Skip to comments.Chuck Todd: The White House Bubble (MSM waking up?)
Posted on 02/13/2009 3:11:58 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Obviously, I'm one of the newbies here in the White House press corps, so maybe I'm unfamiliar with the ways of how this place works. I have to say, nothing is more frustrating than covering an actual event here at the White House if you at all believe in anything remotely having to do with the First Amendment.
For instance, today, the president gave a speech in the East Room to the business council, an audience of dozens of CEOs and major business leaders in America. As per usual, we're allowed to watch the event behind a ropeline. Ok, standard procedure for any event for any candidate, let alone a president. But unlike public events, here at the White House, when the event ends, we get no access to the audience unless the audience happens to amble up to the ropeline and chat with the press.
Today, it was so bad that we were kept behind closed doors so that these CEOs and other business leaders could leave without accidentally mingling with us poor press peons. Once the CEOs were clear and escorted downstairs, then we were let out of our East Room pen. And it's not like we could rush over to the east side of the White House and find anyone left to interview about their role on this business council. By the time, a member of the press leaves out the one exit they can come in and out of, those guys and gals would be history. I'm sure most of them had cars at the ready to quickly get them to their next meeting.
(Excerpt) Read more at firstread.msnbc.msn.com ...
Rush used to say during the Clinton administration that they got up every morning and issued the days talking points to the media which dutifully digested it and spit it out as ordered. (or How can we fool ‘em today?) Oh, and Chuck won’t dare ignore the Obamassiah’s message edict.
The presstitutes licked krinton spittle for eight years and ignored every crime, treason and fraud until forced to acknowledge something by reason of sheer popular knowledge (i.e., Lewinski). This scumbag will receive nothing less and possibly more.
How does it feel underneath the bus, Chuckles?
Hmmm ... here’s a thought ...
What if some crowd protesting against Porkulus suddenly turned on the TV crews?
Sooner or later, going to need a Lexington Green ...
From people in the industry, advertising is drying up. One agency we know of, which used to occupy three floors, is now down to one and rents space for photography when they need it.
I am getting at least 3x the usual calls, media packages and emails begging for advertising. I have a wholesale business with 24 years of market presence and don’t need to advertise. Sales are down not because people don’t know what I have or don’t want it. It is down because people are not buying much except essentials. My husband has a 13-year-old service business that survives and grows on word of mouth. He is doing well and doesn’t need to advertise. If he did, he can do all the work himself and do targeted direct mail.
The media is hurting because of lack of advertising. They are already the monopoly for anything except direct mail. This recession is the first one in my 44 year business life where the response is not to increase ads. The market is shrinking and the disposable income is, too.
This is insult added to injury for the media. Serves them right.
Imagine the Nightly News without Pharm commercials. I've been Boneva, Lipitrol, and Cialised out. These commercials give me a headache that last four hours.
In a market economy, getting the message out is everything. Perhaps, we're sliding into something less than a market economy- a 'command' economy. Like China.
Whatever the major networks have to gain by throwing their support behind a socialist administration defies logic. Their lack of criticism of Obysmal and his cronies, their lack of vetting of the guy during the primaries, all speak to either an ineptitudeness or collusion with Teleprompter Messiah.
Maybe they see themselves as the 'voices' of the New Revolution, The Change that is being bandied about. Man, are they that dumb? (don't have to answer that, they're liberals, so the answer must be 'yes')
~~Press under WH control ..... PING!
Today, it was so bad that we were kept behind closed doors so that these CEOs and other business leaders could leave without accidentally mingling with us poor press peons.
Once the CEOs were clear and escorted downstairs, then we were let out of our East Room pen. And it’s not like we could rush over to the east side of the White House and find anyone left to interview about their role on this business council.
By the time, a member of the press leaves out the one exit they can come in and out of, those guys and gals would be history. I’m sure most of them had cars at the ready to quickly get them to their next meeting.
When asked about why we were kept from mingling with the CEOs, the White House press office said it was simply a crowd issue, they didn’t want us and the CEOs to be bumping into each other.
Yes, there’s a possibility that we could hold each other up from moving, creating some hallway gridlock. But we’re all grown-ups and it’s not like we’re a crowd of thousands or even hundreds.
Seriously, is this the picture the White House wants? CEOs who come to the people’s house and then get rushed out so they don’t have to deal with press questions?
He’s only bent out of shape because he can’t get at the CEOs.
Do not expect much change until Obama gets rid of Ram Manual.
So much for transparency.
You are a rascist!
They better wake up because if Obama brings our economy and quality and way of life down, they go down too. Journalists will not be immune. Hard to understand how they can remain so stuck on stupid.
Stand up, Chuck, Let me see you. Ohhhh, God love you, what am I saying! Stand up Chuck, let everyone see you. Ah, I see you're the moron everyone says you are. Everybody, sit down for Chuck. Chuck, sit down, you ignorant newbie jerk. Next question please......Helen?