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Obama crackdown on press freedom escalates
Breitbart Big Government ^ | 20 Feb 2014 | by BEN SHAPIRO

Posted on 02/21/2014 6:21:16 PM PST by onyx




Last week, Reporters Without Borders dropped America in the World Press Freedom Index 2014 from 33rd to 46th. James Risen of The New York Times rightly explained, “I think 2013 will go down in history as the worst year for press freedom in the United States’ modern history.” And he’s right. The violation of press freedoms has been egregious under this administration, even as the press fetes President Obama as an honest and effective commander-in-chief.

Selective Access. President Obama has regularly granted special access to reporters who give him preferential coverage. CBS’ Steve Kroft admitted as much after a late-2012 interview with the President during which CBS clipped Obama’s explicit refusal to label Benghazi an act of terror: “(Obama) knows that we’re not going to play ‘gotcha’ with him, that we’re not going to go out of our way to make him look bad or stupid.”

Michael Lewis, author of Moneyball, got special access for a profile of Obama for Vanity Fair – but Obama insisted on redlining his quotes. Lewis explained that “the White House insisted on signing off on the quotes that would appear.” A reporter from the San Francisco Chronicle was threatened for covering an anti-Obama protest. As early as 2008, candidate Obama was kicking dissenters off planes after their outlets endorsed John McCain.

Targeting Reporters. In May 2013, the Associated Press dropped the bombshell that the Department of Justice had grabbed phone records for its reporters and editors of the course of two months. Records for 20 telephone lines belonging to the AP and reporters for it were seized between April and May of 2012. Those seizures affected over 100 journalists.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 1stamendment; apreporters; doj; fcc; holdercorrupt; jamesrosen; obamacorrupt; obamadictator; obamalawless; pressfreedom; pressminders
What? Lamestream calls for empathy, even outrage, for a First Amendment violation that's on par with all the abuse we've brought to your attention as Obama stomps on our Constitution.

You've IGNORED us, you've marginalized us, you've left us for "destroyed."

But when Obama's boot is on YOUR neck you finally wake the h*ll up and cry foul?

Good Lord.



~ Sarah Palin

1 posted on 02/21/2014 6:21:16 PM PST by onyx
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The MSM is the Country’s greatest threat. And apparently the greatest threat to themselves too — these MSM traitors made this damn mess.


2 posted on 02/21/2014 6:23:29 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: onyx
Bttt.

5.56mm

3 posted on 02/21/2014 6:23:46 PM PST by M Kehoe
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To: onyx

The fact that Obama allows himself to be interviewed by Bill O’rielly tells you all you need to know about BO


4 posted on 02/21/2014 6:25:34 PM PST by CIB-173RDABN (I do not doubt that our climate changes. I only doubt that anything man does has any effect.)
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To: onyx

Will it ever be time to impeach this POS?


5 posted on 02/21/2014 6:27:21 PM PST by matthew fuller (I don't think Obama is subhuman.)
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To: onyx

What did Boehner say at his Presser on this latest Gestapo action by the FCC?

Will Speaker Boehner now FINALLY begin Impeachment Proceedings on Soetoro-Obama?

If the buck doesn’t stop at Obama’s empty chair, then who is in charge at the White House?


6 posted on 02/21/2014 6:28:42 PM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: matthew fuller

IMHO, ‘Not without a sufficient number of TEA Party Patriot US senators in Washington, D.C. and a TEA Party Patriot Speaker of the House.’


7 posted on 02/21/2014 6:31:22 PM PST 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: Graewoulf

I don’t know -— did Boehner even make or issue a statement?


8 posted on 02/21/2014 6:34:45 PM PST 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: onyx

Some of the media whores that have crawled in bed with 0bama are now having second thoughts about sleeping with him, what a darned shame.


9 posted on 02/21/2014 6:36:55 PM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: onyx

Speaker Boehner did not hold a presser on this obvious violation of the US Constitution?

I’m shocked! Simply SHOCKED!


10 posted on 02/21/2014 6:37:19 PM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: onyx

11 posted on 02/21/2014 6:38:32 PM PST by cunning_fish
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To: jazusamo
Some of the media whores that have crawled in bed with 0bama are now having second thoughts about sleeping with him, what a darned shame.

LOLOLOL.

Well, I just learned tonight, that Jimmy Faloon's (Fallon) new show is being produced by that libtard schumck who produces SNL.

Now I better understand why NBC got rid of Leno.

12 posted on 02/21/2014 6:49:56 PM PST 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: onyx

In earlier times when there was no rule of law, the people took matters into their own hands. Let’s hope that spineless Speaker of the House, Bonehead, gets a clue to what all this means for the Republic. The people will not have patience forever and God help us when the pitchforks and torches are manned by the people.


13 posted on 02/21/2014 6:54:45 PM PST by jonrick46 (The opium of Communists: other people's money.)
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To: onyx

LOL!

I’m not a fan of the late shows but I checked out Faloon the other night and in my view his days are numbered. :-)


14 posted on 02/21/2014 6:57:09 PM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: jazusamo

LOL.

I can’t stand him!

What a PUNK!


15 posted on 02/21/2014 6:59:55 PM PST 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: jonrick46

Right on!


16 posted on 02/21/2014 7:00:16 PM PST 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 02/21/2014 7:00:47 PM PST 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: cunning_fish
The press waking up - the press refusing to go along with the FCC crap - is the best news of the year.

It's fair game for conservatives to guilt trip the press for being too liberal... but it's not fair game for government to step in and attempt to make them more liberal or less liberal or more conservative or less.. the government needs to stay out of newsrooms. Period. That's NOT a liberal 'period' it's a conservative 'period'.

Obama and goons don't have the right to destroy first amendment rights - of anyone.

18 posted on 02/21/2014 7:12:09 PM PST by GOPJ ( America's drifting into totalitarianism because the left's exploitation of social failures.Greenfi)
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To: onyx
Democrats are communists and those that stick with this corrupt party are hard core communists. America is being ruled by communists not leftist.
19 posted on 02/21/2014 7:20:39 PM PST by Logical me
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To: Logical me

Exactly so.


20 posted on 02/21/2014 7:40:07 PM PST 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: onyx

Fallon seems nice enough, not too funny, now that I know this and with the Mooch in the first week, I will never watch again. He bores me actually, anyway.


21 posted on 02/21/2014 8:57:59 PM PST by dandiegirl
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To: onyx

Gosh. Some guts on some of those, gestapo?


22 posted on 02/21/2014 9:04:03 PM PST by onedoug
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To: dandiegirl

I’ll never watch his show either.


23 posted on 02/21/2014 9:09:55 PM PST 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: onedoug

Yeah, you’re right ... gestapo.


24 posted on 02/21/2014 9:10:33 PM PST 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: GOPJ
the press is the socialist enemy. it is these marxist monsters that have created every problem we have, have grown government and installed one of their own Obama as president.

the press rules this country and has for 100 years. they create the false reality that we live in where trayvon and zimmerman are news

25 posted on 02/22/2014 5:33:26 PM PST by Democrat_media (Obama ordered IRS to rig 2012 election and must resign)
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