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  • In Secret Service, Some Blacks See a Flawed Shield for the President

    10/03/2014 4:57:51 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 71 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 2, 2014 | PETER BAKER
    WASHINGTON — Representative Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland was at the grocery store the other day when he ran into an elderly black woman who expressed growing concern about President Obama’s safety. Why, she asked, wasn’t he being better protected by his Secret Service agents? The furor that led to this week’s resignation of the director of the Secret Service resonated deeply among blacks, outraged that those supposed to be guarding the first black president were somehow falling down on the job — and suspicious even without evidence that it may be deliberate. “It is something that is widespread in...
  • Some Blacks See Secret Service as Flawed Shield for the President

    10/04/2014 1:00:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 78 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 2, 2014 | Peter Baker
    Representative Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland was at the grocery store the other day when he ran into an elderly black woman who expressed growing concern about President Obama’s safety. Why, she asked, wasn’t he being better protected by his Secret Service agents? The furor that led to this week’s resignation of the director of the Secret Service resonated deeply among blacks, outraged that those supposed to be guarding the first black president were somehow falling down on the job — and suspicious even without evidence that it may be deliberate. “It is something that is widespread in black circles,”...
  • Knee Pad Journalism: NY Times’ Peter Baker Absolves Obama in Secret Service Lapses

    10/01/2014 10:26:16 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    The Gatway Pundit ^ | 10/1/14 | Kristinn Taylor
    The same newspaper that crucified President George W. Bush for the Abu Ghrab scandal even though Bush was many, many layers of government removed from the American military guards at the heart of the Iraqi prison scandal has given President Barack Obama absolution for the gross incompetence of the Secret Service even though Obama is in direct contact every minute of every day with the agency charged with protecting his life. Peter Baker, Chief White House Correspondent for the New York Times has written a churlish, excuse-making article published Tuesday night that at once hints Republican lawmakers want to see...
  • At Web Site for Journalists, a Campaign Article Becomes a Melee (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    12/17/2007 12:28:52 PM PST · by abb · 15 replies · 359+ views
    The New York Times ^ | December 17, 2007 | Maria Aspan
    A usual round of media self-criticism turned into a schoolyard brawl last week, as editors, reporters and bloggers traded insults over a front-page article in The Washington Post, all at the very online water cooler where they usually get their news about the industry. The Post article, which ran on Nov. 29, was about rumors of Barack Obama’s ties to the Muslim world. snip Then things got really ugly. On Dec. 10, Chris Daly, a Boston University journalism professor, posted an entry on his blog that turned the debate over the merits of the article’s reporting into a debate over...
  • Editorial: Obama hides the whole story

    04/26/2009 12:29:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies · 1,076+ views
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 23, 2009 | The Editors
    Set aside for now the troubling changes in the Obama administration’s position on whether former Bush officials should be prosecuted for suggesting tough interrogation tactics against terrorists. Set aside the manifest unfairness of prosecuting lawyers merely for doing their job of giving legal advice. Set aside the raft of other reasonable objections to the proposed prosecutions, including a justifiable aversion to witch-hunts. Instead, consider how flagrantly President Barack Obama violated his repeated promises that he would run a transparent and honorable administration. His administration’s selective and highly prejudicial release of only partial information about CIA interrogations clearly was designed to...
  • White House Insiders Feel Shellshocked, And Already Think It's Over For Obama

    10/13/2010 4:37:00 PM PDT · by lbryce · 24 replies
    Business Insider ^ | October 13, 2010 | Joe Wiesenthal
    The talk of the town for the next few days will be this big piece by Peter Baker in the NYT on President Obama. The piece paints a picture of a despondent administration: Yet even if the White House saw it coming, this is an administration that feels shellshocked. Many officials worry, they say, that the best days of the Obama presidency are behind them. They talk about whether it is time to move on. While not in the 30s, Obama’s approval rating in surveys conducted by The New York Times and CBS News had fallen to 45 percent last...
  • Obama Sticks to the (Teleprompter) Script

    03/05/2009 9:28:22 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 43 replies · 2,566+ views
    New York Times ^ | March 5, 2009 | Peter Baker
    WASHINGTON — As he introduced his new choice for secretary of health and human services in the East Room this week, President Obama turned his head from right to left, but he wasn’t looking at the audience. He was reading from two teleprompters, strategically set up outside the tight television camera shot. ... Presidents have been using teleprompters for more than half a century, but none relied on them as extensively as Mr. Obama has so far. While presidents typically have used them for their most important speeches to the nation — an inauguration, a State of the Union or...
  • White House Manual Details How to Deal With Protesters

    08/21/2007 8:35:16 PM PDT · by kristinn · 24 replies · 1,293+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Wednesday, August 22, 2007 | Peter Baker
    Not that they're worried or anything. But the White House evidently leaves little to chance when it comes to protests within eyesight of the president. As in, it doesn't want any. A White House manual that came to light recently gives presidential advance staffers extensive instructions in the art of "deterring potential protestors" from President Bush's public appearances around the country. Among other things, any event must be open only to those with tickets tightly controlled by organizers. Those entering must be screened in case they are hiding secret signs. Any anti-Bush demonstrators who manage to get in anyway should...
  • A Bush aide's blunt words(Al Gore is a "mad dog" known to "foam at the mouth")

    06/14/2006 6:42:44 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 53 replies · 2,461+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 06/13/06 | Peter Baker
    A Bush aide's blunt words New adviser pulled no punches in his magazine pieces By Peter Baker Updated: 5:39 a.m. ET June 13, 2006 WASHINGTON - Bill Clinton is a "virtuoso deceiver" and Hillary Rodham Clinton a "true chameleon" guilty of "self-serving behavior, comparative radicalism, and dubious personal morality." Al Gore is a "mad dog" known to "foam at the mouth." John McCain is given to "showboating." And Jacques Chirac, Nelson Mandela, Gerhard Schroeder and Kofi Annan are all "feckless fools." Says who? President Bush's new chief domestic policy adviser. While most White House aides carefully trim their public commentary,...
  • Russian Relations Under Scrutiny (Condi/Cheney split?)

    02/26/2006 6:26:03 AM PST · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 39 replies · 587+ views
    Washington Post ^ | February 26, 2006 | Peter Baker
    U.S. Concerned About G-8 Talks With Putin as Host The Bush administration is quietly exploring ways of recalibrating U.S. policy toward Russia in the face of growing concerns about the Kremlin's crackdown on internal dissent and pressure tactics toward its neighbors, according to senior officials and others briefed on the discussions. Vice President Cheney has grown increasingly skeptical of Russian President Vladimir Putin and shown interest in toughening the administration's approach. He summoned Russia scholars to his office last month to solicit input and asked national intelligence director John D. Negroponte to provide further information about Putin's trajectory, the sources...
  • Good News for the White House: Milbank Is Off the Beat. The Bad News. . .

    12/17/2004 3:39:37 PM PST · by Pikamax · 8 replies · 683+ views
    Washingtonian ^ | 12/17/04 | Harry Jaffe
    Good News for the White House: Milbank Is Off the Beat. The Bad News . . . The Bush White House finally got what it has wanted for years: Dana Milbank is off the White House beat for the Washington Post. He always was very skeptical of the White House message. The bad news for the Bushies is that Milbank will be writing a column in the Post’s front section. Prospective title is Off Message. Moving Milbank off the front lines is part of the Post’s strategy for covering the second Bush term. The Post is changing its entire team...
  • Dark days, with death outside door: Rescued POWs tell of ambush in Nasiriyah, time of captivity

    04/14/2003 10:13:03 AM PDT · by Polybius · 5 replies · 203+ views
    MSNBC ^ | April 14 , 2003 | Peter Baker
    NUMANIYAH, Iraq, April 14 — The wrong turn happened just after dawn on a clear Sunday morning, March 23. The convoy from the Army’s 507th Maintenance Company wandered by mistake into the riverfront city of Nasiriyah and suddenly it seemed to the soldiers that every Iraqi was trying to kill them. “WE GOT TURNED around and then lost and we rolled into Nasiriyah before it was secure and when we rolled in there was an ambush waiting for us,” recalled Spec. Shoshana Johnson, 30, from El Paso. The bullets and explosions came from all sides. Some of the vehicles flipped...
  • Wrong Turn in Nasiriyah Led to Soldiers' Capture Maintenance Company Drove Into Waiting Ambush

    04/13/2003 7:49:37 PM PDT · by anncoulteriscool · 66 replies · 242+ views
    Washington Post ^ | April 13, 2003 | Peter Baker
    Wrong Turn in Nasiriyah Led to Soldiers' Capture Maintenance Company Drove Into Waiting Ambush By Peter Baker Washington Post Foreign Service Sunday, April 13, 2003; 7:30 PM NUMANIYAH, Iraq, April 13 -- The wrong turn happened just after dawn on a clear Sunday morning, March 23. The convoy from the Army's 507th Maintenance Company wandered by mistake into the riverfront city of Nasiriyah and suddenly it seemed to the soldiers that every Iraqi was trying to kill them. "We got turned around and then lost and we rolled into Nasiriyah before it was secure and when we rolled in there...
  • Confused Start, Decisive End (Barf Alert)

    04/13/2003 11:55:32 AM PDT · by Drango · 5 replies · 249+ views
    Washington Post ^ | April 13, 2003 | Rick Atkinson, Peter Baker and Thomas E. Ricks
    Confused Start, Decisive End Invasion Shaped by Miscues, Bold Risks and Unexpected Successes By Rick Atkinson, Peter Baker and Thomas E. RicksWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, April 13, 2003; Page A01 BAGHDAD, April 12 -- It was the low point of the war for the two generals. On March 27, outside the city of Najaf, Lt. Gen. William S. Wallace, commander of the U.S. Army's V Corps, met with Maj. Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of the 101st Airborne Division. As they sat on gray folding chairs in the desert wasteland, the war seemed to be in dismal shape.The critical crossroads...
  • Adjusting on the Road to Victory

    04/12/2003 8:11:23 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 10 replies · 250+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 04/13/03 | Peter Baker, Rick Atkinson and Thomas E. Ricks
    Miscues, Confusion, Unexpected Successes Shaped Invasion Plan BAGHDAD, April 12 -- It was the low point of the war for the two generals. On March 27, outside the city of Najaf, Lt. Gen. William S. Wallace, commander of the U.S. Army's V Corps, met with Maj. Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of the 101st Airborne Division. As they sat on gray folding chairs in the desert wasteland, the war seemed to be in dismal shape. The critical crossroads city of Nasiriyah had degenerated into a shooting gallery for U.S. convoys. An Army maintenance unit was ambushed on an overextended supply...