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The Obama Objective: To Control The News
Investor's Business Daily ^ | 20 May 2013 | Editorial

Posted on 05/21/2013 2:13:51 PM PDT by IBD editorial writer

First Amendment: For awhile, it looked like the White House wanted just to control "the narrative." But its seizure of AP phone records and surveillance of Fox employees now show its real aim: to control the news. The Obama political team at the White House has always prided itself on its media savvy. After all, they got a candidate with an otherwise unsalable socialist past elected on a campaign that sold his personality, not his platform. They won saintly press coverage, with much blather, mostly from the Washington Post about how Obama was all about "storytelling" and selling a "narrative." They also mastered the hard propaganda, creating a Pepsi-Cola-like happy horizons logo to substitute for a platform and market their candidate and even employed pop artist Shepard Fairey to drive the hipsterly message home through his famous portrait. But it turns out their mastery of the press went a lot deeper than just the political arts. The latest news that the Justice Department investigated Fox News reporter James Rosen and two other newsmen in the normal course of their investigative reporting on a national security matter — coming on the heels of their seizure of Associated Press phone records — suggests an administration obsessed with controlling the news itself with a heavy hand reminiscent of totalitarian regimes.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.investors.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 1stamendment; associatedpress; firstamendment; foxnews; impeachnow; irs; jamesrosen; obama
The media-savviest president seems to have a totalitarian taste for controlling the news itself.
1 posted on 05/21/2013 2:13:51 PM PDT by IBD editorial writer
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To: Jack Black; SunkenCiv

interesting ping


2 posted on 05/21/2013 2:15:56 PM PDT by stockpirate (F. Douglass, "A man's rights rest in three boxes: ballot box, jury box, and ammo box)
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To: IBD editorial writer

LOL! Really? /s Where the hell has this writer been for the last five years? The CBS 0bama/Romney debate was fixed by the Rhodes brothers!


3 posted on 05/21/2013 2:17:11 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: IBD editorial writer

I have already realized that I live in a totalitarian dictatorship, with a fascist bent, presently I am waiting for everyone to catch up with me.


4 posted on 05/21/2013 2:17:42 PM PDT by stockpirate (F. Douglass, "A man's rights rest in three boxes: ballot box, jury box, and ammo box)
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To: IBD editorial writer


Bad Press can be an impediment to the agenda
5 posted on 05/21/2013 2:18:31 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: IBD editorial writer

Bttt.


6 posted on 05/21/2013 2:20:35 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (NRA)
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To: IBD editorial writer

Actually for so long baby Bammy has been attached to the Left Scheme Media’s warm and nurturing umbilical cord. Now that the cord has a few torn strands the Bam doth protest the interruptions of Mother Media’s constant nutritional feeds into his narcissist manners. Baby hissy fits happen...


7 posted on 05/21/2013 2:21:13 PM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: IBD editorial writer

Obama isn’t yet a Mao clone but there is a whiff of the rotting corpse that is Hugo Chavez.


8 posted on 05/21/2013 2:21:38 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: stockpirate
I have already realized that I live in a totalitarian dictatorship, with a fascist bent, presently I am waiting for everyone to catch up with me.

Only disagree with the fascist bent part. You've got the full fledged real thing.

9 posted on 05/21/2013 2:22:30 PM PDT by Stentor
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost

Who are the Rhodes brothers?


10 posted on 05/21/2013 2:24:02 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker
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To: IBD editorial writer

11 posted on 05/21/2013 2:25:18 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

See 11.


12 posted on 05/21/2013 2:25:35 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: IBD editorial writer

I just have to laugh at these liberal idiots. For 8 years they tried to paint Bush and Rove as Nazis and referred to the administration as the “Bush regime”.

...and their answer to that ridiculous notion was to elected this marxist ass-hat - TWICE.


13 posted on 05/21/2013 2:26:34 PM PDT by CrappieLuck
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To: JimSEA
Obama isn’t yet a Mao clone but there is a whiff of the rotting corpse that is Hugo Chavez

Bump. But our media is professionally derelict to discover what Hugo Chavez did to the media in Venezuela. They MSM does not realize that they are next.

14 posted on 05/21/2013 2:30:04 PM PDT by VRW Conspirator (Cyprus - the beginning (and I reserve the right to re-post))
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To: Travis McGee

Thanks for the info.


15 posted on 05/21/2013 2:33:42 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker
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To: IBD editorial writer

Absolutely right that Fox News was targeted and by the Marxist himself.


16 posted on 05/21/2013 2:37:46 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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17 posted on 05/21/2013 2:38:41 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Stentor

Yes, they are indeed fascists.


18 posted on 05/21/2013 2:45:31 PM PDT by stockpirate (F. Douglass, "A man's rights rest in three boxes: ballot box, jury box, and ammo box)
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To: stephenjohnbanker
David Rhodes is President of CBS (Candy Crowley's boss)

Benjamin Rhodes is deputy national security adviser for strategic communication for President 0bama.

They are brothers.

19 posted on 05/21/2013 2:53:52 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost

Talk about collusion. What a joke!


20 posted on 05/21/2013 2:54:56 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker
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