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Report: White House asked small California paper to remove negative remarks about First Lady
Hot Air ^ | 5/3/11 | Allahpundit

Posted on 05/03/2011 2:40:41 PM PDT by Nachum

C’mon, no one’s this sensitive to bad press.

Well, almost no one.

In an email to The Daily Caller, Gina Channell-Allen, president of the Pleasanton Weekly in Pleasanton, California, said that her paper “received a call from the White House asking us to take out part of the story because it reflected poorly on the First Lady.”

The story in question was a soft feature about Marine One titled, “Inside Marine One, President Obama’s helicopter,” that ran in the paper on April 20. Pleasanton staffer Amory Gutierrez “didn’t get to ride in ‘Marine One,’” she wrote in her story, “but I did get the VIP tour and took photographs of the otherwise unseen aircraft.”

She also wrote a sentence that the White House thought made FLOTUS look snooty.

“Basically the reporter said that the First Lady didn’t speak to the pilots but acknowledged them by making eye contact,” Allen wrote in her email.

The weirdest part of this, of course, is that the WH ended up increasing the odds that the story would get picked up by bigger media when it decided to contact the publisher to complain. She was probably shocked to find that someone so high up was paying attention to a small paper 3,000 miles away and was itching to tell someone about it. And in fact, according to Daily Caller reporter Mike Riggs, she volunteered the info to the DC after reading their story about the latest White House tantrum over its press coverage.

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1 posted on 05/03/2011 2:40:46 PM PDT by Nachum
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

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2 posted on 05/03/2011 2:41:41 PM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum

The WH sure is intent on controlling the media. I bet FR really drives them bonkers.


3 posted on 05/03/2011 2:43:28 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Nachum
Intentional. A clumsy attempt to remind everyone of how the Whouse staff was ordered to lower their eyes when PIAPS went by.
4 posted on 05/03/2011 2:43:48 PM PDT 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

Drat. I thought the pilots call sign for Me-chelle was Chewbacca and the newspaper reported it.


5 posted on 05/03/2011 2:46:55 PM PDT by max americana (FUBO)
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To: Nachum

“Basically the reporter said that the First Lady didn’t speak to the pilots but acknowledged them by making eye contact,” Allen wrote in her email.

Seems rather minor, HOWEVER, since they made such a big deal about Newt’s situation on the aircraft a number of years ago.....fair is fair.


6 posted on 05/03/2011 2:48:05 PM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: Nachum

Michelle is like a delicate flower, a sensitive plant. She feels these slights intensely.


7 posted on 05/03/2011 2:48:14 PM PDT by Cicero
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To: Nachum

I think that is reprehensible. How dare OBAMA think he controls the press in this country. Just who does he think he is? Did he threaten that jihadists would riot in the streets? What’s the fine for running it? You are black-listed?

FREEDOM OF THE PRESS, Mr. President. and please go home now.


8 posted on 05/03/2011 2:50:10 PM PDT by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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To: Cicero

This is her scientific name

Amorphophallus titanum


9 posted on 05/03/2011 2:51:17 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom!!! <sarc>)
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To: Cicero

Yup. A bloomin idiot.


10 posted on 05/03/2011 2:51:59 PM PDT by oldsicilian
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To: Nachum
if you want know about another huge waste of our Tax dollars it is in the publicity information section of each bureau in the US govt. Possibly in the thousands of sections of government that want to know about any mention of their names of about members of their groups. I worked for the Bureau of Prisons and each day the Bureau got a copy of all of the previous days news articles compiled in offices all over the country and sent to the main office printed and compiled with index anywhere it referred to any aspect of future prisoners staff interaction or news these were at times up to 60 pages each day sent out to the senior staff to refer to.
11 posted on 05/03/2011 2:53:10 PM PDT by bdfromlv (Leavenworth hard time)
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To: Nachum
Hmmmm ... and that is after editing. Suppose the first draft said "... that the First Lady didn’t speak to the pilots but acknowledged them by making eye contact glaring at them"?

How about instead of white-washing the press, the WH instead tries a little behavior modification? Say hello, Michelle, ask about their kids. Thank them for a nice flight.

12 posted on 05/03/2011 2:53:30 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (What is so remarkable about the LFBC is ... that it is unremarkable. Then why ...?)
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To: bboop
I think that is reprehensible. How dare OBAMA think he controls the press in this country. Just who does he think he is? Did he threaten that jihadists would riot in the streets? What’s the fine for running it? You are black-listed? FREEDOM OF THE PRESS, Mr. President. and please go home now.

LOL. "Tutor," obviously. "Stealth," hardly.


13 posted on 05/03/2011 2:55:51 PM PDT by Talisker (When you find a turtle on top of a fence post, you can be damn sure it didn't get there on its own.)
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14 posted on 05/03/2011 2:58:30 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: ilovesarah2012

For heaven’s sake, how did they even find the article?


15 posted on 05/03/2011 3:03:53 PM PDT by DallasDeb
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To: Nachum

Ya just can’t be overly sensitive if your in gonna be in the WH. Get over Michelle, or better yet leave.


16 posted on 05/03/2011 3:04:11 PM PDT by MsLady (Be the kind of woman that when you get up in the morning, the devil says, "Oh crap, she's UP !!")
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To: Talisker

17 posted on 05/03/2011 3:05:41 PM PDT 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: BenLurkin

What’s PIAPS?


18 posted on 05/03/2011 3:06:01 PM PDT by DallasDeb
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To: DallasDeb

NewsMax.com
>
> Monday, Jan. 22, 2001 12:18 p.m. EST
>
> Ex-First Lady Hillary Keeps No-Eye-Contact Rule
>
> She may no longer be first lady. But even as a senator, Hillary
> Clinton is apparently determined to keep her royal distance from us
> commoners.
>
> A leading conservative columnist has now corroborated earlier
> reports of Mrs. Clinton’s reluctance to make eye contact with her
> associates - and reveals that the behavior is ongoing. In October
> NewsMax.com cited a report from WABC Talk Radio’s Steve
> Malzberg, who said a friend at another New York radio station
> claimed that when Hillary dropped by for an interview, strict orders
> were issued.
>
> “No one is to make eye contact with the first lady,” the source said
> station employees were told.
>
> In his book “Unlimited Access,” former White House FBI agent
> Gary Aldrich reported that a similar edict had been issued to White
> House staff.
>
> When one admiring aide who didn’t get the word rushed up to meet
> her Hillaryness, he was immediately rebuffed with an ice-cold stare
> that let him know he was way out of line.
>
> A friend, says Aldrich, explained the new rule to the crestfallen
> staffer:
>
> “When ‘Queen Hillary’ walks down the hall, you’re not supposed to
> look at her. You’re actually supposed to go into an office if there is
> one nearby. She doesn’t want staff ‘seeing’ her.”
>
> Now, renowned conservative columnist Robert Novak reports that
> Queen Hillary’s Senate colleagues are getting the same treatment.
> “At the first session of the Senate Environment and Public Works
> Committee attended by Sen. Hillary Clinton, a senior Republican
> senator Wednesday tested the report that it is impossible to make
> eye contact with her.”
>
> “He said the report turned out to be true,” Novak wrote in his
> Sunday column.


19 posted on 05/03/2011 3:10:23 PM PDT 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

I’m sure the attitude of the pilots of that helicopter have mutual feelings.

To them, they’re hauling freight, and don’t give a smelly Obama whether or not the piece of wifely excrement in the back even breathes.


20 posted on 05/03/2011 3:13:37 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: BenLurkin

I thought it was related to Hillary, because I remember that story. But what does PIAPS mean? Or maybe, on second thought, I don’t want to know?


21 posted on 05/03/2011 3:14:12 PM PDT by DallasDeb
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To: Nachum
lol the liberals and censorship.
22 posted on 05/03/2011 3:15:38 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: DallasDeb

Sorry, it is not a nice thing — it stands for Pig In A Pantsuit — referring of course to “Old Crusty”.


23 posted on 05/03/2011 3:17:05 PM PDT 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
Wookies have thin skin? I do seem to remember that when playing chess with a Wookie... one must let them win.

LLS

24 posted on 05/03/2011 3:18:07 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (THANK YOU PRESIDENT BUSH!)
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To: BenLurkin

LOL! I just found it when I googled it! Too funny! I can’t believe they made an acronym out of it. We all know who it belongs to, but they didn’t dare mention her name!


25 posted on 05/03/2011 3:21:22 PM PDT by DallasDeb
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To: Nachum

I’m wondering just how much media oversight is coming out of this Administration?? I see a lot of evidence of meddling. Doesn’t this qualify as propaganda?? It looks like more than just the camel’s nose got in this tent!!


26 posted on 05/03/2011 3:22:04 PM PDT by CharlyFord
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To: bboop

Comrade, your post has been duly logged and you may soon expect visit from KGB to clarify your counterrevolutionary tendencies/s;)


27 posted on 05/03/2011 3:24:18 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: DallasDeb
Question is, how did they see the article before publishing?

I don't want to unduly alarm anyone, but what may you surmise about an administration that makes software for running armies of simulated/false facebook users?

Also, with the way some AV companies are behaving, with Obamabots/antisemites running their show, will they actually react to a hypothethical Obama-tasked trojan?

28 posted on 05/03/2011 3:26:36 PM PDT by Hardraade (I want gigaton warheads now!!)
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To: Da Coyote

“To them, they’re hauling freight...”

If by “freight” you mean “ass”.


29 posted on 05/03/2011 3:52:20 PM PDT by BuddhaBrown (Path to enlightenment: Four right turns, then go straight until you see the Light!)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Bump.


30 posted on 05/03/2011 3:58:41 PM PDT by GlockThe Vote (F U B O ! ! !)
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31 posted on 05/03/2011 4:03:54 PM PDT by TheOldLady (Almost as evil as the Freeper Criminal Mastermind)
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To: Nachum
Oh, Ima gonna make some eye contact alright...!


32 posted on 05/03/2011 4:10:39 PM PDT by SparkyBass
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To: Nachum

Now, when I first saw the headline and then saw that the offending article had something to do with Marine One, I jumped to the obvious conclusion that the “unflattering remark” about the First Lady would have been a reference to skimpy seat width on military aircraft.

My bad.


33 posted on 05/03/2011 4:12:01 PM PDT by paterfamilias
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To: DallasDeb

Someone reported them, remember their if you see anything campaign?


34 posted on 05/03/2011 4:23:11 PM PDT by kalee (The offences we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: DallasDeb

You have been here since 1998, and you don’t know who PIAPS is?

Hard to believe!


35 posted on 05/03/2011 5:14:44 PM PDT by jacquej
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To: ilovesarah2012
The WH sure is intent on controlling the media. I bet FR really drives them bonkers.

Puzzling, but you're right.
Probably more people read this forum than they do The Daily Caller, so Googling FLOTUS or Michelle Obama will expose them to apoplexy.

"First Sasquatch" is the mildest one I can think of, off hand.

36 posted on 05/03/2011 6:17:10 PM PDT by Publius6961 (There has Never been a "Tax On The Rich" that has not reached the middle class)
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To: Nachum; windcliff

WookieLeaks


37 posted on 05/03/2011 6:42:04 PM PDT by stylecouncilor (What Would Jim Thompson Do?)
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To: Nachum; All

Folks, this is another piece of evidence that Hussein’s Cult looks at EVERYTHING written about him. He listens to Rush, he looks at FR, and he has people taking pictures of Tea Parties.

I’ve seen the Tea Party thing...and the others are obvious.


38 posted on 05/03/2011 7:53:31 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: jacquej
I remember all the pant suit comments, but don't believe I have ever seen PIAPS! Sometimes, when I'm really busy, I can only scan comments, so it's possible I wasn't reading carefully when it was posted.

I can't believe I've been a freeper for 13 years!

39 posted on 05/03/2011 9:16:46 PM PDT by DallasDeb
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To: kalee

Sure do remember it.


40 posted on 05/03/2011 9:18:09 PM PDT by DallasDeb
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To: DallasDeb

I know how you feel. It seems like just yesterday that Clinton was selected, and we all were shocked by his perjuries getting the ol “good boy/bad boy” pass.

Now look how far down we have fallen.

No sentient person now trusts in any of our institutions, and these do not realize that they have lost whatever credibility they once had.

It is now a Gilbert and Sullivan production, with the press being the orchestral chorus.

I am sad and disgusted.


41 posted on 05/03/2011 9:32:15 PM PDT by jacquej
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