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White House reporters mum on Obama lunch, even as papers back transparency
Yahoo News ^ | 8/13/10 | Michael Calderone & John Cook

Posted on 08/13/2010 10:02:48 AM PDT by Nachum

White House reporters are keeping quiet about an off-the-record lunch today with President Obama — even those at news organizations who've advocated in the past for the White House to release the names of visitors.

But the identities of the lunch's attendees won't remain secret forever: Their names will eventually appear on the White House's periodically updated public database of visitor logs. The White House posts them with a three-month lag, so records of August visits won't be available until late November. (Although, since many of those invited already work in the White House every day, their lunch visit may not register.)

The Obama White House began posting the logs in order to settle a lawsuit, begun under the Bush administration, from Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), which sought the Secret Service's White House visitor logs under the Freedom of Information Act.

The Bush White House argued that the logs were technically owned by the White House, which isn't subject to FOIA. CREW attacked that view in federal court, arguing that the logs are subject to FOIA both because they are created by the Secret Service -- not the White House -- and because the public has a right to know who the president and White House staffers are conferring with.

And guess who filed briefs supporting that argument? Virtually every newspaper that covers the White House.

The Washington Post filed an amicus brief in in February 2008 arguing that the names of White House visitors should be released, and it was joined by the Associated Press, Reuters, the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal owner Dow Jones, USA Today, the Hearst Corporation, the New York Daily News, the Newspaper Guild, the Society of Professional Journalists, and a host of other news outlets.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: 2010electionbias; bds; collusion; dnctalkingpoints; doublestandard; foia; getbush; house; howtostealanelection; ivorytower; jlistgate; journolist; journolistgate; mediagate; obamunism; pravdamedia; reporters; saintobama; stalinisttactics; transparency; white; yellowjournalism; zogbyism

1 posted on 08/13/2010 10:02:52 AM PDT by Nachum
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

The list, ping


2 posted on 08/13/2010 10:03:47 AM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum

Not a surprising development. Didn’t Obama fire his Transparency Czar earlier this week?


3 posted on 08/13/2010 10:06:17 AM PDT by spaced
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To: Nachum

“Round up the usual suspects”! MSNBC, NBC, NYT, AP, Politico, CNN Etc., Etc.


4 posted on 08/13/2010 10:07:40 AM PDT by Old Retired Army Guy (tHE)
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To: Nachum

JournoList type coordination of 2010 mideterm election propaganda by the democrat party media.

The “news” stories have been set for the next 3 months by NBC, CNN. ABC, MSNBC, etc.


5 posted on 08/13/2010 10:08:51 AM PDT by FormerACLUmember (Character is defined by how we treat those who society says have no value.)
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To: Nachum

MSM getting their marching orders and talking points.


6 posted on 08/13/2010 10:09:06 AM PDT by reagandemocrat
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To: FormerACLUmember

Can’t take the chance that the emails would be read. - Probably handing out marching orders.


7 posted on 08/13/2010 10:10:53 AM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum

It’s not called the fourth estate fer nuthin’!


8 posted on 08/13/2010 10:14:43 AM PDT by gunnyg (WE ARE BEHIND "ENEMY WITHIN" LINES, SURROUNDED, Our 'Novembers' Are Behind Us...If Ya Can "grok" it!)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

It would be interesting and instructive to crossreference the attendees at this meeting with the JournOList membership.


9 posted on 08/13/2010 10:17:48 AM PDT by Lazamataz ("We beat the Soviet Union, then we became them." Lazamataz, 2005)
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To: Nachum

The Journelite?


10 posted on 08/13/2010 10:31:13 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: Nachum

Yeah, every poster here gets it.

This was the WH briefing on what to say and how to STEAL the election and how to keep a straight face when the polling shows a wipe out but the dems manage to win anyway.

Hang them all.


11 posted on 08/13/2010 10:32:58 AM PDT by RachelFaith (2010 is going to be a 100 seat Tsunami - Unless the GOP Senate ruins it all...)
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To: Lazamataz

Definitely. I’ll be waiting for the logs’ release. Thanks!


12 posted on 08/13/2010 10:37:20 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind.)
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To: RachelFaith

All good things come in time. Keep the dream.


13 posted on 08/13/2010 10:38:04 AM PDT by Gator113 (Beauty will devour the Beast in 2012....)
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To: NormsRevenge

JournoLost


14 posted on 08/13/2010 10:39:58 AM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum

“Ramadan involves fasting during the daytime, saying no to food, drink, smoking and sexual activities.”

It’s Ramadan, for the Muslim-in-Chief


15 posted on 08/13/2010 10:42:02 AM PDT by Marty62 (marty60)
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To: Nachum; All

Here’s the lineup of reporters who had lunch with Obama:

Ben Feller (Associated Press),

Jonathan Weisman and Laura Meckler (Wall Street Journal),

Michael Shear and Scott Wilson (Washington Post),

Caren Bohan (Reuters),

David Jackson (USA Today),

Carol Lee (Politico),

Peter Nicholas (Tribune Co.),

Margaret Talev (McClatchy)

Julianna Goldman (Bloomberg).


16 posted on 08/13/2010 10:55:23 AM PDT by Bigtigermike
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To: Nachum

It wasn’t a lunch... it was a taxpayer funded propoganda planning session to rehabilitate the epic failure known as the Odumba$$ pResidency.


17 posted on 08/13/2010 11:04:13 AM PDT by Common Sense 101
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To: RachelFaith

Next stop:

Fly to LA to support Boxer’s campaign.


18 posted on 08/13/2010 11:37:44 AM PDT by reagandemocrat
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To: Timesink; martin_fierro; reformed_democrat; Loyalist; =Intervention=; PianoMan; GOPJ; ...
TRANSPARENCY

The Obama White House began posting the logs in order to settle a lawsuit, begun under the Bush administration, from Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), which sought the Secret Service's White House visitor logs under the Freedom of Information Act.

And guess who filed briefs supporting that argument? Virtually every newspaper that covers the White House.

The Washington Post filed an amicus brief in in February 2008 arguing that the names of White House visitors should be released, and it was joined by the Associated Press, Reuters, the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal owner Dow Jones, USA Today, the Hearst Corporation, the New York Daily News, the Newspaper Guild, the Society of Professional Journalists, and a host of other news outlets...

It's unclear, of course, whether reporters for any of those newspapers attended the lunch — because none of them will say....

Obama has met several times with columnists and television pundits for off-the-record lunches to discuss a variety of issues since becoming president. Today, he reached out to the White House beat reporters who file their papers' straight news stories....


19 posted on 08/13/2010 11:46:13 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (I wish our president loved the US military as much as he loves Paul McCartney.)
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To: RachelFaith

More DNC-Media collusion. They don’t even bother to pretend this doesn’t happen anymore.


20 posted on 08/13/2010 11:48:58 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (I wish our president loved the US military as much as he loves Paul McCartney.)
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To: Nachum; abb; weegee; a fool in paradise

Maybe the details will appear on Wikileaks.


21 posted on 08/13/2010 12:00:43 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: martin_fierro

You’re almost as likely to see the details of the next Harry Potter novel on Wikileaks before it reaches street date than THIS information before election day.

The media embargos “certain” things but spills the beans on matters of national intelligence.

You can search Youtube for the clip of Mike Wallace and Peter Jennings saying that they would keep mum if they learned of an impending attack against US soldiers. A journalist “must remain neutral” after all.


22 posted on 08/13/2010 12:04:44 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (I wish our president loved the US military as much as he loves Paul McCartney.)
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To: Bigtigermike

Interesting. I have thought that the coverage in the WSJ was suddenly turning very pro-government and pro-Obama. I guess this explains why.


23 posted on 08/13/2010 1:01:58 PM PDT by livius
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To: Nachum

Puting out the Party line. “Here is what you tell your readers/viewers. Nothing more.”


24 posted on 08/13/2010 1:20:14 PM PDT by Bobby_Taxpayer (Don't tread on us...or you'll pay the price in the next election.)
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To: martin_fierro

http://www.tomscott.com/warnings/

Journalism Warning Labels


25 posted on 08/13/2010 1:37:49 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: Nachum
The OPTICS of secret press meetings is blinding corruption.
26 posted on 08/13/2010 2:51:30 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: a fool in paradise
The OPTICS aren't Transparent !
27 posted on 08/13/2010 2:52:13 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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