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First Lady's Office Holds ‘Listen Only’ and 'Invitation Only' Conference Calls for Reporters
cns news ^ | 2/10/11 | Matt Cover

Posted on 02/10/2011 8:24:10 AM PST by Nachum

(CNSNews.com) – On Tuesday, the office of First Lady Michelle Obama sponsored several conference calls featuring administration officials discussing Mrs. Obama's “Let’s Move!” campaign to combat childhood obesity but “with listen-only lines for the media,” according to The Washington Daybook. On Wednesday, Mrs. Obama personally conducted a conference call for “online media” that was “by invitation only,” according to the Daybook.

Traditionally, conference calls that public figures in Washington, D.C. hold for the media--which, obviously, are designed to get media attention for the public figure--allow the reporters who join the call to ask at least a few questions.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: first; holds; ladys; office
Wouldn't be nice if nobody showed
1 posted on 02/10/2011 8:24:15 AM PST 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

http://www.nachumlist.com/


2 posted on 02/10/2011 8:25:08 AM PST by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum
The White House did not respond to inquiries from CNSNews.com about these “invitation only” and “listen only” conference calls for news media sponsored by the first lady's office.

Don't you get it CNSNews? No questions. Ever.

3 posted on 02/10/2011 8:26:50 AM PST by DManA
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To: Nachum; kristinn

Any “reporter” who calls in for this travesty has outed themself as a stooge.


4 posted on 02/10/2011 8:28:16 AM PST by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: Nachum

Thou shall not Question thy Betters.


5 posted on 02/10/2011 8:32:19 AM PST by null and void (We are now in day 751 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: null and void

Don’ get uppity, cracker


6 posted on 02/10/2011 8:36:25 AM PST by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum

How sad, what journalism schools have churned out for the past 30 years?


7 posted on 02/10/2011 8:37:58 AM PST by blackdog
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To: Nachum
Translation: Her Highness Holds "STFU, I'M Talkin" and "Bootlickers Only" Conference Calls for Obamite Propagandists.
8 posted on 02/10/2011 8:42:17 AM PST by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: Nachum
The White House did not respond to inquiries

What didn't they understand about the "listen only" part?

9 posted on 02/10/2011 8:42:48 AM PST by twhitak
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To: Nachum

You VILL knot ask ANY awkward questions of zee furst Wookie!


10 posted on 02/10/2011 8:46:24 AM PST by Let's Roll (Save the world's best healthcare - REPEAL, DEFUND Obamacare!)
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To: Nachum

What’s not clear in the story is whether reporters knew ahead of time that they would be passive attendees. A “listen only” session shouldn’t necessarily preempt a (low-level) reporter from attending, but no reporter worth his salt would subject himself to this crap treatment if they were led to believe that it would be a participatory session.


11 posted on 02/10/2011 8:49:43 AM PST by rockrr ("I said that I was scared of you!" - pokie the pretend cowboy)
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To: Nachum

Mark Levin was saying the other night that Hillary had gotten in trouble in the past on something called “open meetings” problem. Anybody else hear that, and know more? Thanks


12 posted on 02/10/2011 8:50:25 AM PST by Sybeck1 (Memo to Mitt Romney: Just go away.............)
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To: Nachum

Michelle Antoinette is at it again! Can’t be troubled by the riff-raff.


13 posted on 02/10/2011 8:50:30 AM PST by 2nd Bn, 11th Mar (The "p" in Democrat stands for patriotism.)
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To: Nachum

Who drew the short straws to get that assignment?


14 posted on 02/10/2011 8:53:14 AM PST by AU72
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To: Nachum

Could you imagine if Laura or Barbara Bush tried something like this? There would be outrage and a mass boycott by the MSM. More hypocrisy.


15 posted on 02/10/2011 8:55:04 AM PST by Spok ("What are you going to believe; me or your own eyes?" -Groucho Marx)
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To: Nachum

Could you imagine if Laura or Barbara Bush tried something like this? There would be outrage and a mass boycott by the MSM. More hypocrisy.


16 posted on 02/10/2011 8:55:20 AM PST by Spok ("What are you going to believe; me or your own eyes?" -Groucho Marx)
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To: Nachum

Somebody explain to me how this isn’t propaganda. Leni Riefenstahl would be so proud.


17 posted on 02/10/2011 9:06:51 AM PST by OldDeckHand
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To: BenLurkin

This is pre-campaign image making related to 2012.
She is raising her profile a bit at a time preparing her entrance into outright campaign mode. These empty events soften up the polls and to burnish her celebrity status and public image, beyond being the Mom In Chief.


18 posted on 02/10/2011 9:29:02 AM PST by RitaOK
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To: BenLurkin

Whatever she says will be news, of a sort anyway, so reporters should call in. But when they give their report, they should emphasize that questions were not allowed. and that they are wondering why Mrs. O is unable to do more than make proclamations.


19 posted on 02/10/2011 9:36:52 AM PST by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: Nachum

Let them eat.. Okra! (/Moochelle)


20 posted on 02/10/2011 10:00:59 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: Sybeck1

I’m guessing he was talking about her healthcare initiative in 1994. Closed-door meetings were held, allegedly in violation of Federal law (I use “allegedgly” only because IANAL and I’m going from memory, not that I am doubting the claim.)


21 posted on 02/10/2011 10:02:09 AM PST by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: Nachum; freekitty; tgusa; libertyhoundusnr; 70th Division; sheik yerbouty; flat; SouthTexas; ...

Apparently, a dictatorship is preferred by the self-proclaimed Queen and King of Thug Town.


22 posted on 02/10/2011 10:10:40 AM PST by ExTexasRedhead
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To: skr
Whatever she says will be news, of a sort anyway, so reporters should call in. But when they give their report, they should emphasize that questions were not allowed. and that they are wondering why Mrs. O is unable to do more than make proclamations.

I agree. I can't understand why some people don't want to keep a close eye on things.

23 posted on 02/10/2011 10:39:17 AM PST by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: Let's Roll

AS if any of her lies are worth reporting anyway.


24 posted on 02/10/2011 11:54:12 AM PST by Catsrus (Have)
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To: ExTexasRedhead

The Queen is demanding that the lowly Fourth Estate file for an audience with her highness and then, in her royal proclamation, insists that they sit there in awe, shut up and listen. Real class! Maybe she heard from Barack that it’s a Kenyan tribal custom for the chief and his wife to so deal with the natives!


25 posted on 02/10/2011 11:55:03 PM PST by T.L.Sink
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