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CBS's Bill Plante: Obama Administration 'Undercutting First Amendment,' 'It's State-Run Media'
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Posted on 02/24/2013 5:02:49 PM PST by Sub-Driver

CBS's Bill Plante: Obama Administration 'Undercutting First Amendment,' 'It's State-Run Media' By Noel Sheppard Created 02/24/2013 - 4:01pm

Bill Plante, CBS News Senior White House Correspondent, made a rather shocking statement Sunday about the Obama administration's media strategy.

Appearing on CNN's Reliable Sources, Plante said that to the extent the White House is able to "put out their own material" without the Washington press corps, "they're undercutting the First Amendment...it's state-run media" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

HOWARD KURTZ, HOST: Bill Plante, you've been patrolling that building since Ronald Reagan. Does the White House press look a little self-involved, a little whiny as I said earlier, complaining about this Tiger incident?

BILL PLANTE, CBS NEWS SENIOR WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: We've gotten used to being called whiny lapdogs. I've heard it for 30 years. But this is not about a picture of Tiger Woods. This is about access to the president. And access to the president has been cut and pushed and curtailed over every administration I've covered.

And here's the nub of it, Howie: this administration has the tools to reach people on their own. They don't need us as much. And to the extent that they're able to do that, they're undercutting the First Amendment, which guarantees a free press through many voices. If they put out their own material, it's state-run media.

Conservative radio hosts such as Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Mark Levin have been talking about state-run media since Obama was elected. It's nevertheless extraordinary to hear this from someone at CBS News.

Of course, it would have been nice for Plante to say this before Election Day.

Regardless, it's going to be interesting to see whether more in the media begin making this case or if the lapdogs will just continue lapping.

Stay tuned.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: barnicles; cbs; cnn; demagogicparty; firstamendment; mediatraitors; msm; partisanmediashills
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1 posted on 02/24/2013 5:02:55 PM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Vastly ironic that Americans elected the man who will enslave them - and he isn’t even constitutionally eligible to run for president.


2 posted on 02/24/2013 5:07:37 PM PST by Jack Hammer
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3 posted on 02/24/2013 5:08:55 PM PST by Nachum (The Obama "List" at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Sub-Driver

Mr. Plante should be getting a good talking to from the higher ups in the very near future.


4 posted on 02/24/2013 5:09:29 PM PST by fatnotlazy
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5 posted on 02/24/2013 5:09:58 PM PST by Nachum (The Obama "List" at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Sub-Driver

Lap dogs in every administration? Sam Donaldson, Helen Thomas et al falling over themselves to catch out the president/press secretary is what comes to mind. If there were lap dogs in a Rep. presidency there were always a counterpoint to that in spades.

Interesting comments by Plante, but I’m afraid he wouldn’t have said it if he thought it would have an effect on this presidency.


6 posted on 02/24/2013 5:10:20 PM PST by madameguinot
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To: Sub-Driver

“Transparency” can be a real **tch when a fascist dictator does it.


7 posted on 02/24/2013 5:10:20 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Progressive, Marxist liberals do not evolve, they morph into fascists.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Lap dogs in every administration? Sam Donaldson, Helen Thomas et al falling over themselves to catch out the president/press secretary is what comes to mind. If there were lap dogs in a Rep. presidency there was always a counterpoint to that in spades.

Interesting comments by Plante, but I’m afraid he wouldn’t have said it if he thought it would have an effect on this presidency.


8 posted on 02/24/2013 5:10:46 PM PST by madameguinot
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To: Sub-Driver
"it would have been nice for Plante to say this before Election Day"

It would be even nicer if Plante would do something about it. He could start by asking Obama real questions.

9 posted on 02/24/2013 5:12:06 PM PST by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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To: Sub-Driver

Oh oh! Did Bill Plante just plan his retirement? His fellow lefties in the media will isolate him or someone at CBS News will force him to make an apology for his “unfortunate” choice of words.


10 posted on 02/24/2013 5:13:05 PM PST by dowcaet
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To: Sub-Driver

Four and a half years and he finally, just finally has a moment of clarity?

Then it’s back to the usual propaganda.

Good grief.


11 posted on 02/24/2013 5:13:05 PM PST by Cringing Negativism Network
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To: Sub-Driver

Just the 1st Amendment, Mr. Plante?


12 posted on 02/24/2013 5:13:48 PM PST by jch10 (Hey GOP! Only Conservatives get my vote.)
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To: Sub-Driver

So if Obama goes straight to local outlets, or puts out his message via campaign-style media events, that’s undercutting the First Amendment and amounts to a state-run media?

But if Obama goes straight to Steve Kroft or Bill Plante, and they report what he says word-for-word, unchallenged, with a little brown spot of Obama on their noses, that’s considered journalism?

Try some reporting, Bill. If you even remember what the bleepin’ word means. Dipstick.


13 posted on 02/24/2013 5:14:36 PM PST by Fightin Whitey
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To: Sub-Driver

A wise FReeper pointed out to me shortly before the FR outage last week that liberals may have declared victory, consider Republicans will no longer even be competitive, and are beginning to eat their own.

Ref: Stalin’s purges

There have been multiple examples in the last few days.


14 posted on 02/24/2013 5:15:18 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: Sub-Driver

This Plante guy is gonna get crushed by the Regime for speaking out.


15 posted on 02/24/2013 5:16:10 PM PST by SIDENET
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To: Sub-Driver

Well, like duh, Bill Plante of CBS. What a grasp of the obvious.


16 posted on 02/24/2013 5:16:10 PM PST by MasterGunner01
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To: Sub-Driver

Well, like duh, Bill Plante of CBS. What a grasp of the obvious.


17 posted on 02/24/2013 5:16:21 PM PST by MasterGunner01
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To: Sub-Driver

Well, like duh, Bill Plante of CBS. What a grasp of the obvious.


18 posted on 02/24/2013 5:16:41 PM PST by MasterGunner01
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To: Sub-Driver
"they're undercutting the First Amendment

Now it's their turn. Did they think they could escape?
This is why they're refereed to as "Useful Idiots." Their usefulness has ended. Their job is done. It's off to the ovens for them, too!

19 posted on 02/24/2013 5:17:58 PM PST by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: Sub-Driver
If they put out their own material, it's state-run media.

But when you do it for them, Bill, you call it 'balanced journalism'.

Right?

20 posted on 02/24/2013 5:18:13 PM PST by Colonel_Flagg ("Don't be afraid to see what you see." -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: Sub-Driver
How's it feel when you're the object, Billy Boy? Late to the game, are we? Just finding out your hero has his own Propaganda Ministry? We riff-raff have known this from the start.

I hope he keeps ignoring and bypassing you clowns completely. It's cosmic justice, and altogether fitting after all the prostrate kneeling and a$$ kissing you and your pals have done to help this "pres--ent" somehow get elected twice.

21 posted on 02/24/2013 5:18:24 PM PST by Emile (Leftists are so 'open-minded', their brains have fallen out. -- (HT to GOPJ))
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To: Sub-Driver

No. They ALL know full what they have done. They have lied for and excused Obama for at least five years, to the extent they have made asses of themselves and endangered our very freedom.. So after the fact, they throw a few crumbs in a feeble attempt to appear unbiased to salvage their non-existent morality and professionalism. Screw them.


22 posted on 02/24/2013 5:21:22 PM PST by Toespi
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To: Sub-Driver
Useful Idiots, as the communist used to call them.

When the media catches on, they will lose credibility with the government, as well as educators who speak out.

The left wing intelligentsia played the game as long as they could, but even some of them can,t stomache it anymore.

Some things just don't pass the smell test, and honest people will speak out.
I hope we don't (and the honest journalist and educators)go the way of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge.

Nothing would shock me now.

23 posted on 02/24/2013 5:22:45 PM PST by GrouchoTex (...and ye shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set you free....)
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To: Sub-Driver

And still the nets uncritically cover the emperor’s pronouncements. Why not just ignore anything he says unless it is in reply to one of their questions? Don’t report on him, at all, for an entire week.


24 posted on 02/24/2013 5:23:37 PM PST by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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To: Sub-Driver

We have free speech for everyone, including the government.

It is up to CBS to say that what the government says is full of it, if they wish to do so.


25 posted on 02/24/2013 5:25:23 PM PST by proxy_user
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To: Sub-Driver
this administration has the tools to reach people on their own. They don't need us as much. And to the extent that they're able to do that, they're undercutting the First Amendment, which guarantees a free press through many voices. If they put out their own material, it's state-run media.

Nonsense.

If the press doesn't have access to Obama, that doesn't stop them from writing critical stories of Obama.

They just choose not to do so.

-PJ

26 posted on 02/24/2013 5:26:06 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: Sub-Driver

If Obama doesn’t need the existing “media” complex, neither do we in the citizen media. Not at all. No more than MacArthur needed Toyko Rose, or Eisenhower needed Berlin Betty.

The founders won our liberty with handwritten letters delivered by men on horseback. Certainly we can find a way to preserve that liberty for our posterity with the plethora of communications tools we now have at our fingertips.


27 posted on 02/24/2013 5:26:51 PM PST by EternalVigilance (Go to Basic Training. Read the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Then follow them.)
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To: MasterGunner01

“Well, like duh, Bill Plante of CBS. What a grasp of the obvious.”

Well, Thank you,
Bill “NSS” Plante


28 posted on 02/24/2013 5:27:55 PM PST by Texaspeptoman (Even cannibals get fed-up with people sometimes...!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Yeah, Mr Plante. It was fun cuddling with him, til he raped you.

It’s hard to have sympathy for a fawning press.


29 posted on 02/24/2013 5:30:08 PM PST by lurk
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To: Sub-Driver

“Howie: this administration has the tools to reach people on their own. They don’t need us as much.”
I’m not buying into this. If the press wanted to be relevant they would put pressure on the president by asking tough questions and asking tough questions etc.and if he fails to answer, let the world know.
This guy has has the ability to do that right now. Quit whining.


30 posted on 02/24/2013 5:31:41 PM PST by Hurricane
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To: Sub-Driver

No excrement, Mr. Holmes.


31 posted on 02/24/2013 5:35:46 PM PST by sauropod (I will not comply)
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To: Sub-Driver
"And here's the nub of it, Howie: this administration has the tools to reach people on their own. They don't need us as much. And to the extent that they're able to do that, they're undercutting the First Amendment, which guarantees a free press through many voices. If they put out their own material, it's state-run media."

They're pissed because they didn't get a photo op with Tiger Woods.

They're pissed because the President and his minions can conduct an internet campaign without benefit of giving them schmooz time.

They are pissed because it is their prerogatives that are being abused.

They are NOT pissed because the President is suborning the First Amendment. Or because he is governing against the will of the people. Or that he lies every time he opens his mouth.

They are pissed because they aren't allowed to report and broadcast all of the lies on an exclusive basis.

What a self-engrossed little prick...

32 posted on 02/24/2013 5:42:14 PM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: Sub-Driver

I’ve watched Bill Plante for years. He’s been one of the most even-handed reporters in Washington. That doesn’t mean he’s conservative: he tries hard to report objectively, without bias either way.


33 posted on 02/24/2013 5:42:25 PM PST by Bernard Marx
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To: Sub-Driver
Of course, it would have been nice for Plante to say this before Election Day.

Before the election, they were useful idiots. Now, they're just idiots.

34 posted on 02/24/2013 5:49:46 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Sub-Driver

This is a joke right?

If the State runs the Media it is because the Media has allowed it. They have been kissing Obama’s buttocks from day one. Not one investigation into his background and they hide or ridicule anyone who dares to take a stand.

The Media is no Media at all it is political propaganda for Obama and if this guy is mad it’s because he miised out on kissing Obama’s butt while he and Reggie were in Fla.


35 posted on 02/24/2013 5:52:20 PM PST by Venturer
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To: All

his step-son, Chris Plante might be finally getting to him. Chris has a great local show on WMAL.


36 posted on 02/24/2013 5:52:57 PM PST by newnhdad (Our new motto: USA, it was fun while it lasted.)
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To: Fightin Whitey
Well said.

He's actually complaining because he doesn't get to be Obama's megaphone.

37 posted on 02/24/2013 5:55:19 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Sub-Driver
you voted for him you stoopid sh!t you... buyers remorse?
38 posted on 02/24/2013 5:59:46 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Sub-Driver

Stealing Limbaugh’s line.


39 posted on 02/24/2013 6:00:03 PM PST by popdonnelly (The right to self-defense is older than the Constitution.)
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To: Vigilanteman

Too funny. All the MSM has to do is put one headline above the fold of the NY Times and Obama will fold like a cheap suit..

“Is Obama a US citizen?”

Game, set and match.


40 posted on 02/24/2013 6:01:08 PM PST by EQAndyBuzz (Got a problem? Nothing a drone strike can't fix.)
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To: Sub-Driver

But it’s OK that he wants to undercut the 2nd amendment? He’s such a hypocrite.


41 posted on 02/24/2013 6:01:45 PM PST by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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To: Sub-Driver
Appearing on CNN's Reliable Sources, Plante said that to the extent the White House is able to "put out their own material" without the Washington press corps, "they're undercutting the First Amendment...it's state-run media"

A SeeBS hack is saying this on CNN!?! That's pretty funny stuff.

Pat Caddell called it. Do you believe it yet?

Pat Caddell slams the media: They have become an “enemy of the people” Sept. 29, 2012(video 26:00)

Emotional Pat Caddell on the MSM ignoring Benghazi: “These people have no honor!” Oct. 27, 2012 (video at link 4:06)

The Media are enemies of the people!

42 posted on 02/24/2013 6:05:33 PM PST by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: Sub-Driver
these people should just shut the heck up....

when you didn't bother to demand a TRUE and REAL birth certificate, didn't bother to wonder why bamey's name and "mans country" ran together on the rumor page, what this man actually DID during his lifetime, and how many drugs he smoked or snorted, and when you couldn't find one serious question to ask this thug for the past 6 yrs...YOU AND YOU ALONE are to blame...

there's people like freepers who actually KNEW this joke president just thru our own research and its been like screaming into the wind with you guys...

43 posted on 02/24/2013 6:09:45 PM PST by cherry
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To: Sub-Driver
Conservative radio hosts such as Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Mark Levin have been talking about state-run media since Obama was elected. It's nevertheless extraordinary to hear this from someone at CBS News.

Meh.
Plante is only whining now because he's disappointed that Ubama doesn't seem to appreciate all that CBS and the rest of the Democrat "mainstream" newsrooms have done to get him, a community organizer who has never done anything in his whole stinking life other than promote himself, elected and RE-elected President.

Plante feels jilted.

44 posted on 02/24/2013 6:15:23 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Sub-Driver

“Waahh... Why won’t the President let us help him? Waahhh. Look at all we’ve done for him.”

Cry me a freaking river, Plante.


45 posted on 02/24/2013 6:17:22 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Hurricane

“I’m not buying into this. If the press wanted to be relevant they would put pressure on the president by asking tough questions and asking tough questions etc.and if he fails to answer, let the world know.
This guy has has the ability to do that right now. Quit whining.”

I agree. The press has more than enough opportunity to humble his administration, but they won’t, because they are deluded ideologues.


46 posted on 02/24/2013 6:17:59 PM PST by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: Sub-Driver

Duh, where has Plante been for the last four years? Yup, Mr. Plante can now be referred to as the “Potted Plant”.


47 posted on 02/24/2013 6:18:43 PM PST by kenmcg (scapegoat)
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To: fatnotlazy

Yep! And an IRS audit.


48 posted on 02/24/2013 6:19:08 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: fatnotlazy

Yep! Wood shed time!


49 posted on 02/24/2013 6:19:08 PM PST by Jean2
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To: Sub-Driver
'It's State-Run Media'

Is he a closet Ditto Head?

50 posted on 02/24/2013 6:25:45 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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