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Helen Thomas: "Obama, Like All Presidents, Tries To Manage The News" [WARNING: HORRIFIC IMAGES]
TheBostonChannel.com ^ | 9 Jul 09 | The only reporter to have interviewed all 44 US Presidents, HELEN THOMAS!!!

Posted on 07/10/2009 11:07:33 AM PDT by seanmerc

WASHINGTON -- It’s not news when the White House tries to manage the news. That has always been the case.

But it is news when Obama administration officials -- the folks who proclaimed that they would bring unprecedented openness and transparency to government -- fall all over themselves trying to manipulate news briefings and attempting amateurish stagecraft at public meetings.

The president relies on a list of handpicked reporters to call on at his formal news conferences -- and the fortunate few are not necessarily accredited reporters but include new age self-appointed journalists or anyone with a laptop.

The White House staff selects both the professionals and ringers for the call-on list. Some are alerted the night before the news conference that they will be called on. This leaves the impression that the White House is trying to influence the questions the president will be asked-- which may or may not be true.

At his most recent news conference, President Barack Obama recognized a blogger, who had been invited by the Obama staff to attend the briefing and then steered into asking a question about the Iranian election, a topic that Obama was eager to address. I’ve heard of planted questions, but this was a planted questioner, an odd addition to the medley of White House feints designed to manipulate the news.

With the White House pulling all the strings, reporters become their puppets. Those not called upon -- well, they are nothing but props or extras at the big show in the East Room of the White House.

The Obama administration, like many of its predecessors, also has adopted the so-called "town meeting" format to give the president a forum that allows him to market the party line without appearing to do so. Access is limited and questioners are carefully selected so that viewers and readers get the purest form of the president’s message, whatever the topic may be.

Spin and propaganda do eventually become transparent, but sometimes the deception can lead to unjustified war -- as we have seen in the recent past. It’s as if the message managers become deceived by their own spin.

All of this is particularly unfortunate at a time when the nation needs a free and unfettered news media to scrutinize the new administration and its new policies.

The military keeps us safe but the press -- which informs the American people -- keeps us free.

The importance of a free press is best illustrated by its prominence on the to-do list of would-be dictators. The first move by coup supporters is to seize the news media, take over the local broadcast stations and censor the newspapers.

In the U.S. the term "managed news" was coined in the Kennedy era, giving a handy title to a practice that previous presidents had also attempted. Perhaps this practice reached its high water mark during the Ronald Reagan administration when the former Hollywood actor and Michael Deaver, his deputy chief of staff, collaborated to meticulously construct the president’s image. It seemed that not a Reagan wave went unscripted.

Much as White Houses try to control the news, it’s not that easy in a free society.

I think of former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s attempt to set up a "disinformation" office at the Pentagon. When it was quickly exposed and dismantled, Rumsfeld indicated he would spread out the bogus news operations to other agencies of the military.

It’s a shame that the Obama administration has discarded his high-sounding rhetoric about transparency and openness. So far, it looks like change we can’t believe in.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: barackobama; bho2009; bho44; bhopress; dims; dumbocrats; eyewash; helenthomas; infobabe; liberalmeathead; moonbat; obama; obamalamadingdong; obamarama; ooohhhmyeyes; rats
This will start your weekend off right!
1 posted on 07/10/2009 11:07:33 AM PDT by seanmerc
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To: beckysueb; DirtyHarryY2K; freedomlover; holly go-rightly; Jet Jaguar; Lauren BaRecall; LucyT; ...
Yoo-hoo, Helen Thomas ping list members! FReepmail me if you'd like to be added to the list.
2 posted on 07/10/2009 11:10:38 AM PDT by seanmerc
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To: seanmerc

That’s just mean. Plain, ol’ mean.


3 posted on 07/10/2009 11:10:43 AM PDT by InvisibleChurch (Trailer of "33 Minutes", video by Heritage.com - http://www.heritage.org/33-minutes/)
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To: seanmerc

Ah, but Zero is the very first one with totally staged “press conferences” ruled by teleprompter.


4 posted on 07/10/2009 11:11:09 AM PDT by FormerACLUmember
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To: seanmerc

We should note that Helen Thomas got this one right.

She means control the news and if she can figure it out, well then, it’s beyond blatant.

And most of the MSM are complicit.


5 posted on 07/10/2009 11:11:32 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: seanmerc

Thanks for the warning!


6 posted on 07/10/2009 11:11:41 AM PDT by Poe White Trash
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To: seanmerc
Emergency Antitoxin...


7 posted on 07/10/2009 11:12:59 AM PDT by Dallas59 ("You know the one with the big ears? He might be yours, but he ain't my president.")
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To: Dallas59

Thankyouthankyouthankyou!! I had almost passed out but your antitoxin worked great!


8 posted on 07/10/2009 11:15:09 AM PDT by brushcop (SFC Sallie, CPL Long, LTHarris, SSG Brown, PVT Simmons KIA OIF lll&V, they died for you, honor them)
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To: seanmerc

Why are you insulting that beautiful German Shepard! And he’s a war hero, too!


9 posted on 07/10/2009 11:15:15 AM PDT by Yankereb
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To: seanmerc

Evidently the software at my office is blocking out the pictures. All I see is white background and your message. I guess I will have to wait until I get home to be horrified.


10 posted on 07/10/2009 11:15:22 AM PDT by rwa265 (Christ my Cornerstone)
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To: seanmerc

.... though I support anyone who demands the truth and outs the nasty


11 posted on 07/10/2009 11:15:22 AM PDT by InvisibleChurch (Trailer of "33 Minutes", video by Heritage.com - http://www.heritage.org/33-minutes/)
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To: FormerACLUmember

“...and the fortunate few are not necessarily accredited reporters but include new age self-appointed journalists or anyone with a laptop.”

Therein lies the crux of the matter. They consider it their good fortune to be called on during a press conference, not their duty to elicit and report the news. The teacher has found some new pets.


12 posted on 07/10/2009 11:16:29 AM PDT by billhilly
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To: seanmerc

After some thought about remarks about this woman’s appearance, I think some have gone overboard on the “ugly” remarks. I have to say I have made some not so kind remarks myself, but remember she was created by GOD in his image and likeness.


13 posted on 07/10/2009 11:17:27 AM PDT by notaliberal (Right-wing extremist)
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To: Yankereb

He had the shot and didn’t take it...


14 posted on 07/10/2009 11:18:57 AM PDT by seanmerc
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To: seanmerc

I’m a closet-admirer of Ms. Thomas for the simple reason that the woman gets up every morning, applies make-up, slips into heeled but sensible shoes that probably hurt and goes to work at an age when most of us will be finger painting (badly) at the Rest Home. Or dead.

Her politics are screwed but, right now, I love Helen.


15 posted on 07/10/2009 11:20:27 AM PDT by fullchroma (I want my country back.)
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To: seanmerc
He had the shot and didn’t take it...

"But how can you shoot a little old lady like Helen Thomas?"

"Easy, you just don't lead her as much..."

16 posted on 07/10/2009 11:21:35 AM PDT by Yo-Yo
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To: notaliberal

True.


17 posted on 07/10/2009 11:22:15 AM PDT by seanmerc
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To: Dallas59

thankfully I arrived at our post in time to avoid having to gougr out my eyes


18 posted on 07/10/2009 11:22:28 AM PDT by henry_reardon
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To: seanmerc
Have him manage this, Helen:


19 posted on 07/10/2009 11:24:12 AM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: fullchroma
Satire...right?! This WITCH needs to retire and take up knitting or something. Sorry, but this kind of OLD FART left wing RAT needs to take a hike...permanently!! Outta sight outta mind! :)
20 posted on 07/10/2009 11:29:28 AM PDT by RoseofTexas (sierra)
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To: seanmerc

I used to be the guy who posted Helen’s weekly column a few years ago, before I got tired of it. I don’t think you need a “HORRIFIC IMAGES!!!” subheader every time you post one. Anybody who made it to FR is already painfully aware of HT’s appearance.


21 posted on 07/10/2009 11:29:39 AM PDT by presidio9 ("Don't shoot. Let 'em burn.")
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To: seanmerc

Gee,it hurts to look at that mug.


22 posted on 07/10/2009 11:31:16 AM PDT by taxtruth
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To: F15Eagle

Exactly.


23 posted on 07/10/2009 11:35:58 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: presidio9

You wouldn’t believe the messages people send when I don’t include the warning! :-)


24 posted on 07/10/2009 11:38:40 AM PDT by seanmerc
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To: InvisibleChurch

she was born August 4, 1920 soon to be 89 years old


25 posted on 07/10/2009 11:41:16 AM PDT by restornu (Dream Impossible Dreams)
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To: seanmerc

Trust me, I’ve been there. I’ve even included warnings in the subheader like you. I’ve come to understand that when you do such things, you make it all about the vile woman’s looks, and not the hateful things that are coming out of her mouth. I’m all about posing things people are going to disagree with, so they can be properly rebutted. I just don’t like seeing it become an excuse to post fifty ugly pictures of a famously ugly woman. She knows she’s ugly.


26 posted on 07/10/2009 11:42:52 AM PDT by presidio9 ("Don't shoot. Let 'em burn.")
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To: seanmerc

Trust me, I’ve been there. I’ve even included warnings in the subheader like you. I’ve come to understand that when you do such things, you make it all about the vile woman’s looks, and not the hateful things that are coming out of her mouth. I’m all about posing things people are going to disagree with, so they can be properly rebutted. I just don’t like seeing it become an excuse to post fifty ugly pictures of a famously ugly woman. She knows she’s ugly.


27 posted on 07/10/2009 11:42:55 AM PDT by presidio9 ("Don't shoot. Let 'em burn.")
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To: seanmerc
The only reporter to have interviewed all 44 US Presidents, HELEN THOMAS!!!

Chortle.

Stopped reading right there. It's much better that way.

BTW, I understand through an email from Accuracy in Media that H.R. 533 is honoring our gal for her "unflagging and honest coverage of every president of the United States since John F. Kennedy."

Sorry if that is what the article is really about. I really did stop reading after your clever by line.

Helen circa 1960's with the Kennedy family nurse:


28 posted on 07/10/2009 11:43:10 AM PDT by MaggieCarta (We're all Detroiters now.)
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To: seanmerc

IS THIS, ENOUGH EYE WASH?
....quick reply, NO!
not for the whole weekend.

29 posted on 07/10/2009 11:45:56 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (Zer0Bambi to the poor (foolish) voter: Welcome to Zer0's Peasant Care ® You Sucker... Now Die! :)
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To: seanmerc

Whoa! How ironic is this??? An inaccuracy from Accuracy in Media???!!!??? The HR 533 for this term that I looked at isn’t sponsored by the Rep. named in the article at all, and doesn’t seem to be a resolution honoring our star reporter. Well...more to follow...


30 posted on 07/10/2009 11:49:08 AM PDT by MaggieCarta (We're all Detroiters now.)
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To: MaggieCarta
Ok, the crisis is over. It's House Resolution 533, not a bill. Here it is on Thomas.gov
31 posted on 07/10/2009 11:56:50 AM PDT by MaggieCarta (We're all Detroiters now.)
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To: seanmerc
Gee, thanks!!!! Now I need a new keyboard to replace the one I vomited on.
32 posted on 07/10/2009 12:09:09 PM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud Dad of a U.S. Army Infantry Soldier presently instructing at Ft. Benning.)
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To: SoldierDad

You probably needed to do a tech refresh anyway. :-)


33 posted on 07/10/2009 2:11:32 PM PDT by seanmerc
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To: seanmerc
My eyes!!

MY EYES!!

Those images are BURNED onto my retina!!

The HORROR!

34 posted on 07/10/2009 2:18:58 PM PDT by chs68
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Check posting #29- you may want to place that in your personal page.


35 posted on 07/10/2009 2:39:15 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (The McCain/Palin ticket was like a Kangaroo, stronger on the bottom than at the top)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Is that one of those Irish singers ?


36 posted on 07/10/2009 2:57:39 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: seanmerc

Just add some text and you’ve got yourself a horror movie poster!


37 posted on 07/10/2009 3:28:27 PM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: seanmerc

I love this Helen Thomas ping list. It never fails to make me laugh and I am always amazed by FReepers’ creativity. Thank you, seanmerc, for making the effort for us. Any way you want to post it is fine with me.

It’s true we are all God’s children; but so was Judas. I think one of the Gospel writers called him a demon. Even Jesus called the pharisees names. Shall we call Helen a “whited wall” or viper instead?

No, I think Helen’s ugly thoughts and writings and all the disrespect she showed to President Bush warrant calling her names and making fun of her. She has done all she could as a “journalist” to damage the war effort and conservatism. If FReepers want to laugh at her expense, it’s okay with me!


38 posted on 07/10/2009 3:41:32 PM PDT by Melian ("Now, Y'all without sin can cast the first stone." ~H.I. McDunnough)
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To: rwa265

“Evidently the software at my office is blocking out the pictures.”

You lucky stiff!


39 posted on 07/10/2009 3:43:24 PM PDT by Melian ("Now, Y'all without sin can cast the first stone." ~H.I. McDunnough)
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To: MaggieCarta

Wow, all three of those women in that photo are “rather plain” and all have substantial noses. Have I said that delicately enough?

I do like the way that little boy is looking at Hellen with his chin out and a defiant look in his eye. Also, I believe that, back then, it was considered disrespectful to have your hands in your pockets when talking to an adult. All in all, I’d say that fine young man has got Hellen’s number.

Back then, boys were little men. I miss those boys. I don’t know how my daughters are going to sift through the sissies of today and find a manly guy.

Great post ,MaggieCarta!


40 posted on 07/10/2009 3:53:56 PM PDT by Melian ("Now, Y'all without sin can cast the first stone." ~H.I. McDunnough)
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To: MaggieCarta

I’d like to take credit for that line, but I can’t. I stole it from someone else—it cracked me up!


41 posted on 07/10/2009 4:02:19 PM PDT by seanmerc
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To: restornu
she was born August 4, 1920 soon to be 89 years old

To put that in perspective, she was 21 years old when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor.

The new fangled invention, T.V. was still a decade away.

You would think after seeing all that see has seen, she would at least be a moderate journalist instead of a raving moonbat

42 posted on 07/10/2009 4:15:35 PM PDT by Popman (Joe Biden REALLY can't be Vice President, can he ?)
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To: seanmerc

43 posted on 07/10/2009 4:31:08 PM PDT by 50mm (Your mother sews socks that smell!)
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To: Jeff Head

Well Michelle Obama is no looker either Jeff. I wish this cave crawler would go back to her cave. Sheesh!! CO


44 posted on 07/10/2009 5:08:55 PM PDT by Canadian Outrage (Conservatism is to a country what an antibiotic is to an infection - Healing!!!!)
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To: Melian
Thank you, Melian

Wow, all three of those women in that photo are “rather plain” and all have substantial noses. Have I said that delicately enough?

Giggle. Yes, that was rather delicately put.

Also, I believe that, back then, it was considered disrespectful to have your hands in your pockets when talking to an adult. All in all, I’d say that fine young man has got Hellen’s number.

I think you are correct on both points ;)

I don’t know how my daughters are going to sift through the sissies of today and find a manly guy...

Not to worry, my nephew is no sissy boy. There must be many others out there.

45 posted on 07/10/2009 6:02:16 PM PDT by MaggieCarta (We're all Detroiters now.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

I don’t know, I’ll ask the poster.


46 posted on 07/10/2009 8:13:56 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (The McCain/Palin ticket was like a Kangaroo, stronger on the bottom than at the top)
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To: skinkinthegrass

Who is the attractive woman you put in posting #29?


47 posted on 07/10/2009 8:14:49 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (The McCain/Palin ticket was like a Kangaroo, stronger on the bottom than at the top)
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To: Clintonfatigued
Who is the attractive woman you put in posting #29?

don't know, but she's a real looker....
I was surfin' FR, found that photo.


48 posted on 07/10/2009 8:22:11 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (Zer0Bambi to the poor (foolish) voter: Welcome to Zer0's Peasant Care ® You Sucker... Now Die! :)
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To: seanmerc

Except for Helen’s comments about Reagan and Rummy, she’s right on target. She’s not backing down at all. Gotta give her credit when it’s due. Actually, she’s quite brave.


49 posted on 07/11/2009 8:56:17 AM PDT by Lauren BaRecall (Proud heterosexual.)
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To: seanmerc

LOL - true


50 posted on 07/11/2009 11:54:32 AM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud Dad of a U.S. Army Infantry Soldier presently instructing at Ft. Benning.)
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