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White House Press Corps Exposed
Carolina Journal. ^ | February 16, 2006 | Jon Ham

Posted on 02/16/2006 8:42:25 AM PST by george76

Sitting in armchairs waiting for handouts not the best way to get scoops

Members of the elite White House press corps this week have acted more like animals that have been kept in captivity for so long that they can’t find news unless it is forced down their open gullets at a daily press briefing.

The Cheney hunting accident story embarrassingly revealed this fact, which probably explains the greater-than-normal anger and outrage of White House correspondents over the last few days.

“Why weren’t we told?” has been the refrain, not “How did we miss that story?”

The White House press corps does very little news gathering, if by that we mean beating the bushes to find out things.

Instead, they sit in a comfortable auditorium and wait to be told things.

One White House correspondent rarely scoops the others, evidently because the correspondents would rather have the security of getting news handed to them collectively than face the prospect of missing a big story.

Why any self-respecting reporter would want to cover the White House.

Everything was orchestrated.

Nothing was spontaneous.

There was a gentleman’s agreement to make sure no one missed out on a news break, even to the point that, at the end of the day, a light would go on in the press room to alert reporters that they could leave with the confidence that no news would emanate in their absence.

Under that system there was no reward for initiative and no penalty for sloth.

Even if big news were to break while reporters were gone, it was understood that either a) it would be held until they all came into the press room, or b) all would be phoned and notified at the same time.

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1 posted on 02/16/2006 8:42:32 AM PST by george76
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To: george76
The White House press corps does very little news gathering, if by that we mean beating the bushes to find out things.

Interesting choice of words considering the unmitigated hatred that the left wing MSM has for the Administration.

2 posted on 02/16/2006 8:47:19 AM PST by bassmaner (Let's take the word "liberal" back from the commies!!)
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To: george76

What a bunch of self-important slugs. Was any reporter actually covering the Vice-president? Hhhmmmmm.


3 posted on 02/16/2006 8:49:38 AM PST by originalbuckeye
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To: george76

I have spent a lot of time in the briefing room, and I can tell you that the reporters I met were mostly maggots. BIG maggots. Leslie Stahl, Andrea Mitchell(who ,by the way, possesses and enormous head), Helen Thomas, Sam Donaldson, etc. They're all very, very strange people and they also feel very, very entitled.

Note doubt, all of the aforementioned people must be heroes to scumbums like David Gregory.

When President Reagan had his press conferences in the East Room, I used to smile with irony as I watched early arrivals for the conference switch the names on chairs in order to get closer to the president.

The White House Press Corps: Poorly dressed, rude children.

But the press has always been hated in America. That will never change. It's the job of the press to be hated, I reckon. Well, speaking as a soul who used to be one, I can tell you this: They are quite awful and they relish that role.


4 posted on 02/16/2006 8:50:47 AM PST by RexBeach ("There is no substitute for victory." -Douglas MacArthur)
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To: george76

I have spent a lot of time in the briefing room, and I can tell you that the reporters I met were mostly maggots. BIG maggots. Leslie Stahl, Andrea Mitchell(who ,by the way, possesses and enormous head), Helen Thomas, Sam Donaldson, etc. They're all very, very strange people and they also feel very, very entitled.

No doubt, all of the aforementioned people must be heroes to scumbums like David Gregory.

When President Reagan had his press conferences in the East Room, I used to smile with irony as I watched early arrivals for the conference switch the names on chairs in order to get closer to the president.

The White House Press Corps: Poorly dressed, rude children.

But the press has always been hated in America. That will never change. It's the job of the press to be hated, I reckon. Well, speaking as a soul who used to be one, I can tell you this: They are quite awful and they relish that role.


5 posted on 02/16/2006 8:51:31 AM PST by RexBeach ("There is no substitute for victory." -Douglas MacArthur)
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To: george76
"These are, no doubt, among the best reporters in the land — at least when they arrive. But the skills that made them great as reporters in the first place are of little value in the new assignment, and they soon atrophy."


That's right! Because they are required to turn over their worn and stained knee pads to the next reporter / reporterette recruit when they get assigned to the Whitehouse.






6 posted on 02/16/2006 8:54:52 AM PST by G.Mason (Any power grabbing committed (by Congress) would be a hostile act against the people.)
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To: george76

It all sounds like one happy little inbred family. No wonder their stories are all unremarkable and interchangable.


7 posted on 02/16/2006 8:54:58 AM PST by Owl558 (Pardon my spelling)
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To: george76
Someone pls fax Mr. Butthead a copy.


8 posted on 02/16/2006 8:56:20 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: Owl558

I love it when Rush plays a montage of them all using the latest dnc talking point - remember when GWB chose Cheney as his running mate it was to give his campaign - "Gravitas".

How obvious they all are.


9 posted on 02/16/2006 8:57:21 AM PST by Let's Roll ( "Congressmen who ... undermine the military ... should be arrested, exiled or hanged" - A. Lincoln)
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To: george76

What a bunch of self-centered, arrogant nobodies.


10 posted on 02/16/2006 8:57:57 AM PST by CodeToad
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To: TexasCajun
I would love to get "Mr. Butthead"'s email address or phone number. I searched a bit but cannot find one.

Any clues?

11 posted on 02/16/2006 8:58:30 AM PST by lormand (...the wrong person came out of the water that fateful night in Chappaquiddick)
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To: george76

Rush had a good one yesterday - the White House should start releasing all it's newsworthy items to small news organizations around the country before these clowns are told.


12 posted on 02/16/2006 8:58:32 AM PST by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is July 4th, DemocRATs believe every day is April 15th. - Reagan)
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To: george76
they can’t find news unless it is forced down their open gullets at a daily press briefing

Lovely line. No pictures of Helen Thomas. Please. I beg you.

13 posted on 02/16/2006 8:59:56 AM PST by hsalaw
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To: lormand

x2


14 posted on 02/16/2006 9:01:04 AM PST by fhlh (Polls are for strippers and liberal spinsters.)
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To: OrioleFan

This article pretty much nails it. One of the best analyses I have seen on the sanctimonious coverage of this story. Al Gore speaking in Saudi Arabia against US treatment of Arabs was a far more newsworthy story, but it doesn't move the action line that Bush is evil forward.


15 posted on 02/16/2006 9:02:34 AM PST by Cat loving Texan
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To: OrioleFan

Excellent idea.

The little newspapers would do a much better job.


16 posted on 02/16/2006 9:02:40 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: originalbuckeye

There was no reporter in Texas covering the VP.

All of the slugs were asleep.


17 posted on 02/16/2006 9:04:08 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: hsalaw

It is very nice when Helen Thomas sits in the front row waving her hand and then get ignored.


18 posted on 02/16/2006 9:05:22 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

WH press corps=potted plants/libpodpeople


19 posted on 02/16/2006 9:05:31 AM PST by tumblindice
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To: george76
I was listening to a montage of idiotic questions about the accident (most leveled as near accusations rather than questions) and my head almost exploded when I heard on "reporter" (female) actually ask the following: "Would it have been more serious if he had died?"

I would have paid big money if McClellan had stopped, looked at her and answered, "Uh....DUUUHHHH!"

Somewhere Bill Engvall is shouting "Here's your sign!"

20 posted on 02/16/2006 9:05:34 AM PST by Pablo64 ("Everything I say is fully substantiated by my own opinion.")
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To: Pablo64

The slugs hope that he does die.


21 posted on 02/16/2006 9:09:03 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

When the White House press corps begins to behave like professional journalists rather partisan political hacks who live only to serve the DNC, they will have the respect of both political parties. Until then, they desreve nothing less than isolation and distrust from the presidency they're so eager, almost to the point of desperation, to destroy.


22 posted on 02/16/2006 9:10:47 AM PST by Spok (Est omnis de civilitate.)
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To: RexBeach

The slugs are awful.

Even a two year old has better manners.

They think that they are soooo important. Only to themselves.

I like the idea of releasing all future breaking news to small newspapers, first.


23 posted on 02/16/2006 9:12:02 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

I agree with you. You can hear the hopefulness of his demise in their whiney little voices.


24 posted on 02/16/2006 9:13:49 AM PST by Pablo64 ("Everything I say is fully substantiated by my own opinion.")
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To: george76
Mara Liason, of all people, said she had a friend who had worked in a psych ward as well as the White House press room, and that their were many similarities.

The daily White House press briefing is an idea whose time has come and gone.
25 posted on 02/16/2006 9:19:20 AM PST by Semi Civil Servant (The Main Stream Media: Al-Qaeda's most effective spy network.)
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To: george76
"Instead, they sit in a comfortable auditorium and wait to be told things. "

Or leaked things...

26 posted on 02/16/2006 9:24:53 AM PST by MizSterious (Anonymous sources often means "the voices in my head told me.")
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To: george76
“Why weren’t we told?” has been the refrain, not “How did we miss that story?”

B I N G O ! The crux of the issue.

27 posted on 02/16/2006 9:27:11 AM PST by pollyannaish
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To: OrioleFan

LOL--I agree, that would be great!


28 posted on 02/16/2006 9:27:40 AM PST by MizSterious (Anonymous sources often means "the voices in my head told me.")
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To: george76

I do not invite these vermin (or their employers) into my home. It's not news if you already know what they're going to say.


29 posted on 02/16/2006 9:27:50 AM PST by auboy (The press practices free screech. And they're really good at it.)
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To: george76

The media's complaint that a mere "private citizen" reported the story is teh one that gets me. Since when were private citizens dirt? And they didn't expect Cheney to personally call the story in, they are complaining he didn't have a pr person do it. How does taht make any sense?


30 posted on 02/16/2006 9:28:08 AM PST by Williams
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To: TexasCajun

David pinhead horseface Gregory needs to take a trio to the Orient.


31 posted on 02/16/2006 9:29:15 AM PST by JFC (W, I am with YA)
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To: OrioleFan

I was laughing while thinking about this. He said he would go the the Topeka Eagle to release his news if he were President...LOL.


32 posted on 02/16/2006 9:30:52 AM PST by JerseyDvl ("Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel"-Samuel Johnson to the Dems of today.)
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To: george76

I used to think it must be very difficult being a member of the MSM. It can't be easy to report illusions of reality on a daily basis, and refer to it as *truth*. Then I realized the problem. They are reporting the truth, as perceived through their altered whowhatwherewhenhowwhy world. That's why they can do it day after day, with no guilt or remorse. They are simply reporting what truth is through the looking glass. Rules don't apply to them. Laws don't apply. Integrity nor honor. Those are reserved for THIS side of the glass.


33 posted on 02/16/2006 9:31:50 AM PST by small voice in the wilderness (Democrats: Striving daily to wrong the rights that have been done.)
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To: RexBeach

Sounds like you had some very interesting personal experiences. Thanks for sharing. Did they all hate Reagan as much as it seemed?


34 posted on 02/16/2006 9:33:31 AM PST by Zack Nguyen
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To: george76

Must be winter there!


35 posted on 02/16/2006 9:33:51 AM PST by originalbuckeye
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To: george76

Listening to the huge whine coming out of the MSM yesterday, I had the distinct impression that if wounded, one should call the MSM first, and then the medics. I think the MSM is shooting itself in the foot on this one--most of the country looks at these supposed adults throwing child-like hissy-fits and tantrums, and are disgusted with their behavior. For awhile there, I was afraid Gregory was going to hold his breath until he turned blue!


36 posted on 02/16/2006 9:34:36 AM PST by MizSterious (Anonymous sources often means "the voices in my head told me.")
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To: small voice in the wilderness

They do very little, if any, original work.

They wait to be spoon fed.


37 posted on 02/16/2006 9:35:59 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: MizSterious

Gregory should do us all a favor.

He should "hold his breath until..."


38 posted on 02/16/2006 9:38:34 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Semi Civil Servant

For those who like Mara, and I can tolerate her, she is ALWAYS using the DNC talking points. We get Brit at 3 out here on the left coast and usually when Mara starts her comments I have already heard much of what she says from other newsreaders. You know, the 'anchors' are referred to as 'newsreaders' in Britain. That is really all they do.


39 posted on 02/16/2006 9:39:09 AM PST by originalbuckeye
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To: Zack Nguyen

The press hated President Reagan's with great zeal. They saw him, and this a quote from Tom Hayden(I interviewed him in a car as it drove around the Russell Senate Office Building), as the killer of the New Deal.

I never encountered one person at a WH press briefing, or at an event outside on the south lawn, such as the return of the American hostages from Iran, nor a formal press conference in the East Room, who didn't think that Reagan was an old man who got along on his quaint stories and personality. They loathed him.

BTW, one of the most dangerous places in Washington, D.C. is between a TV camera and Connie Chung. Wow!


40 posted on 02/16/2006 9:44:44 AM PST by RexBeach ("There is no substitute for victory." -Douglas MacArthur)
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To: RexBeach

Facinating. Consider a vanity posting of your experiences. A lot of folks on FR would like it.


41 posted on 02/16/2006 9:52:33 AM PST by Zack Nguyen
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To: originalbuckeye

NBC News' format follows this format...

firstname.lastname@nbc.com

Hence david.gregory@nbc.com.

Try that.

There's a great website (This is NOT a plug for their paid service, just their free one.) called didtheyreadit.com it allows you to anonymously track if the person you sent an email to actually read it.


42 posted on 02/16/2006 9:57:00 AM PST by PittsburghAfterDark
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To: RexBeach

"one of the most dangerous places in Washington, D.C. is between a TV camera and Connie Chung..."

Let me know if you do a vanity post, please.


43 posted on 02/16/2006 9:57:43 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: TexasCajun

What on earth are you doing posting Howdy Doody's picture here?


44 posted on 02/16/2006 10:00:27 AM PST by billhilly (The Democrat symbol is no longer the donkey, it's a strait Jacket.)
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To: george76

Roge-o, George!


45 posted on 02/16/2006 10:01:06 AM PST by RexBeach ("There is no substitute for victory." -Douglas MacArthur)
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To: bassmaner
You would think, that with the tens of thousands of people throughout the country that are in the press, that you would have to have very impressive credentials to make it to the White House press room. Very impressive.

So how is it that none seem to be able to ask an intelligent question during a press briefing, or they keep asking the same question over and over again? I would bet someone working for a High School news paper can come up with better questions than, "Will Dick Cheney resign because of this?", or "will it be more serious if the man dies?"
46 posted on 02/16/2006 10:03:52 AM PST by NavyCanDo
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To: RexBeach

Yes, a vanity post from you with your anecdotes. That would be fun!


47 posted on 02/16/2006 10:09:08 AM PST by originalbuckeye
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To: originalbuckeye

Thanks! I'll think about it...honest!


48 posted on 02/16/2006 10:11:26 AM PST by RexBeach ("There is no substitute for victory." -Douglas MacArthur)
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To: george76
Members of the elite White House press corps this week have acted more like animals that have been kept in captivity for so long that they can’t find news unless it is forced down their open gullets at a daily press briefing.

MMMMMMM!!! That's good writing. :)

49 posted on 02/16/2006 3:18:10 PM PST by Graymatter
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To: george76
Caught this toon in Pookie 18's "Today's Toons" for 02/16/06:


50 posted on 02/16/2006 3:35:03 PM PST by Pirate21 (The liberal media are as sheep clearing the path along which they will be lead to the slaughter.)
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