Skip to comments.AAR: Boston Glob Reporter Forgot American Hero, but Knew Who Cindy Sheehan Was (WHCA FReep, 4/29/06)
Posted on 04/30/2006 4:24:44 AM PDT by sauropod
Honor roll for tonight's FReep include: Jimmy Valentine's Brother, Mr/Mrs Mason-Dixon, bstein80, Doctor Raoul, staytrue, kristinn, tgsltakoma, angelwood, billf, sauropod, exit148, DollyCali, Wheelbarrow, bert, albion wilde, christopher lincoln, bufordp; dinasour, hellinahandcart and gunsareok.
Compared with other years, this year's WHCA FReep was no disappointment. The theme of our counterprotest this year was "Pulitzer Prizes for Treason" given that Dana Priest and others are receiving Pulitzer Prizes for reporting illegally leaked information. There were several signs that alluded to what is going on (only in America), including this brilliant one by BufordP:
This point was further reinforced by our very own Doctor Raoul appearing in front of the Washington Hilton as Boris Badanov and asking the partygoers in tuxes, wrinkled noses and furrowed brows where his Pulitzer was, since he had been working so long to help bring down America, just like them.
Kristinn used a sign to illustrate a point about what the MSM selectively chooses to emphasize. The sign had a picture of Cindy Sheehan and SGT Paul Smith on it. The sign asked, "Why are these two people notable?"
Kristinn's point was that everybody knew who Sheehan was, but very few people knew who SGT Smith was (Only Medal of Honor winner in the current action, died in battle at Baghdad Airport). Kristinn started asking partygoers this pop quiz (with a prize of a $5 Starbucks coupon as a reward for the correct answer). One fellow from the Boston Glob said he did not know who SGT Smith was. When Kristinn told him, he remarked, "Oh yeah, I wrote a story about him."
Think about this. The reporter that wrote a story about a true hero couldn't remember who he was.
There was only one winner for the evening, FoxNews' Bret Baier, who answered correctly immediately.
We saw quite a few other luminaries strolling up to the Hilton. They included Joe DiGenova and Victoria Toensing, James Rosen (FNC), David Schuster (PMSNBC), Bill Plante, Michael Barone (US News and World Report), an infobabe from ABC (could not place her name), Steve Doocy in a cab, and Julian Bond (NAA of Some CP).
I was holding a sign that showed a picture of Dan Rather and Katie Couric (with middle finger extended) and it simply said, "Different hosts, same bias. See BS." Doocy gave the thumbs up from the cab when he saw the sign. I had my camcorder along for the FReep and think I have this on tape.
When I saw Schuster crossing the street, I was trying to man the camcorder and did not ask him about his excreble reporting on Chrissy Matthews show. However, I did score a personal best when BufordP spotted Julian Bond on the opposite side of Connecticut Avenue. I had enough time to get the camcorder fired up, and when Bond reached the median strip, I asked him "Hey Julian, how's the race hustling business going?" I also told him that if we were really the right-wing Taliban, that we had a burka just his size waiting for him. I think i got this on video also.
Bond didn't respond and stonily looked the other way.
We had FReepers attending from some distance away. Here is Bert from Tennesee:
GunsareOK currently resides in very southern Virginia and came up to Dee Cee just for this event.
Staytrue did his usual stellar effort with posters for the counterprotest. Here are a couple he put together:
Danish Cartoon and Nascar
Our local yokels were in attendance as per usual. Here is Jimmy Valentine's Brother.
We had a couple of folks from Protest Warrior attend. One guy dressed up like David Gregory.
He had a lot of fun directly in front of the Hilton, greeting Our Rulers were arriving to attend the dinner.
Now, the piece de resistance' (as they say) was Doctor Raoul's brilliant idea of obtaining a bunch of large binkies for the White House Pimp Corps because they complained one day on Air Force One about the TV always being on Fox News. Here is the relevant exchange (posted on exposetheleft.com and originally attributed to The Hotline):
The "Q" making a big deal out of this is Washington Posts White House Correspondent and frequent Countdown guest, Jim Vandehei:
Q Its come to my attention that theres been requests--this is a serious question--to turn these TVs onto a station other than Fox, and that those have been denied. My question would be, is there a White House policy that all government TVs have to be tuned to Fox?
MR. McCLELLAN: Never heard of any such thing. My TVs are on four different channels at all times.
Q Because you have four different TVs. But every time Ive ever been--
MR. McCLELLAN: Every TV in the White House also has channels every--has a split screen, where they can--
Q Well, they always seem to be tuned to Fox, and theres been requests, and these are paid for by taxpayer dollars. And my understanding is that you guys have to watch Fox on Air Force One. Is that true?
MR. McCLELLAN: First time Ive ever heard of it. First time youve brought it to my attention, meaning the first time the press corps has brought it to my attention. In fact, Ive watched other channels on here.
Q Theres one--
MR. McCLELLAN: Hang on, Jim, come on. Ive watched other channels on here, so I dont know where youre hearing that. But its the first time anyone in the press has raised that question with me.
Q Youve watched other channels other than Fox?
MR. McCLELLAN: On here, yes, sure.
Q Ive never seen--theyre always turned to Fox, which a lot of people consider a Republican-leaning network.
Q Scott, is it one--on the airplane, is it one for all? I mean, if its tuned for Fox here, is it Fox everywhere?
MR. McCLELLAN: I think that certain areas may be interconnected, but Ill have to double-check which.
Q Is yours off, wherever you are?
MR. McCLELLAN: Well, the conference room, or the senior staff office, the staff office, theyre different TVs, and you can switch to different channels. Im not sure if some of these in the back are connected to some of the others that are watching right here, right now. It doesnt look like it to me. Ive never known anyone thats raised a complaint about a request from back here to watch a different channel.
Q Im officially raising it and officially complaining about it.
MR. McCLELLAN: Well, Im going to go see if we can change the channel for you. Have you called up?
Q I was the Fox victim, and I was told--the quote was, "No," when I asked for CNN.
MR. McCLELLAN: I dont know who you talked to, so--it didnt come to my attention. You dont know who you talked to either?
Q Well, the magic people at the other end off the phone.
MR. McCLELLAN: The magic people at the other end of the phone. Well, Ill see if this cabin is--
Q I was told, "We dont watch CNN here, you can only watch Fox."
MR. McCLELLAN: As I said, its hard to respond to something when I dont know who it is you talked to.
Q I used the phone back here.
MR. McCLELLAN: I find this all quite amusing, to tell you the truth. I mean, there are a lot of people on this plane that do watch that channel.
Q Ive never been told, no. Theyre such nice guys up there.
MR. McCLELLAN: First time you brought it to my attention. Ill go see what we can do on it.
* * * *
MR. McCLELLAN: We just called up. Theyre going to be changing it, at your alls request, to the channel that you requested, which is CNN from the press corps.
Q Thanks, Scott.
What a BUNCH of WHINERS! To institutionalize this, Doctor Raoul developed the Jim Vandenhei award. The WH Press Corps were quite taken with these:
A close up.
We oughta use these every year!
But will I read about this anywhere but here?
Those of the upturned nose, the furrowed brow, and the holier than thou attitudes would rather you didn't.
After watching that disgusting display of self-congratulation and insulting jokes about the President, I am SO glad to see that you guys were there with plenty of insulting signs and props! I sincerely hope that next year the President finds something else to do rather than dignifying this bunch of liars and losers with his presence.
And as per usual Doctor Raoul Deming (of the Demings of his ilk now resident in Takoma Park) was on top of his game. Always good to watch the Doctor operate!
BTTT! great effort, thanks for being there on our behalf.
Ping for anyone missing from other lists.
Loved the pics! Wish I'd been there.
Over here for more chuckles!
"Q I was told, "We dont watch CNN here, you can only watch Fox."
"CNN? CNN? We don watch no steenkin' CNN."
(Now THAT would be a good sign to display!)
That is Bert, not gunsareok with the stabbing,stabbing sign. Perhaps you can ask the admin mod to change it.
Mean, just plain, old meansprited!
I love it.
Y'all are fantastic.
DC chapter strikes again. Way to go, 'Pod!
He'll probably tell people he's been "personally attacked" by rabid right wingers.
That's how they usually respond.
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