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Obama off the deep end
bostonherald.com ^ | Wednesday, May 18, 2011 | Joe Battenfeld

Posted on 05/18/2011 7:33:19 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

What are you afraid of, Mr. President?

I know it must be tough dragging yourself to these glitzy fund-raisers and mingling with rich people who shower you with money and affection. Who needs an unfriendly reporter shouting an unscripted question at you, or checking to see whether any of the guests are getting government contracts?

We all know Obama has an aversion to tough questions. During the campaign, he would refuse to engage with most local media, and reporters who camped out at the rope line got a stern talking-to from a campaign staffer.

But using the White House press pool to possibly punish or reward media based on what the White House considers “fair” coverage? This is taking the control freak thing to new levels.

I’ve been on many press pools and can’t remember getting denied access because of which media outlet I worked for. Even when the Herald was writing critical articles about former Gov. Michael Dukakis in 1988, his campaign never bumped us off the plane or kept us off the pool based on what we wrote. Same goes for President Clinton. You think Gov. Deval Patrick likes having the Herald and other media follow him around all day? No, but it’s part of his job.

But apparently this White House has a different view. It has a special place for perceived “unfair” media — at least 500 feet away. Even at White House press conferences, the president carefully chooses who gets to answer a question.

And before this Boston trip, there were other examples of questionable use of the pool. One reporter at a fund-raiser headlined by Vice President Joe Biden was held in a utility closet for more than an hour to keep him away from the donors. Even worse, he had to listen to Biden speak.

The truth is, most media dread being in the “pool” at fund-raisers. It’s tedious and exhausting and requires a lot of writing about what appetizers the president served. But the pool is important, because it gives all reporters a close-up view of what the president is doing or saying to guests paying thousands of dollars a plate.

Here’s my suggestion to President Obama: Veer off your scripted schedule and come in to Boston to say hello to ordinary voters. And don’t be afraid to let a Herald reporter tag along. We don’t bite.


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: 1stamendment; boston; bostonherald; deep; end; freepress; herald; obama; obamapartisanhack; off; presscorps; truthtopower

1 posted on 05/18/2011 7:33:21 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

Obama will threaten the WH press with gators in the pool!


2 posted on 05/18/2011 7:35:49 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
Most reporters who cover Obama don't bite...they drool.
3 posted on 05/18/2011 7:38:16 AM PDT by JPG (The real reason Huck quit? Fear of grizzly bears.)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

Snap!


4 posted on 05/18/2011 7:40:27 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (OBL's death is President Bush's fault! ..... thanks GWB!)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

In the Bill of Rights, all rights are given to individual citizens save one. The press is the only organization that our nations founders gave special privileges to because they saw the need for a free press to keep tabs on the elect officials.

of course, BO uses the Constitution and BoR for toilet paper so why are we surprised.


5 posted on 05/18/2011 7:41:34 AM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

Not deep enough for me - needs to be outta-sight deep.


6 posted on 05/18/2011 7:42:12 AM PDT by PapaNew
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
Here’s my suggestion to President Obama: Veer off your scripted schedule and come in to Boston to say hello to ordinary voters. And don’t be afraid to let a Herald reporter tag along. We don’t bite.

Yeah, meeting a Boston reporter and a bunch of massholes would be a real profile in courage.

8 posted on 05/18/2011 7:42:12 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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"One reporter at a fund-raiser....was held in a utility closet....to keep him away from the donors. Even worse, he had to listen to Biden speak."

Go Boston Herald - how's that for "truth to power" you Libtards!!

9 posted on 05/18/2011 7:45:35 AM PDT by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

The most transparent White House in history. LOL


10 posted on 05/18/2011 7:45:48 AM PDT by dblshot (Insanity - electing the same people over and over and expecting different results.)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

When you put an arrogant, low IQ, horse’s a%$ into the WH, what do you expect?


11 posted on 05/18/2011 7:49:29 AM PDT by SMARTY (Conforming to non-conformity is conforming just the same.)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

This Stalinist gang have to be sent packing, America! And never let back in!


12 posted on 05/18/2011 7:51:38 AM PDT by Havisham
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Well, well, well...what a little tinpot dictator we have. Where’s the outrage from our free press? Nixon did less and they went after him with knives. Free press...what a joke.


13 posted on 05/18/2011 7:55:26 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

Republicans do it as well. The governor of Georgia did it to a local news crew because they did a story they didn’t like.

http://blogs.ajc.com/radio-tv-talk/2011/05/13/fox-5-banned-from-nathan-deal-immigration-bill-signing/?cp=5


14 posted on 05/18/2011 8:05:28 AM PDT by Dacula (Just say no to Vidalia onions)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

I love it when they start to eat their own.


15 posted on 05/18/2011 8:16:22 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: KosmicKitty
I read too fast.

When I saw BoR I for a minute thought it meant BOR...Bill O’Reilly.

Of course the Constitution and the Bill of Rights didn't volunteer for the dirty duty unlike...

16 posted on 05/18/2011 8:28:21 AM PDT by Syncro (Sarah Palin, the unofficial Tea Party candidate for president--Virtual Jerusalem)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
"I have questions also!".....
17 posted on 05/18/2011 8:33:20 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Georgia Girl 2

Obama has been unraveling. He needs to step down for the sake of our country<——FAT CHANCE! but I fear he won’t be impeached he will be challenged by a dem fake moderate that may win and continue Obama’s policies Clinton style.


18 posted on 05/18/2011 8:45:28 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Allen West 2012 Make it happen!)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

With the press protecting him its going to be next to impossible to get Barry out prematurely. Unless they catch him in the Oval Office with a dancing boy we are probably stuck with him til Jan 2013. The chances of that POS stepping down voluntarily are zero.


19 posted on 05/18/2011 9:09:51 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

If Holder is forced to resign Obama goes unprotected. I don’t think even another progressive AG appointee would protect him like Holder is.

The MSM are reporting Obama’s stonewalling but it is not making headline news. It only takes a 24 hour news cycle and one big headline.


20 posted on 05/18/2011 9:23:27 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Allen West 2012 Make it happen!)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

Obama’s handlers won’t let him near anyone with an unscripted question because he’s to stupid to answer on his own.He’s not a thinker.


21 posted on 05/18/2011 9:48:40 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

Well we can hope that Issa will force Holder out over Gunwalker. The guy should be in jail but that will never happen.


22 posted on 05/18/2011 9:49:42 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
Let's see...

How's the "Free Press" thing working out for you guys? Yeah, this isn't an imperial president with dictatorial tendencies. /s

23 posted on 05/18/2011 9:57:13 AM PDT by newzjunkey (Obama will be president until 2017.)
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To: newzjunkey

Don’t forget the Obama Wh trying to vut Fox News out if the other media had not stopped them.


24 posted on 05/18/2011 11:17:43 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Allen West 2012 Make it happen!)
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