew that he would be asked about [Todd] Akin
and that his response would be what got all the media attention afterwards — not any questions he might receive about his failed economy and ugly
Obama Preps Media For "Surprise" Press
Conference. A quick on-the-road communication from a longtime D.C. political operative rips the cover off of what is being reported as a
surprise visit by President Barack Obama to the daily White House press briefing. This was no surprise visit — it was a carefully planned
and staged event with the complicit cooperation of White House approved media figures all intended to gain political points by reigniting the now old and
tired "war on women" ploy.
Obama Programming Media to His Favor.
Obama threw the White House press corps a bone on Monday by appearing for 20 some minutes and taking a grand total of four questions
from those members of the Old Media whose official job is to report from the White House. The President has taken about six serious questions from the
press since June. But this doesn't mean he's taken no other questions from the press. Unfortunately, the questions he has taken have not been
from a free and open press but have been pre-programmed.
WH tells reporters what
questions to ask Barack Obama. Now we know why — when President Obama deigns to talk to the media — he
chooses local outlets and venues such as Entertainment Tonight and People magazine. He can overawe them by the chance to talk to a
President and he can script the questions they will ask him. So not only do we have photo-ops but also phony interviews.
Obama has millions of fake
Twitter followers. President Obama's Twitter account has 18.8 million followers — but more than half of them really don't
exist, according to reports. A new Web tool has determined that 70% of Obama's crowd includes "fake followers," The New York Times
reports in a story about how Twitter followers can be purchased.
controlling American media like Hugo Chavez does in Venezuela. Award-winning actor Jon Voight told The Daily Caller at the
Republican National Convention that he thinks President Barack Obama's administration has "taken over" the mainstream media in a manner
similar to how leftist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez controls media in his country. "The media has been taken over by this
administration," Voight, an outspoken Hollywood conservative, said in an interview with TheDC. "It's not less than what has happened in
Venezuela with Hugo Chavez, really, because you can't get the information through. I'm giving you this because I want to get the press my
opinion. You can put it in any way you want to. But, it's become pure propaganda and we should be appalled."
Dems Using Every Trick
In The Book To Distract From The Economy. I've monitored politics since the Truman administration and what I'm witnessing right
now is the most blatant use of distraction I've ever seen in the political theater. One political party is doing absolutely everything
possible to distract the electorate from giving serious thought to the nation's problem(s). That political party is the one that features
a donkey on its logo. Day after day, hour after hour, the Democrat Party national committee has exhausted itself firing off one distraction
after another in hopes you'll ignore the really serious issues and focus instead on the distractions they're offering.
TSA Launches 18 New Twitter Accounts In PR
Drive. The Transportation Security Administration has launched a staggering eighteen new Twitter accounts as part of a
PR drive presumably in response to the overwhelming amount of negative publicity the federal agency receives on a routine basis.
flacks try to drown Romney's speech with digital message avalanche. President Barack Obama's media team launched a
huge wave of emails, tweets, videos and snark in the hours prior to Mitt Romney's pivotal acceptance speech in Tampa, Fla., and
then another wave as Romney spoke to the convention and to the nation's voters. Obama's flacks even quoted articles from
Rolling Stone. The volume of material seemed intended to obscure, taint and distract from Romney's carefully choreographed
and emotional outreach to late-deciding swing voters, especially to women and Hispanics.
US journalists trade independence for access. In the US, journalists are
sacrificing editorial independence in exchange for access to top politicians. The practice has a long history in Germany, where interviews often
must be authorized before publication. In democratic societies, the media has long struggled with the political class to define what information
is fit to print. While journalists seek access to high-level officials for a scoop, officialdom often does its best to control the flow of
information to journalists in order to mold public opinion in its interests.
The Crack Hotels of the DNC. I can't
speak for the delegates or ther foreign dignitaries, but many of the journalists I have spoken with here are appalled at the
accommodations in Charlotte to which they were assigned by the DNC. National Review was assigned to two Knights Inn properties.
Everyone who saw them fled immediately across state lines to an available Marriott in South Carolina rather than stay there.
Obama Quashes Conservative
Media Access at DNC. Media availability for Obama officials and acolytes has been shut up as tight as a clam for
conservative media here at the Democratic National Convention. According to sources at Talk Radio News Service, placing a
stringer outside the designated TV area to ask high-level Democrats to stop by radio row has been banned by the DNC —
in fact, as one source told me, "You need permission from Obama for America."
Thought Police Patrol
Convention's Radio Row. Conservative talk-show hosts who came to Charlotte to interview political figures are furious.
For the first time in anyone's memory, Radio Row — the designated set of booths available to visiting talk-show hosts —
has seen restrictions placed on its use by Team Obama. DNC staffers at Radio Row will book leading Democrats for slots on conservative
stations but then cancel the appearances an hour or so before broadcast "because you're not our audience." [...] So much for the
transparency and openness of the Obama era.
White House Got Some
Say Over Journalist's Obama Story. Vanity Fair writer Michael Lewis agreed to allow the White House to approve the
quotations he used from President Barack Obama in his story about the president in this month's magazine. "Like other journalists
who write about Washington and presidential politics, Mr. Lewis said that he had to submit to the widespread but rarely disclosed practice
of quote approval," reports the New York Times.
Update: TV Networks Will Be Asked to Boost ObamaCare In Plots of Their Top Shows. Remember that the liberal media was furious
that the federal government would promote the war in Iraq inside Iraq, and furious that the Department of Education would hire PR flacks like
Armstrong Williams to talk up Bush education programs on cable news. So where is their outrage at the idea that federal grants would
promote ObamaCare advertising inside network TV entertainment programs?
Media Matters Goon Squad. The Justice Department has been caught colluding with left-wing media "watchdog" Media Matters to
suppress critics who've embarrassed the Obama administration.
News: Justice Dept. thinks its collaboration with Media Matters 'not a big deal'. The Department of Justice continues
to ignore requests for comment in response to the revelation its Office of Public Affairs director Tracy Schmaler has coordinated
with left-wing advocacy group Media Matters for America, and is sending signals to at least one media organization that the cabinet
agency doesn't believe the collaboration has great significance.
The DOJ/Media Matters Conspiracy.
It's an odd feeling to see your name on the list of individuals targeted by the Justice Department. Especially when you used to work there.
The DOJ's Office of Public Affairs appears to have enlisted Media Matters to serve as its unofficial PR wing — the one responsible for running
smear campaigns too dirty for the Department to risk leaving fingerprints. Media Matters is, of course, a far-left advocacy group that masquerades
as a nonpartisan truth-teller and media watchdog.
October surprise: Eric Holder does his job — for a change. Justice
department charges 91 doctors, nurses, and medical professionals in $430M Medicare fraud. Ninety-one people including doctors,
nurses, and other medical professionals have been charged with committing $430 million in Medicare fraud in seven U.S. cities, Attorney
General Eric Holder said on Thursday [10/4/2012]. An investigation coordinated by the U.S. Justice Department and the Department of
Health and Human Services uprooted alleged false billing schemes involving $230 million in home health services, over $100 million in
mental health services, and $49 million from ambulance transportation.
The Editor says...
As the election gets closer, watch for more stories like this. Right before the presidential election, the federal government suddenly gets
more efficient -- heroically taking a bite out of crime, possibly finding a cure for cancer, or protecting us all from some sort of attack.
Obama Raises $150M in September, Tries to Block 'Blockbuster' Donor Scandal. According to the
Washington Examiner, "a taxpayer watchdog group conducted a nine-month investigation" and uncovered "thousands of cases of credit card
solicitations and donations" to the Obama campaign. Many of those donations have allegedly come from overseas and may be in violation of federal
election laws. National outlets are preparing stories on the matter, and the Obama campaign has been trying to block those stories from being
Reporter blocked from voters at Biden
event. Joe Vardon, a reporter with the Columbus Dispatch, says campaign aides stopped him from speaking to voters at a rally
featuring Vice President Joe Biden in Canton, Ohio, today [10/22/2012].
Obama campaign rolls out its
biggest prop: Air Force One. There are a lot of benefits of incumbency, and one of them, the Obama camp knows well,
is the plane. That big, blue, beautiful plane. Air Force One made for an awesome prop Thursday night [10/25/2012] at
a tarmac rally in Cleveland.
How Obama Snookered the
Biggest Newspaper in Iowa. The flap over President Obama's off-the-record interview with the Des Moines Register's editorial
board was no blunder. It was a carefully targeted publicity stunt, aimed at reaching a critical voting bloc in Iowa, the undecided
and the Latino community. Did it work?
The Photo-Op Presidency. The official Obama 2012
campaign slogan is "Forward." The operational motto of the Obama administration is "Cheese." As in "say cheese." From hollow Greek columns
to strategically released Situation Room candids, the Paparazzi President has put self-serving optics above all else. [...] White House photographer Pete
Souza's Twitter feed and Flickr uploads serve as Agitprop Central for all White House-approved, behind-the-scenes-leadership glamour shots.
Cynicism Confirmed. The national-security
staff in the Obama White House has a standard operating procedure. If a military action, such as killing bin Laden, succeeds, then
immediately leak selected details to shape the narrative to the political advantage of Mr. Obama. If the action is botched, as in
Benghazi, then say nothing and tell the quiescent press that there is no story worth pursuing. If questions persist, the second line
of defense is an investigation that wlll drag on for months.
Malkin Comments on Obama Administration's 'Systemic Truth Suppression'. Yesterday, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little
confirmed that on November 1, an unmanned U.S. drone was fired upon by Iran. The incident happened over international waters,
about 16 miles off the Iranian coast. The drone was not hit, and returned to base safely. Now questions are being asked
about why this incident was not disclosed until a few days after the presidential election.
Surge to All Time High. The Obama administration has finally released its report on the number of Americans receiving food stamps.
This report was released days after the 2012 election, nine days past its traditional release date. The numbers show that Americans on food stamps
is at an all time high. Worse, the report shows the highest one month jump ever recorded.
Surge to All Time High. You may recall that just before the election, the Obama administration announced that Hurricane Sandy was going
to delay the release of October's jobless numbers. [...] While the unemployment report was ultimately released on schedule and before the election,
now we find out about another report, the food stamp report, delayed for nine days after its traditional release date. This report was also
supposed to have been released before the election. This report is devastating.
Foodstamps Surge By Most
In One Year To New All Time Record, In Delayed Release. [Scroll down] There was, however, another closely tracked number which
perhaps is far more indicative of the economic "growth" in the past 4 years, which certainly had a delayed release. The number of course
is that showing how many Americans are on foodstamps, and usually is released at the end of the month, or the first day or two of the next month.
This time the USDA delayed its release nine days past the semi-official deadline, far past the election, and until Friday night to report August
With Election Over, the News Flows Freely.
Whether this decision is based on a careful analysis of costs and benefits I do not know. But it is reasonable to assume that the studies, if any,
that underlie this decision were not completed immediately after, rather than before the election. They were almost certainly in hand, but their
release delayed until after the results of the election were known so as not to cast doubt on the sincerity of the president's devotion to "all of the
The Politics of Gun Control. Biden's task force
isn't going to study gun violence. Obama announced what he wanted in the report and demanded it be delivered in January. His timing is
another political master stroke: Obama is bringing the gun "crisis" to a head at the same time that the financial crisis will impose higher
taxes across every sector of the economy and the government will — just like it did in 2011 — hit the ceiling on federal debt.
By engineering the gun debate so that it will come to fever pitch at the same time as the economic mess, Obama is counting on the strategy that has
worked for him before.
Using Gun Control to Distract from Financial Crisis. As our national debt continues to soar, taxes to rise, and the overall
economy to tank, President Obama is talking about... gun control. He is doing this so he can seize on the emotions of those who
operate emotionally rather than rationally, thereby diverting their attention from the real crisis our nation faces right now —
which is financial in nature.
House 'blocks use of pictures of Malia and Sasha Obama on the beach'. Paparazzi shots of Malia and Sasha Obama have been blocked by
the White House after a photographer reportedly stumbled across the girls on a public beach in Hawaii. [...] Secret service agents, who were
accompanying the girls on their walk, immediately approached the photographer and asked for identification. They allowed the man to keep his
camera but gave him a stern warning to stop photographing the first daughters.
Prop-a-palooza: The Use and Abuse
of Kiddie Human Shields. The president of the United States will release a binder full of new gun-control executive orders
on Wednesday [1/16/2013]. Instead of standing alone, bearing full responsibility for the imperial actions he is about to take,
President Obama will surround himself with an audience of kids who wrote to him after the Newtown, Conn., school massacre. This
is the most cynical in Beltway theatrical staging — a feckless attempt to invoke "For the Children" immunity by hiding behind them.
W.H. Releases Letters
from Little Kids Pleading for Gun Control. Half way through the article, the AP admits, "The White House shared three such
letters with The Associated Press, from young writers who seemed to agree that Obama should do what's necessary to make it harder for
people to get guns." White House spokesman Jay Carney announced yesterday that Obama will be surrounded by little kids when he
announces his gun proposal later today. [...] The White House appears not to have released a single letter to the AP in opposition to
President Obama's gun proposal.
The Editor says...
I suspect the little kids were instructed by their unionized teachers to write to the President, and were probably told exactly what to
say. The little kids, as far as I know, have not been interrogated about their letter-writing initiative.
Obama Uses Kids
As Gun-Control Human Shields. Instead of providing them the same armed security his children get, the president exploits
children as stage props to repeal a Second Amendment they haven't been, and likely never will be, taught about.
House Posts Videos of Children Beseeching President to Act on Guns. The White House was quick to call the NRA "repugnant and
cowardly" for allegedly dragging the president's children into the battle over gun control. (In an ad released earlier this week, the
NRA pointed to the fact that the president's children are protected by armed guards, and asked provocatively, "Are the president's children
more important than yours?") President Obama, however, did not hesitate to bring other people's children into the grudge match.
Training Media How to Sell Obamacare. The Old Media is getting a little help from team Obama on how to report about
Obamacare the "correct" way. To achieve that goal, Obama operatives are setting up propaganda symposiums for journalists and
giving large cash donations to journalism associations to help spread Obama's word. This Obamacare propaganda campaign seriously
blurs the line between government and "journalism" and seems to be a blatant attempt by team Obama to write the media's Obamacare stories
The Obama Scorecard. Obama
desperately wants to bury the deficit and debt issue by ignoring it, not by dealing with it. The media will help, as
we've seen by their generally favorable coverage of his inaugural and State of the Union speeches. But Obama also
needs a distraction from Republican emphasis on his fiscal recklessness. If you think this tactic cannot work, think
again. We've just seen it work brilliantly in Obama's reelection campaign.
Distractions — Defeating Obama with
Aikido. Barack Obama is a master of distraction. It is perhaps the single thing he does best. Indeed, with the help of his
loyal media claque, the president is almost as good with distraction as Roger Federer with a tennis racquet or Mickey Mantle with a baseball bat.
When the public starts looking closely at what he is doing, making him vulnerable on matters of genuine significance, Obama changes the subject,
distracting the public with a relatively minor issue.
expresses 'frustration' over lack of access to Obama. The White House press corps on Sunday expressed frustration with the lack of
access given to President Obama this weekend, during his trip to Florida. White House Correspondents Association President Ed Henry released
a statement Sunday evening [2/17/2013], saying that the press corps had not been given adequate access to the president and that the group would
press for "transparency" in the future, according to a pool report.
The Editor asks...
Why would Mr. Obama keep an extravagant weekend "under wraps" unless he was doing something shameful?
and NBC News: Is journalistic integrity dead? The truth seekers have gone, the truth tellers are rapidly dying off.
The "news" is little more than political campaign for a particular party. Every subject is skewed and skewered to the point that
everything you see hear and read should be taken with the proverbial "grain of salt." A recent article on the popular progressive
website Politico refers to Obama as a "puppet master", calling him "a master at limiting, shaping and manipulating media coverage of
himself and his White House." While this states the obvious, they go wrong in their claim that the media is powerless to do anything
except parrot White House press releases and accept them as cold hard facts. Whatever happened to questioning the "facts"?
Government 'Reviewing' Firefighters' Appearance With Obama. Earlier this week, Obama surrounded himself with
police and other first responders during remarks regarding the real world impact of the across-the-board package of federal
spending cuts known as sequestration, looming in March should Congress fail to reach a deficit reduction agreement. But
Washington's fire and EMS chief told a local TV station the appearance of three firefighters at the event may have violated
Is Obama Using Anti-Gun Spambots?
Texas Congressman Steve Stockman has blown the whistle on President Obama's anti-gun Twitter campaign. Stockman says that hardly
any of Obama's anti-gun tweets come from actual human beings, while most are computer-generated spam.
propaganda:' Michelle Obama slammed for using military as 'props' during Oscars appearance. First lady Michelle Obama is
under fire after she appeared as a long-distance award presenter on the Oscars Sunday evening [2/24/2013], flanked by active-duty
American service members. The well-dressed members of the military stood attentively behind the first lady inside the White
House as she presented the award for best picture to the movie "Argo." But the use of those service members has left some of
her critics fuming.
Obama is the closest
thing to Nixon we've seen in 40 years. In my lifetime, in over 40 years in national politics, Mr. Obama is the only
president who comes close to rivaling Richard Nixon for fundamental disingenuousness. However, some things never change, just as
Woodward and Bernstein were attacked then by the establishment mainstream media for daring to question a president — or do a
story that they wouldn't touch — they are once again attacking Woodward the way they did when he and Carl Bernstein
Senator: Obama has media 'enemies
list'. Escalating concerns that the Obama White House has begun exacting revenge on its critics on Capitol Hill and the
media, a long-time Oklahoma senator Friday [3/1/2013] charged that the president and his team have a Nixon-era style "enemies list."
Without providing further details, Sen. James Inhofe said, "I don't think that. I know that."
The Press Officially Abdicates Its Role.
The first clue I detected as to what's really happening was Jim VandeHei's and Mike Allen's horrific exercise in deceptive self-pity
("Obama, the puppet master") at Politico on February 18. I was hoping it was an aberration. I should have known
better. The pair consumed over 1,800 words crying a river of phony crocodile tears because, in their view, President Barack
Obama, the White House, and its permanent campaign now housed at Organizing For Action (OFA) have become so awesome and overwhelming in
their message discipline, information management, and direct social media motivational efforts that it's now absolutely impossible for
any group of human beings to appropriately scrutinize their actions [...]
Recalls His Own WH Threats. [Bob] Woodward has underlined that the while the White House is pushing blame on
Republicans, the whole idea of sequestration was theirs to begin with. While conservatives were pleased to see his report, the
White House was not: Woodward said he received an email from a top White House official saying, "you will regret doing this."
Davis: Obama White House Threatened Washington Times Over My Column. Lanny Davis, who served under President Bill
Clinton as special counsel to the White House, told Washington, D.C.'s WMAL this morning [2/28/2013] that the Obama White House
had threatened the Washington Times over his column, warning that the Times would suffer limited access to White
House officials and might have its White House credentials revoked.
All the President's Thugs.
Hey, Bob, you can't say we didn't warn you. We knew this White House was capable of attacking even the great Bob Woodward for
telling the truth. You could have listened to Michael Barone. He saw it coming even before Barack Obama was elected.
Obama's Abusive Staff. There's been
a lot of attention to the battle between the White House and Bob Woodward, but [an] article by National Journal's Ron Fournier,
on the toxic relationship he has with some high-ranking White House sources, is also worth reading. Last week Fournier sent
out a tweet that angered the White House. Here's what happened next: [...]
the Obama Administration Goes After a Journalist for Reporting the Truth. As the broken bodies of journalists
abused by this Adminstration begin to pile up — making the Nixon Administration look like boy scouts —
media types just might begin to report the news objectively and with greater regard for the truth than their personal, ideological
predilections have, to date, allowed. This is a change we can all hope for.
unthreatened by Obama aides demand to be threatened too. Where's the fairness from the Fair Share president in only a
couple of journalists being threatened over their Obama criticism? How would you like to be among the growing number of aspiring
critics of the Windy City Wonder? You point out his lies. His hypocrisies. His cronyism. His duplicities.
His waste. His wanton spending. His phony claims. His arrogance. And what do you get? Nothing. Nada.
When you've got a country to
transform, any caviling is disloyalty. The Bob Woodward/Ron Fournier/Lanny Davis psychodrama is another small reminder that
the Obama administration continues to assume that the press should be little more than a veritable Ministry of Truth. Its proper
duty is to serve the White House and promote the progressive agenda of Barack Obama. Any were considered suspect who questioned
whether those exalted ends should really be achieved by any means necessary — but they were so few and far between that it
grumbling about nasty treatment from White House. You can tell the New York Post is a right-leaning paper from the fact
that Maureen Callahan didn't include the standard "I'm sure the president would disapprove if he knew!" disclaimer that no one actually
believes. Incidentally, how many anecdotes about persistent abusiveness from the White House towards reporters will it take
before the Lightbringer no longer gets the benefit of the doubt about his supposed ignorance?
Reporters Step Forward to Discuss Obama White House's Petty Treatment of Press. An article in Monday's [3/4/2013] U.S.
News & World Report by Ken Walsh, a veteran journalist who covered five presidencies, notes a growing "unhealthy antagonism ... between
the West Wing and the mainstream media." If the assessment is accurate, it could mean that the press, after four years of mindless
obeisance to this administration, is finally ready to provide frank coverage, warts and all.
Beat the Press. A brief recap:
After the Washington Post ran a Woodward op-ed in which he claimed that the administration was "moving the goalposts" on the eve of the
potential sequester, the veteran journalist went on to assert that economic adviser Gene Sperling said, in an e-mail, "I think you will
regret staking out this claim." While Woodward spent a lot of the week on cable news going back and forth on whether that was a
threat, few reporters, if any, asked why a high-level administration official spent so much time [...] attempting to control an opinion
expressed in a newspaper.
Obama Know When To Say When? Doesn't the president get enough attention? The president is always the star of the
show. When just about any major event occurs — whether it's a downturn in the unemployment rate, a natural disaster
or some crisis overseas — much of the news media ask how it's going to play out for the president, the central actor in
our national drama. But then there are additional moments when the president injects himself into non-news contexts.
Press Office Apologizes for Forcing Reporter to Delete Photo. Just imagine if VP Cheney's office had accosted a reporter at
public event and demanded that a photo be deleted from the reporter's camera. It would be the lead story on every MSM outlet, offered
as proof of the rising tide of fascism. Yet such an incident happened last week with VP Biden, and virtually no mention of it can be
found in the mainstream media.
Media refuse to interrogate Obama on his chicanery.
[Scroll down] Why, after knowing the al-Qaida leader's whereabouts for eight or nine months, did Obama suddenly order a strike on
May 2, 2011? [...] [T]he death of bin Laden erased the birth certificate issue from the news, where, thanks to Donald Trump and
author Jerome Corsi, it actually was commanding new levels of scrutiny that had prompted the White House to release its online document
at a press conference on April 27, 2011. A few days later, boom — bin Laden was dead. Wasn't that a little bit
White House Scrubs First Daughters Ski Trip
Report. A local news affiliate in Idaho reported that the First Daughters, Sasha and Malia Obama, are on a Spring Break ski
trip in Sun Valley, Idaho. The story quickly spread across the Internet when picked up by the highly trafficked Drudge Report
website. But hours later, the story disappeared from the KMVT website without an update or correction. Breitbart News
confirmed that the White House requested that the post be removed.
Obama's nightmare of a second term.
There is a lot of talk these days about "same sex marriage," "gun control," "voter ID," et al. We are not hearing a lot about
jobs, GDP growth or any of those complicated foreign policy problems that could just overwhelm President Obama's time in the next couple of
years. Call me cynical but I think that President Obama is engaging in a bit of distraction or keeping his base happy with a lot of
the stuff that they want to hear.
Was the White House Bin
Laden Photo Photoshopped? While the details of the president's schedule are definitely a matter of personal security in real
time, more than a year later, the right of the Legislature to exercise its checks-and-balances duties is paramount. If Obama was on
the golf course when he should have been in the Situation Room, and he lied to us about his whereabouts, the American people have a right
J-O-B-S. [It was Vice President Biden's] job and the president's to
create a climate for job expansion, and they failed. The evidence is now overwhelming: they have created the worst employment climate in
decades. [...] With so many out of work, the administration safely counts on a feckless media and an equally feckless opposition to be distracted by
issues like gay marriage, immigration, and guns.
Protesters greet Obama on S.F.'s Billionaires'
Row. [Scroll down] I loitered around the media vans and chatted up some of the technicians, who willingly dished all the gossip. They said
that all afternoon there had been caterers going in and out of the house at 3030 Pacific, and gardeners sprucing up the front, and this lured
even more media to the block. But suddenly, about an hour before I showed up, the preparations had abruptly stopped, and word came in that the
entire operation had been a ruse to trick media to set up camp in front of the wrong location. Turns out that Tom Steyer and Kat Taylor
own another house a couple miles away in the Seacliff neighborhood which was the actual secret location of the cocktail reception. Sneaky!
Obama To America: Have I Mentioned
Gun Control? In the wake of dismal news on jobs, the president is going all-out to fix the public's mind on something else —
assault rifles, background checks and a sputtering Senate bill. Barack Obama knows the value of a sideshow, and right now he's giving the country
a big, splashy one.
Obama flying in Newtown human
props for anti-gun speech. Barack Obama knows full well that when it comes to using facts to argue for gun-grabbing laws, he
doesn't have a leg to stand on. Cue the human props! After delivering an anti-gun speech in Hartford, Conn., later today [4/8/2013], Obama
will fly 11 families of slain Sandy Hook children to D.C.
Obama's National-Security Fraud.
The Times Square non-attack is quite interesting. The specter of it, projected in the immediate wake of the Marathon murders and maimings, is
horrific ... so horrific that the government, in leaking this tidbit from its botched interrogation of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, knew that news media were
certain to lead their broadcasts with it. The press would never wonder why they, and thus we, were being told about it. But why were they
told? Remember, the Times Square bombing not only never happened, it never came close to happening.
Stories Conveniently Distract from the Government Failures Around Us. This president can't get squat done about North Korea
or Syria, and so he doesn't want us to focus on those far-off lands. His policies have done diddlysquat for most of the long-term
unemployed. He's not interested in throwing people off public assistance, even when they don't deserve it, and he wants to insist
that every terror attack is a one-time occurrence, instead of connected bits of an international ideological movement dedicated to killing
Americans. Obamacare's a mess, and he's hoping you don't notice. The debt continues to increase, even with the alleged horrors
White House holds
'deep background' Benghazi briefing. The White House held a "deep background" briefing with reporters on Friday afternoon
to discuss recent revelations about the Benghazi investigation, sources familiar with the meeting tell Politico. The meeting was
conducted on "deep background," according to White House spokesman Josh Earnest, but sources told Politico that the existence of the
meeting was "off the record." [...] Deep background means that the info presented by the briefers can be used in reporting but the
briefers can't be quoted.
The Benghazi deception. Like a levy that has been
suspiciously breached, the informational flood created by these news events is without recent precedent. The timing of this
flood is of particularly critical importance. The headlines are diverting our attention away from a critical window of
investigative value relating to Benghazi. Could it be that we're seeing a form of force majeure being implemented to overwhelm
and distract us from something far more important to truth seekers and consequently, much more lethal to Obama's second term?
Perhaps the Cloward-Piven strategy adapted and modified for the modern news cycles of today?
News Reporter James Rosen's Private Emails Given To Justice Dept. By Google. As a result of Fox News Channel's State
Department reporter James Rosen's 2009 investigation into the government's response to North Korea's repeated provocations, it was
reported on Monday [5/20/2013] that the Department of Justice tracked Rosen's movements as well as subpoenaed telephone and email records.
According to the DoJ's subpoena, Google surrendered Rosen's emails, who is described as "an aider and abettor and/or co-conspirator,"
to the government.
Just to be sure nobody talked to the press... IRS
Scandal: Armed Police 'Escort' Reporters Through Cincinnati Office. Monday afternoon [5/20/2013], ABC News released
a chilling report that details what journalists have faced while trying to get some answers from the Cincinnati IRS office, which
is where a majority of the Tea Party targeting took place. According to ABC, an "armed uniform police officer with the Federal
Protective Service" "escorted" reporters through the public building. ABC says if the intent wasn't to "scare off" employees
who might talk, "it was the effect."
Barack Obama, speech isn't free when it criticizes him. [Scroll down] Finally, the administration secretly tracked
the phone calls of the Associated Press to root out who leaked the report of a drone strike. Then the CIA told AP to hold off on
the story so that Obama could announce it first. This has a chilling affect on journalists. But it's also the latest salvo
in the Obama administration's war on whistleblowers.
much news has the Obama administration successfully suppressed? During his first term, liberal journalists often
remarked at how "scandal free" the administration was, despite Solyndra, Fast and Furious and other revelations. But maybe
what really happened is that the administration's concerted effort to suppress the reporting of news was actually quite successful.
Chuck Todd: This is "Absolutely Chilling".
Reporters rely on confidentiality to do their jobs. No confidentiality — then no scoops, no information the government
doesn't want you to have, no accountability. Once people think — and the damage has already been done here —
that their phone call with you could end up in a government database, they will not be talking to you. That's one reason the press
came up with so few scoops in, say, the Soviet Union.
Pitfalls of Obama's Current Political "Perfect
Storm". Americans should remember how successfully Hillary Clinton was able to generate a "scandal overload" and by
constantly changing the subject, managed to protect the thoroughly compromised administration of her husband, Bill Clinton, from
any repercussions for his malfeasance and innumerable violations of the law.
Keyword: cahoots Liberal Columnists
Quietly Gather at White House. NPR's Ari Shapiro posted an interesting Tweet on May 21. He discovered that a
cadre of well-known lefty columnists and journalists visited the White House together, three of whom he mentioned by name.
Barack Obama's long
history of scandals — and escapes. The standard rule for handling bad news in politics is to get it all out at
once. Take your hits for a news cycle, two or three. And then try to move on. The conventional wisdom has been that
the worst thing to do is allow the bad news to dribble out, poison drop by poison drop, for days, weeks, even months. Yet that
is precisely what Barack Obama has done — and continues to do in his current epidemic of embarrassments — over a
decade of controversies and scandals. The amazing thing is, so far, it's worked like a charm. So, why should he change?
Obama's Imbroglios. Where are we now in this
morass of Obama Administration scandals? [...] We have one massive cloud of confusion, and that is exactly what this embattled
Administration wants, confusion.
JournoList's IRS Angle Begins to Gel.
The synchronicity is striking. It's also an indication of just how worried the White House is, and how it intends to contain the scandal.
First, get reliably friendly bloggers and columnists on board with a story that focuses attention away from the White House. Then, isolate
and target someone who has already become a central figure in the scandal and, more importantly, who does not work directly for the White House.
Surprises Reporters With Shock Off-The-Record Session, According To Report. President Barack Obama held an off-the-record
meeting with a select group of reporters on Tuesday [6/11/2012] in an effort to repair some of the damage done to his administration's
relationship with political journalists in the wake of his Justice Department's sweeping subpoenas of communications records of AP and
Fox News reporters. According to a report in BuzzFeed, one New York Times reporter "would have reconsidered whether to
attend" had he known Obama would be in on the meeting.
The Editor says...
Mr. Obama expects reporters to be awestruck, and in most cases, they are.
Wag the Syrian Dog. "Wag the Dog" is a
political strategy in which a national leader starts a military operation to divert negative attention away from himself. [...] With
embattled President Barack Obama facing a scandal about electronic spying on the private lives of almost every voter in America, it should
not be surprising that he would make "a decision to provide lethal assistance," including weapons, ammunition, and air support, to the
Syrian rebels. Using wag the dog might have worked in the past, but the mushrooming privacy scandal seems destined to grow.
More DHS insider from DC. [Scroll down] "The intimidation
factor is huge if a media contact is outside of a small circle of 'vetted' journalists who are completely loyal to Obama and his agenda.
If you are not part of that inner circle, you are a target, it's that simple. You are seeing the formation of a state-run media and an
administration that will intimidate, punish or prosecute anyone considered unfriendly to the Obama camp from the inside and the outside. [..."]
'Carbon Pollution' and Wealth Redistribution.
No crisis should go to waste, an eternal truth highlighted in bold by a purported climate change apocalypse that is now the target of actions newly
proposed by President Obama. This so-called "crisis" will flood not various coastlines, but instead the front pages, replacing other,
less flattering political headlines for the administration.
Obama's Crisis of Competence.
At a time when trust in government is already at an all-time low, the events of this past week illustrate the limits of this president's power.
The White House seems more comfortable stage-managing the news than dealing with the uncomfortable crises that inevitably crop up.
The White House pushed dirt
on Darrell Issa, book says. In the summer of 2010, with Republicans poised to take over the House and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) in line to lead the
House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the White House started urging reporters to write negative stories about the congressman's past, a new book says.
New York Times reporter Mark Leibovich describes what he says were the anti-Issa efforts in "This Town," a condemnation of Washington self-obsession and
self-promotion, a copy of which was obtained by the Washington Post.
In Wake of
Zimmerman Verdict, Obama Makes Extensive Statement on Race in America. The White House's original plan — for Mr. Obama to
address the verdict in brief interviews on Tuesday with four Spanish-language television networks — was foiled when none of them asked
about it. Instead, he appeared in the White House briefing room with no advance warning and little of the orchestration that usually
accompanies presidential speeches.
The Real Reason For Obama's
Sudden Press Shyness. Unlike other recent two-term presidents, Obama has had fewer day-in, day-out interactions with the Beltway
press, allowing him to dodge hard questions about issues of the day. When he gives interviews, it's to select, friendly outlets that lob
him one softball after another.
Adopts Catchphrase to Describe Proposed Recipe for Economic Revival. President Obama says prosperity does not trickle down, and a
rising tide does not necessarily lift all boats. The conservative policies predicated on those ideas, he maintains, amount to a you're-on-your-own
economics, when the country really needs a we're-in-this-together approach: in short, prosperity needs to come from the "middle out" rather
than the top down.
Other Benghazi Scandal: Journalists Worry Covering The Attack Threatens White House Access. Last week, CNN aired two
striking reports revealing that the Central Intelligence Agency had a large number of agents on the ground on the night of the attack
and that a suspect in the attack has never been interviewed by investigators. Following these revelatory reports, which some in
President Barack Obama's administration believe represent a political threat, some CNN reporters now fear for their access to the White
House. They are not alone.
"It has been my experience that
whenever a leader — whether elected, anointed or media-appointed —
does not want you to see something, that's probably the time when you should go out of
your way to see it."
fired for anti-Obama headline says bosses responded to pressure. A Tennessee newspaper editor who was fired for a headline
critical of President Obama says his bosses bowed to pressure from the president's supporters, claiming he wouldn't have been canned if
he had said the same of former President George W. Bush. Drew Johnson's editorial, titled "Take your jobs plan and shove it,
Mr. President: Your policies have harmed Chattanooga enough," went viral and drew national attention earlier this week when Obama
visited the city.
Another journalist fired for sassing Obama.
As you may recall, KMOV reporter Larry Conners was fired last May after making national headlines for actually asking President Barack Obama some
tough questions. Conners then speculated that his insolence might've had something to do with his subsequent IRS audit, and KMOV canned him.
Now another journo is out of work after crossing Obama.
Fired Over 'Shove It' Obama Headline. Drew Johnson, the editorial page editor of the Chattanooga Times Free Press
was fired after 14 months on the job for publishing an editorial with a headline that read: "Take your jobs plan and shove it,
Mr. President." The editorial ran Tuesday, the same day Obama visited Chattanooga.
Terror Threat Intelligence Not New. The timing of the
administration's announced closure of numerous U.S. embassies in the Middle East has raised concerns among some U.S. officials that the Obama
administration is politicizing intelligence to distract attention from the Benghazi and other scandals. "Why is this coming out now?" asked
one official with access to terrorist threat data. "Is the administration trying to suck up news coverage with the embassy threats
to distract attention from what the CIA was doing in Benghazi?"
Obama wags the dog: Al-Qaida Plot Distraction Is
Too Well-Timed For Obama. For one thing, if we're on the eve of a possible "9/11 junior," what on earth is the president of the U.S. doing
going on the Tonight Show for the umpteenth time? Why is funny man Jay Leno the one who gets to ask Obama about al-Qaida, but he's too busy for
queries without punch lines from the Washington press corps?
The suspicious leaks behind the terrorism
alert. The number of people who would be cleared to possess the level of detail that identified a particular conference call as the
relevant SIGINT activity is tiny. It is one thing to say broadly that U.S. officials overheard "discussions," because someone planning an
attack probably discusses it in some way many times. Even then, though, you could imagine a mad scramble by jihadists for new communication
safe zones. There are two reasons why the government would tolerate this type of leak. [...]
Why Obama's 'Tonight
Show' chat was new low for mainstream media. Mr. Obama is no stranger to late night television. Since his first run for president
in 2008, he has visited a variety of venues — including daytime programs like "The View" and "The Ellen Degeneres Show" — to
shape his personal political brand as accessible, fun, and hip, while also using these shows to reach out to key voting demographics. But his
remarks Tuesday night to Mr. Leno — during his sixth appearance on the show — seemed to reflect a deliberate effort to avoid
direct dialogue with the mainstream media on two topics at the forefront of the public discussion.
Benghazi and the Banality of Evil.
Months late, CNN has gotten around to "breaking" a story that might help to complete the disturbing puzzle for the mainstream public, namely the
allegation that Benghazi was the hub of a CIA weapons-running operation. Within hours, this was washed from the headlines by the "chatter"
indicating an imminent terror plot that required the United States to close numerous diplomatic facilities.
Sasha and Malia join the Obamas on Martha's Vineyard.
This afternoon, The White House issued a short statement saying President and Michelle Obama's two children, Sasha and Malia, arrived on Martha's Vineyard today to
spend the rest of the week with their parents vacationing on the Island. The White House closely guards the privacy of the two children, and did not release
any information about where they spent the first part of the week.
WH Tried to Interfere with WaPo's NSA Story.
The Washington Post's article detailing the fourth amendment abuses by the NSA got some push back from the administration who attempted to "edit" the article
before publication. The internal audit referenced in the article was obtained by the WaPo from Edward Snowden. The details of the audit indicated
repeated and growing privacy violations by the NSA, violations which included obtaining thousands of American citizen's communications records and using methods
of information collection that were later deemed unconstitutional by a court.
The NSA leaks ended the power of Obama officials to ration access. No
self-respecting journalist believes what they say. The White House credibility deficit.
In his address about Egypt's military coup — or whatever bowdlerizing euphemism is permitted this week in Washington — Obama
condemned the notion that "security trumps individual freedom." Really? After his press conference announcing an oversight commission
for the NSA, it emerged that the NSA's truth-challenged director of national intelligence, James Clapper, would apparently oversee the oversight.
The White House had to explain the joke, and then said Clapper would merely facilitate. [...] That is the punchline of the Snowden affair: when we
can't trust what government tells us, we come to trust those whom government doesn't trust. Thus, we no longer necessarily care what the official
line is and who delivers it.
Presidential Pets Get The Air Support Benghazi Didn't.
The breaking news on Monday [8/19/2013] was not a new revelation about the National Security Agency, the IRS, Benghazi, Fast and Furious, or the pending collapse of
ObamaCare. It was that President Obama and his family have adopted a companion for first dog Bo. The new presidential pet is called Sunny, a name obviously
not picked because it reflects the future of America under this administration.
Birtherism's Sudden Respectability. Funny how all these outlets just started asking
these same questions around the same time, huh? I mean, of all the things going on in politics these days... ObamaCare collapsing, Egypt on fire,
and of course amnesty in the offing, why the most important question on no one's mind, other than hyper-partisan reporter's, is, "Hey, is Ted Cruz
eligible to be President?"
Obama's Half-Assad War. In Obama's 2002 speech against the
Iraq war, he scoffed at "armchair weekend warriors" who pursue "dumb" and "rash" interventions. [...] In his 2002 speech, Obama said that "petty dictators"
don't justify military intervention, that Saddam Hussein posed no "imminent threat" to the U.S., that war would divert attention from domestic problems,
and that a poorly conceived war would "fan the flames" of the Middle East and make a bad situation worse. Substitute "Syria" for "Iraq" in the
speech and one has a decent rejoinder to his Saturday announcement: Assad is a petty dictator; he hasn't attacked the U.S.; this is a wag-the-dog
diversion by a floundering president; the lack of any coherent strategy is sure to destabilize Syria and boost Islamic radicals.
The Editor says...
The turmoil over whether or not to bomb Syria is being cooked up for the purpose of getting scandals off the TV screens and off the front pages of America's
newspapers. The scandals that are displaced by this method include Benghazi, the NSA spying on Americans, the use of the IRS as a weapon against Obama's
political enemies, Fast and Furious, Solyndra, the Keystone pipeline, the Obama family's numerous expensive junkets and unmerited vacations, a nationwide
rash of race riots, Obama's undeniable incompetence and dishonesty, the war on coal, amnesty for illegal aliens, gun control, the politicized Department of
Justice, millions of people on food stamps and "disability" because they're too lazy to work, and chronic unemployment and under-employment that should have
precluded Obama's second term.
Senate Panel OKs Measure Defining a
Journalist. A Senate panel on Thursday approved a measure defining a journalist, which had been an obstacle to broader media shield
legislation designed to protect reporters and the news media from having to reveal their sources.
There Ought To Be No Law.
As I've written elsewhere, under the guise of "protection," the Permanent Bipartisan Fusion Party is moving toward its real goal of licensing
journalists and creating an American version of Britain's Official Secrets Act. The Senate bill has nothing to do with protecting journalists,
and everything to do with the Government Class protecting itself from those who would expose its activities. Having successfully co-opted
what used to be the national media — so much so that there is now a veritable revolving door between Washington and old-media
institutions — Congress now seeks to shut down via exclusion all those who do not toe the party line.
Michelle Obama's water torture.
Just when you thought the Nanny State couldn't get anymore drunk with patronizing power over people, along comes Michelle Obama with a most urgent
plea: Make sure you drink water! Who knew?! Apparently we now need the government to tell us to do the most basic of things. [...] It
would not surprise me to see the First Lady begin to offer advice on how to dress ourselves.
The Editor says...
The campaign to get us all to drink more water is just another shiny object to wave around, in an effort to displace Barack H. Obama's
many scandals from the front-page headlines.
Exiting the Solar System and
Fulfilling a Dream. By today's standards, the spacecraft's technology is laughable: it carries an 8-track tape recorder and
computers with one-240,000th the memory of a low-end iPhone. When it left Earth 36 years ago, it was designed as a four-year mission to
Saturn, and everything after that was gravy.
The Editor says...
This event happened about a year before it was announced. I suspect NASA is just now announcing it to push Obama's many scandals off the
front page of the local newspapers. In the next few weeks, look for other wonderful discoveries to be announced by various government
agencies. Don't listen to the American mainstream "news" media without a great deal of skepticism.
Is there a con man in the Oval Office?
The media headlines should be about the NSA scandal aimed at violating the civil rights and invading the privacy of every American citizen.
But with Syria hogging the media spotlight, we have all forgotten that Obama listens to every phone call, watches every email. Big Brother
rules our lives. Obama has turned out to be worse than Bush when it comes to civil liberties, but with Syria in the headlines, we don't hear
a word about the NSA scandal anymore.
55 percent of Obama's Twitter followers are fake.
An incredibly high percentage of President Obama's Twitter followers are fake, while the opposite is true for Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. According to
the Twitter analytics application, Status People, 55 percent of President Obama's 36,802,378 Twitter followers — or approximately 20,240,107
followers — are fake. A 'fake follower,' according to Status People, is a spam account following the user.
More than 19.5 million online fans don't really exist. Barack Obama is political king of the
fake Twitter followers. Among influential U.S. political tweeters, President Barack Obama is the undisputed king of the fake
followers. A MailOnline analysis ranks his sizable Twitter following as the most deceptive total among the 21 most influential accounts run
by American politicians: More than 19.5 million of his 36.9 million Twitter followers are accounts that don't correspond to real
people. The four phoniest accounts in the sample, which included Democratic and Republican Party leaders in Washington, D.C., were those
belonging to President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, first lady Michelle Obama and the White House communications shop.
report could be delayed by federal government shutdown. The latest report on job creation and the unemployment rate, set to be released Friday,
could be delayed if the federal government shuts down this week, the Labor Department said. "All survey and other program operations will cease and the
public website will not be updated," Erica L. Groshen, commissioner of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, said in a Sept. 10 memo that is part of the
department's contingency plan for a shutdown.
The Editor says...
You can bet that if the unemployment numbers were really good, they would find a way to publish them.
Even Understand the EPA's New Rules for Coal Plants? Lachlan Markay put together this map of where the country's major coal mines are, and
where the EPA's "listening sessions" about the rules new were held. As you'll notice, the sites of the mines and the "listening sessions" weren't
near each other. If you wanted to ensure that no one who actually works in mining weighed in at these "listening sessions," this is pretty much how
you would do it.
Obama and Joe Biden on Washington walkabout during shutdown. Barack Obama strolled out of the White House in an unusual walkabout with Joe Biden,
declaring "nobody is winning" from the US government shutdown. The photo-op was a clear attempt to clean up after a White House misstep in which a senior
aide was quoted as saying the administration did not care how long the shutdown lasts because it feels it is beating up on Republicans.
What a coincidence: Single ObamaCare
success story is [an] OFA volunteer. Allahpundit told the story yesterday about how our intrepid national media searched high and low in this
nation of 330 million people to find someone, anyone who could figure out how to actually buy coverage through the ObamaCare exchanges. After
putting out an SOS, the Washington Post finally found Chad Henderson, and so did the Wall Street Journal, Chattanooga Times/Free Press, the Huffington Post,
and even "POLITICO!", as Henderson himself announced later yesterday [10/3/2013].
ATF tries to block Fast and
Furious whistle-blower from publishing book. The ATF agent who blew the whistle on Operation Fast and Furious has been denied permission to write
a book on the botched anti-gun trafficking sting "because it would have a negative impact on morale," according to the very agency responsible for the scandal.
After first trying to stop the operation internally, ATF Agent John Dodson went to Congress and eventually the media following the death of Border Patrol Agent
Brian Terry in December 2010.
Why Now? U.S. Nabs Top Al-Qaeda Suspect Known for Years.
This past weekend, U.S. Delta forces converged on a man parking his car in broad daylight in the middle of Tripoli, Libya and nabbed a senior al-Qaeda operative who went by
the nom du guerre Abu Anas al-Libi. [...] Why al-Libi hadn't been put away much earlier by either the U.S. or our British allies takes this story deep into international
intrigue and a long history of Western intelligence associations with known al-Qa'eda jihadis.
Establishment Conservative Journalists Meet Off-the-Record with
Obama at White House. This is hardly the first time Obama has held select, politically-motivated off-the-record sessions. [...] Obama's cozy relationship
with select members of the press has created abiding unhappiness among many members of the press corps, who feel that the president has created a stratified system with
favored and unfavored journalists.
Fascism: Reporters Living in Fear of Obama Administration.
We still have no answers why the Obama "Justice" Department targeted James Rosen of Fox News or tapped the phone lines of the Associated Press. And clearly
the media is too afraid to speak up. [...] If the media had any dignity they'd boycott this administration and skip the daily Jay Carney briefings.
Clings To Climate Change Science That Now Looks Very Wrong. Flying under the media radar largely due to the ongoing Syrian crisis and other news, President
Obama has in the past two weeks signed three multinational climate agreements aimed at limiting greenhouse gasses [sic] and dealing with rising sea levels.
Meanwhile, elsewhere around the world, other countries are backing away from climate commitments.
The Editor says...
Maybe that's why there was a "Syrian crisis." It allowed Obama to get some things done without news media attention.
Media's Off-the-Record Meetings
with the President Really Need to Stop. Earlier this year, President Obama privately sat down with the primetime lineup of MSNBC to talk about selling
his tax plan to the American people. Those journalists, or pundits, or hosts, or personalities, or however [...] we define those who host cable news shows
these days, weren't there for an interview, they were there for instructions.
Report: Obama Brings Chilling Effect on Journalism.
The U.S. government's aggressive prosecution of leaks and efforts to control information are having a chilling effect on journalists and government whistle-blowers, according
to a report released Thursday [10/10/2013] on U.S. press freedoms under the Obama administration.
Here's One Thing the Shutdown Has Not Shut
Down. The president's personal videographer is still at work at the White House, apparently classified as essential staff. [...] In
the old days, there would be some outrage about the White House's releasing heavily edited in-house video of events to which the real press corps
has been denied access. But those were the old days.
operation is the true assault on the press. The press has been marginalized as a source of hard news not just by the aggressive leaks, but
by Obama's alternative, completely controlled news operation. The press needs the bones of information thrown them by Obama, much more than Obama
needs the press.
Under Obama, Journalism Is an Inside Game.
Yesterday the Committee to Protect Journalism released a report on the Obama administration and the press. [...] One of the more disturbing points this report
raises is that while the name of the game might be "free and open," there is nevertheless a large quantity of officially sanctioned communication only.
Journalists: Obama the Worst Since Nixon. The Obama administration's
hostility toward media and efforts to crack down on whistleblowers and leakers has created "a tremendous chilling effect" on substantive reporting, the Committee
to Protect Journalists and veteran reporters said Thursday [10/17/2013]. The CPJ issued last week a scathing report, written by former Washington Post
executive editor Leonard Downie, Jr., on the effects of the Obama administration's efforts to control press coverage, burnish its image, and thwart
The Editor says...
There are those who say the fainting episode was scripted, and was an attempt to inject an emotional element and spice up an otherwise mundane and predictable
speech. Accusations of that sort would be quickly dismissed were it not for Mr. Obama's long history of manipulating the news media, and a lifetime of
The high cost of ObamaCare deception. President Obama's Rose Garden
press conference on the ObamaCare disaster featured a group of 13 human props, lined up on stage behind him to put a face on the alleged virtues of his health care
scheme. It turns out none of them had actually purchased an ObamaCare insurance plan, and only three of them had even completed the application process.
What a perfect summary of the disastrous incompetence and fundamental dishonesty of Barack Obama's "signature achievement!"
Emails: White House,
State Department coordinated with journalist on national security leaks. White House and State Department officials cooperated extensively on background
with a New York Times journalist during the period that he broke confidential national security information in a series of leaks that prompted outrage from lawmakers,
according to unearthed 2011 and 2012 emails. The nonprofit organization Freedom Watch, which obtained the internal State Department emails through a Freedom of
Information Act request, believes that the Obama administration carried out the leaks to bolster a tough image for itself on Iran.
Feds ask Blue Cross
Blue Shield in North Dakota not to release exchange numbers. During a Monday forum in Fargo for people interested in signing up for coverage via the
exchange, James Nichol of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota told the crowd his company received the request from the federal government earlier Monday.
Nichol is a consumer sales manager for the company. Still, a spokeswoman from Blue Cross Blue Shield says about 14 North Dakotans have signed up
for coverage since the federal exchange went live Oct. 1. That brings total statewide enrollment to 20 — less than one a day.
Operator Fired After Taking Call From Hannity. On the top of Thursday's broadcast of his radio show, Sean Hannity revealed Earline Davis, the
Obamacare operator he called early in his Monday show, got fired. Hannity quizzed her on how well the law is being received by applicants and she
revealed no one liked it. Hannity had Davis on his show today and revealed he will give her a year's salary of $26,000 and help her find a new job.
Obamacare Hotline Operator Fired, But Sebelius Still Has a Job? Sean Hannity appeared on Fox & Friends Friday morning to
discuss his pledge to help former Obamacare hotline operator Earline Davis because she was fired as a result of taking the radio host's
call on Monday afternoon [10/21/2013]. Recounting the story of how Davis was fired one day after that fateful phone call, Hannity
lamented that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is still gainfully employed.
Beckel: WH 'Bludgeoned' Me For
Suggesting Obamacare Delay. Bob Beckel, a liberal co-host of Fox News' The Five, said he received an angry phone call from the White House
after suggesting on the air that the administration enact a six-month to one-year delay of Obamacare's individual mandate due to the problems afflicting the
Anchor: Obama Administration Threatens Journalists Who Make Obama Look Bad. Carol Costello says, the Obama Administration hates to get
embarrassed and looks for ways to exert its influence to get reporters fired for actually doing their job! During last night's CNN broadcast, Mrs.
Costello admitted Barack Obama's media team has immense influence with mainstream news agencies. She says if you make Obama look bad, you could lose
Obama tells insurance
companies to shut up, if they know what's good for them. More thug tactics from a White House that is no stranger to them, as CNN reports
insurance companies have been warned to dummy up about the ObamaCare disaster if they know what's good for them. "What is going on is a
behind-the-scenes attempt by the White House to at least keep insurers from publicly criticizing what is happening on this Affordable Care Act
rollout," reports Andrew Griffin of CNN. "Basically, if you speak out, if you are quoted, you're going to get a call from the White House,
pressure to be quiet."
The Editor asks...
What does "pressure to be quiet" sound like?
AP editors: Obama relies on staged propaganda
photos. Editors of The Associated Press condemned the White House's refusal to give photojournalists real access to President Obama, who
prefers to circulate press release-style pictures taken by his own paid photographers. These official photographs are little more than propaganda,
according to AP director of photography Santiago Lyon. The AP has only been permitted to photograph the president alone in the Oval Office on two
occasions — both in his first term — and has never been allowed to photograph the president with his staff in the office.
The Obama Facade Cracks at Last. Only
now — five years into his presidency — are we seeing some cracks in the protective shield surrounding President Obama,
and then only after the abuse of reporters' privacy has been threatened. Mainstream journalists have not scrutinized his controversial
policies, nor have they held him accountable for questionable actions that have caused outrage among fair-minded critics and produced
irreparable harm to the nation. Some facts are irrefutable, but the president has, by and large, deflected all blame and few in
the media have dared question his policies and actions.
In political messaging wars, White House deploys a Twitter
army. Besieged by unflattering stories about the launch of President Barack Obama's healthcare program, the White House saw a news report that it
wanted to swiftly knock down. [...] White House officials quickly began firing off a barrage of tweets on Twitter, which has become one of the administration's
most potent and relied-upon weapons in trying to shape public opinion and media reports.
Pro-Obamacare team trains reporters on covering Obamacare website problems.
Reporters with the Society of American Business Editors and Writers received "training" on how to cover Obamacare's rollout from a policy expert who
works with President Obama's former health information technology adviser. The Commonwealth Fund's Sara Collins claimed during the training that
healthcare.gov's chronic dysfunctionality does not signify "deeper issues" with the law.
Group Tied to Obamacare 'Trains'
Journalists on how to Spin Obamacare's failures. Every dictator knows that if you want to stay in power, you absolutely must control
the media. Having a robust, honest, independent media is an important aspect of maintaining a government accountable to the people.
However, the Obama Regime has worked very hard over the years to gain a stranglehold on the media and it shows.
The U.S. is in crisis, not
the White House. Consider the non-apology apology about the Affordable Care Act that Barack Obama made earlier this week. Remember
the misleading information about Benghazi which is well over a year old and still unresolved. Think about the proposition that "al Qaeda is dead
and General Motors is alive." Or how about "If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. Period!" There are dozens more
Obamaisms, but these are representative. What if, cynically but hypothetically, the so-called "crisis in the White House" is a manufactured
talking point to divert attention from real issues which are far more subversive?
Networks Decry Obama White House's 'Troubling Precedent' on Press Access. On Thursday, CBS's Sharyl Attkisson reported on Twitter that the
White House Correspondents Association, along with "dozens of associations & media outlets", sent a letter of protest to White House Press Secretary Jay
Carney. Attkisson outlined in subsequent Tweets that the letter blasted the Obama administration for restricting the access of photojournalists at certain
presidential events, "while releasing government photos and videos of the same events".
Obama's Image Machine:
Monopolistic Propaganda Funded by You. Obama's image-makers are taking advantage of new technologies that democratized the media, subverting
independent news organizations that hold the president accountable. A generation ago, a few mainstream media organizations held a monopoly on public
information about the White House. Today, the White House itself is behaving monopolistic.
White House photogs seek more
access. Nearly 40 news outlets and organizations signed a letter Thursday [11/21/2013] urging the White House to relax its restrictions
on news photographers when covering the president. The group, including major wire services and TV networks, said the White House is replacing
"photojournalism with visual press releases" by barring photographers from certain meetings at the White House, then releasing its own photos of the
events through social media.
White House blocks access to Obama events, news
groups say. The nation's largest news organizations lodged a complaint Thursday [11/21/2013] against the White House for imposing
unprecedented limitations on photojournalists covering President Barack Obama, which they say have harmed the public's ability to monitor its own
government. The organizations accuse the White House of banning photojournalists from covering Obama at some events, and then later releasing
its own photos and videos of the same events.
Juan Williams Describes
Journos' Meeting With Obama: White House in 'Full Fight Mode'. "I met with other senior officials at the White House, I can tell you
they are in full fight mode over the Affordable Healthcare Act right now," Williams said. "What you hear from these senior officials is they're
concerned about what happened with insurance companies; they wish the insurance companies hadn't sent out the cancellation notices; and if they had,
that they had simply call them renewals. They feel as if they had a major systems failure, a major management failure, and they're trying to
get back on track."
The Editor says...
Juan Williams seems to be very careful not to utter the term Obamacare, probably because the new law and Obama are dragging
each other down. Mr. Williams evidently recognizes the importance of carefully selecting words: He believes that if the
government calls a perfectly good insurance policy "substandard," and the insurance companies call a cancellation a "renewal," the
unfortunate person on the receiving end would be happier about it, and would not blame Barack H. Obama. President
Obama himself says he wants to rebrand and remarket Obamacare. As usual, he is taking the wrong approach. Solutions
to major problems — especially those that have been caused by big government — require more than semantics.
Photographers Protest White House
Restriction. A mutiny has erupted among photographers who cover President Obama over what they say is the White House's increasing
practice of excluding them from events involving the president and then releasing its own photos or video. On Thursday, the White House
Correspondents' Association and 37 news organizations submitted a letter to the press secretary, Jay Carney, protesting what photographers said
amounted to the establishment of the White House's own Soviet-style news service, which gets privileged access to Mr. Obama at the expense of
journalists who cover the president.
The Obama Administration and the
Press. U.S. President Barack Obama came into office pledging open government, but he has fallen short of his promise.
Journalists and transparency advocates say the White House curbs routine disclosure of information and deploys its own media to evade
scrutiny by the press. Aggressive prosecution of leakers of classified information and broad electronic surveillance programs deter
government sources from speaking to journalists. [...] "This is the most closed, control freak administration I've ever covered," said
David E. Sanger, veteran chief Washington correspondent of The New York Times.
Newsroom Protests Against White House Spread.
USA Today on Monday [11/25/2013] joined a growing list of news agencies boycotting the use of official White House photography over
what it says is an unprecedented lack of access to the president. USA Today Deputy Director of Multimedia Andrew Scott said in a
memo to staff the publication will not use "handout photos originating from the White House Press Office, except in very extraordinary
circumstances." USA Today is now one of more than 35 news agencies refusing to use White House photography.
photo policy smacks of propaganda. The White House has increasingly excluded news photographers from Obama's official events
and is instead releasing images taken by in-house photographers, who are government employees. These photos often appear online and
in newspapers, even though they lack the same standards of authenticity that govern those taken by photojournalists.
Wrote 'Tea Baggers' in Handwritten Letter. According to a report in The New York Post, President Barack Obama allegedly
responded to a letter he received from a Texas school teacher who was concerned about the negative impact the Affordable Care Act may
have on the president's political position by referring to conservative Americans as "tea baggers." "This bill has caused such a
divisive, derisive and toxic environment," wrote Thomas Ritter, a fifth-grade teacher at Sally B. Elliott Elementary in Irving,
Texas. "The reality is that any citizen that disagrees with your administration is targeted and ridiculed."
McClatchy, USA Today Refuse to
Publish White House Photos. It only took five years for the American media to get tired of President Obama's spoon-fed propaganda —
well, at least one aspect of it. Earlier this month, 38 news organizations, including the Associated Press, ABC News, The Washington
Post, and Reuters demanded more photojournalist access to the president. The White House responded with what one reporter described as a
middle finger. Now some news organizations are responding by formalizing policies not to publish White House-distributed photographs.
Reporter Bob Franken Blasts
Obama on MSNBC: 'Most Hostile' to Press 'in U.S. History'. The segment began with Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank observing
that a number of photojournalists have protested this White House's decision to block photographers from independent media outlets from getting the best
shots in favor of White House-approved photographers. He noted that this practice can be construed as an effort to attempt to manipulate public
opinion. "Let's use the 'P' word here: it's propaganda," said syndicated columnist and former White House reporter Bob Franken.
"Every administration tries to manipulate the press, but this is the most hostile to the media that has been in United States history."
Obama's Picture-Perfect Propaganda. It
might seem like another day in Tea Party Land when a conservative columnist accuses President Barack Obama's White House of "airbrushing history" like
the Stalin-era Soviet Union. But the columnist isn't a conservative. It's Dana Milbank of the liberal Washington Post complaining about
what's happened to White House news photographers. He's not alone. A New York Times photographer has publicly compared Team Obama to the
Soviet Tass news agency.
90 Minutes with Reporters on Air Force One, Obama Avoids Them. There's nothing like a communal flight with the current
president of the United States and his predecessor to make the press miss the days of a communicative commander in chief. [...] The
Obamas have stayed in their cabin for the flight, according to the White House pool report from the refueling stop in Senegal, while
President Bush came to the press cabin twice for a total of about an hour and a half.
Obama's Orwellian Image Control. Mr. Obama's
administration — in hypocritical defiance of the principles of openness and transparency he campaigned on — has systematically
tried to bypass the media by releasing a sanitized visual record of his activities through official photographs and videos, at the expense of independent
journalistic access. The White House-based press corps was prohibited from photographing Mr. Obama on his first day at work in January 2009.
Instead, a set of carefully vetted images was released. Since then the press has been allowed to photograph him alone in the Oval Office only
twice: in 2009 and in 2010, both times when he was speaking on the phone.
This is how Mr. Obama pretends to be accessible: Steve Harvey Interviews Obama, Avoids Politics.
Steve Harvey got the chance for a one-on-one interview the President of the United States this week, a rare opportunity for a journalist let alone a comedian.
Harvey made one item clear up front about his exclusive chat — he didn't ask President Barack Obama any political questions.
10 Forms of 2013 Media Malpractice. [#10] Sit on important
information if doing so helps the administration. In November, the AP's Julie Pace reveled in the fact that she and her
employer knew of secret negotiations between the U.S. and Iran a full eight months before they were publicly disclosed.
The wire service's claim that doing so involved doing the Obama administration no favors blew up in its face when another news
organization acknowledged that it and AP "were asked to not publish til end of Iran talks."
Reporters Hit a White House Stone Wall.
All administrations have sought to control the information — the message — that reaches the public, but the Obama
administration has gone to greater lengths than previous ones. In particular, its public affairs offices (PAOs) have become obstacles
to press access. Writing in the Dec 17 edition of Editor & Publisher, the newspaper trade magazine, Jim Dickinson said, "Over
two hours at the National Press Club a few months ago, the truth finally hit me. Journalism has done it to itself, the 'it' being
the surrender of our First Amendment-protected responsibility to tell the people what their government is really, actually doing — as
opposed to what the government tells us it wants the people to know."
Scott Walker: Unemployment
benefits, minimum wage push because Obama 'desperately' wants to avoid Obamacare. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker dismissed the White
House's push to extend emergency unemployment benefits and raise the minimum wage Sunday morning, criticizing Democrats' all-out push for
legislation as an effort to distract from the recent problems with the new health care law. "They want to desperately talk about anything other
than Obamacare," said Walker, a conservative Republican being mentioned as a potential 2016 presidential candidate, said on CNN's "State of the Union."
'Obama Administration Tried Very Hard to Discourage Fox News From Reporting Benghazi'. For well over a year, NewsBusters has
been reporting how the Obama-loving media have done everything in their power to not only avoid covering the details surrounding the
September 11, 2012, attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya, but also assist the Administration in promoting its version of events.
On Thursday, Greta Van Susteren wrote at her blog, "After Benghazi on 9/11/2012, the Obama administration tried very hard to discourage Fox News
Channel from reporting on it. The effort was obstruction — pure and simple."
Strategy — How Barack Obama is Playing America. Hitler's Propaganda Minister, Goebbels, affirmed:
"the principle that when one lies, one should lie big, and stick to it. ... It is the absolute right of the state to supervise
the formation of public opinion." Does mainstream media's "love affair" with this administration possibly fit this narrative?
Mainstream media goes whichever the wind blows in supporting or protecting the administration.
Networks To Manipulate Climate Coverage Like BBC. The mainstream media, long a house organ for Democrats, are about to
come under pressure by Senate Democrats led by Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, who are gathering signatures
from colleagues on a letter to the networks telling them they're ignoring global warming, according to a report in the National
Journal. They are seeking to impose sort of a climate change "fairness doctrine" designed to ignore inconvenient truths about
climate researchers getting stuck in Antarctic ice that was supposed to have melted in favor of the gospel according to Al Gore.
Colorado firestorm: Administration bars scribes
from public meeting. The Obama administration's testy relationship with the press is nothing new for Washington, but it's now extended
to Colorado and has touched off a firestorm after Interior Department officials booted local reporters from a public meeting earlier this week.
Journalists with Colorado's Craig Daily Press and at least two other media outlets were barred from a Tuesday question-and-answer session with Interior
Secretary Sally Jewell, despite the fact that members of the public were allowed to attend.
Holder: New media guidelines in
weeks. New guidelines on how the Justice Department can monitor the media will be published in the next coming weeks, Attorney
General Eric Holder said at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday [1/29/2014]. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who has been
an advocate for media protections, noted that it has been more than six months since a report was given to President Barack Obama with proposed
changes to the Department guidelines on criminal investigations that involve the news media.
security reporting 'effectively being criminalized' under Obama. New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson said Thursday [1/30/2014]
that national security reporting is "effectively being criminalized" under President Obama, citing his administration's aggressive pursuit of
whistleblowers. Speaking on a panel at Columbia University, Abramson said the crackdown "has had a profound effect on journalists who
cover national security."
The FCC Plan To
Police The Newsrooms. The FCC has cooked up a plan to place "researchers" in U.S. newsrooms, supposedly to learn all about how
editorial decisions are made. Any questions as to why the U.S. is falling in the free press rankings?
Obama's clever campaign to constrict
the flow of criticism. [The MSM] has done much to earn widespread public distrust. This stems from the inherent institutional and individual
arrogance of its long-time monopoly over the information flow through broadcast networks and large daily newspapers. And from its laser focus on conflict
as "news" and its do-good social agendas that instinctively turn to government intervention instead of far more effective individual responsibility and
action. The traditional media's disconnection from its audience became even more starkly visible with the Internet's welcome explosion of information
sources, many of them responsible.
Man-given rights and government gone
wild. Our formerly constitutional government, in the form of the Federal Communications Commission, has developed a plan to put observers
in the nation's newsrooms in order to better understand "the process by which stories are selected." Of course, they won't just "understand" the
process; they will most assuredly and dangerously alter it, merely by the implied threat of their presence in the formerly sacrosanct newsroom.
Just ask anyone who ever worked for a newspaper in Soviet Russia or Hitler's Germany or even Chavez's Venezuela.
Turn To Oppression To Hold On To Power. The Federal Communications Commission just floated a trial balloon about going out to radio and
television stations to evaluate reporters on how they cover the news. There was a time when journalists' response to a government inquiry into how
they did their job would be "Go to hell, you goose-stepping bureaucratic flunky." Not anymore. Now, their response is slavish submission to
their progressive governmental dominatrix. When supposedly independent, iconoclastic liberal journalists let themselves to be dominated by the feds,
their safeword is "Hillary." Liberalism has to muzzle the truth because it operates on lies. It is built on lies, fueled by lies, and creates
an empire of lies.
Obama Crackdown on Press Freedom
Escalates. Last week, Reporters Without Borders dropped America in the World Press Freedom Index 2014 from 33rd to 46th.
James Risen of The New York Times rightly explained, "I think 2013 will go down in history as the worst year for press freedom in the
United States' modern history." And he's right. The violation of press freedoms has been egregious under this administration,
even as the press fetes President Obama as an honest and effective commander-in-chief.
Is Obama trying to kill a free press?
The FCC is launching a new study, taking upon itself the task of deciding what news the public "needs" to hear, versus the news the public wants
to hear. The agency will conduct a "General Population Survey" that will "measure community members' actual and perceived critical information
needs." Got that? What you think (perceive) you need to know is different from what the government says you need to know.
Next, the FCC will send monitors to newsrooms across the country who will ask questions regarding the "philosophy" of the newsroom, inquire about
possible conflicts between reporters and their bosses, and even determine how much influence each individual has in deciding what to report.
Is Hollywood Plotting
ObamaCare's Next Move? Look out super heroes and villains, ObamaCare might be stealing the next plot line in upcoming blockbuster
films. Screen writers in New York City gathered Tuesday night [2/18/2014] to learn more about President Obama's health-care reform
act in a forum hosted by the Writers Guild of America, East. The WGA is a labor union representing thousands of screenwriters for
television and film, as well as online media.
Don't believe mainstream
media mistruths about firearms research. Being against government funding of research is not the same as being against "science."
It is simply not credible to believe that the Obama administration can keep politics out the grant giving process. It isn't just academics who
will be subsidized, but academics who agree with the Obama administration.
The Media: Obama's
Keeper. No longer can Obama charm a nation with empty words, he has shown that he is simply unable
to put politics aside. With his signature legislation crashing and burning like the Hindenburg, and
his poll numbers crumbling faster than the Chicago Cubs in June, he is once again diverting our attention by
bombarding the news cycle with empty programs and longwinded speeches. Deploying the same smoke and mirror
tactics that he's been using since he began his career agitating communities long ago. This weak and feckless
president has decided to try and sell us on this Brother's Keeper program while he ignores more pressing items on
scrubs Obama's botched 'respect' misspelling. The White House stenographer appears to have given President Obama a
little too much "respect." Introducing soul legend Aretha Franklin at a White House performance Thursday night, the president
flubbed the spelling of her signature song. "When Aretha first told us what R-S-P-E-C-T meant to her..." Obama said, prompting
laughter from the crowd. [...] But anyone reading the official transcript of the event provided by the White House would have had
no idea of the president's mistake. In that version, the president correctly spells out the word.
R-S-P-E-C-T: Find out what it
means for Obama. The president evoked laughter in the East Room when he spelled Miss Franklin's song, "R-S-P-E-C-T."
To make matters worse, in the song itself, the Queen of Soul belts out the correct spelling. Three pool reporters at the event
heard the president misspell the word, and verified it on audio recordings. But the White House's official transcript of the
event portrayed Mr. Obama as spelling the word correctly.
pressure': Former ThinkProgress writer describes White House 'censorship'. Zaid Jilani, a former blogger with the left-wing think
tank Center for American Progress, explained this week how the Obama administration frequently tries to censor the progressive organization's
content when it departs from the White House's agenda. Jiliani was reacting to two on-air protests by journalists opposed to Russia's
invasion of southern Ukraine. The two worked for Russia Today (RT) — an English-speaking media outlet funded directly by
Moscow — and felt their bosses were trying to censor their opinions.
2014 Strategy: Obama's Top 5
Distractions. With Democratic 2014 Senate and House hopes receding faster than the rise of the tides under President
Obama, the Obama administration and Democratic Party have decided to resort to their favorite page in the political playbook:
distraction and misdirection. [...] [I]f our brains are occupied with worries about the war on women, for example, we're less likely
to be thinking about the horrors of Obamacare.
out, what's settled on global warming is Americans' disbelief in Obama. As part of his desperate political plot to distract
the country with something — anything — other than ObamaCare's debacle, Benghazi, the IRS, NSA or his tardy, empty
Ukraine policies, Barack Obama has been talking a lot about global warming. Forget about the Nov. 4 midterm election, folks.
The world is burning up. A crisis not to be wasted. Obama calls it climate change before his audiences because after this
endless winter of polar vortexes and record snowfalls and ice cover, the word 'warming' draws applause or chuckles, not his desired
Obama's China trip looks more like vacation than official business as she shuts out reporters. First lady
Michelle Obama will not take questions from reporters or give interviews during her tour of China that begins today [3/19/2014],
and members of the press corps who usually follows the first family everywhere can't travel with her entourage. And
although she will make a few speeches with reporters in the room, the picture is largely one of an expensive, taxpayer-funded
tourism exercise for Mrs. Obama, her two daughters, and her mother — not the official trip the White House has projected.
No Reporters on Michelle
Obama's Trip to China. First Lady Michelle Obama will be accompanied by her children and her mother on her trip
to China, which begins today. But she won't be accompanied by the press. "Michelle Obama's trip to China starting
on Wednesday will be nonpolitical, the White House says, a 'people-to-people exchange' emphasizing the importance that both
nations place on education. As if to underscore the point, no reporters are traveling with the first lady, and she
does not plan to give interviews while there," reports the New York Times.
Michelle Obama's press office is no cake walk. Earlier this week, Dylan Byers, the media writer for Politico,
detailed his dealings that day with Michelle Obama's press office and just how difficult it was to get his question answered.
"It's absolutely terrible," he wrote me by email. The information Byers sought involved a NYT report that
no reporters would be accompanying the first lady on her trip to China. NYT's Nick Kristoff said the
call was a bad one. Byers wanted to know why the decision was made in the first place. "A spokesperson
for the First Lady responded to my inquiry but declared the response 'off the record,' meaning I wasn't allowed to
use the information therein," he wrote in a post.
photographer hits White House: 'Once we lose access, we'll never get it back'. The Associated Press has
stepped up its attack on White House efforts to block coverage of events involving President Obama, warning that once
access is cut, "we'll never get it back." In the latest media charge that the White House has reneged on promises to be
"transparent," two of AP's White House staff told a convention in Denver this week that the president's team often bars
coverage of Obama events because they are "hypersensitive" about his image.
banned as first lady touts free speech. First lady Michelle Obama told students that freedom of speech
should be a universal right during her extravagant, no-press-allowed tour of China — a hypocritical move
that will surely draw the ire of critics, according to an expert. "That is troublesome. That goes beyond
hypocritical, and I think the American media and the international media has every right to call her and the Obama
administration on that — that they permitted that to happen," said Tom Whalen, a political history professor
at Boston University. [...] The first lady stopped at Peking University in Beijing yesterday [3/22/2014] during a
weeklong trip that was billed as cultural rather than political.
Now Partnering With Amateur 'iReporters' on First Lady's China Trip. The professional
press corps has been frozen out of Michelle Obama's swing through China. But the White House has
partnered with CNN to bring in amateurs. Katie Hawkins-Gaar, a CNN editor, coordinated the effort to
solicit and accumulate submissions from "iReporters" interested in asking questions about the "importance
of students learning from one another's cultures," Mrs. Obama's stated emphasis for this trip.
Taps Local TV Anchors to Send ACA Message. It began during the weekend with a surprise email from the
White House: Six local TV anchors and camera crews from around the country discovered they'd been invited to
interview President Obama on Wednesday, and receive VIP briefings from top Obama advisers. They had not requested
the interviews. But Obama wanted to spend four minutes with each reporting team to discuss the minimum wage and
the March 31 deadline for Affordable Care Act enrollment. [...] On a rainy day in Washington, the TV crews from
Boston, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Dallas, Phoenix and San Diego earned red-carpet treatment from the president's aides
and top advisers.
Held to 4 Minutes With President By Countdown Clock, Looming Aide, and Standing Up. According to a local
CBS Arizona affiliate, President Obama and his team have 3 tactics to make sure reporters stick to the 4 minutes
the White House has allotted them to interview the leader of the world: a countdown clock, a looming aide, and they
have to conduct the interview with the president while standing up. One CBS anchor called the measures "a
Times Reporter: Obama WH 'Greatest Enemy of Press Freedom' Today. New York Times reporter
James Risen has been in a years-long legal battle against the government to reveal one of his confidential
sources, even petitioning the Supreme Court to hear his case. He's been very critical of President
Obama's administration for its "aggressive use of the powers of the government to try to rein in independent
national security reporting," and in a recent journalism forum, Risen took another shot at the White House
for being an enemy of press freedom.
Reporter: Obama [is the] 'Greatest Enemy To Press Freedom In A Generation'. [James]
Risen's troubles stem from the 2006 publication of his book "State of War," which included
classified information about a failed CIA plot against Iran's nuclear program. In 2008, George W.
Bush's Department of Justice subpoenaed Risen to reveal the source of the classified information.
Citing his role as a journalist, Risen refused to comply, fighting the subpoena until it expired in
2009. But the Obama administration renewed the subpoena in 2010.
Risen: Obama hates the press. New York Times reporter James Risen said Sunday [10/5/2014] that
none of the current leak investigations would be happening if President Barack Obama did not hate the media
so much, the Morning Sentinel of Maine reports. "I don't think any of this would be happening under the
Obama administration if Obama didn't want to do it," Risen said at Colby College in Maine after he received the
Elijah Parish Lovejoy award for journalism. "I think Obama hates the press. I think he doesn't like
the press and he hates leaks." Risen could face jail time for refusing to reveal his sources about a failed
CIA operation, though Attorney General Eric Holder and Obama have indicated Risen will not go to jail.
General Won't Force New York Times Reporter to Reveal Source. Attorney General Eric Holder has
decided against forcing a reporter for the New York Times to reveal the identity of a confidential source,
according to a senior Justice Department official. The reporter, James Risen, has been battling for
years to stop prosecutors from forcing him to name his source for a book that revealed a CIA effort to
sabotage Iran's nuclear weapons program. The government wanted Risen's testimony in the trial of
a former CIA official, Jeffrey Sterling, accused of leaking classified information.
Risen, in Tense Testimony, Refuses to Offer Clues on Sources. James Risen, a reporter
for The New York Times, took the witness stand in federal court on Monday and refused to answer any
questions that could help the Justice Department home in on his confidential sources. In tense,
sometimes confrontational testimony, Mr. Risen declared in the pretrial hearing that he would not say
anything that could help prosecutors in their case against a former C.I.A. officer who is set to go on
trial soon on charges of providing classified information to Mr. Risen for his 2006 book "State of War."
Journalist James Risen Rips Holder: He's Sent a Message to Dictators That It's Okay To Jail
Journalists. New York Times investigative reporter James Risen has been
embroiled in an ugly court battle with the Department of Justice for years (including prior to the
Obama administration). DOJ and Attorney General Eric Holder have been fighting with the power of the
federal government to get him thrown in jail and have gone to extensive lengths to find out who his sources
are. Yesterday [2/17/2015], Holder attended a free press event at the National Press Club in
Washington D.C. where he claimed to know the importance of a free press in a properly functioning democracy
and that the administration has gone easy on whistleblowers and leakers. The opposite is true.
The Editor says...
That doesn't do much for Obama's claim of the most open and transparent administration in history.
A Whole Lotta Democratic Corruption
Going On. Has Nancy Pelosi seen a newspaper lately? (Pro tip, hon: Like the Obamacare
monstrosity, you have to read it to find out what's in it.) I'd love to see her face in the wake of
the veritable epidemic of Democratic corruption now sweeping the country. Pelosi's blink count must
be off the charts. I'm going to make it easy on Pelosi and put all of the latest cases in one handy
rogue's gallery reference list. But let's not be naive. It's clear to me that the Barack Obama/Eric
Holder DOJ is clearing the decks before the midterms. Prediction: The FBI's GOP corruption shoe
will drop right before the elections for maximum distraction and damage.
Obama is the coming Revolution.
At this stage of the Fundamental Transformation of America, the wake up call should be glaringly obvious.
The administration controls the 'news'. They control the narrative. They call the shots. They
do the branding and the smearing with the name-calling they intend to make stick. While various agencies
under the control of the administration paint patriots as dissidents, the EPA, their lead agency for change, has
been using Americans — including children — as lab rats. [...] There are 435 congressman
and 100 senators in Washington, DC but not one of them has exposed the deadly secret of the modern-day EPA.
And it is not just the EPA that Congress has been allowing to get by in the dark. The news is managed the
minute it happens — and often even before.
may or may not have met enrollment goal by that fake deadline. The Obama administration today
will tout impressive enrollment numbers for ObamaCare with the confident precision that can only come from
the knowledge that no one else is counting. No one else can count the numbers.
Because the Obama administration controls access to all the numbers. It's probably a coincidence, but
that is exactly the way votes are counted by the Chicago Democratic machine. And if the Obama crowd is
strutting for the media over enrollment numbers, Americans aren't hearing more about his growing list of
foreign policy embarrassments.
This Is Probably
The LAST Award The Obama White House Wanted To Win. The Obama administration has won an award named after
America's third president, Thomas Jefferson. That's the "good" news. The bad news? The award is the
"Jefferson Muzzle," which the administration won for spying on the news media and limiting journalists' access to
Obama. The "coveted" awards announced Wednesday by the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free
Expression are presented to people and institutions that engage in the most egregious affronts to the First Amendment.
Attending Eric Holder's Off The Record Meeting With The Media? Attorney General Eric
Holder's planned meeting with mainstream media outlets' Washington bureau chiefs have been stalled
after the Justice Department indicated that the conversations would be off-the-record. The New
York Times' executive editor Jill Abramson was the first to decline the invitation, and shortly
after the AP, CNN, CBS News and The Huffington Post followed suit. With much of the debate over
the DOJ's subpoena guidelines revolving around reporter James Rosen, Fox News clearly has a vested
interest in the outcome of the meeting.
accuse Obama of deception, demagoguery just to get attention. Prominent Washington correspondents
are accusing President Obama and his aides of knowingly stretching the truth on issues like the so-called women's
pay gap just to create controversy and keep issues — and the president — relevant.
Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus kicked off the attack last week when she blasted as "demagoguery" the
administration's tactics during the pay gap debate. "The level of hyperbole — actually, of
demagoguery — that Democrats have engaged in here is revolting," she wrote.
White House looking for new ways to penetrate polarized media. Not
only do cable news networks and editorial pages offer markedly different takes on the news, but Americans also are increasingly
guided toward like-minded material through the algorithms of online searches and social media. [...] This new reality has
prompted the White House to adopt messaging strategies that once might have seemed unusual or even undignified [...]
White House Escalates
Secret Media War Against Israel. Senior Obama administration officials have escalated a secret media war to discredit
Israel in the press, providing highly critical anonymous quotes and negative information about the Jewish state in a bid to blame
it for the recent collapse of peace talks with the Palestinians. Multiple sources in both the United States and Israel
confirmed to the Washington Free Beacon that Middle East envoy Martin Indyk again served as the anonymous source for a
recent interview in the Israeli press that lambasted Israel, blamed it for the failure of peace talks, and predicted that Israel
needs to face another wave of Palestinian terrorism before it will make peace.
Media misdirection and Climate Change.
With the president facing his lowest approval ratings ever despite his victory lap for having coerced over 8 million people
(although that number is likely also a lie) to sign up for expensive health insurance with high deductibles and despite the
media's complicity in trying to portray forcing two million young adults to subsidize their grandparents' healthcare as "success,"
it's time for another pivot. So right on schedule, this week we get the National Climate Assessment, a U.S.-version of the
United Nations' regular fear-mongering IPCC report, full of misdirection, hype, and the occasional outright lie.
Show President: Inside the White House PR Machine. "The White House has effectively
become a broadcast company," says Michael Shaw, publisher of Bagnewsnotes.com, a site dedicated to
the analysis of news images. Shaw explains how strategically composed photos, taken by official
White House photographers, travel from social media sites that are controlled by the administration
to the front pages of newspapers around the world.
House Reporter Sent To Shed During Obama's Golf Game. As President Obama golfed
[5/17/2014] at the fancy Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville, Va., an exclusive course that
has hosted four President's cups, the reporter was put in a maintenance shed. On the way to the
shed, Houston Chronicle's Kevin Diaz first waited in the equipment shack cafeteria (whatever
that means). Later, he was sent to a "maintenance shed" to wait out the President's golf game.
If you owned Babe Ruth's bat, would you let this guy touch it? Obama swings Babe Ruth's bat at Baseball
Hall of Fame. President Obama turned tourist at the Baseball Hall of Fame Thursday [5/22/2014], employing a time-tested strategy of
embracing sports when the going gets tough in politics. Obama cradled Babe Ruth's bat and examined Joe DiMaggio's glove at the
shrine to America's pastime in upstate Cooperstown — while trying to boost his own batting average with the public.
Times Obama Used the Troops for Photo Ops. On Sunday [5/25/2014], President Obama
made a surprise appearance in Afghanistan after sneaking out of the White House on Saturday night.
There, he spoke with Afghan president Hamid Karzai via phone, because Karzai refused to speak with
Obama in person. [...] He was in the country for under four hours. The conspicuous timing of
Obama's visit, directly during the fallout over his administration's mishandling of the Veterans
Administration, has raised some hackles. But this is not the first time that President Obama has
utilized the troops as a photo op.
Scolds Female Reporter Asking About Afghanistan. As President Obama toured the White
House Science Fair, news broke that he would keep 9,800 troops in Afghanistan after the end of the
year even though he signaled that combat operations would end in 2014. After Obama finished
talking to individual students and posing for pictures with the press, White House correspondent
for Real Clear Politics Alexis Simendinger asked him a question about breaking news on the White
House's approach to Syria's civil war as he prepared to exit the room.
Berates Reporter at Science Fair. President Obama berated Real Clear Politics
reporter Alexis Simendinger after she asked him about reports of the U.S. sending trainers to help
the rebels in Syria. [...] "I'm sorry, we're doing a science fair- c'mon, c'mon," Obama responded
before rushing out of the room and avoiding comment on the breaking news.
The Editor says...
Mr. Obama is unable to speak extemporaneously, thus he is embarrassed when he is put on the spot with an unexpected
question. That's because he is incompetent.
His attendance at some trivial event does not absolve him of his responsibilities, and one of those responsibilities
is to be prepared to give an answer to difficult questions.
Carney suddenly quits — but was it timed to 'deflect attention' from resignation of
scandal-hit VA chief? 'He first started talking about it in late April,' the White
House insider said Friday [5/30/2014] after the decision was made final. 'But the president had
the prerogative to pull the trigger when he decided to.' That time ended up being Friday, just
hours after Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned amid a major scandal involving faked
wait-lists and denied medical care in the VA health system. 'To be honest, the move was more
about how to deflect attention away from Eric Shinseki's resignation, and less about giving Jay a
thoughtful send-off,' the White House official said.
The Prisoner Swap Deal.
Soldiers who served in the same unit with him call him a deserter. The key to this deal, however,
is less likely to be what the United States got out of the deal than it is about what Barack Obama
got out of the deal. If nothing else, it instantly got the veterans' hospitals scandals off the
front pages of newspapers and pushed these scandals aside on television news programs. It was a
clear winner for Barack Obama. And that may be all that matters to Barack Obama.
fake followers strongly approve of his performance. What intrigues me about
manufactured credibility is how easy it is. I'm not talking about informal penny-ante
stuff, like your friends jumping on YouTube to write enthusiastic recommendations for your latest
video. I mean industrial-scale efforts to manipulate opinion by using the Internet as a tool to
artificially inflate popularity. There's not much cost involved, and it's very difficult to see
through the illusion. And it's an interesting comment on mass psychology that people are
powerfully swayed by the sense that a large number of "regular folks" approve of something.
At the very least, they find illusory popularity intriguing, and want to know what all the fuss is about.
Media Restricted at Border, Federal Agent Cites Safety Concerns. A remote section of
the U.S.-Mexico border near the Anzalduas International Bridge is one of the few places where media
can witness and record the mass crossings of minors coming from Central America. The U.S. Border
Patrol is now restricting journalists' access to the area citing safety concerns.
a reporter's story hits the White House wall. Lara Logan, Sharyl Attkisson, Judith
Miller — all esteemed investigative reporters. [...] They are all women who are under
attack. Their crime? They dared to follow stories to their natural conclusions, instead of to a
preferred liberal end. None of these women are victims, as they continue to thrive despite liberal
pawns biting at their ankles. Their stories do, however, provide proof of hypocritical partisan
fixation on demonizing these three prize-winning journalists who refuse to conform to political demands.
38 journalism groups slam Obama's 'politically-driven suppression of news'. In
unprecedented criticism of the White House, 38 journalism groups have assailed the president's team
for censoring media coverage, limiting access to top officials and overall "politically-driven
suppression of the news." In a letter to President Obama, the 38, led by the Society of
Professional Journalists, said efforts by government officials to stifle or block coverage has grown
for years and reached a high-point under his administration despite Obama's 2008 campaign promise to
House Strong-Arms Photo Agency to Quash Malia Photos. Malia Obama went to a famous L.A. restaurant Monday
night [7/7/2014] — a restaurant regularly frequented by celebs and paparazzi — and when the White House
found out a photog took her pic, they went into DEFCON 1 to KILL the photo
Obama's Summer Road Trips. A restless President Barack Obama has ventured out on an array of field trips,
stopping at local hotspots when he travels and ambling around Washington, D.C. He's dined on burgers, pizza, barbecue,
ice cream and a Chipotle burrito bowl on recent outings. And last week, he shot pool and drank beer during a stop in
Denver. White House officials say the forays into Americans' everyday lives help re-energize the president and
connect him with average folks.
Obama locks out the press — again. President Barack Obama went to the West
Coast to meet donors from two top Democratic super PACs, but the press wasn't invited. Tuesday
[7/22/2014], the reporters and photographers traveling with the president on Air Force One and in
his motorcade were left on the gravel path not even within sight of former Costco CEO Jim Sinegal's
house in the Seattle suburbs where Obama sat for a Senate Majority PAC fundraiser with a $25,000 entrance fee.
lodges press access complaint over Apollo 11 meeting. The ongoing battle for press
access at the White House continued on Tuesday [7/22/2014] as the White House Correspondents' Association lodged
a formal complaint with press secretary Josh Earnest for limiting coverage of President Barack Obama's meeting
with Apollo 11 astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. CBS News' Major Garrett lodged the complaint
during the press briefing on Tuesday. Only still photographers were allowed into the meeting for a pool spray.
transparent administration ever closes Apollo 11 anniversary event to press. President
Obama met with the surviving members of the moon landing mission Tuesday morning at the White House,
but no press was allowed. [...] Major Garrett of CBS News lodged a formal complaint on behalf of the
White House Correspondents' Association, which yes, sounds rather meek and procedural in the face of
the Obama administration's treatment of the press. But it's nice to see some fight, and such a
complaint draws attention to the White House's opaque standard operating procedure, even on the
fluffiest of stories.
White House Reporters Can Reclaim Their Beat. Paul Farhi of The Washington Post writes
today [7/24/2014] about a trend at the White House — and throughout journalism — that
threatens the quality and credibility of news-gathering: Public-relations "minders" are injecting
themselves into our interviews with politicians, CEOs, and other policymakers. Minder madness joins
the surge of "background briefings" and the decline of access to decision-makers as evidence that the White
House — and other big instititutions — are manipulating the press. It's that, but
it's also something worse: It's evidence that journalists are ceding control when they should be seizing
it, accepting canned news rather than breaking it.
Obama to reporters: 'I'll take a question'. President Barack Obama had just done the
unthinkable. He took questions last week from the White House press corps — not just
once, but twice. He didn't call only on the reporters who were selected ahead of time by his senior
aides. He even stuck around longer than he wanted at a briefing Friday [8/1/2014] to appease the
room of shouting correspondents.
FBI to hire firm to rate 'positive and 'negative' stories about the agency. The FBI is
hiring a contractor to grade news stories about the agency as "positive" "neutral" or "negative,"
but the agency won't say why officials need the information or what they plan to do with it. FBI
officials wouldn't even reveal how they will go about assigning the grades, which were laid out in a
recent contract solicitation. The contract tells potential bidders to "use their judgment" in
scoring news coverage as part of a new "daily news briefing" service the agency is seeking as part
of a contract that could last up to five years.
making fools of the media. When disastrous news emerges, Team Obama does two things:
refuses comment and charges its foes with playing politics. And because the news cycle streams on,
the media jump onto the next shiny thing they see and the disastrous news becomes old news replaced by
new news. There have been dozens of scandals, and most have simply slipped away, replaced by
newer scandals. The Fast and Furious gun-running scheme has never been fully explained, and Congress
was so fed up that it held Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt (another story that
disappeared). There was (and is) Benghazi, Solyndra, the IRS targeting conservative groups, the
"disappeared" hard drive, the Justice Department collecting AP phone logs, "Rosengate," the GSA
scandal, the VA mess, and on and on. None of them has resulted in a firing or even a mild
admission of wrongdoing by the administration.
credited with 'remarkable' act for taking reporters' questions. President Obama
apparently has dug himself so deep into the black hole called White House public relations that the
media world sat up in shock when he told reporters at a press conference: "I'll take a question," he
said. In fact, he took not just one but two questions from reporters during press conferences last
week, Politico reported.
glamorous life of a White House journalist, in 2 photos. According to today's [8/8/2014] White House pool
report, photographers were given a little time to photograph President Obama in the Oval Office — and by a
little, we mean a little. "At 11:18 am, the pool was brought to the windows outside the Oval Office for a
photo spray. It lasted 10 seconds."
really on Martha's Vineyard? Press whines they never see golfing, hiking Obama.
After being snubbed by the active president who didn't show his face to reporters on Friday
[8/22/2014] or Saturday, the press "pool" on Saturday turned to mockery as Obama hit the links —
again. [...] While other presidents have tried to briefly make themselves available to traveling media
photographers during vacations, Obama has gone days without being seen by the press corps pool, a group
formed years ago for death watch duties but also used by the White House as a mini-press corps that
relays information to the larger corps.
jets out of the country without saying a single word about Steven Sotloff. Barack
Obama left for a three-day European swing Tuesday afternoon [9/2/2014] without saying a single word in response
to a terrorist video showing the beheading of Steven Sotloff, the second American journalist to die
that way on camera. The president's departure came amid equally deafening swirls of helicopter
rotors and tough questions about whether and when the U.S. will strike back in a meaningful and
public way against ISIS, the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham.
The Editor says...
Mr. Obama is using the Reagan method: Make sure the helicopter is generating lots of noise, then walk briskly in
its direction and pretend not to hear reporters' questions.
administration pressured Fox News to back off Benghazi reporting. This past Friday [9/5/2014], Greta Van Susteren
reported on numerous ways the Obama administration has made it difficult for reporters to investigate Benghazi. Van Susteren
said that it's been "like pulling teeth" trying to get answers and that "the Obama administration's behavior post-Benghazi has been
weird; like they're hiding something." She went on to say that as Fox News continued to investigate and press for answers,
the administration's behavior got "even weirder.["]
Is Obama Wagging the Ebola
Dog? The anti-war president has finally found a way to wag the dog without upsetting his liberal base and
war-weary electorate. Despite the beheading of two Americans, establishment of an Islamic caliphate, direct threats
to the U.S. homeland, and the destabilization of the entire Middle East, Obama refuses to acknowledge that we are at war
with barbaric Islamic jihadists. And he refuses to authorize the requisite boots on the ground. However, Obama
just discovered his pre-midterm election method of wagging the dog — distracting from his incompetent and
dangerous response (or lack thereof) to the real threats to America's national security while looking tough and proactive.
say White House Sometimes Demands Changes To Press-Pool Reports. White House press-pool reports are supposed to
be the news media's eyes and ears on the president, an independent chronicle of his public activities. They are written
by reporters for other reporters, who incorporate them into news articles about President Obama almost every day. Sometimes,
however, the White House plays an unseen role in shaping the story. Journalists who cover the White House say Obama's press
aides have demanded — and received — changes in press-pool reports before the reports have been disseminated
to other journalists. They say the White House has used its unusual role as the distributor of the reports as leverage to
steer coverage in a more favorable direction.
House Allegedly Tampering with Journalists' Reports on Obama. The Obama White House is
once again at the center of a story on the balance between government transparency and freedom of
the press. Paul Farhi in the Washington Post writes that the press office in the current
White House has on several occasions meddled with the pool reports on President Barack Obama.
Out' Wisconsin Reporter Mad at Obama/Dem Attempt to Stop Her From Talking to Crowd.
Jonathon Seidl at The Blaze relayed that reporter Meg Kissinger of the Milwaukee Journal
Sentinel — a newspaper that endorsed Barack Obama in 2008 as "adept at detail and
vision" — complained on both Facebook and Twitter that aides to Michelle Obama and
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke told her she could not talk to the crowd at a Burke
event in Milwaukee.
Barred From Reporting at Michelle Event. A veteran reporter for the Milwaukee Journal
Sentinel said Monday she was prevented from talking to the crowd during an event at which First Lady
Michelle Obama spoke. Michelle was appearing Monday on behalf of Wisconsin Democratic
gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke. The reporter, Meg Kissinger, said she was "creeped out" by
the Orwellian encounter with officials from the White House and the Burke campaign.
Next Time the Obama WH Tells Reporters They Can't Interview People. The next time the
Obama White House does this to reporters, they should tell them to fold it five ways and stick it
where the moon don't shine. They should then proceed to interview people. This puts the ball in the
White House's court. If an Obama aide tells reporters to cease interviewing people then the reporters should
ask, "And what if we don't? What are you going to do? Arrest us?" The spectacle
of the Obama Administration arresting reporters for exercising their rights under the First Amendment
would not only further erode their credibility with a public that has grown tired of their
antics, but would do them irrevocable damage with an institution that has not only given this
President the benefit of the doubt, but has been effusive in their praise of him. Should
this come to pass then the Obama Administration will have lost the mainstream media.
Ways the Obama Administration Restricts Access to Information, According to the Associated
Press. The Associated Press' Washington bureau chief is the latest journalist to
criticize the Obama administration for failing to live up to its promise of transparency. "Bush
was not fantastic," Sally Buzbee recently told a meeting of journalists. "The [Obama] administration
is significantly worse than previous administrations." Buzbee detailed eight ways the Obama
administration is restricting access to information at a joint meeting of the American Society of
News Editors, the Associated Press Media Editors and the Associated Press Photo Managers.
claims he was told to delay Secret Service prostitution report until after election. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah,
also questioned whether a double standard was at play, considering many Secret Service and military personnel were disciplined
on that trip for seeing prostitutes and other inappropriate behavior. [...] "The concern is that when it came to the White House
and the White House taking care of its own personnel, a totally different standard," Chaffetz said. "And perhaps some
misdirection and some cover-up to make sure that that story never saw the light of day before the 2012 elections."
House pool reporters test [their] own news distribution system. White House
journalists are creating an alternative system for distributing their media "pool" reports in
response to the Obama administration's involvement in approving and disapproving certain content in
official reports. A small group of reporters initiated an online forum this month in which they
shared "pool" information among themselves, without White House involvement.
Reporters Push Back on White House Control. Nobody likes a micro-manager. Especially
when that micro-manager is the government. Here in the United States, we have this great thing
called "the freedom of the press," protected by our Constitution. But the White House doesn't always
seem to value that freedom above its own image. And since it is the primary distributor for some
reports on the president's activity, it takes advantage of that position to block certain content from
being made public.
The New Presidential
Propaganda. The first year of the Obama presidency generated a stream of photo ops
that pushed a clear editorial line. [...] As the White House gained more control over the creation
and distribution of its own images, the less inclined it was to allow the independent press to
photograph the president. Photojournalists have been prohibited from covering the president's
meetings with Israeli and Palestinian negotiators, the Dalai Lama, and Hillary Clinton, among other
events of undisputed public interest. All the while, Pete Souza, Obama's official photographer,
has enjoyed unfettered access to the president.
Today's Susan Page: Obama administration most 'dangerous' to media in history. At some
point, a compendium of condemnations against the Obama administration's record of media transparency
(actually, opacity) must be assembled. Notable quotations in this vein come from former New York
Times executive editor Jill Abramson, who said, "It is the most secretive White House that I have
ever been involved in covering"; New York Times reporter James Risen, who said, "I think Obama hates
the press"; and CBS News's Bob Schieffer, who said, "This administration exercises more control than
George W. Bush's did, and his before that." USA Today Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page
has added a sharper edge to this set of knives.
Apparently the President would prefer not to have the press report his movements, actions and words. On
Obama's Asia trip, members of media will have to pay $60,000 each for flights.
President Obama's trip to Asia next month should prove to be reasonably newsworthy, given its
regional summit meetings in China and Burma and a stopover in Australia. For the news media,
however, there is a more immediate concern: the heart-stopping cost of covering the president's
travels. News organizations began reacting with surprise and exasperation when they learned this
week that a ticket to ride on the press charter plane that follows Obama throughout Asia will be
$60,000. Per person.
in a 'scoop'? The White House has a strategy for that. When the New York Times broke a
story in June about the Obama administration's plans to expand its efforts on immigration
enforcement, rival reporters spied a hidden hand behind the news. With its prescient timing and
abundant details, the article looked very much like an "authorized" leak, a bit of news
stage-managed by White House officials.
Korps: The farce of the White House press. Is the White House press corps obsolete?
Today its members are restless, grumbling about an Obama White House that claims to be the most
transparent ever. From big issues such as the tapping of a Fox reporters's phone to the media
blackout imposed on the president's golf game with Tiger Woods, the chorus goes up: When it
comes to the press, President Obama may be even worse than ... Nixon.
demands Holder explain FBI's fake newspaper sting. The FBI's use of a fake Associated
Press news story to locate a suspect raises "constitutional concerns," the news organization wrote
in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday [10/30/2014]. A lawyer for the AP called
on the Justice Department to vow never to impersonate the news outlet again and to specify what
authority it used to justify the action.
recordings show 12-day no-fly zone over Ferguson was really meant to keep away news helicopters. The U.S.
government agreed to a police request to restrict more than 37 square miles of airspace surrounding Ferguson, Missouri,
for 12 days in August for safety, but audio recordings show that local authorities privately acknowledged the purpose
was to keep away news helicopters during violent street protests. On Aug. 12, the morning after the Federal Aviation
Administration imposed the first flight restriction, FAA air traffic managers struggled to redefine the flight ban to let
commercial flights operate at nearby Lambert-St. Louis International Airport and police helicopters fly through the
area — but ban others.
Attkisson Reveals Obama Administration Methods To Manipulate Media. Lesson in how the
administration attempts to manipulate the press and news coverage: Fast and Furious email to
Attorney General Eric Holder from a communications adviser, Oct. 5, 2011. (President Obama withheld
this email under executive privilege but it was recently released as a result of a lawsuit filed by Judicial
Watch against the Justice Department).
Red herring alert: Obama
Tries To Focus Public On Racist Cops. President Barack Obama's first move in December
will be to focus the nation's attention on complaints about racist cops in African-American
communities. The move may be part of an effort to grab the political initiative after the
Democrats' massive losses in the Nov. 4 election, and also to keep the public's attention away from
his unpopular Nov. 21 announcement that he will provide 4 million illegal immigrants with work
permits and taxpayer-funded aid programs.
A Conversation with Sharyl Attkisson. In many cases, reporters have allowed the
government under the Obama administration to bully them into submission. [Sharyl Attkisson]
documents how the Obama presidency has become an enemy to openness and is one of the least
transparent administrations in American history. In fact, after reading what she had
to go through, President Obama makes Richard Nixon look like Mother Teresa.
Media Remains Focused On The Manufactured "Crisis At Hand". Whatever happened to the
results of the Bowe Bergdahl investigation that was completed by the Army? What about that
Unaccompanied Alien Children crisis that Jeh Johnson was saying required the emergency $3.7 Billion
dollar "emergency" appropriations that never took place?
Compton on Obama: He Launches 'Profanity-Laced' Tirades Against Press. According to
retired ABC News journalist Ann Compton, Barack Obama launches into "profanity-laced" tirades
against the press in off-the-record meetings with reporters. In a C-SPAN interview, Compton also
derided the President for leading "the most opaque" administration of "any I have covered." The
journalist, who retired in August after a 40-year career, revealed to C-SPAN's Brian Lamb: "I have
seen in the last year Barack Obama really angry twice. Both were off-the-record times. One,
profanity-laced where he thought the press was making too much of scandals that he did not think were scandals."
I've Been On Receiving End Of Obama Official's Profanity-Laced Tirades. Appearing on
"The Steve Malzberg Show" Monday afternoon [12/8/2014], author Sharyl Attkisson responded to former ABC News
correspondent Ann Compton's claim that President Barack Obama and his officials routinely direct profanity-laced
tirades at reporters. Attkisson told Malzberg she has been on the receiving end of those conversations in
the past, and others, specifically The Associated Press, have been subject to scorn at the hands of Obama officials.
"Maybe this is just me or a personal opinion that a profanity-laced conversation with professionals in the press by the
president of the U.S. is probably inappropriate," said Attkisson.
Out Reporters About His Coverage. Ann Compton, who recently retired after many years
covering the White House for ABC, reveals that President Obama offered a profanity-laced critique of
his coverage to reporters during an off the record session.
That Introduced UVA's 'Jackie' To Rolling Stone Made Numerous White House Visits. The
activist that introduced false University of Virginia rape accuser "Jackie" to Rolling Stone
magazine worked with top White House advisers in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building to craft
websites and official documents on the White House's college sexual assault policies. Emily
Renda, who works in the vice president for student affairs office at UVA, put "Jackie" in touch with
Rolling Stone reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdely for Erdely's now discredited expose on a fictional
fraternity gang rape.
Earnest: Obama Will Try To Stop 'Anti-Islam' Articles. Wait a minute. Obama didn't try
to stop 'journalists' from reporting on the Democrat Senate staffers' (mendacious) CIA 'Torture'
report. In fact, he cheered them on. Even though every responsible grown up in the military and
elsewhere said it could bring about retaliatory terrorist attacks. [...] In fact, it's hard to remember
anytime that Obama objected to any media actions that put our soldiers or Americans in general at risk.
House: Obama Will Fight Media To Stop Anti-Jihad Articles. President Barack Obama has
a moral responsibility to push back on the nation's journalism community when it is planning to
publish anti-jihadi articles that might cause a jihadi attack against the nation's defense forces,
the White House's press secretary said Jan. 12. [...] The unprecedented reversal of Americans'
civil-military relations, and of the president's duty to protect the First Amendment, was pushed by
Earnest as he tried to excuse the administration's opposition in 2012 to the publication of
anti-jihadi cartoons by the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
House violence incentive system. If the Government things exercising the first
Amendment rights guaranteed by our constitution will upset violent fanatics said government will do
what it can to prevent said people from doing so. Apparently Baptists, Catholics, Mormons,
Hindus, Sikhs, Jews and other assorted religious groups have been doing it all wrong. If we would
only ignore what our religions actually say and mimic the actions of the significant minority of
well-funded Muslims who are willing to commit violence to keep people from insulting or blaspheming
our relative religions, our government would lead the charge to make sure we were never insulted in
media, film or on TV again.
Two-thirds of reporters say Obama administration spies on them. In a survey of investigative reporters that
makes Richard Nixon's enemies list look like child's play, nearly seven in 10 said they believe that the Obama administration
has spied on their phone calls, emails and online searches. According to a Pew Research Center survey of 454 media
figures, 64 percent "believe that the U.S. government has probably collected data" from their calls and email and eight
in 10 believe just being a journalist jumps the chance Uncle Sam is spying on them. The survey follows multiple reports
of actual spying by federal officials on reporters, and the White House's effort to track down those who leak information to
reporters despite long-forgotten promises to be the most transparent administration ever.
Spat with Israel's Netanyahu was White House Creation. The entire spat with the White
House over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's invitation to speak to Congress was entirely
manufactured by the White House. The truth about the incident, in which the White House complained
that it was terribly wrong for Netanyahu to accept House Speaker John Boehner's (R., Ohio)
invitation without first notifying the administration, was made evident by a correction added to a
New York Times article that greatly changed the timeline of events that effected the situation.
Obama White House Manufactured The Netanyahu 'Speech To Congress Controversy'.
Essentially the crux of the back-story is that Netanyahu contacted the White House about the
invitation to talk to congress, prior to accepting the invitation; the White House never contacted
Netanyahu back. Absent of the White House responding, and out of an abundance of caution to
appearances, Netanyahu accepted the invitation. Then whammo, the White House claims President
Obama was disparaged. It would appear the White House set up the narrative intentionally.
Official: Holder Deliberately 'Eclipsed' Darren Wilson's Exoneration. Attorney General
Eric Holder deliberately "eclipsed" a report exonerating former Ferguson, Missouri Police Officer
Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9, 2014 shooting death of Michael Brown by releasing another report the
same day accusing the Ferguson Police Department of racism, a former FBI official told CNSNews.com.
"Eric Holder knew in the fall that there was zero evidence to continue pursuing a case against Darren
Wilson. He had seven months to make an announcement," former FBI assistant director Ronald Hosko
denied: Reporters say federal officials, data increasingly off limits. Stacey Singer,
a health reporter for the Palm Beach Post in Florida, was perusing a medical journal in 2012 when
she came across something startling: a federal epidemiologist's report about a tuberculosis outbreak
in the Jacksonville area. Singer promptly began pursuing the story. But when she started seeking
official comment about the little-reported outbreak, the doors began closing. [...] The stories
aren't always as consequential or as dramatic as a TB outbreak, but Singer's experience is shared by
virtually every journalist on the government beat, from the White House on down.
White House Press Corp Sending List Of Demands To President Obama. The White House
Correspondents' Association is reportedly crafting a list of demands to be sent to the White House,
after an incident last week in which a pool of reporters covering the president's visit to Salt Lake
City were turned away from a meeting between Obama and Mormon leaders. The list of demands is not
yet complete, but will contain a series of written promises the press corps wants the White House to
Group: White House Gaslighting Journalists Over Iran. The Obama administration has
been gaslighting reporters over concessions to Iran that could release between $30 to $50 billion
dollars in frozen Iranian assets as soon as a nuclear deal is signed, Washington DC-based watchdog the
Israel Project accused on Monday [4/201/2015]. The group cited President Obama's move on Friday to
placate Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei's latest demand for immediate sanctions relief upon signing a deal.
While the Obama administration insisted it had not shown flexibility and offered no new concessions, it was
simultaneously preparing to phase out sanctions in such a way that would offer the Iranians immediate and
significant economic relief, the Israel Project said.
global warming distraction. Incredibly, in Sunday's [4/19/2015] weekly video address, President Obama said, "Today, there
is no greater threat to our planet than climate change." I say "incredibly" because that just isn't true — and if
President Obama really believes it is, then it is time to panic. Given the state of the world and the urgent problems facing us
that directly affect our prospects for peace and prosperity, global warming shouldn't even be in the top five on the list of problems
our president should be worrying about.
House Press Document Demands More Access To President; Monthly Press Conference. The
White House press corp is releasing a draft version of a series of demands from reporters trying to
cover the activities of the president. It has drafted a document of "principles and practices"
for access at the White House. "As we commit ourselves to the letter and spirit of these Principles
and Practices, we urge the current administration, future administrations and all serious Presidential
campaigns to do the same," a letter from the The White House Correspondents' Association to White House
using ISIL footage, Obama administration asks networks. Frustrated that coverage of
the war against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant isn't reflecting reality on the ground,
senior Obama administration officials are urging television networks to update their footage of the
radical militant group. Senior State Department and Pentagon officials have begun contacting
television network reporters to ask them to stop using "B-roll" — stock footage that
appears on screen while reporters and commentators talk — showing ISIL at the peak of
its strength last summer.
The Editor says...
Okay, if you're tired of the same old B-roll, let's show the footage of Muslims beheading Christians
on the evening news — every morning and every night.
When Barack Obama Tried to Silence Political Speech in 2007? Barack Obama said during
a speech at Georgetown last week that we're going to have to change how our body politic
thinks, indicating that Republican leaders Boehner and McConnell were the ones needing changing.
He also said, we're going to have to change how the media reports on these issues, specifically
referring to Fox News at the time. Signs of how Obama thinks about dissent and free speech were
evident in a bill he tried to pass in 2007. The bill would make lying a federal crime if it concerned
politics around election time. By rights, that should put Obama in prison but it's geared to
set up Republicans.
new normal: Ramadi falls, Obama golfs, tweets and Clinton chit-chats. Ramadi, the
major provincial capital of Iraq's Anbar province, fell over the weekend to the terrorist troops of
ISIS, who began their systematic civic slaughter once more. Thank goodness, however, the good
Washington weather enabled President Obama to get in another round of weekend golf with his chums.
And on Monday — Quick, look over there! — Obama debuted his very own
Twitter page, @POTUS. "Hello, Twitter! It's Barack. Really! Six years in,
they're finally giving me my own account."
Hysterically Attacks New York Times for Reporting on Iran's Aggressive Nuke Expansion.
Administration officials have spent the last two days attacking a Tuesday [6/2/2015] report in
The New York Times that Iran's stockpile of low enriched uranium (LEU) is now 20% greater
than when it signed the Joint Plan of Action (JPOA) in November 2013. The Times article
noted that the growth of that stockpile contradicted the administration's claim that the JPOA had
"frozen" Iran's nuclear program.
Not Perfect. The White House is famous for blocking press photographers from covering
President Obama events and only releasing official white house photographs to the media. The Obama
administration is so intent on controlling 'optics' the press corps has even sent demand letters and
threatened lawsuits. Of course the 'most transparent administration never', just ignores
or even ridicules the media requests.
disappears, abandons press corps. President Obama disappeared abruptly without the
press pool after spending Sunday [7/5/2015] golfing at Andrews Air Force Base. He took former
Hawaii school mate Mike Ramos, pal Marty Nesbitt, the co-CEO of the Vistria group, ESPN's Mike
Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser with him to the links for approximately six hours of golfing, before
abruptly taking off without the waiting press pool.
Critic: Obama Has 'One of the Most Hostile Press Admin. In the World'. Appearing on
Fox News' Media Buzz, David Zurawik, television and media critic for the Baltimore
Sun, hammered President Obama over his relationship with the press and accused him of having
"one of the most hostile press administrations in the world." Zurawik reacted to President Obama's
final appearance on the Daily Show which he described as "22 minutes and 13 seconds
of let Obama spin his spin."
Just Another Dishonest Liberal Seeking Obama's Approval. Jon Stewart isn't a fearless,
funny comedian who bravely skewers politicians of all stripes with his wicked humor, sarcasm and
invective. But he plays one on TV. In reality, he's just another left-wing media toady.
As Stewart prepares for his final "Daily Show" taping on Aug. 6, maybe we shouldn't be surprised that,
as Politico reported Tuesday, he has taken secret trips to the White House so President Obama could try to
influence his show. We doubt that he did the same thing for George W. Bush.
Pentagon's Dangerous Views on the Wartime Press. The Defense Department earlier this
summer released a comprehensive manual outlining its interpretation of the law of war. The
1,176-page document, the first of its kind, includes guidelines on the treatment of journalists
covering armed conflicts that would make their work more dangerous, cumbersome and subject to
censorship. Those should be repealed immediately. Journalists, the manual says, are generally
regarded as civilians, but may in some instances be deemed "unprivileged belligerents," a legal term
that applies to fighters that are afforded fewer protections than the declared combatants in a war.
In some instances, the document says, "the relaying of information (such as providing information of
immediate use in combat operations) could constitute taking a direct part in hostilities."
in case you thought Hillary might be indicted, Obama spent the weekend socializing with her and Bill. Not just
socializing, I should note, but socializing in public, an implicit reminder to the DOJ and intelligence community that
Hillary Clinton's prospects are important to him and his party. When was the last time the subject of an FBI investigation
that's on the front page of newspapers across the country got to party with the president the same week? [...] Who cares if
there's an appearance of impropriety here? What are you going to do, impeach him?
Median income falls to a 20-year low. When Obama
leaves office he is going to leave behind a legacy of failure. Not only with Iran possess nuclear weapons and our alliances be in tatters,
but he has carried out a vicious, no-holds-barred war on the national economy and the American middle class. The left is pushing the concept
of "income inequality" attempting to ignite class warfare. They are doing this not out any particular solidarity with the poor but to create
a piñata to divert popular attention from the way the American family has been crushed under Obama.
visits with top newspaper executives raise questions about media fairness. Nearly seven years into his tenure,
President Obama remains on friendly terms with some powerful figures in the media. In recent weeks, the president has
gotten cozy with top executives at major U.S. newspapers, headlining a Democratic Party fundraiser at the home of Las Vegas
Sun owner Brian Greenspun and dining at the Anchorage home of Alaska Dispatch News publisher Alice Rogoff during a three-day
trek across the state last week.
visits with top newspaper executives raise questions about media fairness. Nearly seven years into his tenure,
President Obama remains on friendly terms with some powerful figures in the media. In recent weeks, the president has
gotten cozy with top executives at major U.S. newspapers, headlining a Democratic Party fundraiser at the home of Las Vegas
Sun owner Brian Greenspun and dining at the Anchorage home of Alaska Dispatch News publisher Alice Rogoff during a three-day
trek across the state last week.
House won't say if it's behind Facebook gun ban. The White House on Monday [2/1/2016] refused to say whether Facebook's recent
decision to ban users from facilitating the sale of guns, parts and ammunition was the result of pressure from the Obama administration. [...] The
administration has met with social media and technology companies to discuss how to close the "Internet loophole" on gun sales, but [White House
spokesman Josh] Earnest said he "could not say" if Facebook's decision was the result of "any specific request" from anyone in the administration.
The case of Audrey Hudson
Federal agents' pre-dawn raid on
reporter's home raises questions. Audrey Hudson's husband had just left for work on August 6 when suddenly, her dog began barking.
The nationally-known journalist walked over to the curtains and peeked outside to discover her Chesapeake Bay home was surrounded by law enforcement officers
wearing full body armor. The phone rang. It was her husband. "I'm in the driveway," he said. "The police are here. Open the
door." And so began Hudson's nightmare — held captive by armed agents of the U.S. Coast Guard, Maryland State Police and the Department of
Homeland Security as they staged a pre-dawn raid in search of unregistered firearms and a "potato gun."
Silencing dissent by SWATing messengers of truth. [Scroll down] Ms.
Hudson is now speaking out because of what the agents of this Gestapo-like tactic took from her home. While the search warrant was limited to any
alleged guns on the premises — again — stemming from a quarter-century old incident reportedly involving her husband, their reach
well exceeded their authority. What was taken from the home of Audrey Hudson was more valuable than any gun. What was taken from Audrey Hudson,
in addition to her freedoms as an American citizen and a Pulitzer Prize nominee for her journalistic prowess, were her pages of notes and names of sources
inside and outside of government who had confidentially provided her information over the years.
Armed agents seize records of reporter,
Washington Times prepares legal action. Maryland state police and federal agents used a search warrant in an unrelated criminal investigation
to seize the private reporting files of an award-winning former investigative journalist for The Washington Times who had exposed problems in the Homeland
Security Department's Federal Air Marshal Service. Reporter Audrey Hudson said the investigators, who included an agent for Homeland's Coast Guard
service, took her private notes and government documents that she had obtained under the Freedom of Information Act during a predawn raid of her family
home on Aug. 6.
'Clearly Intimidation': Feds
Seize Reporter's Files During Pre-Dawn Raid. A conservative reporter alleges that in a pre-dawn raid, the Feds took her files while searching
her home for a toy potato gun. Audrey Hudson, Washington correspondent for the Colorado Observer, thinks the government may have an ulterior motive for
conducting the search. In her first television interview, Hudson told Gretchen Carlson on The Real Story that the raid stems from her husband purchasing
a potato launcher online five years ago. The search warrant presented said they came to recover the gun. However, she said, "Once they were in the
house, the first thing that the Homeland Security officer asked me was 'Are you the same Audrey Hudson who wrote all of the Federal Air Marshal stories for
The Washington Times?'"
Agrees to Settlement for Raiding Reporter's Home, Seizing Confidential Files. An
investigative reporter whose private files were illegally seized during a raid on her home will
receive $50,000 as part of a settlement with the Department of Homeland Security. Audrey Hudson,
an award-winning journalist most recently at the Washington Times, told The Daily Signal she was
awoken by her barking dog around 4:30 a.m. on Aug. 6, 2013, to discover armed government agents had
descended on her property under the cover of darkness. The agents had a search warrant for her
husband's firearms. As they scoured the home, Hudson was read her Miranda rights. While inside
Hudson's house, a U.S. Coast Guard agent confiscated documents that contained "confidential notes,
draft articles, and other newsgathering materials" that Hudson never intended for anyone else to
see. The documents included the identities of whistleblowers at the Department of Homeland Security.
"Spontaneous" events and "randomly selected" people
This subsection has moved to a page of its own,
Friday night document dumps
The best way to keep unflattering information out of the headlines and off the television is to
release it to the news media in massive quantities on a Friday night. There is only one
reason for this behavior, and that is deception.
Attorney Sidney Powell Releases Statement on Flynn Transcripts. DNI John Ratcliffe released the Flynn-Kislyak
transcripts on Friday afternoon [5/29/2020]. Ratcliffe sent the transcripts to Senators Grassley, Ron Johnson. The
transcripts were copied to Democrat Senators Dianne Feinstein and Mark Warner and Marco Rubio, Devin Nunes and Adam
Schiff. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) released the transcripts on Friday afternoon.
Report Fizzles. Prepare For The Reckoning. First of all, of course everyone should wait to see the
contents of the actual Mueller report before drawing any specific final conclusions about it. But here are some laws of
nature in the modern age: If that report contained a fraction of the damaging material breathlessly awaited in the
media culture for two years, there would be some smoke signal of it. Instead, we saw an actual finding from the Justice
Department that there would be no further indictments from the probe. No indictment of Trump. No indictment of
anyone associated with the campaign or the administration to support the narrative of Russia collusion. Also, timing is
everything. Friday's close of business is where stories go to die. As the Mueller report seized the news late in
the day, TV viewership was a fraction of what it would have been on a Monday morning or a Wednesday midday.
Mueller submits full report on Russia probe. Special counsel Robert Mueller has submitted his report on Russian
meddling in the US election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign to Attorney General William Barr, the Justice
Department said Friday [3/21/2019]. Justice notified Congress late Friday that it had received Mueller's report but did
not disclose any of its conclusions.
Chooses Late Friday Afternoon to Announce 15,000 more H-2B Visas. The Department of Homeland Security announced
at 3:46 pm today that it will allow various U.S. employers 15,000 additional H-2B workers this summer; they will do unskilled,
non-agricultural seasonal work. Most work in landscaping or forestry; agricultural workers come in on the H-2A visa.
The 15,000 will be in addition to the 66,000 permits in this program that have already been issued in keeping with the
long-standing statutory ceiling.
Department releases Huma Abedin emails found on Anthony Weiner's laptop. The State Department on Friday [12/29/2017]
released a batch of work-related emails from the account of top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin that were discovered by the FBI on
a laptop belonging to Abedin's estranged husband, Anthony Weiner, near the end of the 2016 presidential campaign. At least
four of the documents released Friday are marked "classified." One November 2010 document that was released shows Abedin forwarding
an email to an address titled "Anthony Campaign." Former FBI Director James Comey said during a congressional hearing earlier this
year that he believed Abedin regularly forwarded emails to Weiner for him to print out so she could give them to Clinton.
Weiner had classified emails belonging to wife Huma Abedin on his laptop. At least five emails determined to be
classified were found among 2,800 documents stored on a laptop belonging to Anthony Weiner, whose then-wife Huma Abedin was
deputy chief of staff to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The State Department released hundreds of pages of
materials Friday afternoon [12/29/2017], including a total of eight pages classified at the 'confidential level,' the third
most sensitive level the U.S. government uses. The confidential classification level is applied to information whose
unauthorized disclosure 'reasonably could be expected to cause damage to national security,'
A list of Friday document dumps: Obama
Administration Announces 144 Big Regulations Right Before Thanksgiving. President Obama is nothing if not predictable.
Required by law to release plans for new regulations twice a year, the administration has consistently done so just before major holidays,
when few are paying attention. Thus, it was no surprise to see his fall 2015 regulatory agenda released last Friday, as many Americans
focused on Thanksgiving week with family and friends.
Quietly Releases 300 Pages Of Hillary Clinton Investigation Records. The FBI quietly released nearly 300 pages
of records from its investigation of Hillary Clinton's private email server on Sunday night [1/8/2017]. This is the fifth
release of Clinton investigation records from the FBI. The documents deal with the handling of computer hardware collected from
Clinton's lawyers for the investigation and also contain emails from FBI officials discussing the classification of Clinton's emails.
Mysterious FBI Sunday Document Dump #5 and The "Missing" Clinton Seagate Hard Drive. As many of you are aware
the FBI mysteriously dumped 300 pages of investigative material in an unusual Sunday evening document dump. The timing
and content of the FBI release are curious and a few people are attempting to understand what's going on. It has taken
us a full day to look over the #5 release and scour it for information. There's some rather interesting findings.
What follows below may possibly indicate a motive, and might also outline an internal effort within the FBI to push forward:
a.) action by President Obama on behalf of Hillary Clinton, vis-a-vis a pardon; or, b.) action by the incoming administration
to ensure criminal charges.
Dumps 300 Hillary Pages of Documents on Sunday Night. The FBI published around 300 pages of documents
associated with Hillary Clinton's email investigation on Sunday night [1/8/2017] when the most of us enjoyed football,
hockey, or the Golden Globes. [...] Back in October, reports surfaced over possible "quid pro quo" between the State
Department and FBI over the reclassification of the emails. An FBI official said that Undersecretary of State Patrick
Kennedy bribed him to change some of the emails. Kennedy said "in exchange for marking the email unclassified, STATE
would reciprocate by allowing the FBI to place more Agents in countries where they are presently forbidden. [...] Kennedy
tried to convince the officials "to issue a B9 FOIA exemption on another email that 'caused problems for Kennedy' so that it
would 'end up in the basement' 'never to be seen again.'" Yeah, that email had to do with the Benghazi attacks.
FBI deletes details about
hacking effort in document release. The FBI has released 100 pages of heavily censored documents related to its agreement with
an unidentified vendor to hack into an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino, California, shooters, but it did not identify whom it paid to
perform the work or how much it cost.
blacks out most details on hack of terrorist's iPhone. A heavily redacted Friday evening data dump by the FBI
revealed almost nothing about how the agency was able to break into the locked iPhone of one of the gunmen in the December
terrorist attack in San Bernardino. The Justice Department released close to 100 pages of records in response to a
lawsuit by USA TODAY and two other news organizations. The suit, filed on September 16, 2016, sought information about
how the agency was able to break into a locked iPhone used by Syed Rizwan Farook. The attack by Farook and his wife, Tashfeen
Malik, killed 14 people and wounded 22 others. Malik pledged allegiance to the Islamic State as the attack began.
Quietly Signs the "Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act" Into Law. Late on Friday [12/23/2016], with
the US population embracing the upcoming holidays and oblivious of most news emerging from the administration, Obama quietly
signed into law the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which authorizes $611 billion for the military in 2017.
[...] But while the passage of the NDAA — and the funding of the US military — was hardly a surprise, the biggest news is
what was buried deep inside the provisions of the Defense Authortization Act. Recall that as we reported in early June,
"a bill to implement the U.S.' very own de facto Ministry of Truth had been quietly introduced in Congress.
As with any legislation attempting to dodge the public spotlight the Countering Foreign Propaganda and Disinformation Act of
2016 marks a further curtailment of press freedom and another avenue to stultify avenues of accurate information.
Force Announces It Will Mandate Diversity Quotas In Candidate Pools For Key Positions. The Air Force announced
a new set of 13 inclusion initiatives Friday [9/30/2016] with the goal of ensuring the force isn't as white, male and heterosexual as it
is now. Air Force officials are intent on building upon a foundation of nine initiatives from 2015, in order to boost
diversity. Those nine initiatives weren't enough to make the Air Force as diverse as desired, which is why it is taking
more intensive steps in 2016.
doc dump on email case reveals role of 'confidential' Clinton aide. The details were contained in the latest
document dump of FBI files on Clinton's personal email use. The FBI chose late Friday afternoon [9/23/2016] to release
nearly 200 highly redacted pages of so-called "302" files from the bureau's investigation, a release that quickly became
overshadowed by the impending presidential debate Monday. But the files included new details of the tech intervention
by Clinton aide Huma Abedin and Clinton Foundation official Justin Cooper — and a third individual, a Hillary
Clinton aide named Monica Hanley.
repeatedly referenced ISIS, transcript shows. Omar Mateen, the gunman who killed 49 people at the Pulse
nightclub in Orlando in June, repeatedly told a police hostage negotiator that he was a soldier of ISIS and that the United
States had to stop its bombing in Syria and Iraq, according to a police transcript released Friday [9/23/2016].
things we learned from Clinton's FBI files. A 189-page summary of interviews conducted in the year-long
investigation of Hillary Clinton's private server shed new light on the shifting stories Clinton's aides told agents.
The report, which was made public Friday evening [9/23/2016], came on the heels of House Republicans' revelation that three additional
witnesses had received immunity agreements from the Justice Department, bringing the total number of witnesses who were
shielded from prosecution to five. Here are 27 new details that emerged from the latest FBI documents.
the Coverup Going, Hillary? Yesterday the FBI did another Friday afternoon document dump, consisting of more
documents relating to its investigation of Hillary Clinton's email security breaches. The Washington Examiner spotted
this hilarious item from an interview of a Platte River Networks employee who referred in 2014 to "the Hilary coverup operation."
Happens When You Can't Trust the FBI and the Department of Justice? In a stunning Friday (isn't it always?) revelation, we found out that yet
another key figure from Hillary Clinton's "rat pack" — her former chief-of-staff Cheryl Mills — was given immunity in the email server investigation.
As Ed Morrissey points out, that makes "at least five" — who knows how many there really are — who have received this treatment. So far that's
techies Bryan Pagliano and Paul Combetta (more of him in a moment), John Bentel of the Office of Information Resources Management, and Heather Samuelson,
an aide to Mrs. Clinton. How much the public knows of their immunized testimony is clear — nothing.
Nap: FBI Report Could Be 'Catastrophic Politically' for Hillary. On "Fox and Friends" this morning [9/6/2016], Judge
Napolitano explained that Clinton told FBI investigators — who were looking into her mishandling of state secrets —
that she was unaware what it meant if documents were marked "classified," "secret" or "top secret." "That sort of obliviousness
lessens the criminality in the mind of the FBI, but that sort of obliviousness, is that what you want in the mind of a secretary of
state or of a president of the United States?" Judge Napolitano said.
FBI Found Clinton's Smoking Gun, Threw It Away, and Told Us on Labor Day Weekend. It's Labor Day weekend, and
I'm doing exactly what the FBI, the mainstream media, and Hillary Clinton expect me to be doing today. Nothing.
Maybe some football. Not reading through the FBI's notes on the Clinton investigation. In this, their scheme
worked. Dump the data when America is completely disconnected and distracted, knowing that sometime in the next 48 hours
Donald Trump will save Clinton by doing or saying something to make a headline. The country will move on by Tuesday.
holiday weekend document drop is devastating to Hillary. The decision to wait for late Friday on Labor Day
weekend to release the FBI's investigation notes of Hillary Clinton's email practices offers further evidence of the
politicization of the agency. As the United States slides into a banana republic, we now know that a political thumb is
on the scale at the two most feared federal agencies: the IRS and the FBI. Still, one can understand why the Hillary
faction wanted to obscure the documents, for they contain toxic revelations that disqualify Hillary Clinton from the presidency.
Releases Hillary Clinton Email Investigation Files. On Friday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation released its
interview with Hillary Clinton regarding the former Secretary of State's handling of classified information. [...] The documents
reveal that, during her time in office, Clinton lost several mobile telephones carrying e-mails from her private server.
Clinton's top-aide Huma Abedin and former Clinton aide Monica Hanley indicated, according to the report, that "the whereabouts
of Clinton's [mobile] devices would frequently become unknown once she transitioned to a new device." Abedin also admitted
that the former Secretary of State was accustomed to using the 8th floor balcony of the State Department building to check
her emails — despite knowing she was not allowed to use her mobile devices in her office, the files reveal.
Friday Afternoon FBI Clinton Document Dump is [Unfair]. Friday afternoon [9/2/2016] just as everybody was
getting ready to leave for the long holiday weekend, why of course, the FBI decided to release the damning files from their
Hillary Clinton investigation! [...] Despite the overall inconvenience/bitterness from us journalists, today's document dump
ensures that pretty much no one from the public will focus their attention on what the FBI found — including
revelations about how Clinton apparently doesn't remembering going through training regarding the handling of classified information
or — how she didn't know that "C" meant classified. By Tuesday, all of that will be old news. This isn't
the first time that the FBI's timing as it relates to the Clinton investigation has drawn scrutiny.
News Dump: Obama Lets Some US Planes Land in Iran. The Obama administration has approved U.S. civilian
jets owned by foreign carriers to travel to Iran for 72 hours, according to a notice issued by the U.S. Treasury late Friday
afternoon [7/29/2016]. The announcement came less than 24 hours after the Democratic National Convention concluded in
Philadelphia, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accepted her party's nomination for the presidency. Clinton
backed the Iran deal, and has taken credit for helping start the talks, with an adviser saying she was "centrally involved"
at the time.
Orders Fed Agencies to Stop Asking Job Applicants about Criminal History. To make public-sector jobs more
accessible to convicts, President Obama has issued a new order prohibiting federal agencies from asking candidates about
criminal history when applying for positions. It's part of the commander-in-chief's mission to reduce barriers to
reentry and employment for incarcerated individuals once they leave jail. The new measure, announced in a Friday media
dump, will affect tens of thousands of federal government positions funded with taxpayer dollars. Government often
tries to escape fallout by burying controversial or bad news right before the weekend, but it's difficult to keep this
outrageous development below the radar.
Department releases more than 1,100 documents to Benghazi committee. The State Department on Friday turned over
more than 1,100 pages of records to the House Select Committee on Benghazi, over a year after the committee first requested
them for their ongoing investigation into the 2012 terror attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya. The committee's
chairman, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., also criticized the State Department's delayed response to the request. The
records released included emails from then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's then-chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, and
Clinton aides Jake Sullivan, Human Abedin, as well as then-U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, according
to a statement from the Congressional committee.
Dept. releases personal emails from Clinton's inner circle. State Department officials on Friday handed over
1,100 pages of documents demanded by the the House Select Committee on Benghazi, two years after congressional investigators
requested them. "It is deplorable that it took over a year for these records to be produced to our committee, and that
our Democrat colleagues never lifted a finger to help us get them," committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said Friday
evening. "Shame on them and everyone else who has demanded this committee to give up before gathering all of the facts."
relents on Fast & Furious executive privilege, turns records over to Congress. The Obama administration caved to a judge's
order Friday [4/8/2016] and sent documents from the botched Fast & Furious gun-running operation to Congress, complying with a subpoena
the House Oversight Committee issued years ago. President Obama had claimed executive privilege in trying to shield the documents
from Congress, but a federal judge rejected that, insisting lawmakers had a right to see the information in order to complete their
investigation into an operation that saw thousands of guns trafficked into Mexico, with the administration's knowledge. With just
hours to go before the judge's 60-day deadline, the administration complied Friday [4/8/2016].
you can't prosecute Hillary Clinton, then you can't prosecute Edward Snowden. In the latest Friday night document dump 2,000 Hillary Clinton
emails were made public. Twenty two of them were not released, as they were considered "too damaging" to even release in redacted form. The
State Department has been dragging its feet in releasing the Clinton emails and won't meet a Court ordered deadline to release the remaining emails due
to an "internal oversight." Now the Clinton campaign wants the Top Secret emails made public.
Clinton Campaign Meltdown: Top-Secret Emails 'Innocuous,' Should Be Released. This week's Friday afternoon news
drop was a blockbuster for Hillary Clinton, with revelations that some of her emails contained information so sensitive they
cannot be released to the public at all, others will be delayed beyond the first few primaries by the State Department, and
the number of Top Secret documents in her homebrew private email server has risen to 22.
Night's State Department Email Dump: The Most Damning for Hillary Yet. With a classification rate of nearly 27 percent,
this was the most highly classified batch of emails yet, despite the fact the State Department only produced 10 percent of the emails
it was required to under court order. And given the State Department's claim that many of the emails they withheld were still being
reviewed by other agencies as well as the steep increase in the number of emails classified as 'SECRET,' it appears Hillary Clinton's email
woes are only going to get worse. Indeed, many redactions in last night's production had to do with information from several intelligence
agencies including the CIA. No wonder Clinton's friends in the State Department are trying to delay further releases until she's
cleared the early nominating contests. Here are some of the most eye-popping emails from last night's release [...]
heavily redacted Benghazi emails on Christmas Eve. The documents, released ahead of the Christmas holiday, include mostly blacked-out emails
and some press clippings about events in Libya after the attack on the U.S. embassy, which left four Americans dead. The event has become a central
part of Republican criticism of Hillary Clinton's time as Secretary of State as she runs for president. A few of the heavily redacted emails discuss
the drafting of an assessment of the threat level before the attack occurred. Congress had requested the assessment in the months after the attack.
surprising reason behind Obama's aggressive drive to regulate you more. As is the wont of the self-described
most transparent administration in history, Obama issued a massive, record-setting list of upcoming rules late last week in
the shadow of a national holiday. You may have missed the latest list of 2,000 aggressive new rules, including 144 that
will cost at least $100 million each. You were supposed to miss the list, the Unified Agenda. It's set by law,
but not the surreptitious timing. There'll be hundreds more on another list in six months. Rules on employers, banks,
restaurants, importers. You name it.
Turns Thanksgiving Into Rulesgiving. With little fanfare, the White House announced more than 2,000 new regulations —
including 144 deemed "economically significant" — just before Thanksgiving. The law requires doing this twice a year, and
Obama has followed it faithfully — repeatedly releasing rafts of costly new rules just days before holidays, when people are most
distracted and not paying attention. Luckily, Heritage Foundation fellow James Gattuso is paying attention. He notes that the
144 new economically significant rules is a record, breaking the previous high of 136 set just last spring.
Makes an Announcement Right Before Thanksgiving. Obama is doubling and tripling down on regulations that will
oppress Americans even more. And guess what? He did it just before Thanksgiving. He always does this just
before a holiday, so people will be too busy to notice until it's too late. This set of regulations breaks records and
the bank at the same time. Over 2,000 new regulations alone are in this batch. 144 are deemed 'significant' as
they will each cost $100 million and up. Obama had 136 of these 'significant' regulations last spring.
He's spending as fast as he can to drive us off the fiscal cliff and into the abyss before he leaves.
Quietly Releases Plans For 2,224 Regulations Ahead Of Turkey Day. While millions of Americans prepare to stuff
themselves with Turkey and pie, the Obama administration quietly released its plans for 2,224 federal rules Friday
[11/20/2015] — a preview of just how many more regulations the president is attempting to issue before he leaves
office. President Barack Obama's Unified Agenda for Fall 2015 is his administration's regulatory road map and lays out
thousands of regulations being finalized in the coming months. Obama has developed a habit of releasing the agenda late on
Friday before a major holiday.
Abedin, top Clinton aide, delivers 6,714 emails, 2,533 pages of documents. Huma Abedin, former Secretary of
State Hillary Rodham Clinton's close personal aide, has turned over 6,714 emails, and 2,533 pages of documents in printed and
electronic form, the Obama administration said in a court filing late Friday [9/11/2015]. Most of those materials were
finally turned over Sept. 1, and though the majority came in electronic form already, they will still need to be converted
to a searchable format, the State Department said. The department said it will take 60 days to convert the messages,
process them and begin releasing responsive documents.
While Hillary Slept.
Only the most conspiratorial among us suspected that the State Department's decision to release a
tranche of Hillary Clinton's private emails on the Friday before a long holiday weekend just might
be an effort to bury the revelations.
Proposes Its Most Expensive Regulation to Date. The strategy of publicly releasing bad
news late on a Friday afternoon in order to avoid significant media scrutiny is well established and
commonly employed by a variety of institutions. For example, corporations may elect to bury a bad
earnings report or government bodies may release unflattering documents just before the weekend when
people are paying the least amount of attention. [...] Although today is not a Friday, it is the day before
what will be a four-day holiday weekend for many Americans. While most people will understandably
be focusing on celebrating Thanksgiving with their families, the White House plans to quietly release
plans for 3,415 new regulations, 189 of which will cost more than $100 million apiece.
Campaign Continues. Every modern White House has put out news on contentious issues late on
Friday in the hope that doing so will bury it, or reduce the amount of critical scrutiny it would otherwise
receive. What is unusual is the degree to which this White House has relied on this tactic. ... Do
Friday news dumps work? Yes, but marginally. The White House press corps is generally exhausted
at the end of a long week. Congressional critics are either in route back home to their districts or
Friday is still WH 'trash day'. President Barack Obama entered the White House promising a new
era of openness in government, but when it comes to bad news, his administration often uses one of the
oldest tricks in the public relations playbook: putting it out when the fewest people are likely
Department Releases Flurry of Photos of Botched Plane Flyover. The Department of Defense released a
flurry of additional photos Friday [7/31/2009] of Air Force One's controversial Manhattan flyover in April.
A total of 146 photos were released of the April 27 incident, which panicked many local citizens and
prompted officials in the New York metropolitan area to question why the White House Military Office did not
make the mission more broadly known.
Hack Attack. On February 19, Attorney General Eric Holder took part in the time-honored
Washington tradition of dumping undesired news on Friday afternoons or evenings. ... This is bad news for
Holder and certain other Obama appointees at Justice — it undermines the story they've been telling
for years that the lawyers who found the CIA program lawful were sadistic criminals committed to torturing
poor souls such as Khalid Sheik Muhammad...
Living Legends. This month in
Chicago, an event will honor three men as "living legends." The men are Minister Louis Farrakhan, head
of the Nation of Islam, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the former pastor of Barack Obama's church, and Father Michael
Pfleger, a radical-left Catholic priest. ... There are many interesting things about this exposition. First,
it has received almost no media coverage, even though Farrakhan, speaking before a crowd of 20,000 a few days ago,
accused the "white right" of planning the assassination of President Obama.
Not exactly terrorists.
Despite numerous requests from Senate Republicans for more information, the Justice Department waited
until Friday [3/26/2010], just as Congress was leaving town for a recess, finally to provide support
for Mr. Holder's assertions. At one point, the department ridiculously claimed that federal
regulations precluded it from providing such a list. ... Rather than bolstering Mr. Holder's position,
the data dump showed that Republicans were right to look askance at him.
National Security Mush.
President Obama's so proud of his new National Security Strategy that the White House released it on the eve of
a holiday weekend — when everybody in Washington's racing for the beach, the 'burbs or a bunker.
With good reason. This isn't a strategy. It's a stump speech.
White House says 51 percent of company health plans won't meet Obamacare guidelines.
Internal White House documents reveal that 51% of employers may have to relinquish their current health care
coverage by 2013 due to ObamaCare. That numbers soars to 66% for small-business employers. ... The
Associated Press is also on the story. Even they can't ignore the dishonesty that was used to sell the
health care overhaul.
Biden update: He's fined $219,000 for campaign violations. Due to an unfortunate (and no
doubt accidental) error of timing, the news of a nearly quarter-million-dollar federal fine levied against
the vice president of the United States, Joe "What Checks?" Biden, was announced Friday — a hot
summer day when hardly anyone was paying attention to anything but the tempting weekend at the next exit. ... A
Biden spokeswoman, who apparently uses a different money-measuring gauge than the 9.5% of Americans currently
unemployed, called the $219,000 penalty as "relatively small." It is equal to about 96% of a
vice president's annual salary.
Obamanomics: Kneecapping America's Future.
The Obama Administration's Office of Management and Budget (OMB) unloaded its disastrous mid-session budget
review in a Friday afternoon dump and run — updating its own budget projections from February.
By the administration's own analysis the forecast is bleak: 10% unemployment this year and a $1.47 trillion
deficit next year. The President's plan is to add crippling tax hikes to the unrestrained spending and
unprecedented deficits and debt.
Is the Fix In
at Justice? Announce bad news on a Friday afternoon, the rule in official Washington goes.
Attorney General Eric Holder seems to have a new corollary: Make bad appointments over holiday
breaks. It works. Holder's announcement on Christmas Eve that he was appointing Robin
Ashton as the new head of the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) went virtually unnoticed
in the press, other than a highly complimentary article in the Washington Post.
Case Against TSA Unionization. Transportation Security Administration workers can now unionize
(but can't strike), thanks to a decision Friday [2/4/2011] from TSA Administrator John Pistole, and, to get
the case against this, I called the Workforce Fairness Institute, a group that advocates against union
organizing in both public and private sectors. Executive Director Katie Gage obligingly supplied
some arguments. "I think we should start unionizing the Coast Guard," Gage said. When I told her
I have a hereditary deficiency that prevents me from detecting irony, she elaborated: "I think it's clear
from the fact that it's occurring at three o'clock on a Friday afternoon that this is not something that the
administration is very proud of."
This happened on a Thursday, right before Christmas. EPA
Expands Climate Agenda to the Current Fleet of Power Plants and Refineries. On December 23,
2010, one day before the Yuletide season when Members of Congress, the media, and Tea Party activists are
least likely to watchdog the federal bureaucracy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced
rulemakings to establish New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from power
plants and refineries. Or maybe "whispered" would be more accurate. If you didn't read the text
of EPA's press release and just skimmed the headline, you would not know the agency had just launched the
next phase of its greenhouse gas regulatory program.
This happened on a Thursday, right before the Super Bowl. More
'green' subsidies — er, investments — from Obama. Hidden among the news
hype of the Super Bowl last week was an announcement [Thursday, 2/3/2011] by the Obama administration of a
new spending program titled the Better Building Initiative (BBI). The purpose of the program is
"improving energy efficiency in our buildings [to] create jobs, save money, reduce our dependence on foreign
oil, and make our air cleaner." It really amounts to one more subsidy in the service of President
Obama's energy preferences.
The TSA Two-Step. The tale of
two Friday afternoon announcements as part of a plan to unionize TSA screeners and keep the process
quiet until it's complete.
Dems put unions ahead of air safety? Air travelers and taxpayers alike are the biggest losers
in Transportation Security Administration (TSA) chief John Pistole's decision to allow airport screeners to
collectively bargain. That may be why the decision was made public late Friday when it was bound to
attract minimal media coverage. Conversely, Democrats in Congress are the biggest winners.
President Obama Issues "Signing Statement" Indicating He Won't Abide
by Provision in Budget Bill. In a statement issued Friday night [4/15/2011], President Obama
took issue with some provisions in the budget bill — and in one case simply says he will not
abide by it. Last week the White House and congressional Democrats and Republicans were involved in
intense negotiations over not only the size of the budget for the remainder of the FY2011 budget, and
spending cuts within that budget, but also several GOP "riders," or policy provisions attached to the
bill. One rider — Section 2262 — de-funds certain White House adviser
positions — or "czars." The president in his signing statement declares that he will not
abide by it.
Half of All Obamacare Waivers Given to Union Members. In what is fast becoming a weekly event,
the Obama administration granted 200 more companies waivers from the Democrats' sweeping health care law
in the Friday night news dump. That brings the number of companies receiving waivers to 1,372. Not
surprisingly, it helps to be a Democratic ally when seeking a waiver. The Republican Policy Committee
reports that over half of the workers that have been exempted so far belong to unions. (You can get a
full list of the companies exempted
New Fast and Furious docs released by
White House. Late Friday [9/30/2011], the White House turned over new documents in the Congressional
investigation into the ATF "Fast and Furious" gunwalking scandal. The documents show extensive communications
between then-ATF Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix office Bill Newell — who led Fast and Furious —
and then-White House National Security Staffer Kevin O'Reilly. Emails indicate the two also spoke on the
Holder Briefed Nearly a Year Before Previously Admitted. [Scroll down] Justice Department and ATF
officials have denied deliberatly allowing guns to be trafficked back to Mexico, yet a map revealed in the
Friday night document dump from the White House proves otherwise and shows the exact path of guns going to
different destinations in Mexico.
House staffer was informed about gun probe. Released late Friday night, the documents include
emails over a month-long period last year between William D. Newell, then-ATF special agent in charge of
the Phoenix field division, and then-White House National Security staffer Kevin O'Reilly.
Dump: White House Knew. In a classic news-dampening maneuver, some, but not all, documents
requested by congressional investigators looking at administration gun-running were released late Friday [9/30/2011]
by the White House. Usually this is done to avoid the full impact of politically embarrassing or, in this case,
potentially incriminating news.
Solyndra loan supported by Obama fundraiser.
A prominent 2008 Barack Obama fundraiser who held a key role in the Energy Department played an active part in
Solyndra's $535 million loan guarantee despite conflict of interest concerns over his wife's work at a law
firm that also represented the California solar company, according to internal Obama administration emails
released Friday [10/7/2011].
waivers get axe in last-minute Friday night news dump. In what's appearing to be a last-minute
move to avoid scrutiny, President Barack Obama's administration announced late Friday that it is doing away
with Obamacare waivers. Obama administration official Steve Larsen said no new applications, or waiver
renewal applications, will be accepted after Sept. 22 this year. Larsen said politics was "absolutely
not" a part of the decision to do away with the controversial program, but it certainly looks that way with the
decision to dump the news on Friday. It's a common public relations practice to roll news out late on
Fridays when trying to shift attention away from controversial topics.
Solyndra: Incompetence or
Corruption? The current controversy surrounding the bankruptcy of Solyndra, the Obama administration's
green energy albatross, may be reaching critical mass. In yet another late Friday release of information,
a time-honored strategy designed to minimize media coverage of unpleasant truths, the White House has sent
Congressional investigators another 2000 pages of emails. Emails which implicate officials at the highest
levels of seniority within the administration.
First CLASS, What Next?
In a Friday bad-news dump that was a whopper even by its own standards, the Obama administration added to the
announcement of a near-record annual deficit and an escalation of undeclared war in Uganda the news that the
CLASS Act, an ill-conceived adjunct of the Affordable Care Act, is no more. The upshot is this:
Obamacare just got a whole lot more expensive than advertised, and there is reason to believe that its Democratic
architects have long known this would happen.
wears a white hat. Weirdest Friday news dump ever. Very late in the day on Oct. 14,
the Obama administration released a lot of politically problematic information, including the news that the
deficit for 2011 hit $1.3 trillion (the second biggest ever, after 2009) and that it's abandoning the CLASS
Act, one of the more expensive and unwieldy appendages of "Obamacare." One other thing: The White House
announced we're putting boots on the ground in sub-Saharan Africa.
The Great Stonewall of Obama. During
another trademark Friday news dump, the White House revealed that it would fight a GOP House subpoena for internal
documents related to the half-trillion-dollar, stimulus-funded, now-bankrupt Solyndra solar energy loan bust.
White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler fumed that the information request placed an "unreasonable burden on the
president's ability to meet his constitutional duties." ... While she paints the request as a last-minute
surprise, the White House has been stonewalling on Solyndra all year long.
Stonewall Breeched. No wonder the White House stonewalled on releasing Solyndra documents.
Last week's document dump is a lesson in why Washington has no business playing investment banker.
you miss the Thanksgiving White House visitor log document dump? Just like clockwork, the Obama
administration never misses an opportunity to unload thousands of records it hopes no one will ever bother sifting
through during the holidays. On Black Friday [11/25/2011], the White House released more visitor log
info — trumpeting disclosures it has fought tooth and nail.
Obama's Cloud-Based Transparency.
For three years, White House officials have rolled out countless executive orders and initiatives touting open
government. Just this week, they unveiled plans to move federal archival records from a paper-based to an
electronic system. But behind the scenes, Obama's lawyers systematically have stymied public information
requests, carved out crater-sized disclosure loopholes, fought subpoenas on scandals from Fast and Furious to
Solyndra, and made routine the holiday document dump.
Ignores Obama Admin's Fast And Furious Friday Afternoon Docu-Dump. Despite the fact the social media has eliminated
the traditional media cycle, the Obama administration still thinks Friday afternoon document dumps will curtail reporting on what the
documents entail. Our wonderful Department of Justice dumped over 1,000 pages with details on how they gave inaccurate
Schumer bro-in-law judge
nod stuns NJ. Sen. Charles Schumer's brother-in-law was quietly nominated this month to a federal
judgeship in New Jersey — a move that has some in the Garden State crying political foul, The [New York]
Post has learned. Kevin McNulty, who is married to Schumer's sister, Fran, was named to the US District
Court by the White House late on Friday, Dec. 16.
Friday night document dump shows... Holder was informed of Brian Terry's murder on day Fast &
Furious weapons killed border agent Attorney General Eric Holder's Department of Justice dumped documents related
to Operation Fast and Furious on congressional officials late Friday night. Central to this document dump
is a series of emails showing Holder was informed of slain Border Patrol agent Brian Terry's murder on the day it
happened — December 15, 2010.
dodges, won't say if Holder knew 'Fast and Furious' gun killed border guard. The documents sent
from the DOJ to congressional officials Friday night included a series of emails between former Arizona U.S.
Attorney Dennis Burke and Holder's then-deputy chief of staff Monty Wilkinson. Those emails show Wilkinson,
a senior Holder aide, knew on December 15, 2010 — the day Terry was killed — that
the weapons used to murder him were provided to a Mexican gang by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms
Holder's False Testimony Warrants Impeachment. In the latest Friday night document dump — news
released as to minimize its scandalous impact on the White House — congressional investigators learned
that Attorney General Holder knew all along that a gun his Justice Department intentionally let fall into
the hands of Mexico's cartels was used to murder U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry on Dec. 15, 2010.
Covering Up Fast & Furiously.
Last week's Friday document dump by the DoJ once again added to the widely held belief that that the AG and his minions are hiding
something from Congress and the American people, but what?
Friday IRS regulation dump: Obamacare's job-killing medical device tax. While Obama sycophants are
busy trumpeting deceptive jobs numbers, the administration is quietly moving forward with job-killing Obamacare
regs and taxes. The IRS today released rules to impose the $20 billion Obamacare medical device tax
scheduled to take effect next year. At a time when the White House is touting its government initiatives
to champion "innovation," the Obamacare innovation tax on medical device/diagnostic manufacturers will kill an
estimated 43,000 jobs.
House gives up more Solyndra docs. Amid threats by a top House Republican to pursue contempt charges,
the White House on Friday sent lawmakers more internal documents related to the $535 million loan guarantee to
failed solar firm Solyndra. The White House, in providing the 313 pages of documents, again denied
that approval of the loan guarantee in 2009 was influenced by politics, an allegation that Republicans have
repeated for months.
Progress to Death. In typical Obama-transparent fashion, the Internal Revenue Service quietly released
a complex thicket of medical device tax implementation rules in a Friday document dump earlier this month.
Barring congressional intervention, the medical device tax will go into full effect in 2013.
document dump: Holder's DOJ releases more on 'Fast and Furious'. In what has become a pattern, Attorney
General Eric Holder dumped more documents related to Operation Fast and Furious on congressional investigators late
Friday [3/16/2012]. Terry Frieden of CNN reported that Holder coughed up "hundred of pages" of documents.
Assuming that means Holder did not produce more than 1,000 documents, the Justice Department is still far from
compliance with lawful congressional subpoenas.
Another F&F 'doc dump' as
interest renewed in probe. The late Friday document dump — presumably so it will get
lost in the weekend — has become a habit of Eric Holder's Justice Department in the on-going Congressional
probe of Operation Fast and Furious, so yesterday's [3/16/2012] reported delivery should be nothing new. The controversial
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives gun running sting has been under scrutiny for more than one year.
Blows Off Congress, Funds Palestinians, Lies About PA Stance on Israel. President Obama has decided to provide $192 million to the
Palestinian Authority despite Congress's freeze on PA funding after its president, Mahmoud Abbas, attempted to declare statehood unilaterally last
September, in violation of the PA's treaty commitments. Obama's "waiver" of the restrictions on Congress's Palestinian Accountability Act was
first reported in the foreign press (AFP), which is where Americans generally need to go to get news about what the U.S. administration is up to.
A New Declaration of
Independence. [Scroll down] Echoing the despot of old, Mr. Obama has "called together legislative
bodies" in such manner that makes the action less transparent for the "sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance
with his measures." So while he calls for creating easy-to-read, shorter bills, Mr. Obama creates monstrosities
of several thousand pages. He is famous for his Friday-night document dumps, pushing the legislation through
late on Friday evening when Congress has retired.
ObamaCare's Secret History.
On Friday [6/8/2012] House Republicans released more documents that expose the collusion between the health-care industry and the White
House that produced ObamaCare, and what a story of crony capitalism it is. If the trove of emails proves anything, it's that
the Tea Party isn't angry enough.
Friday night news dump: White
House salaries edition. The White House released its annual report to Congress on staff salaries. At 4:39 p.m. on Friday.
A quick review found the White House payroll appears to have grown since last year, going from $37.1 million in 2011 to $37.8 million in 2012.
The number of employees listed also grew — from 454 last year to 468 in 2012. White House officials did not immediately respond to a
message seeking explanation of the growth. Overall, the payroll has shrunk since 2009, when it totaled $39.1 million.
Obama's Legacy: $25 Trillion in Debt
by 2022. The Obama administration quietly released a new budget report Friday afternoon [7/27/2012] at a time calculated to make
sure it received minimal attention. The highlights of the new report are a pair of new estimates, the first of this year's deficit and the
second of projected debt 10 years from now.
Sure, He Supports The Troops. If the president supports the
troops, as he so often claims, he sure has a funny way of showing it. The Obama for America campaign, the Democratic National Committee, and the
Democratic Party of Ohio quietly filed a lawsuit on [Friday] July 17th trying to limit the number of days which members of Armed Forces have
to participate in that state's early voting. Multiple veterans organizations are opposing the lawsuit.
administration tells contractors again: Don't issue layoff notices. The Obama administration issued new guidance
intended for defense contractors Friday afternoon [9/28/2012], reiterating the administration's position that the companies
should not be issuing layoff notices over sequestration. The Labor Department issued guidance in July saying it would be
"inappropriate" for contractors to issue notices of potential layoffs tied to sequestration cuts. But a few contractors, most
notably Lockheed Martin, said they still were considering whether to issue the notices — which would be sent out
just days before the November election.
Obama removes penalties for countries
using child soldiers. In a short memo released Friday [9/28/2012], President Barack Obama announced that he would waive economic penalties
for countries employing child soldiers, citing "the national interest" in doing so. The memo stated that all sanctions imposed under the Child
Soldiers Prevention Act of 2008 would be waived for Libya, South Sudan, and Yemen, and portion's of the law's requirements would be lifted for the
Democratic Republic of the Congo. The exact interests requiring these waivers was not stated.
DUI Can't Keep Bundler From Bundling. On Friday [10/19/2012],
the Obama campaign disclosed its most recent list of campaign bundlers. Disgraced almost-ambassador Tim Broas is still listed as a bundler
committed to raising more than $500,000.
Pentagon will not label Fort Hood
shootings as terrorist attack. Late Friday, after 160 victims of the Fort Hood, Texas, shooting called on the Pentagon to label
the attack terrorism instead of workplace violence as it has for the past three years, the Department of Defense said it would not reclassify the
Cover-up at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. [Scroll down] A
second intelligence source stated that "the announcement [of Petraeus' resignation] was carefully timed. It was announced in a Friday
afternoon news dump three days after the election, and days before the Senate Intelligence Committee was to hear his testimony, despite the
President having knowledge of these events weeks ago.
Surge to All Time High. The Obama administration has finally released its report on the number of Americans receiving food stamps.
This report was released days after the 2012 election, nine days past its traditional release date. The numbers show that Americans on food stamps
is at an all time high. Worse, the report shows the highest one month jump ever recorded.
Surge to All Time High. You may recall that just before the election, the Obama administration announced that Hurricane Sandy was going
to delay the release of October's jobless numbers. [...] While the unemployment report was ultimately released on schedule and before the election,
now we find out about another report, the food stamp report, delayed for nine days after its traditional release date. This report was also
supposed to have been released before the election. This report is devastating.
Foodstamps Surge By Most
In One Year To New All Time Record, In Delayed Release. [Scroll down] There was, however, another closely tracked number which
perhaps is far more indicative of the economic "growth" in the past 4 years, which certainly had a delayed release. The number of course
is that showing how many Americans are on foodstamps, and usually is released at the end of the month, or the first day or two of the next month.
This time the USDA delayed its release nine days past the semi-official deadline, far past the election, and until Friday night to report August
Administration's program halts 102,000
deportations. The administration has issued stays of deportation for 102,965 illegal immigrants under President Obama's new non-deportation
policy, officials announced Friday [12/14/2012]. Another 157,151 applications are still under review under the policy, officially known as Deferred
Action for Childhood Arrivals, which grants a tentative legal status to illegal immigrants who qualify — though it does not grant them a path
New air pollution standards restrict soot particles.
The Obama administration announced a new air pollution standard Friday [12/14/2012] that would bring about a 20% reduction in microscopic particles of soot
emitted by coal-fired power plants and diesel vehicles that contribute to haze and respiratory ailments.
ICE Scraps 287(g) Program That
Allowed Local Police to Enforce Immigration Law. Amid Hispanic calls for immigration leniency, the U.S. Immigration and Customs
Enforcement Agency is scrapping a program that allowed specially trained state and local law enforcement officers to enforce federal immigration law.
On Dec. 21, the Friday before Christmas, ICE announced that it has decided "not to renew any of its agreements with state and local law enforcement
agencies that operate task forces under the 287(g) program."
ICE memos open another
door to illegal alien amnesty-by-fiat. On Friday [6/17/2012], in another trademark Obama document dump, ICE issued a memo that pushes the
perpetually-rejected DREAM Act for illegal alien students. As immigration lawyer Michelle Scopellite explained to me: "In essence, what this
means is that if someone, is not a major criminal and is in removal proceedings, ICE officers are now to release them or terminate proceedings if they
are involved in a lawsuit or fighting for union ideals. This appears to be another attempt by the Obama admin. to side-step immigration law
through administrative acts.
administration delivers delayed regulatory agenda, could cost billions. By law, each April and October, federal
agencies are required to release an accounting of proposed regulations that will have an economically significant impact.
That didn't happen in 2012. Instead, the Obama administration didn't release its 2012 regulatory agenda until on the Friday
Women in Combat: Why Did
Obama Avoid Congress? The most curious thing about outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta's decision this week to allow women
to assume combat roles in the military was the timing. It was announced just as departing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was testifying
on Capitol Hill about the Benghazi attack — and came without any advance notification to Congress, much to the annoyance of Republicans
on the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Friday News Dump: Partial Hagel Donor List Includes Saudis,
Turkey. The Atlantic Council, chaired by former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE), released a list late Friday evening [2/8/2013] of corporate
donors as well as foreign governments that had funded it over the past five years. The list did not shed light on individuals such as Saad
Hariri, whose family has given generously to the Atlantic Council and who has supported the Hamas terror organization publicly, as well as offering
financial support to Syrian rebels.
adventures of 'Richard Windsor' — EPA e-mail dump due today. Sometime Friday [2/15/2013], the Environmental
Protection Agency is expected to deliver a tranche of "Richard Windsor" emails to the Competitive Enterprise Institute. Those
emails may shed light on the efforts of Lisa Jackson, EPA's departing administrator, to conceal details of her involvement in
President Obama's war on coal by using the fictional Windsor as a false online identity for certain federal record-keeping.
Should Admit That Dan Quayle Had It Right. Late last year, the Department of Health and Human Services released results
of a rigorous study showing that the Head Start program, costing $8 billion a year, has had little or no effect on the cognitive,
physical or emotional well-being of kids once they reach third grade. This was clearly what President Obama didn't want people to
hear, and we can't help but wonder why the study, completed in October, was not made public until the Friday before Christmas.
Undaunted by the data, Obama now wants to replicate the ineffectiveness of Head Start on a much bigger scale.
700 pages of healthcare rules released. The Obama administration on Friday released more than 700 pages of
new regulations to implement portions of the Affordable Care Act. The four rules, which are scheduled for publication in
mid-March, finalize both major and minor parts of the healthcare reform law that Congress passed in 2010. Three of the
regulations are final and roll out the multistate healthcare exchanges and reforms to the insurance market, including provisions
to encourage cost-sharing, stabilize health insurance premiums and prevent providers from denying coverage.
what! It's time for 700 pages more of fun Obamacare regulations. Nancy Pelosi was wrong: Even after passing
the bill, no one could have possibly known what was in it! That's because America's finest bureaucrats are creating a
galaxy of amazing new rules to implement provisions of the "Affordable Care Act". In the traditional Friday-night document
dump that is the hallmark of how the Obama Administration operates, The Hill writer Megan Wilson reports that over 700 pages
of new rules were released [...]
46,609,072 People on Food Stamps
in 2012; Record 47,791,996 in December. On Friday [3/8/2013], the United States Department of Agriculture quietly
released new statistics related to the food stamps program, officially known as SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).
The numbers reveal, in 2012, the food stamps program was the biggest it's ever been, with an average of 46,609,072 people on the
program every month of last year. 47,791,996 people were on the program in the month of December 2012.
ICE freed 122 Arizona criminals.
More than a third of the 342 illegal immigrants released from detention facilities in Arizona last month were convicted criminals, and one
of them was categorized as a Level 1 offender, the highest risk, according to data released by the federal government Friday
Is Harry Reid Ashamed Of Senate Democrats' Budget Plan? It was no mistake that the big reveal by Senate Democrats that they
had no plan whatsoever to ever bring the budget into balance came on Friday evening [3/22/2013] going into pre-dawn Saturday morning. Harry Reid
and crew clearly were embarrassed by their budget and hoped to avoid widespread media coverage by scheduling votes when they would receive
the least amount of attention.
EPA gas rules good for environment, bad for wallets. The Environmental Protection Agency's stringent new gasoline rules
will be good for the environment but will cost both car manufacturers and consumers more money, automakers say. The Tier 3
standards, released Friday [3/29/2013], will require carmakers to reduce emissions and reduce the sulfur content of gasoline by 2017,
cutting sulfur by more than 60 percent and other pollutants by 80 percent.
Holder was aware that Fox News reporter was to be snooped on. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder approved the decision to seize phone
records and personal emails of FOX News reporter James Rosen, the Justice Department disclosed late Friday [5/24/2013]. The journalist's
messages were obtained after investigators checked with 'the highest levels of the department, including discussions with the Attorney General,'
the department said in a statement.
Update: Ex-State Dept. adviser to plead guilty in leak to Fox News. A former State Department arms expert pleaded
guilty Friday [2/7/2014] in federal court to disclosing national defense information to a Fox News reporter. Stephen Jin-Woo Kim admitted sharing information
from a top-secret intelligence report on North Korea with Fox chief Washington correspondent James Rosen. Investigators in the case also targeted Rosen, calling
him a possible "co-conspirator" in order to obtain a search warrant for his personal e-mail.
will share personal health info with federal, state agencies. A new 253-page Obamacare rule issued late Friday [6/14/2013]
requires state, federal and local agencies as well as health insurers to swap the protected personal health information of anybody seeking
to join the new health care program that will be enforced by the Internal Revenue Service.
State Department's Sex Trafficking Scandals.
Pssst, did you hear? President Obama is replacing Ambassador Howard Gutman in Belgium. You remember Ambassador Gutman, don't you?
He's the big Democrat donor President Obama nominated to represent his policies in Belgium and who, it is alleged, trolled for prostitutes —
some of them children! — in a park near his official residence. Late in the day on Friday, June 21, the White House released a
list of new nominees for various posts, and Denise Bauer was listed for the United States Ambassador to Belgium post.
The Obamacare mess. The administration can call it whatever
it wants, but there is no hiding the embarrassment of a climbdown on a high-profile feature of President Barack Obama's signature initiative —
although the administration seemed determined to do all it could to hide it. If Bloomberg hadn't broken the news on Tuesday, the administration was
apparently planning to announce it on July 3 — only because the day before Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve were too far off.
Obamacare's Invitation to Fraud.
[Scroll down] Other states clearly shared this worry about how they were supposed to confirm eligibility for subsidies. But on
Friday, the Obama administration answered their question with what is becoming the familiar refrain of Obamacare implementation:
"never mind." Buried in a massive 600-page rule released without fanfare the day after July 4, the administration announced
that it would effectively delay the requirement to verify eligibility in the state exchanges.
The White House says you can sign up 'without further verification.' ObamaCare's 'Liar' Subsidies.
The White House seems to regard laws as mere suggestions, including the laws it helped to write. On the heels of last week's one-year
suspension of the Affordable Care Act's employer mandate to offer insurance to workers, the Administration is now waiving a new batch of its own
ObamaCare prescriptions. These disclosures arrived inside a 606-page catch-all final rule that the Health and Human Services Department
published on July 5 — a classic Friday news dump, with extra credit for the holiday weekend.
Obama Administration Illegally
Amends Obamacare. The Obama Administration has taken an axe to the Affordable Care Act, after finally admitting that
it is too complex to implement. The move to delay the employer mandate appears to be illegal on its face. It is also
further redundant proof that Obamacare must be repealed. As announced in a post on the Treasury blog, the administration,
through the IRS, is delaying the implementation of "reporting requirements", leading to a one-year suspension of the mandate that
employers provide health insurance to their full-time employees. The announcement was leaked to two reporters from Bloomberg
News, and was originally scheduled to be made the eve of the July 4th federal holiday.
Documents shed light on U.S. surveillance programs.
The Obama administration released two documents on Friday describing the scope of National Security Agency data collection programs, a bid to
quiet criticism they violate privacy rights. An NSA memorandum describes the beginnings of the agency's collection of so-called telephone
metadata of nearly every American under a provision of the Patriot Act, and the agency's monitoring of foreign Internet traffic.
Going Around Congress, Again.
[Scroll down] Just before Christmas, Health and Human Services (HHS) were preparing to release their long-overdue evaluation of the Head Start Program.
Since it's [sic] inception in 1965, taxpayers have spent more than $180 billion on the program. The HHS scientifically-rigorous study tracked 5,000 children
who were randomly assigned to a group receiving Head Start services or a group that did not participate. It followed their progression from age three or four
through the end of third grade. The first-grade study found that any benefits the children may have accrued while in the Head Start program were gone by the
time they reached first grade. [...] In spite of prodding from Congress, they did not make the study public until the Friday before Christmas.
U.S. debt jumps a record $328
billion — tops $17 trillion for first time. U.S. debt jumped a record $328 billion on Thursday [10/17/2013], the first day the
federal government was able to borrow money under the deal President Obama and Congress sealed this week. The debt now equals $17.075 trillion,
according to figures the Treasury Department posted online on Friday [10/18/2013].
US quietly releasing $1.6B in Pakistan assistance. The U.S. has quietly
decided to release more than $1.6 billion in military and economic aid to Pakistan that was suspended when relations between the two countries disintegrated
over the covert raid that killed Osama bin Laden and deadly U.S. airstrikes against Pakistani soldiers.
HHS to issue sweeping
mental health rules. The Obama administration will issue long awaited regulations Friday [11/8/2013] that require insurers to treat mental
illness and addiction the same as physical illnesses, current and former lawmakers said. In testimony Thursday before a Senate Judiciary
subcommittee, mental health advocate and former Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius would announce
the action during a speech in Atlanta. Members of the panel familiar with the rule-making also said the regulations would be issued Friday.
AG Holder asks for
appeal in Fast and Furious case holding him in contempt. Attorney General Eric Holder wants to appeal a recent judge's ruling that allows
the House to continue with its contempt case, related to Holder's refusal to turn over documents concerning the Justice Department's failed Operation
Fast and Furious gun-tracking program. Holder made the request Friday night [11/15/2013] to U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson, asking
that the Justice Department be allowed to put the case in front of a federal appeals court before Jackson makes any final decisions.
EPA proposes reducing biofuel mandate.
The Obama administration on Friday [11/15/2013] proposed to reduce the amount of ethanol in the nation's fuel supply for the first time, acknowledging
that the biofuel law championed by both parties in 2007 is not working as well as expected.
11 tough questions Obama
is happy he didn't get. First the good news from President Obama's final news conference of 2013: "I've run my last political race."
Of course, Obama made no new news. If he'd wanted to make news, he would not have scheduled it on short notice and on a Friday, when politicians
release news they want overlooked.
HHS Regulation Could Add More Names
to List of Prohibited Gun Buyers. The Obama administration says it is doing away with "unnecessary legal barriers" that discourage states from
sending the names of some mentally ill people to the national background check system for gun-buyers. Late on Friday afternoon [1/3/2014], the Department
of Health and Human Services announced that it plans to modify HIPAA — the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 —
"to expressly permit certain HIPAA-covered entities (hospitals, doctors, clinics, etc.) to disclose to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System
(NICS) the identities of individuals" with mental problems that should legally disqualify them from owning a gun.
insurance-company bailout. Health-insurance executives are starting to warn of double- and even
triple-digit premium hikes for health plans sold on the ObamaCare exchanges for 2015. But Health Secretary
Kathleen Sebelius told Congress last week that any ObamaCare premium hikes would be modest. In fact, the
Obama administration is scrambling to rewrite the law to make that happen. After close of business Friday,
the administration proposed greater bailout protection for insurers who sell exchange plans. The new rule
sweetens what the Affordable Care Act provided (at taxpayer expense, of course) to protect the companies from
losses. It's illegal, because no president has the constitutional authority to rewrite any law, including
the Affordable Care Act.
EPA To Regulate Bovine Emissions. It's our lust for cheeseburgers that's dooming the planet through
climate change, the Obama administration said in a Climate Action Plan released Friday [3/28/2014] that
seeks to save us all from ruminant livestock. Having already blamed the Industrial Revolution
for what we used to call weather and temperatures that have flat-lined for 15 years, the White House is
now targeting American agriculture abundance by slashing methane emissions from cows by 25% by 2020.
EPA Paid Nearly $500K in
Unauthorized Bonuses. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) paid out nearly $500,000 in unauthorized
bonuses, according to a report released by the EPA Inspector General Friday [5/2/2014]. An Inspector General (IG)
investigation found that 11 EPA employees received $481,819 in unauthorized retention bonuses between 2006 and 2013.
The bonuses are meant to incentivize employees who receive other job offers. The bonuses are supposed to be
reauthorized annually, but for 10 of those EPA officials, the IG could find no evidence that their bonuses were
reviewed, as required by federal regulations and EPA policies.
O-Care penalty exemptions. People who obtained health plans off the marketplaces after March 31
will not automatically face a penalty under the individual mandate, the Obama administration said Friday [5/2/2014].
In a bulletin, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) created a temporary hardship exemption for people
who purchased coverage that was effective on Thursday of this week or beforehand. The move essentially nullifies
the month of April for the purposes of enforcing the mandate. Previously, people with a three-month gap in
coverage in 2014 would have faced a penalty of $95 or 1 percent of annual household income. This
meant that almost everyone needed to have health insurance by March 31. But the administration
changed this deadline to May 1 for many people who struggled to enroll on the marketplaces.
Motors Is Recalling 51,000 Cars to Fix Fuel Gauge. General Motors is recalling 51,640 Buick Enclave,
Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia sport utility vehicles of the 2014 model year because faulty software may cause
the fuel gauge to read inaccurately, federal regulators said Saturday [5/3/2014].
On a Friday afternoon: White
House Press Secretary Resigns. Jay Carney, the White House press secretary, is leaving his
post as the public face of the administration, stepping down after shifting from two decades of reporting
to politics at the highest levels, President Obama said on Friday. Mr. Obama, who announced Mr.
Carney's departure, said Mr. Carney would be replaced by the deputy press secretary, Josh Earnest.
VA gave 10 mil in in bonuses in last 3 years. Newly released records show the Phoenix
VA Health Care System paid out roughly $10 million in bonuses during the past three years, when
some staff manipulated patient wait-time records to trigger bonuses as veterans died awaiting care.
The Arizona Republic, after asking for bonus records at least 10 times since March, obtained the
data Friday [6/13/2014] from the Department of Veteran Affairs under the federal Freedom of Information
Act. Bonus payouts increased significantly under Sharon Helman, who became director of the
Phoenix VA in February 2012.
Sometimes Friday document dumps happen on Thursday, if Friday is a federal holiday. HHS
releases 1,296 pages of regulations ahead of holiday weekend. As Americans scrambled ahead of the July Fourth holiday
weekend on Thursday afternoon [7/3/2014], the Department of Health and Human Services released 1,296 pages of new regulations
dealing with payment rates to doctors and hospitals. The timing of the news release is part of a long pattern for President Obama's
administration, which has often used holidays as an opportunity to dump dense regulatory changes when most reporters and Americans are
focused on their holiday plans. The release came at 4:15 p.m.
ObamaCare Rules Mean Less Care, More Paperwork. On July 3, when Americans were
preparing to celebrate freedom, the Obama administration reduced freedom by adding 1,296 pages of
regulations to ObamaCare. The burdensome rules were published in the Federal Register on
Independence Day eve, when few were likely to be watching. So much for transparency.
House Hid Huge Spike Of Families Crossing Border. New data shows the White House has
painted a false picture of the Central American migration by hiding a huge spike in "family units"
who are illegally crossing the Texas border. The data, which was dumped by the U.S. border patrol
late Friday afternoon [7/18/2014], shows that inflow of youths and children traveling without parents has
doubled since 2013, to 57,525 in the nine months up to July 2014.
News Dump: Feds Unveil New Birth Control Mandate. The problem with ObamaCare isn't just that it's the so called
law of the land, said law seems to keep changing in reaction to events and court rulings until not even "we have to pass it to
see what's in it" holds up to the slightest scrutiny.
IRS says it has
lost emails from 5 more employees. The Internal Revenue Service has lost emails from five more employees
who are part of congressional probes into the treatment of conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status, the
tax service disclosed Friday.
Quietly Begins Unilateral Immigration Reform. President Obama Friday made a
downpayment on the sweeping immigration "reform" he is expected to unilaterally declare once the
elections are out of the way, permitting up to around 100,000 prospective Haitian immigrants to
bypass immigration law and enter the country. The move, a typical Friday announcement designed to
attract minimum notice, eliminated wait times for future Florida Democratic voters Haitians who have
been approved to gain green cards in two years, allowing them to make their way to the United States
beginning in 2015 instead and begin working if they want. Their entry has to have been petitioned
by "family" members already in the United States.
Political Class: "Stay The Course" = Strategic Massive News Dumps. They're trying to
flood the field ahead of Thanksgiving, it's brutally obvious. This is classic use of "the
bathtub principle" at work: Today IRS reports recovery of 30,000 Lois Lerner emails from '09
to '11[.] Today House Intel "Panel" Releases Benghazi Report[.] Today Obama gives speech on
highly anticipated immigration Executive Order[.] Today media and nation await Saint Louis Mike
Brown shooting verdict. 100 FBI agents dispatched to Ferguson[.] DOJ Releases 40,000+ Fast
and Furious documents (emails)[.] HHS Admits ObamaCare enrollment overstated.
Probably Just A Coincidence That 30,000 Lois Lerner Emails Were Discovered Right After The
Election. By now, the whole world knows that on Friday [11/21/2014], 30,000 "missing"
Lois Lerner emails were discovered. We don't want you to think that there's anything shady going
on here. It's probably just a coincidence that they were found a couple of weeks after an important,
mid-term election. These 30,000 emails were allegedly lost forever. But, lo and behold, they
were discovered on backup disaster recovery tapes! Yes, the same kind of backup disaster recovery
tapes that experts have been telling us existed all along.
The Editor says...
Notice also that this announcement came the day after Obama's imperial declaration of amnesty for
illegal aliens, which is likely to displace this topic on all the weekend political talk shows.
HHS calls for slew of Obamacare rule changes.
The Obama administration late Friday [11/21/2014] called for numerous significant changes to rules
controlling the Obamacare health care program, including ones that would shorten open-enrollment
seasons, increase transparency of insurance plans and prices, and push current customers toward
lower-cost plans. Most of the new rules proposed by the Health and Human Services Department
would go into effect in 2016 if they are approved. The extensive proposed changes were outlined by
a six-page fact sheet distributed by HHS, containing 35 different individual explanations of the
suggestions. The proposals themselves are 324 pages long.
House Quietly Releases Plans For 3,415 Regulations Ahead Of Thanksgiving Holiday.
While Americans are focused on what delicious foods they're going to eat for Thanksgiving, the White
House is focused on releasing its massive regulatory agenda — marking the fifth time the
Obama administration has released its regulatory road map on the eve of a major holiday. The
federal Unified Agenda is the Obama administration's regulatory road map, and it lays out thousands
of regulations being finalized in the coming months. Under President Barack Obama, there has been
a tradition of releasing the agenda late on Friday — and right before a major holiday.
Massively destructive environmental regulations announced on the day before Thanksgiving: EPA
unveils contentious plan to tighten ozone standards. The Obama administration unveiled
an ambitious plan Wednesday [11/26/2014 - the day before Thanksgiving] that it said would improve
public health by slashing the ozone pollution that causes smog. Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy framed the update to the ground-level ozone standard as an
imperative, bringing agency rules in line with the latest science to protect the nation's most
vulnerable populations from a range of respiratory illnesses including asthma.
renames "unlawful combatants" in detainee manual to .... In fact, captured
terrorists went out of style a long time ago, so that's not the actual change. Until
recently — like, say, two weeks ago — the Department of Defense used the term
unlawful combatant as the label for terrorists captured by American military and intelligence
forces as a way to distinguish them from uniformed soldiers of a recognized state authority in a
straight-up fight. Their new manual dispenses with that term, the Federation of American
Scientists noticed today [11/26/2014].
rewrites the ObamaCare law — again. On Thanksgiving eve, the Obama administration
dumped reams of mind-numbing ObamaCare regulations into the Federal Register — including yet more
unilateral rewrites of the Affordable Care Act. Dropping the rules as most Americans were busy preparing
for the holiday made a mockery (again) of President Obama's promise to have "the most transparent administration
in history." The stunt has even worked to keep most of the media from reporting on the rules. Yet
the changes these regulations make in the health care law are substantial.
Eve Document Dump Reveals NSA Wrongdoings. While many Americans were sitting down for
Christmas Eve meals and celebrations, the National Security Agency released redacted documents in
which the agency admits to having "incorrectly acquired" surveillance data and violating the law
over the past 12 years. The documents, which detail many instances of wrongdoing from
2001 to 2013, were released following a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit brought forth by the
American Civil Liberties Union.
Feds to Weigh Children
in Daycare. Bureaucrats from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will weigh and
measure children in daycare as part of a study mandated by First Lady Michelle Obama's Healthy
Hunger-Free Kids Act. The agency published a notice in the Federal Register on Friday [3/20/2015]
proposing data collection on what meals are served in professional and home daycare facilities and how much
physical activity children perform. Aside from assessing how healthy the food in daycare is, the
USDA will also check the weight and height of roughly 3,000 children.
blames tech glitch for violating judge's amnesty injunction. The Obama administration
blamed a technology glitch for why it continued to approve new amnesty applications in February,
even after a federal judge issued an injunction, telling the court late Friday [5/15/2015] that they
are now begging about 2,000 illegal immigrants to tear up their three-year work authorizations.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Homeland Security agency that approved the deportation
amnesty applications for Dreamers despite the judge's order, insisted it's corrected the immigrants'
records at headquarters, but said it's also asking the immigrants themselves to send back their
three-year documents and accept two-year papers instead.
millions, disclosure forms reveal. President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama's
assets total somewhere between $1.9 million and $6.9 million, according to financial disclosure
forms released Friday [5/15/2015] by the White House. The bulk of the Obamas' wealth is invested
in U.S. Treasury bills and notes, the total being estimated between $1.25 million and $5.25 million.
slams Obama's latest 'land grab'. Top Republicans on Friday [7/20/2015] accused President Obama of a
"surreptitious land grab" after the administration claimed more than 1 million acres in California, Texas, and Nevada,
designating the land as new national monuments. Mr. Obama formally designated the land Friday afternoon [7/10/2015].
EPA [was] aware of
'blowout' risk at mine that could release tainted wastewater. Managers at the Environmental Protection Agency were aware of the
possible risk for a catastrophic "blowout" at an abandoned mine that could release "large volumes" of wastewater laced with toxic metals,
according to internal documents released late Friday [8/21/2015]. EPA released the documents following weeks of prodding from news
organizations like The Associated Press.
details behind that EPA gold mine spill just get worse and worse. The "unfortunate accident" that the EPA had
near Silverton, Colorado recently has raised all sorts of questions, not the least of which is why it took the agency 24 hours
to tell anyone about it. (The folks who draw water off the river are particularly interested in that one.) But hey...
accidents happen, right? I mean, it's not like anyone could have seen it coming. Except that the EPA actually did
see it coming. During a late Friday night document dump the Environmental Protection Agency lifted the mask just a bit and
revealed that they knew what they were getting into.
Department quietly suspends Arctic drilling leases. As part of the Friday night [10/16/2015] news dump, the Obama administration
did a complete about face on the subject of Arctic oil exploration. After years of supporting research and efforts to keep our options
open for future energy development, Interior Department boss Sally Jewell sent out word that extensions or expansion of permits for drilling
off of Alaska's coast would essentially be extinguished.
Lois Lerner Skates; An Ugly Precedent Is Set. Is there anyone out there subject to an Internal Revenue Service audit
or a multiyear delay in approval for tax-exempt status who won't be concerned that the process is politically rigged against them?
That's the message the Justice Department sent when, in a classic Friday night news dump, it decided to not file charges against IRS
tax-exempt groups chief Lois Lerner. In a letter to the House Judiciary Committee, Justice said that while it found "mismanagement,
poor judgment and inertia," there was no case for a criminal prosecution.
Lois Lerner and the Rule of Lawlessness.
In a Friday news dump, Obama's Justice Department announced that following its "investigation," Lois Lerner will not be charged for any wrongdoing in the
case of the IRS' targeting of conservative organizations. The law, apparently, is only meant for little people. [...] Tellingly, the Committee
concluded that: "The IRS's treatment of these organizations was almost universally consistent with Lerner's personal political views —
this is, supporting Democratic candidates and opposing conservative tax-exempt organizations that engaged in political speech. Conservative
organizations that sought to participate in the nation's political discourse, such as the Tea Party, drew the strongest ire from Lerner."
Repeal Would Cut Deficit, Boost Growth — CBO. A little-noticed report released Friday afternoon
[12/11/2015] by the Congressional Budget Office shows that the Senate bill to repeal most of ObamaCare would cut the deficit
by as much as $474 billion, while boosting GDP, investment and capital stock. The findings stand in sharp contrast to
promises by President Obama and other Democrats that ObamaCare would accelerate economic growth and lower federal deficits.
According to the CBO, repealing ObamaCare's subsidies and Medicaid expansion would cut federal spending by almost $1.4 trillion
over the next 10 years. And getting rid of its myriad tax hikes would reduce tax revenues by $1.1 trillion, resulting
in $281 billion decrease in projected deficits over the next decade.
set new record for terror plots in U.S.. Last year saw the most terrorist attacks and plots in the U.S. since
Sept. 11, 2001, according to the Heritage Foundation's tally, which was released Friday [1/8/2016] just as the Obama administration
announced a series of new terror-related arrests and indictments. The 13 "Islamist-inspired" attacks and plots uncovered in 2015
were more than the previous three years combined, according to Heritage researched Riley Walters.
Commutes Sentences of More Violent Criminals. The fundamental transformation continues to roll on as
scheduled. As always, Obama waited until late Friday afternoon, when reporters largely pack up for the weekend, to
announce the commutation of sentences for 42 more drug traffickers in federal prison. President Obama defended this
move as a common sense gesture to low-level nonviolent drug offenders, but as we've explained over the past few years, most
people in federal prison are anything but "nonviolent." MRC has posted the names of 10 of the individuals who were convicted
of firearms violations in addition to drug trafficking charges. This at a time when Obama wants to crack down on
law-abiding gun owners and dealers.