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White House reporters afraid to criticize the White House
salon ^ | 4/29/10 | Glenn Greenwald

Posted on 04/29/2010 9:56:48 AM PDT by Nachum

Politico's Josh Gerstein and Patrick Gavin have a long article describing the growing anger of the White House press corps towards the Obama White House. Many of the grievances are petty, though some are serious and substantive (involving lack of transparency and media manipulation), but the passage that I found most revealing is this one:

Much of the criticism is off the record, both out of fear of retaliation and from worry about appearing whiny. But those views were voiced by a cross section of the television, newspaper and magazine journalists who cover the White House.

(Excerpt) Read more at salon.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: afraid; criticize; media; reporters; white

1 posted on 04/29/2010 9:56:48 AM PDT by Nachum
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...
The list, ping

Let me know if you would like to be on or off the ping list

2 posted on 04/29/2010 9:57:29 AM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum

Gee, I wonder why.


3 posted on 04/29/2010 9:57:53 AM PDT by Gen. Burkhalter
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To: Nachum

Scared and totally agree with them too.


4 posted on 04/29/2010 9:59:37 AM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com << Get your science fiction and fiction test marketed)
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To: Nachum

And yet, they weren’t afraid to criticize President Bush. What is the difference?


5 posted on 04/29/2010 9:59:59 AM PDT by Hoosier-Daddy ( "It does no good to be a super power if you have to worry what the neighbors think." BuffaloJack)
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To: Nachum

Of course they can’t complain. They can’t even talk with their heads up Obama’s colon....


6 posted on 04/29/2010 10:00:10 AM PDT by tips up
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To: Nachum

“...both out of fear of retaliation...”

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This phrase alone suggests a REAL news story of historically unprecedented magnitude.


7 posted on 04/29/2010 10:00:43 AM PDT by EyeGuy
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To: Nachum

Yes, they are.

In fact, I really think they’re afraid to NOT PRAISE B.H.O.


8 posted on 04/29/2010 10:01:29 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Nachum

And now 0 will give a speech about his administration being the most transparent in history.


9 posted on 04/29/2010 10:01:42 AM PDT by camerongood210
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To: Nachum

Salon, this is a liberal site, right? Too bad that are staying quiet about it. There job is to speak up. Wonder if they know something??? Scary ship we are riding.


10 posted on 04/29/2010 10:01:47 AM PDT by GoCards ("We eat therefore we hunt...")
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To: Hoosier-Daddy
And yet, they weren’t afraid to criticize President Bush. What is the difference?

The difference is that the Bush administration never threatened to cut off their access whereas both the Obama and Clinton administrations have.

11 posted on 04/29/2010 10:02:22 AM PDT by Dahoser (Separation of church and state? No, we need separation of media and state.)
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To: Nachum

Helen Thomas made a comment about Obama’s “Nixonian” treatment of the press and was immediately given a time out in the second row.


12 posted on 04/29/2010 10:03:09 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Nachum

Ya gotta be tough when yer dumb...or nuanced...or NYTed-intellectual.

Although the press is in bed with the Democrats dresssed in their lettered MSNBCCBCABC crotchless cheerleader lingerie on, at some point they will get around to thinking about the reason, rights and responsibility of a “free” press.


13 posted on 04/29/2010 10:04:01 AM PDT by Voter62vb
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To: Nachum

Media


14 posted on 04/29/2010 10:04:13 AM PDT by FrankR (Standing up against tyranny must start somewhere, or the future will belong to the tyrants.)
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To: Hoosier-Daddy

This is BS commie propaganda.


15 posted on 04/29/2010 10:04:21 AM PDT by roses of sharon (I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13)
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To: Nachum

Bill clinton got at least five reporters fired from their jobs for reporting on his shennanigans. He used the regulatory agencies and the IRS to threaten their bosses.

I’m sure Obama would do the same thing, and probably be less subtle about it. That officer who was the first to challenge the birth issue was released from service, but then was fired from his job with a defense contractor, when the Pentagon threatened to cease doing business with his employer unless he was fired.

This is more than just threatening not to give reporters access. Because none of them are getting any access anyway. It’s approaching a year since Obama’s last press conference. They don’t get access, they get news releases, which they are obliged to print. Or prime-time TV shows entirely on Obama’s terms.

And not ONE SINGLE cocktail party for the press since the inauguration. That must REALLY have them upset, after all the good times during the clinton years.

Poor babies. It’s like spousal abuse or even child abuse. And they just have to take it.


16 posted on 04/29/2010 10:06:30 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Nachum

How about, “Reporters in Venezuela (America) work for Hugo Chavez (Barack Obama).


17 posted on 04/29/2010 10:07:10 AM PDT by historyrepeatz
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To: camerongood210; Nachum

I’m surprised this appeared in Salon, which is pretty liberal and could be expected to host only Obama devotees.

But it is very scary; the press is getting a taste of living in Castro’s Cuba, Hugo’s Venezuela, or a host of scummy African dictatorships where the press has to tread carefully. Right now they’re just worried about being denied “access;” wait till they start having to worry about criminal charges for criticizing or even just revealing unapproved information about The One.


18 posted on 04/29/2010 10:07:13 AM PDT by livius
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To: Hoosier-Daddy

cojones and a spine


19 posted on 04/29/2010 10:07:36 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Nachum

20 posted on 04/29/2010 10:07:44 AM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: Nachum

This is from Salon???

Is that a pig flying by my window?


21 posted on 04/29/2010 10:08:33 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: roses of sharon

When Pravda is doing a better job than our MSM...


22 posted on 04/29/2010 10:08:43 AM PDT by Hoosier-Daddy ( "It does no good to be a super power if you have to worry what the neighbors think." BuffaloJack)
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To: Nachum

“How could you possibly be a minimally credible White House reporter if you have that fear? Doesn’t that unwillingness rather obviously render their reporting worthless?”

Why YES..it does make their reporting worthless(eye roll). Glad to see some in the MSM are getting a clue as to why nobody trusts them anymore and why nobody bothers to read/watch their crap.


23 posted on 04/29/2010 10:08:57 AM PDT by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: Nachum

Anita Dunn, Obama’s former Communications Director, discusses how they circumvented and controlled the media.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlGNhAnwp_Y

(In first 3 1/2 minutes. Later in this video she says Mao Zedong is one of her favorite “philosophers.”)


24 posted on 04/29/2010 10:11:17 AM PDT by fullchroma (Obama: GET OUT OF MY DOCTOR'S OFFICE!)
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To: roses of sharon

I almost hold the SRM more responsible for what has happened to this country than I do Uh-bama and his regime! Almost!!


25 posted on 04/29/2010 10:12:50 AM PDT by Batman11 (Sarah Palin: "Illegal immigrants are called illegal for a reason!")
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To: Nachum

They made this bed (with compost and a shovel) now let them lay in it.


26 posted on 04/29/2010 10:14:08 AM PDT by GenXteacher (He that hath no stomach for this fight, let him depart!)
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To: Nachum

Careerist Cowards.


27 posted on 04/29/2010 10:15:24 AM PDT by glorgau
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To: Nachum; ExTexasRedhead; LucyT; blackie; JustPiper; caww; MestaMachine; Candor7; null and void
From your link:
National political reporters are furious over various White House practices involving transparency and information control, but are unwilling to say so for attribution due to fear of "retaliation," instead insisting on hiding behind a wall of anonymity (which Politico, needless to say, happily provides)

Definition 'gestapo'

...a secret-police organization employing underhanded and terrorist methods against persons suspected of disloyalty

28 posted on 04/29/2010 10:18:18 AM PDT by MamaDearest
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To: livius
wait till they start having to worry about criminal charges for criticizing or even just revealing unapproved information about The One.

They sure didn't hesitate to reveal information about the previous administration. If I didn't know better, I would say the media is a little biased.

29 posted on 04/29/2010 10:21:45 AM PDT by camerongood210
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To: Batman11

Yes, the MSM are leftwing political organizations who only hire leftwing hacks to campaign against Republicans 24/7/365, for 40 years running.

They are not biased.

They are doing their job, their only job.


30 posted on 04/29/2010 10:21:54 AM PDT by roses of sharon (I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13)
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To: Nachum

Again...typical reaction to a dictator who will reek vengeance on all who oppose his commands.


31 posted on 04/29/2010 10:23:25 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannolis. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: roses of sharon
This is BS commie propaganda.

I don't think so. During Bams campaign, he had lawyers continually threatening the press. Now that he's Prez, he has the FCC, IRS et al to go after anyone who strays from the "party" line. And being ruined is the least of it. There ARE worse things that could happen. Remember we are talking about an Alinsky Chicago thug.

32 posted on 04/29/2010 10:24:27 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: Nachum

Does this mean the lapdogs want to be watchdogs now?

Nah.


33 posted on 04/29/2010 10:25:41 AM PDT by Freddd (CNN is down to Three Hundred Thousand viewers. But they worked for it.)
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To: Don Corleone

Il Duce knows how to control the message.


34 posted on 04/29/2010 10:30:41 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Palin/Hunter 2012 -- Bolton their Secretary of State)
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To: Nachum

I read an article a number of years back that described how newspaper editors during the forties and fifties (before the advent of television)used to assign reporters to their Washington Bureau for only a year or two. This was to prevent the reporters from developing too close of a personal relationship with those about whom they were reporting.

But today, all of that is gone. Once television became the dominant medium the “pretty boy” reporters, who love to hear themselves speak as well as see themselves on TV, took over.

This is why we have a cadre of reporters that are vulnerable to intimidation. They are petrified of losing their gig.

It is truly a sad state of affairs.


35 posted on 04/29/2010 10:34:28 AM PDT by JohnG45
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To: Hoosier-Daddy

As a matter of fact, the opinion piece/article mentions that the press never complained about the lack of transparency during the Bush years: “(animosity strangely absent during the full-scale information blackout of the Bush years).”

Indeed. The lies in the quoted statement from Salon defy even Joseph Goebbels. Forgive me if I am unable to muster any sympathy for Ernst Rohm’s little group. They were willing to be used.


36 posted on 04/29/2010 10:59:24 AM PDT by sig226 (Mourn this day, the death of a great republic. March 21, 2010)
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To: Nachum

The MSM has played the part of being two bit streetwalking whores for Obamao and now are crying because he is pimp slapping them around like the two bit streetwalking whores they are.

Sheesh....even Tiger Woods trollops were smarter then that and they do not have the “education and intelligence” that those MSM whores claim they do.


37 posted on 04/29/2010 11:00:01 AM PDT by Nahanni
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To: Nachum

Maybe someone should start publishing unconfirmed rumors from a source deep inside the whitehouse press pool and see what happens.

Just to stir things up a bit, you see.


38 posted on 04/29/2010 11:15:13 AM PDT by Eagle Eye (A blind clock finds a nut at least twice a day.)
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To: Nachum
White House reporters afraid to criticize the White House
No! (Something can't be right with this headline.)
39 posted on 04/29/2010 11:18:41 AM PDT by _Jim (Conspiracy theories are the favorite tools of the weak-minded.)
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To: roses of sharon

What is BS commie propaganda?

Not sure your meaning..?


40 posted on 04/29/2010 12:45:15 PM PDT by little jeremiah (http://lifewurx.com - Good herb formulas made by a friend)
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To: little jeremiah

The commie press “reporting” that the other commie press is mad at their commie leader.

All nonsense.

Their 40 year long lie is over, and they are desperate to try and stop more Americans from knowing their true agenda.


41 posted on 04/29/2010 12:48:51 PM PDT by roses of sharon (I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13)
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To: roses of sharon

Ah, so you mean they’re just trying to cover their butts a little so that people will keep listening to them. Yes.

I have a deep feeling of foreboding and unease that I cannot shake.


42 posted on 04/29/2010 12:51:29 PM PDT by little jeremiah (http://lifewurx.com - Good herb formulas made by a friend)
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To: MamaDearest

Sure sounds like the 0bama regime in action!


43 posted on 04/29/2010 1:19:30 PM PDT by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: Nachum
White House reporters afraid to criticize the White House

Afraid, or don't want to? Makes no difference: The press has never been trustworthy, but these days it hits new lows.

I've observed outright dishonesty "even" in the WSJ; it's not too long before I close them all out for failing to be even halfway-reliable sources.

44 posted on 04/29/2010 6:34:47 PM PDT by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|Remember Neda Agha-Soltan|TV--it's NOT news you can trust)
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