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  • Targeting Fox News Is a Profound Political Mistake

    10/14/2009 10:35:21 AM PDT · by Joiseydude · 17 replies · 1,607+ views
    FoxNews ^ | October 14, 2009 | Doug Schoen
    The White House is making a profound political mistake by targeting Fox News and deliberately deciding to exclude them from interviews and access to the administration. And not only that, they are making a mistake on both a practical and a political level. Frankly, it just doesn’t make sense. On a practical level, targeting a news organization only redounds to one’s detriment. I have no doubt that Fox News will not change its coverage, nor should it, in response to statements from White House Communications Director Anita Dunn. Nonetheless, indicating that five separate Fox News programs will not have access...
  • Liberal Stupid-Ass Comment: WH Communications Director Anita Dunn Disses Fox News

    10/11/2009 6:24:50 PM PDT · by EricTheRed_VocalMinority · 15 replies · 836+ views
    Vocal Minority ^ | 10/11/09 | EricTheRed_VocalMinority
    In a despicable, arrogant, and rather hypocritical display today, White House communications director (whatever the hell that is) Anita Dunn delegitimized the Fox News Channel as a bona fide news station. Among the gems shared by her with CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz (h/t: Breitbart, via Mediaite]: Let’s be realistic here, Howie, they’re widely viewed as a part of the Republican party: Take their talking points, put ‘em on the air. Take their opposition research, put ‘em on the air. And that’s fine, but let’s not pretend they’re a news network the way CNN is.The reality of it is...
  • Caption: Gibbs returning from Copenhagen, CNN and talking point on AF1 monitor?

    10/03/2009 7:09:48 PM PDT · by maggief · 58 replies · 3,563+ views
    AP/Reuters ^ | October 2, 2009
  • O'Reilly Talks with Major Garrett About Tensions Between Obama White House and Fox News - Video

    08/24/2009 6:25:38 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 4 replies · 907+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | August 24, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of Bill O'Reilly talking with Fox News Senior White House Correspondent Major Garrett about tensions that exist between the Obama White House and Fox News. O'Reilly believes that Obama's Administration really dislikes Fox News because Fox News dares to not give deliberately "favorable" coverage of Obama. Garrett would not say there is great tension between the White House and himself, but he did say it is obvious Fox News is not one of the favorites, and he is not given tips and "heads up" help the way some networks are. O'Reilly asked Garrett what is wrong with...
  • VIDEO: FOX's Major Garrett Reflects On Angering Robert Gibbs Today

    08/13/2009 5:16:50 PM PDT · by ianschwartz · 51 replies · 2,719+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | August 13, 2009 | Real Clear Politics
    FOX News' Major Garrett discusses his question to Robert Gibbs Thursday afternoon.
  • Tapper asks Gibbs about Nazi references

    08/07/2009 12:52:16 PM PDT · by HonkyTonkMan · 24 replies · 1,374+ views
    abc blogs ^ | 07-August-2009 | Jake Tapper
    TAPPER:  And just one follow-up, to Ben’s*question about the town hall meetings. This week, there's just been an amplification in terms of the rhetoric.  Some of the protesters against the president's position on health care reform have used Nazi imagery.  A Democratic congressman said that the protesters were using brown shirt tactics.  A Democratic senator called protesters' behavior un-American, although she retracted it.  Rush Limbaugh went on a very long speech yesterday during his radio show in which he compared Democrats to Nazis, the president to Hitler. And I'm wondering if the president has seen any of this, has a...
  • Gibbs: No Tax Hike for Middle Class

    08/03/2009 11:03:35 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 34 replies · 904+ views
    Associated Press ^ | August 3, 2009
    The White House spokesman says President Barack Obama is committed to not raising taxes on U.S. families earning less than $250,000. Robert Gibbs restated that assurance Monday after two top White House officials suggested over the weekend that they could not rule out tax increases as the administration struggles to cut the budget deficit in half in the coming years. In appearances on TV network news shows Sunday, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said the White House was not ready to rule out a tax hike to lower the federal deficit. National Economic Council Director Larry Summers said Obama's proposed health...
  • Did White House plant Gates question?

    07/28/2009 4:55:29 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 16 replies · 1,333+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | July 26, 2009 | Aaron Klein
    JERUSALEM – Although the reporter involved denies she coordinated with the White House, speculation abounds over the genesis of the press conference inquiry last week by Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times, whose question about Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. prompted a national race scandal involving President Obama. Several blogs have picked up on unanswered questions surrounding the event and have speculated that the White House may have coordinated the question. "Sweet was prepped, planted and performed on cue," was the title of a piece on The Real Barack Obama blog. "Lynn Sweet has earned her bones as a...
  • Does White House Plant ALL Questions? (Not Just Gates')

    07/28/2009 5:20:20 AM PDT · by paul in cape · 18 replies · 1,567+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 7-28-09 | Aaron Klein
    Although the reporter involved denies she coordinated with the White House, speculation abounds over the genesis of the press conference inquiry last week by Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times, whose question about Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. prompted a national race scandal involving President Obama.
  • Obama Skids in Another Ratings Count: TV Viewers

    07/27/2009 10:08:09 AM PDT · by holy joe · 19 replies · 1,484+ views
    Newsmax ^ | July 27, 2009 | James Hirsen
    President Obama received flack from all sides for his answer to a question at his healthcare press conference in which he said that the police officers involved in Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates' arrest “acted stupidly.” But who could have predicted that “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart would do a presidential put-down? “I wasn't at the press conference last night, and I also don't have all the facts, but I think it's fair to say that Obama handled that question — oh, what's the word I'm looking for — stupidly?” the Comedy Central star cracked. In light of Walter Cronkite's...
  • Charles Krauthammer Praises Obama Performance at Presser

    07/24/2009 5:19:56 PM PDT · by brianhumeck · 28 replies · 2,000+ views
    The Up Blog ^ | 7/24/2009 | Brian Humeck
    Popular conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer, whose columns appear in the Washington Post and many other newspapers throughout this nation had some stunning words on the Hugh Hewitt Radio Show this afternoon. When asked how he thought President Obama fared in his Wednesday night press conference, Krauthammer responded that his thoughts were quite the opposite of the general feelings toward the presser. “I think he did quite well,” said Krauthammer but then added an obvious caveat. “He stood up there and defended the indefensible for an hour. If that had been me up there, I would have turned myself in after...
  • The Corner: Robert Gibbs on FNC

    07/26/2009 11:27:15 AM PDT · by Dinah Lord · 34 replies · 295+ views
    The Corner on National Review ^ | July 26, 2009 | Jack Dunphy
    "On today’s Fox News Sunday, presidential press secretary Robert Gibbs admitted President Obama had been prepared to answer questions about the Henry Louis Gates arrest at his press conference last week. Bret Baier, filling in for regular host Chris Wallace, asked Gibbs, “Before Wednesday’s news conference, did you prepare [the president] for a question about Henry Gates’s arrest in Cambridge?”
  • White House: Obama Done Talking About Gates Case

    07/25/2009 7:28:09 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 91 replies · 1,107+ views
    White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Friday morning that President Obama "has said everything he's going to say" about the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Lewis Gates, Jr. Gibbs repeated the point twice for emphasis, CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller reports. The press secretary met with reporters in his office. Also at the meeting, Gibbs came as close as anyone in the White House has so far to expressing regret over Mr. Obama's comments on the matter. Asked if the president regrets weighing in because "it may take you guys a little bit off message when he's...
  • The story behind my Obama question

    07/25/2009 8:16:17 AM PDT · by lex33 · 92 replies · 2,326+ views
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | July 24, 2009 | Lynn Sweet
    July 24, 2009 BY LYNN SWEET Sun-Times Columnist WASHINGTON -- I asked President Obama what turned out to be a provocative question at his press conference on Wednesday night -- well, it was his answer that was really provocative -- about the arrest of noted Harvard African-American studies Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. at his home in Cambridge, Mass. I asked,"What does that incident say to you? And what does it say about race relations in America?" Obama's answer included a sound bite picked up by scores of outlets, whether print, TV, radio or on the Web. Said Obama, "the...
  • The Gates Affair: Calibrating Your Equivocation

    07/25/2009 10:47:10 AM PDT · by AJKauf · 15 replies · 685+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | July 25 | Roger Kimball
    Sgt. Crowley seems to be doing everything he can to defuse the situation and move on. (Take a look at that interview I linked above.) The President clearly wishes he’d kept his mouth shut. I suspect that with his “recalibration” he has just shoved his foot a bit deeper into the presidential maw, especially since Prof. Gates is doing his Al Sharpton imitation traipsing about accusing everyone in sight of racism. He looks completley ridiculous, but people are used to Ivy League Professors making fools of themselves. There will be a bit more of the snigger factor at work whenever...
  • Rasmussen: Obama’s presser backfired

    07/25/2009 7:42:14 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 55 replies · 2,693+ views
    Hot Air ^ | July 25, 2009 | ED MORRISSEY
    Barack Obama obviously hoped to get a swell in support after his prime-time presser, both for his health-care initiative and for his own approval ratings. Until now, the president has wrung temporary boosts in polling from his major media appearances. Not this time, though, as Rasmussen shows that negative ratings for his polling increased in the two days after Wednesday’s prime-time press conference: The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday shows that 30% of the nation’s voters now Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Thirty-nine percent (39%) Strongly Disapprove giving...
  • Gibbs Says "Twitter" Blocked on White House Computers - Video 7/24/09

    07/24/2009 6:49:44 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 8 replies · 378+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | July 24, 2009 | BrianinMO
    This is not particularly important, but it is interesting. White House Press Secretary was asked today if he "twittered," and he responded: "No, for some reason Twitter is blocked on White House computers. I have to say I'm on camera enough that I think people have a decent sense of what I'm doing minus Twittering." Of course, many people "twitter" using their phone or PDA, but I would guess the only reason to block it would be because of security concerns. Any other ideas? . . . . (Watch Video)
  • President Obama walks back police criticism

    07/24/2009 5:03:19 PM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 26 replies · 1,169+ views
    The Politico ^ | July 24, 2009 | ALEXANDER BURNS & CAROL E. LEE
    "I think the Fraternal Order of Police endorsed McCain," Gibbs fired back at reporters, referring to Obama's Republican opponent in the 2008 election. "If I'm not mistaken." Gibbs proving he's an idiot.
  • Liberal Ed Shultz Says Obama Looked Like "A Beaten Man" at Press Conference - Video 7/23/09

    07/24/2009 5:27:08 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 14 replies · 628+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | July 24, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of Liberal Ed Shultz hammering Democrats and President Obama for their failure to move forward with their Health Care Reform Bill. He said about Obama at his press conference Wednesday night: "There were times last night when I thought President Obama was a beaten man. And I thought, where's the fire?" Shultz criticized Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for delaying the bill until after the August recess. He called Harry Reid "the most under-the-rug Majority Leader ever." Shultz said he wants to see "some punches thrown" against the Republicans. . . . . . (Watch Video)
  • Gibbs: Media 'obsessions' prolonging Gates story

    07/24/2009 9:01:23 AM PDT · by libh8er · 49 replies · 2,102+ views
    AP / Yahoo ^ | 7.24.09
    The White House says the media's "obsessions" are keeping alive President Barack Obama's comments about the arrest of a Harvard scholar seen trying to get into his own house. Asked whether Obama regretted commenting on the matter, spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters that the president probably would regret distracting the media with "obsessions." Gibbs says Obama has "great respect" for police officers and understands what a hard job they have.
  • Obama Press Conference Draws 4.1 Million Fewer Viewers Than Third Press Conference

    07/23/2009 8:43:25 PM PDT · by FrdmLvr · 13 replies · 649+ views
    Nielson Wire ^ | 7/23/09 | Nielson Wire
    In a continued push for congressional support of health care reform President Obama held his fourth prime time press conference on Wednesday July 22, 2009. The conference was carried live from 8:00PM to approximately 9:00PM on 11 networks. The sum of average audience for those networks was 24,682,519 viewers and had a combined household rating of 16.3. The networks carrying the press conference were ABC, CBS, NBC, Univision*, Telemundo*, BBC-A, BET, CNBC, CNN, FOX News Channel, and MSNBC. Viewing to last night’s press conference was down 14% from his April 29 press conference and down 50% from his first primetime...
  • Obama goes prime-time to pitch healthcare

    07/22/2009 4:46:24 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 235 replies · 6,776+ views
    upi.com ^ | July 22,2009 | upi.com
    WASHINGTON, July 22 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama shifts his effort to convince the American people healthcare reform is the right thing to do right now to prime time Wednesday. In an evening news conference, Obama is expected to outline the case for healthcare reform as well as provide an update on what has been accomplished since he took office in January. White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel told The New York Times Obama intends to use the news conference as a "six-month report card," to talk about "how we rescued the economy from the worst recession" and...
  • Obama press conference draws 24.7 million

    07/23/2009 3:58:08 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies · 659+ views
    THReviews.com ^ | July 23, 2009 | James Hibberd
    President Obama's fourth primetime press conference since taking office drew 24.7 million viewers across 11 networks on Wednesday night. That's down 14% from the president's last primetime press event. Obama took questions from reporters at the White House about his plan to universalize health care. The networks carrying the press conference were ABC, CBS, NBC, Univision*, Telemundo*, BBC-A, BET, CNBC, CNN, FOX News Channel, and MSNBC. Meanwhile Fox benefited from declining to air the president's news conference, with "So You Think You Can Dance" rising to top the night in the adults 18-49 demographic.
  • CBS, NBC and ABC To Air Obama Press Conference, As Fox Declines

    07/22/2009 1:45:12 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies · 1,304+ views
    TV By The Numbers ^ | July 20, 2009 | by Bill Gorman
    For some background here are the aggregate average viewership numbers from the president’s last 3 prime-time news conferences: Feb: 9: 49.5 million March 24: 40.4 million April 29: 28.8 million This press conference, being in mid-summer, is likely to cost the broadcasters a lot less than the $21.5 million ad revenue estimated for the April one.
  • Obama's Bright, Shining Lie In Tonight's News Conference.

    07/22/2009 7:50:22 PM PDT · by MindBender26 · 31 replies · 2,319+ views
    Memories of years on The Hill | MB26
    In his news conference / speech tonight, the Podium Pounder in Chief made many debatable statements, but one was simply an outright lie. When questioned about the scope and quality of his Government Motors Medical plan, Obama said the proposed plan provides us with medical care very much like the medical care Senators and Congress Members now get. That is a specific, direct and outrageous lie... and Mr. Obama knows it. They never talk about it, but Senators and Congress Members have immediate, free and easy access to health care, and health care professionals. They don’t have to get in...
  • Obama Asserts Citizenship In Press Conference

    07/22/2009 7:34:35 PM PDT · by hole_n_one · 109 replies · 3,354+ views
    From the transcript.........OBAMA: They're going to have to give up paying for things that don't make them healthier. And I -- speaking as an American, I think that's the kind of change you want.
  • Libertarians respond to Obama press conference

    07/22/2009 8:25:51 PM PDT · by VirginiaConstitutionalist · 11 replies · 890+ views
    The Libertarian Party | 7/22/09 | Donny Ferguson
    Libertarians respond to Obama press conference WASHINGTON -- Libertarian National Committee Communications Director Donny Ferguson issued the following statement Wednesday night, in response to President Barack Obama’s press conference: “Tonight’s press conference by President Obama, complete with scare tactics and wildly inaccurate claims, perfectly illustrated why more and more Americans are losing faith in his promises of prosperity through government control. “Libertarians, and all Americans, aren’t buying President Obama’s ludicrous claim that handing control of your health care over to the federal government keeps costs down. Congressional Budget Office reports show the Obama health care takeover sends costs skyrocketing and...
  • Obama's Ethics

    07/23/2009 8:50:05 AM PDT · by yoe · 22 replies · 1,140+ views
    Power Line ^ | July 23, 2009 | Scott Johnson
    There was an overwhelmingly fictional quality fo President Obama's (press conference) ast night from his opening remarks on. Promoting his notional health care reform plan, whatever it is, he endlessly asserts a set of talking points that would be demonstrably false if we had the text of a plan to check it against, such as the House's thousand-page monstrosity. When he is about to unleash a whopper of special magnitude, Obama emits a tell-tale sign. He prefaces it with "let me be clear" or "understand this." Last night he achieved such "clarity" twice in his opening remarks. First: [L]et me...
  • Vanity: Racist in Chief Encourages Black America to Resist Arrest

    07/23/2009 5:34:50 AM PDT · by Juan Medén · 26 replies · 1,204+ views
    7-23-2009 | Juan Medén
    I forced myself to watch the President's press conference last night. I normally try to avoid it for two reasons. First, because I don't believe a word he says and, second, because I just get angry when I hear his lies.
  • Live Thread: Barack Obama State Of The Sham Wow Press Conference 8 p.m. 7/22/09

    07/22/2009 3:24:38 PM PDT · by kristinn · 1,481 replies · 61,884+ views
    Wednesday, July 22, 2009 | Kristinn
    We know the drill: Read the teleprompter for a few minutes, take questions from a few plants in audience, total of twelve or thirteen questions in an hour, filibuster, end to rave reviews from the state run media. White House propaganda e-mail sent to NextGov.com
  • Obama makes prime-time appeal for government health care

    07/23/2009 4:40:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies · 639+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2009 | Jillian Bandes
    In his prime-time press conference Wednesday night, President Obama took to the podium to push his health care agenda and pressure Congress into working harder and faster on the hotly contested legislation. Before taking questions from reporters after repeating a number of other talking points that were familiar to those following the health care debate: that his plan would lower costs, rein in the growth of Medicare and Medicaid, and provide security for Americans concerned about their job or the continuity of their plans. He insisted that a government plan would limit the amount the average American could be...
  • President spends an hour recycling old patches of rhetoric

    07/23/2009 4:54:50 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 59 replies · 2,086+ views
    msnbc.msn.com/ ^ | July 23 ,2009 updated 4 minutes ago | Howard Fineman
    Obama delivers lackluster health care message President spends an hour recycling old patches of rhetoricAnalysis By Howard Fineman msnbc.com contributor updated 4 minutes ago Howard Fineman WASHINGTON - I’ve been covering Barack Obama for a few years, and it’s usually crystal clear what he is up to. Not last night. This is the first time I’ve asked myself: what was THAT all about? His prime time press conference was worse than a waste of time. He spent an hour (with the aide of a soporific White House press corps) pouring sand (one grain at a time) into the already-slowing gears...
  • Sneak Peek at President Obama's Address to the Nation

    07/21/2009 7:59:32 AM PDT · by jdfromny · 13 replies · 1,165+ views
    AmericanDigest.org ^ | 7/20/09 | Gerard Vanderleun
    The President: One hundred and eighty-three days ago the Democratic Party, and my personal body slaves the hack media, brought forth on this continent, a new Won-derful, conceived in Hawaii (so I am told), and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal but some are more equal than others. Now we are engaged in a great boondoggle of bills, testing whether that nation, or any nation so confused and so eviscerated, can long endure trillions of dollars in debt while the slacktard half of the population pays nothing in taxes for their government cheese.
  • President Obama to Hold Wednesday Prime-Time Press Conference [w/ comments and viewer poll]

    07/21/2009 12:30:13 PM PDT · by TomGuy · 43 replies · 1,606+ views
    TVGuide.com ^ | July 21, 2009
    President Barack Obama will hold a press conference Wednesday night, the White House announced on Twitter. Among the Big 4 TV networks, ABC, CBS and NBC will all carry the press conference live at 8/7 CT, while Fox is sticking with a regularly scheduled broadcast... [Must Read: Comments.] [Must View: Viewer poll.]
  • Live From The White House, It’s Tuesday Night!

    07/20/2009 4:06:09 PM PDT · by kcvl · 43 replies · 996+ views
    Live From The White House, It’s Tuesday Night! Tomorrow night is music night at the White House, and you can have all the action streamed live to your desktop. Charley Pride, Brad Paisley, Alison Krauss + Union Station feat. Jerry Douglas
  • Most will carry Obama conference; time shifted after NBC balked

    07/20/2009 8:44:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 52 replies · 1,793+ views
    thrfeed.com ^ | 7/20/09 | staff
    UPDATED: After some hesitation and a time shift, three major broadcast networks have agreed to carry Barack Obama's latest primetime news conference. The event was announced Friday afternoon as Obama battles to bolster congressional support for an ambitious health-care overhaul while facing dropping approval ratings. But broadcasters are struggling with falling approval ratings of their own; Nielsen's audience measurements show viewership in a summertime slump.
  • Most will carry Obama conference; time shifted after NBC balked

    07/20/2009 8:44:04 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies · 393+ views
    thrfeed.com ^ | 7/20/09 | staff
    UPDATED: After some hesitation and a time shift, three major broadcast networks have agreed to carry Barack Obama's latest primetime news conference. The event was announced Friday afternoon as Obama battles to bolster congressional support for an ambitious health-care overhaul while facing dropping approval ratings. But broadcasters are struggling with falling approval ratings of their own; Nielsen's audience measurements show viewership in a summertime slump.
  • Obama Tries To Save Dying Healthcare Bill (Call your congressmen and senators!)

    07/17/2009 11:53:58 AM PDT · by Need4Truth · 130 replies · 5,465+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | Jul. 17, 2009 | Joe Weisenthal
    Obama is set to give a speech at 3:15 on healthcare, as fears mount that the bill may already be dead. Yesterday's (not too shocking) revelation from the CBO, that the bill would end up costing the government, not saving it money, seems to have really demoralized dems, who had been arguing that fiscal prudence and expanded coverage could go hand in hand. Then today, Rasmussen came out with a poll suggesting that the majority of the public opposed the creation of a public plan. Remember, Obama's job is to convinced Democrats the new scheme is a good one. They...
  • WH Tweets Announcement of Next News Conference (another prime-time presser)

    07/17/2009 2:37:47 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 7 replies · 547+ views
    Washington Post ^ | July 17, 2009 | Unknown
    The White House announced today that President Obama will hold a prime-time news conference on Wednesday, but it made the announcement in a novel way: Posting it to Twitter. "You heard it here first: Primetime presidential news conference at the White House, Wed. 7/22 @ 9PM EDT" the White House tweeted at 4:25 p.m. Obama's last prime-time questioning by reporters occurred April 29.
  • Obama to Hold (Yet another..) Prime-Time News Conference on Wednesday Evening

    07/17/2009 1:39:05 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 113 replies · 3,274+ views
    Breaking News.com ^ | Jiuly 17, 2009 | BNO.com
    President Obama will hold a primetime presidential news conference from the White House on Wednesday at 9pm EDT.
  • New White House spin: Stimulus not designed to … stimulate

    07/16/2009 3:20:07 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 20 replies · 706+ views
    Hot Air ^ | July 15, 2009 | ED MORRISSEY
    Old White House spin: Porkulus has stimulated the economy and “saved or created” 150,000 jobs. New White House spin: Stimulus? What stimulus? ABC’s Yunji de NIes reports from somewhere down the rabbit hole, er, the White House briefing room: Turns out the $787 billion “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act” (AARA) was not designed for full economic recovery, but rather to “stabilize” the downturn. That’s the word from White House officials today, who held off-camera briefings with reporters on how the AARA is working so far. “This legislation was designed to cushion the downturn,” said White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs....
  • Helen Thomas: "Obama, Like All Presidents, Tries To Manage The News" [WARNING: HORRIFIC IMAGES]

    07/10/2009 11:07:33 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 49 replies · 2,135+ views
    TheBostonChannel.com ^ | 9 Jul 09 | The only reporter to have interviewed all 44 US Presidents, HELEN THOMAS!!!
    WASHINGTON -- It’s not news when the White House tries to manage the news. That has always been the case. But it is news when Obama administration officials -- the folks who proclaimed that they would bring unprecedented openness and transparency to government -- fall all over themselves trying to manipulate news briefings and attempting amateurish stagecraft at public meetings. The president relies on a list of handpicked reporters to call on at his formal news conferences -- and the fortunate few are not necessarily accredited reporters but include new age self-appointed journalists or anyone with a laptop. The White...
  • White House Press Corps Happy to Attend Barack Obama's Off-the-Record BBQ

    07/09/2009 7:19:02 PM PDT · by JRochelle · 29 replies · 2,771+ views
    Gawker ^ | 7/9/09 | John Cook
    Reporters from roughly 30 television networks, newspapers, magazines, and web sites celebrated the Fourth of July with Barack Obama at the White House last weekend. Why didn't you know that? Because they were sworn to secrecy. We reported yesterday that Politico's Mike Allen was spotted milling about as a guest at the White House's "backyard bash" by the pool reporter, who was allowed into the event for 40 minutes and kept in a pen before being ushered out. When Allen quoted from the pool report in his Playbook column the next day, he deleted a reference to his own name...
  • White House Press Corps Spent the Fourth of July Hanging Out With Obama, Off the Record

    07/09/2009 10:28:19 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 36 replies · 2,045+ views
    Gawker ^ | July 9, 2009 | John Cook
    White House Press Corps Spent the Fourth of July Hanging Out With Obama, Off the Record By John Cook, 12:44 PM on Thu Jul 9 2009, 1,046 views (Edit, to draft, Top, Slurp) Copy this whole post to another site Slurp cancel select site advertising consumerist deadspin defamer fleshbot gay fleshbot gawker gizmodo idolator io9 jalopnik jezebel kotaku lifehacker valleywag artists gawkershop Reporters from more than 30 television networks, newspapers, magazines, and web sites celebrated the Fourth of July with Barack Obama at the White House last weekend. Why didn't you know that? Because they were sworn to secrecy. We...
  • [Obama] Meet the [Catholic] Press

    07/02/2009 10:42:22 AM PDT · by TaxachusettsMan · 8 replies · 448+ views
    Whispers in the Loggia ^ | July 2, 2009 | Rocco Palmo
    Earlier this morning, President Obama welcomed eight senior church journalists to the White House for an "unprecedented" listening session in advance of his first meeting with Pope Benedict next Friday. According to early word, among the group were Jesuit Fr Drew Christiansen, editor of America; National Catholic Reporter ed-in-chief Joe Feuerherd, Legion of Christ Fr Owen Kearns, publisher of the National Catholic Register, and Catholic News Service's lead DC correspondent Pat Zapor, who runs the first post-meet brief, promising "more to come": President Barack Obama told a morning round table with religion writers July 2 that he was profoundly influenced...
  • Helen Thomas and Chip Reid Challenge Obama Admin. On 'Controlled' Town Hall Meeting

    07/02/2009 12:10:30 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 56 replies · 1,594+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 7/2/09 | Kenneth D. Williams
    White House spokesman Robert Gibbs and the Obama administration found the press corps slightly less friendly than they are used to yesterday, when CBS's Chip Reid asked why the questions for Wednesday’s town hall on healthcare were being selected beforehand. Gibbs tried to dodge the issue, and asked for it to be asked after the town hall meeting in question, but then Helen Thomas became involved, saying, “We have never had that in the White House. I’m amazed that you people … call for openness and transparency.” Reid and Thomas didn't let up for a second, especially Thomas. To see...
  • Dana Perino : Did Mika Miss the Last Eight Years ?

    07/02/2009 10:12:26 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 28 replies · 2,126+ views
    NRO ^ | July 01, 2009 | Dana Perino
    A friend emailed this morning to say he couldn’t believe what he heard Mika Brzezinski say on Morning Joe today regarding yesterday’s press briefing where Helen Thomas and Chip Reid asked Robert Gibbs several questions about President Obama’s so-called “Town Hall” on health care yesterday: The question I would have for her [Helen] is if she felt she could ask that question during the Bush administration and get that aggressive. Seriously? I almost injured myself when I fell over laughing when I read that comment. I am no longer a spokesperson, but I feel I can speak for all of...
  • Helen Thomas & Chip Reed Video

    07/02/2009 6:02:48 AM PDT · by Peter Andrew Conservative · 5 replies · 555+ views
    ConservativeAmerican.org ^ | 7/2/9 | Peter Andrew
    CLICK LINK TO WATCH VIDEO... Helen Thomas, the Associated Democrat Press White House reporter for the last 832 years, called the Obama Administration’s control of the media “Shocking!” Unbelievable. Shocking. I don’t want to go overboard and call in “encouraging.” However, I will note that the Obama Socialist Nationalization of healthcare will be in trouble if they piss off the likes of Helen Thomas and Chip Reed. Helen Thomas admits that the Obama Administration calls reporters the night before press conferences to let them know they will be called on! This White House is so afraid that its own President...
  • Helen Thomas goes nuclear over the Obama Administration’s controlled Townhall meetings

    07/01/2009 10:05:50 PM PDT · by FromLori · 64 replies · 3,818+ views
    First the video, that led Thomas to go Nuclear: Transcript: Gibbs: “… But, again, let’s–How about we do this? I promise we will interrupt the AP’s tradition of asking the first question. I will let you [Chip Reid] ask me a question tomorrow as to whether you thought the questions at the town hall meeting that the President conducted in Annandale—“ Chip Reid: “I’m perfectly happy to—” Helen Thomas: “That’s not his point. The point is the control–” Reid: “Exactly.” Thomas: “We have never had that in the White House. And we have had some, but not– This White House.”...
  • Helen Thomas: Not Even Nixon Tried to Control the Media Like Obama

    07/01/2009 5:41:49 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 146 replies · 5,256+ views
    CNS News ^ | July 01, 2009 | Penny Starr and Fred Lucas
    (CNSNews.com) - Following a testy exchange during today’s briefing with White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas told CNSNews.com that not even Richard Nixon tried to control the press the way President Obama is trying to control the press. “Nixon didn’t try to do that,” Thomas said. “They couldn’t control (the media). They didn’t try. “What the hell do they think we are, puppets?” Thomas said. “They’re supposed to stay out of our business. They are our public servants. We pay them.” Thomas said she was especially concerned about the arrangement between the Obama Administration...