Skip to comments.CBS's Bill Plante: Obama Administration 'Undercutting First Amendment,' 'It's State-Run Media'
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.
But it’s OK that he wants to undercut the 2nd amendment? He’s such a hypocrite.
A SeeBS hack is saying this on CNN!?! That's pretty funny stuff.
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...
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.
“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.
“Im 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.
Duh, where has Plante been for the last four years? Yup, Mr. Plante can now be referred to as the “Potted Plant”.
Yep! And an IRS audit.
Yep! Wood shed time!
Is he a closet Ditto Head?
Perhaps a visit from the Gestapo as well. In my opinion, Hitler would have recruited out of this Regime and been proud of them all, ya think? O?BayMe’s Death Panels would have fit right in at Auschwitz as well.
Who cares if they got to kiss the butt of Tiger Woods? Or his women - or his friend Obama? Not me.
I care that they never got the Benghazi story... or the Fast and Furious story - of the 'why the hell is Homeland Security buying enough bullets to kill all the citizens in the United States six times over'....
Tiger Woods? No porn queens around Tiger to be shocked by? Yawn. CBS sucks... really, who cares what the little suck-ups whine about - they're 'news' in the style of Rather - a guy who makes it up to help 'his side'... Or they don't cover stuff to help their side... or they only want to cover the idiotic ... or all of the above. Yawn, yawn, yawn - a million yawns.
Like a spouse sometimes the last to know
When the MSM chose to investigate the status of Joe the Plumber’s trade license and the DNA of Palin’s Down Syndrome child, INSTEAD of Baraq’s falsified past, I knew the final transition had occurred.
They went from “strong liberal bias” to “full fledged member of the regime”.
the Useful Idiots are now just Idiots
“Americans” didn’t elect him; the Media and the unions put him in office.
oops. did not see your post before i posted.
Like I have always said for years. The media will not say anything bad about democRATS until the Rats start treading on the first ammendment. It has now been started.
It looks like Ezra Klein of Journolist fame is the enforcer. He whooped up on Bob Woodward for breaking ranks on who’s responsible for the sequester.