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Reporters Feel Jilted By President Obama [Says LATimes Columnist James Rainey]
LATimes ^ | January 20, 2010 | James Rainey

Posted on 01/20/2010 2:22:09 PM PST by Steelfish

Reporters Feel Jilted By President Obama

Lack of televised healthcare talks make campaign pledge of transparency seem like an empty promise.

James Rainey

January 20, 2010 "Hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on," Robert Gibbs implored the White House press corps. "Hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on."

That's 16 "hold ons" President Obama's chief spokesman reeled off Friday at his regular briefing, with a few more following, after a brief interlude.

That's the kind of verbal salvo you lay down when you're on the defensive, representing a boss who over-promised on the campaign trail and now under-delivered from the Oval Office, when it comes to pledges of transparency.

I don't know how many folks, especially experienced political hands, really expected Obama to broadcast healthcare reform talks on C-SPAN.

But that's what candidate Obama said he would do. He promised, on several occasions, that the American people would be able to see for themselves whether their government represented their healthcare interests.

It's been clear for months -- and especially now as Democrats try to fashion a bill, even as a Massachusetts senate race erasestheir filibuster-proof majority -- that the president and the majority party have no intention of broadcasting the healthcare endgame, if they ever did.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bho44; bhopress; obama; raineygibbs; transparency

1 posted on 01/20/2010 2:22:10 PM PST by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

Ok Press, want something to do? find the school records and birth certificate. Watergate was fun for you guys, do it again.


2 posted on 01/20/2010 2:24:41 PM PST by omega4179
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To: Steelfish

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_juH0AHvwk

A little Sam&Dave...


3 posted on 01/20/2010 2:26:08 PM PST by Snickering Hound
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To: Steelfish
Obama hasn't held a full-fledged news conference in half a year.

Obamah is a puss! Michelle wears the pants in that family!

4 posted on 01/20/2010 2:27:49 PM PST by TexasCajun
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To: Steelfish

Lied to, screwed over, pimped, robbed and then jilted? Where have these guys been? Now the press knows what the average American taxpayer feels like...


5 posted on 01/20/2010 2:29:25 PM PST by pray4liberty (Luke 21:17 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake.)
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To: Steelfish

Awwwwwww ... the pressitutes don’t like being treated like the whores they are? What did they expect? Did they really think they’d get treated with respect by Obama AFTER the election???


6 posted on 01/20/2010 2:30:21 PM PST by Jackson57
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To: omega4179

It would actually give me a SMIDGEN of respect for the MSM if they would do that!

Right now, I have NOTHING but contempt for the MSM.


7 posted on 01/20/2010 2:30:58 PM PST by Muzzle_em (~Barbara Boxer, you are going down)
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To: Steelfish

Bambi hasn’t had a press conference for over 6 months. Too many date nights?


8 posted on 01/20/2010 2:31:21 PM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannolis. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Steelfish

Obama has been treating the press like the dirt beneath his feet for the past year. And they just noticed?

They brought it on themselves.


9 posted on 01/20/2010 2:33:41 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Steelfish

You have to be real stupid to be a reporter. How long will the press restrain their firepower on the “innocent young and valiant” pres—ent?


10 posted on 01/20/2010 2:35:05 PM PST by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: Steelfish

If the LA Times is going to complain about transparency, shouldn’t they lead by example and release the video of Obama partying with that terrorist, the former spokesman of the PLO, I think?


11 posted on 01/20/2010 2:49:51 PM PST by SnowSoul
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To: pray4liberty
Maybe the reporters really are starting to feel like the rest of the citizens in this country. Courtesy of the Allman Brothers:

"Sometimes I feel, sometimes I feel,
Like I been tied to the whipping post,
Tied to the whipping post,
Tied to the whipping post,
Good lord, I feel like I'm dyin'."

12 posted on 01/20/2010 2:56:20 PM PST by Enterprise (When they come for your guns and ammo, give them the ammo first.)
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To: Steelfish
Very disingenuous.

This reporter knows that Zero has been lying from Day One.

He's pretending to be miffed about it only now because Brown got elected and the tide's turning.

The reporter is as much of a liar as the creep in the WH.

13 posted on 01/20/2010 2:58:12 PM PST by Siena Dreaming
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To: Steelfish
Yeah, poor press, boned and not phoned.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

14 posted on 01/20/2010 3:05:15 PM PST by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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To: Steelfish
Yeah, poor press, boned and not phoned.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

15 posted on 01/20/2010 3:05:27 PM PST by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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To: Steelfish

“But what we will do is we’ll have the negotiations televised on C-SPAN, so that people can see who is making arguments on behalf of their constituents, and who are making arguments on behalf of the drug companies or the insurance companies.”

- Barack Obama Aug 2008 speaking about his proposal for health care reform (one example of dozens of such promises)

“Another sweetheart deal on health care reached behind closed doors”

- Kansas City Star, January 2010 (one example of hundreds of such articles on dozens of such deals)

[The American people ended up with a] “feeling of remoteness and detachment” from the policymakers in Washington who are making big decisions.

“I think, you know, what they ended up seeing is this feeling of remoteness and detachment where there’s these technocrats up here making decisions. Maybe some of them are good, maybe some of them aren’t, but do they really get us and what we’re going through?”

- Obama January 20, 2010


16 posted on 01/20/2010 3:07:06 PM PST by edwinland
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To: devolve; Steelfish; All

17 posted on 01/20/2010 3:09:03 PM PST by potlatch (- What a co-inky-dink-)
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To: Steelfish

Boned daily . . . never kissed.


18 posted on 01/20/2010 3:10:21 PM PST by YHAOS
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To: potlatch

Bravo.


19 posted on 01/20/2010 3:11:18 PM PST by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality.)
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To: Steelfish

Then they should go get REAL STORIES from other people instead of following a false dream.


20 posted on 01/20/2010 3:11:19 PM PST by cubreporter (Scott Brown turned it all around. The people CAN and DID make a difference!!!)
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To: Steelfish

MSM Pimps & Sluts on the warpath!!!!

It ain’t easy bein’ easy!

LOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!


21 posted on 01/20/2010 3:12:42 PM PST by sodpoodle (Stop wasting our wealth and start telling the truth)
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To: Steelfish

When Obumble thanked the MSM for covering for, he meant covering up his lies. Poor MSM fools didn’t know it would happen to them too. Excuse me while I go get my fiddle.


22 posted on 01/20/2010 3:13:23 PM PST by PORD (People...Of Right Do!)
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To: paulycy

Lol, thanks.


23 posted on 01/20/2010 3:15:18 PM PST by potlatch (- What a co-inky-dink-)
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To: PORD

Should have said “for him”. Gotta remember to take my afternoon naps!


24 posted on 01/20/2010 3:18:38 PM PST by PORD (People...Of Right Do!)
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To: potlatch

I love it!


25 posted on 01/20/2010 3:57:28 PM PST by DHSMostWanted (Unelect Benedict Nelson in 2012.)
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To: sodpoodle

Pimpin ain’t easy!


26 posted on 01/20/2010 3:58:42 PM PST by DHSMostWanted (Unelect Benedict Nelson in 2012.)
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To: Steelfish

Proposed Constitutional Amendment XXVIII
Campaign Promises
All federal election campaign promises can be locked by a competing candidate, written down, and either approved or vetoed by the promising politician.

Any such approved campaign promise that is subsequently broken is then grounds for recall in a vote held within 30 days.

Said vote is immediately binding and may not be challenged or recounted more than once.


27 posted on 01/20/2010 4:06:51 PM PST by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: DHSMostWanted

[I love it!]

Thank you, appreciate that!


28 posted on 01/20/2010 4:08:06 PM PST by potlatch (- What a co-inky-dink-)
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To: Steelfish


29 posted on 01/20/2010 4:23:54 PM PST by maggief
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