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Obama team had 'game plan' for presser
Yahoo! News ^ | November 24, 2008 | Michael Calderone

Posted on 11/24/2008 2:34:17 PM PST by NinoFan

When Barack Obama began taking questions during today’s economic press conference, reporters quickly realized that raising one’s hand wouldn’t lead to getting called on. That's because news outlets were selected beforehand.

President-elect Obama, according to an aide, went in with “a game plan” of who to call on, time-permitting. Today, he took questions from reporters with three wire services and three major papers.

Only the Associated Press and Reuters have asked questions at both post-election briefings, the first of which was held on Nov. 7. Otherwise, it’s been a mixed bag. For instance, the NY Times got an opportunity during the first, but the not the second. The opposite can be said for the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal.

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: media; obama; obamatransitionfile; press; presser; questions

1 posted on 11/24/2008 2:34:18 PM PST by NinoFan
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To: NinoFan

I noticed the Messiah did not call upon the broadcasters.

He will teach them to heel, like good lapdogs should.


2 posted on 11/24/2008 2:37:36 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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To: NinoFan
I wonder if Wolf Blitzer will get called on next time...
3 posted on 11/24/2008 2:38:01 PM PST by exist
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To: NinoFan
That means "questions were known"....and "answers were read off a monitor"...

Why do I think Obama cheated on all his exams???

4 posted on 11/24/2008 2:38:54 PM PST by Sacajaweau (I'm planting corn...Have to feed my car...)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

Did FOX get blanked again? Fantastic! All the kissing up got them nothing!


5 posted on 11/24/2008 2:39:21 PM PST by icwhatudo
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To: NinoFan

And all questions MUST be submitted in advance.


6 posted on 11/24/2008 2:39:45 PM PST by mojito
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To: NinoFan

Remember when Bush was heavily criticized for doing nearly the same thing?


7 posted on 11/24/2008 2:40:25 PM PST by savedbygrace (SECURE THE BORDERS FIRST (I'M YELLING ON PURPOSE))
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To: NinoFan; Beckwith; LucyT
One more box checked in the fascist column. It certainly is adding up!
8 posted on 11/24/2008 2:41:20 PM PST by Candor7 (Fascism? All it takes is for good men to say nothing, ( member NRA)
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To: NinoFan

at this rate the honeymoon will be over before he even gets sworn in.


9 posted on 11/24/2008 2:41:40 PM PST by pjluke (thank you Mr. Kalashnikov!)
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To: NinoFan

He called on one guy when he was looking to his left and the guy was to his far right.


10 posted on 11/24/2008 2:44:22 PM PST by mortal19440
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To: NinoFan

Where’s FOX News on the list? Fairness Doctrine says they’re next!


11 posted on 11/24/2008 2:45:35 PM PST by Doctor Raoul (It's no longer the Press Van, it's a "Tanker" Truck!)
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To: NinoFan

Before all is said and done. This guy will turn into a male Hillary Clinton.

You won’t be able to ask certain questions, nor get too close, or look directly into his eyes while talking. Within a few weeks he’ll be wearing a woman’s black pantsuit.


12 posted on 11/24/2008 2:47:26 PM PST by headstamp 2 (Been here before)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

Haha, a faint bit of satisfaction-I’ve said that I couldn’t wait for Hussein’s attack on freedom to bite the complicit media in the azz, as the most useful idiots-and it may happen sooner than I ever believed possible. How will these self-important bubble-dwellers feel when they realise that they too, have to pull their forelocks and bend the knee to the Obamination, in order to have access? How will they feel when their stories have to be vetted, and freedom of the press is an empty phrase for show? They were all aboard for the freedoms of the rest of us to be abridged, and thought that they part of the inner circle, even the power behind the throne. It will be grim satisfaction to watch them realise that they are just another set of useful idiots to the socialist state, and subject to the same lack of respect as the rest of us.


13 posted on 11/24/2008 2:49:58 PM PST by mrsmel (That one is not my president.)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
He will teach them to heel, like good lapdogs should.

Mika and the gang on Morning Joe had their kneepads on this morning. The chumminess with which they converse with the Obamacons is sickening.

14 posted on 11/24/2008 2:51:04 PM PST by Night Hides Not (Don't blame me...I voted for Palin!)
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To: Sacajaweau
That means "questions were known"....and "answers were read off a monitor".

Didn't fool you. Obama does much better giving pre-written orders to the Obamunists instead of actually answering real question.

And they thought Bush was dumb ....

15 posted on 11/24/2008 2:54:59 PM PST by Tarpon (America's first principles, freedom, liberty, market economy and self-reliance will never fail.)
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To: icwhatudo

LOL, I love it. What are they going to do when the left won’t give them the time of day because of their former so-called “bias”, and the right has told them to get lost, after their betrayal? They deserve every diss they’re about to get.


16 posted on 11/24/2008 2:55:23 PM PST by mrsmel (That one is not my president.)
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To: savedbygrace

“Remember when Bush was heavily criticized for doing nearly the same thing?”

Pres. Bush seemed to see it as somehow benevolent to tolerate the incivility exhibited at his press conferences. It will be rather amusing to see the press lead around by their noses, or other leverage points, and they WILL like it.


17 posted on 11/24/2008 2:58:43 PM PST by Peter Horry (Mount Up Everybody and Ride to the Sound of the Guns .. Pat Buchanan)
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To: mortal19440

“He called on one guy when he was looking to his left and the guy was to his far right.”

“No Drama Obama” hates to look like a buffoon. Hence the reason for his heavy reliance on teleprompters during the campaign and this odd style of conducting press conferences. I’m not cynical enough to believe he gets the actual questions in advance, but by giving everyone assigned seats and having a “cheat sheet” of who will get called, Obama can make it look as if he knows reporters by name (when in fact he could care less). Note that he “rotates” questions from his right to middle to left etc. to make it appear “spontaneous”/unplanned [watch YouTube clips of JFK press conferences or even GWB press conferences and you’ll see that in many cases they actually DO know reporters by name!].

FWIW, this “style” may simply emanate from his law professor days, where everyone is expected to sit in the same seat, prof has a cheat sheet of names/seats (and these days head shots!) of those in the class and can proceed—Prof. Kingsley-style, for those who remember The Paper Chase—to browbeat and intimidate students who show up unprepared (as they know they cannot hid in the anonymity of a 100+ student lecture hall since the prof knows their name and seat location). It’s the ultimate in having mastery/control over the situation. The trembling students are so preoccupied with not being put on the spot that they don’t dare flip roles and try to put the prof in the hot seat with a difficult question.


18 posted on 11/24/2008 3:01:21 PM PST by DrC
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To: NinoFan; All

boyHitler was carried from his announcement to his victory upon a MSM lugged sedan chair. What a fine campaign did he run.


19 posted on 11/24/2008 3:05:32 PM PST by fortunate sun (Proud Palinista!)
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To: NinoFan

So...are all the handlers behind him instructed in a kidney chop to Zero’s back when he steps over his instructions?

He looks like a black Howdy-Doody.

*Marionette for all those under 50.


20 posted on 11/24/2008 3:06:03 PM PST by OpusatFR (Neither Republican or Democrat. Monarchist with allegience to The Only One.)
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To: NinoFan
The American people should only have one question for Mr. Obama right now:

"Why won't you release your real birth certificate?"

21 posted on 11/24/2008 3:09:36 PM PST by EternalVigilance (AIPNEWS.com - America's Independent Party: "Peace through superior firepower!")
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To: OpusatFR
He looks like a black Howdy-Doody.

You hit the nail on the head. He's a puppetman.

22 posted on 11/24/2008 3:10:05 PM PST by RightWingMama
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To: pjluke

You missed a good thread. It was mentioned the honeymoon is already over.

It was turning into date rape.


23 posted on 11/24/2008 3:13:10 PM PST by Shooter 2.5 (NRA - Vote against the dem party)
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To: mrsmel

They will be his tool, they will be close at hand, they will tremble even if obedient, such is the life of a house slave, I am far out in the fields, and not subject to much attention.


24 posted on 11/24/2008 3:13:58 PM PST by Peter Horry (Mount Up Everybody and Ride to the Sound of the Guns .. Pat Buchanan)
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To: RightWingMama

Did anyone hear Rush today talking about BO not having a thought of his own? I could not believe it, Hillary brought this up in the debates last winter! Remember he voted present because he couldn’t make a decision? I still believe he is someone’s puppet.


25 posted on 11/24/2008 3:14:55 PM PST by ohiogrammy (12)
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To: headstamp 2

LOL, I can see his pant suit now, picture high water’s stolen from the dark princess, ugh, Hillary.


26 posted on 11/24/2008 3:15:51 PM PST by mnrep (sarah 2012)
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To: NinoFan

Think of it as a problem in economics, which is, as we all know, the science of allocation of scarce resources. And what resource is more precious, to members of the media, than the momentary attention of Obama?

The problem is, of course, it’s not physically possible for all the willing little mouths to fellate him at once. They have to alternate.

Now, one could let the reporters work it out among themselves; one could simply call on the most strident or urgent; or one (The One) could have central planning. Never much doubt as to which way Obama rolls.

It’s funny when the NYT or somebody writes, “according to reports in Libya’s state-controlled media...” I mean, what’s the difference? The so-called men and women in that room could not have been any more subservient to Obama if he owned them outright.

d.o.l.

Criminal Number 18F


27 posted on 11/24/2008 3:24:55 PM PST by Criminal Number 18F (Humor me, I'm one of those scary combat vets)
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To: Sacajaweau
Why do I think Obama cheated on all his exams???

Is there any proof he took any???

28 posted on 11/24/2008 3:30:31 PM PST by varon (Allegiance to the constitution, always. Allegiance to a political party, never.)
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To: mrsmel

Well, we’ll see. Hussein certainly will keep a few of his favorites on his lap...rewarding them with exclusivity and dirt he and his millionaire friends have dug up on conservatives....

I think you’re right, a few of the die hard idealists will have their dream shattered when they realize Hussein really doesn’t give a whit about them. But I think several of the LameStream Media types will be wrapped around his finger.

They loooove the attention he’ll give them. Just like dogs. And they’ll never forget Hussein is their master.


29 posted on 11/24/2008 3:52:07 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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To: NinoFan
He is probably scared to death he will be asked about one of the Birth Certificate cases that are in the courts. Maybe, even the one before SCOTUS.

"Mr. Obama, can you show us your real Birth Certificate?" It would be so easy, if he would allow open questions. :-)

30 posted on 11/24/2008 4:03:38 PM PST by FreeAtlanta (Join the Constitution Party)
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To: OpusatFR

“He looks like a black Howdy-Doody.”

hear, hear


31 posted on 11/24/2008 4:16:41 PM PST by Gator113 ("Noli nothis permittere te terere.")
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To: NinoFan

Perfect. A faux news conference by a faux president for faux reporters providing faux news.


32 posted on 11/24/2008 4:19:48 PM PST by 6SJ7 (Atlas Shrugged Mode: ON)
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To: RightWingMama
He looks like a black Howdy-Doody.
A PhotoShop opportunity.
33 posted on 11/24/2008 4:27:54 PM PST by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.....)
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To: RightWingMama

all questions submmited in advance to the puppetmaster Soros so his puppet can anwser with his mini-telepromper hidden up his sleeve.what a joke
don’t dictators do this kind of stuff? oh yeah, they do................


34 posted on 11/24/2008 4:32:42 PM PST by MissDairyGoodnessVT (Good Morning Mr & Mrs Scooter and All The Ships At Sea)
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To: NinoFan

I noticed that. He read a name off his sheet, then looked around for that reporter. It was a bit too obvious.


35 posted on 11/24/2008 5:09:14 PM PST by sageb1 (Justice is for lawyers. Liberty is for We,The People.)
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To: NinoFan

I never watch much of any of 0bama’s propaganda sessions, but it was apparent that people were placed strategically for the cameras. You had to look quick, but in crowds where there were really very few “whiteys” they would be placed behind 0bama so that camera shots would make it appear that he had universal appeal.


36 posted on 11/24/2008 5:11:17 PM PST by The Sons of Liberty (Sworn to Defend The Constitution Against All Enemies, Foreign and Domestic!)
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To: NinoFan; All
Just a theory!

Does anyone think Hussein didn't take open questions (indeed, perhaps these were planted) because he didn't want his first national presser after the election to include a question about his birth certificate??

Not that any of the LameStream Media would even dare to aks the Messiah about his birth, but there's the one-off chance...

37 posted on 11/24/2008 6:47:37 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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To: NinoFan

The free press is the first casualty of a communist regime.
Obama knows how to handle the MSM...he read “the manual”.


38 posted on 11/24/2008 10:02:25 PM PST by BlessingsofLiberty
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