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  • White House Press Secretary Faces Reporter Revolt After Criticizing Media At Briefing

    07/21/2014 12:43:42 PM PDT · by lilyramone · 26 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 21, 2014 | Colin Campbell
    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest's faced a minor media revolt at his daily press briefing Monday after he criticized a Washington Post story for its reliance on anonymous sources. Several reporters at the briefing challenged Earnest's critique by pointing out White House officials regularly insist information be anonymously attributed to members of the administration in conference calls and other communications. "You criticize anonymous sources but we have anonymous sources from you every day," one reporter noted. "How can you criticize that when that's what you basically give us every day, except for the briefing?" Earnest responded sarcastically.
  • Former NYT Editor: Hillary Expects Journalists To Be '100 Percent In Her Corner,' Especially Women

    07/20/2014 9:50:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | July 19, 2014 | Tim Graham
    In May, Politico's reporting inside Democratic circles led them to the strange conclusion that the one thing that could sink Hillary's hopes of winning the White House was the press corps. A Clinton insider announced: “She wants to be president; she doesn’t want to run for president...The worst part of running for president for her, clearly, is dealing with the press.” In July, Politico interviewed former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson, who made some sense of this bizarre-sounding notion. The media has for many years defended and protected and glamorized the Clintons. But Abramson said Hillary expects the...
  • A DRAMATIC SURPRISE ON A QUIET SQUARE (VIDEOS)

    07/13/2014 4:04:47 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 6 replies
    GoogTube ^ | 11APR2012 | Turner/Time Warner
    To launch the high quality TV channel TNT in Belgium we placed a big red push button on an average Flemish square of an average Flemish town. A sign with the text "Push to add drama" invited people to use the button. And then we waited... Discover here what happened or visit http://www.tntdrama.com for more info. First it happened in Belgium. Then again in the Netherlands.
  • Barack Obama to Press: I Don’t Need to Go to Border “I’m Not Interested in Photo Ops” (Video)

    07/09/2014 4:33:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 47 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 7/9/14 | Jim Hoft
    No photo ops for him.President Obama told the press on Wednesday that he did not need to got to the Texas border with Mexico to see the crisis firsthand. He didn’t need a photo-op. “You know Jeh Johnson went to the border, at my direction, five times. He went for the sixth this week… So there’s nothing that is going on there that I am not intimately aware of and briefed on. This isn’t theater. This is a problem. I’m not interested in photo ops. I’m interested in solving the problem.”
  • CBS News: ‘Sue Congress,’ No Give Givebacks

    06/30/2014 5:33:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 30, 2014 | John Ransom
    CBS news contributor Nancy Giles wants to sue Congress. Why? For going to bed instead of taking president Obama’s “touchdown dance” call on the night of his 2012 reelection victory. But it also sheds light on the media strategy that will be used in 2014 to bolster the president. In a nutshell that strategy is known as the “I’m-Rubber-You’re-Glue-Whatever-You-Say-Bounces-Off-of-Me-and-Sticks-to-You,” campaign narrative first used in 1973 by 3rd grader Amelia Snodgrass of Temple Mount, NJ as she swept into her second class presidency in three years. Accordingly in her Sunday column CNN’s Giles gets childlike in her complains that Speaker John...
  • Guess how the press is reacting to IRS’s commissioner’s implausible testimony [Nothing to see here]

    06/24/2014 7:55:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/24/2014 | Noah Rothman
    Guess how the press reacting to IRS’s commissioner’s implausible testimonyAt a marathon hearing on Monday night, congressional investigators grilled IRS Commissioner John Koskinen over the nature of the targeting scandal and the agency’s recent revelations that it lost two years’ worth of email communications from former executive Lois Lerner. The hearing was contentious with Republicans accusing Koskinen of charges ranging from ignorance of the law to the active misleading of Congress. Democrats, meanwhile, played defense by shielding the agency and the White House from criticism while accusing their GOP colleagues of playing politics. The hearing was a significant event...
  • Does Hillary Clinton Have A 'Deal' To Avoid The Press?

    06/12/2014 9:31:08 PM PDT · by lilyramone · 9 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | June 12, 2014 | Hunter Walker
    Hillary Clinton is in the midst of a tour promoting the release of her book "Hard Choices." However, her rollout, which is widely seen as a prelude to a potential 2016 presidential campaign, apparently includes limited press access. Clinton, a former secretary of state, spoke at the Council on Foreign Relations Thursday. Though she took questions from CFR President Richard Haass and council members at the event including billionaire editor and publisher Mort Zuckerman. However, Clinton did not take queries from reporters who were seated in the audience's press section. A spokesperson for CFR told Business Insider any member of...
  • Hillary to New York Times: Back Off

    06/04/2014 3:24:38 PM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 31 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 4, 2014 | Charles O'Connell
    Some of Hillary Clinton’s closest aides blasted the New York Times for what they said was unfair coverage of the former first lady during a recent secret meeting with the paper’s Washington bureau, the Washington Free Beacon has learned.Sources said the meeting included Clinton advisers Philippe Reines and Huma Abedin, as well as Times Washington bureau chief Carolyn Ryan and national political reporter Amy Chozick, who has been on the Clinton beat for the paper.During the closed-door gathering, Clinton aides reportedly griped about the paper’s coverage of the potential 2016 candidate, arguing that Clinton has left public office and not be subjected...
  • Exclusive: Sharyl Attkisson on Journalism’s Very Dangerous Trend

    06/03/2014 7:43:53 AM PDT · by shove_it · 15 replies
    DailySignal/Drudge ^ | 3 Jun 2014 | Rob Bluey
    Sharyl Attkisson, an award-winning investigative reporter who resigned from CBS News earlier this year, says the news media are heading down a dangerous path with attempts to “censor or block stories” that don’t align with their preferred agenda. “There’s a tendency in the news media, on the part of some managers, to censor or block stories that don’t fall in line with the message they want sent to the viewers,” Attkisson said in an exclusive interview with The Daily Signal. “I think that’s really a very dangerous perspective to have.” In the first of three segments, Attkisson shared her views...
  • Freaky Photoshop disaster: Jay Carney puff piece goes hilariously wrong [pics]

    04/11/2014 7:44:01 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 72 replies
    Twitchy.com ^ | April 11, 2014 | Twitchy Staff
  • Sharyl Attkisson: I was called a troublemaker for pursuing Obama administration scandals

    04/11/2014 8:19:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/11/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    It’s been a month since Sharyl Attkisson left CBS News, a departure which many assumed related to editorial interference with her reporting on stories that focused on Obama administration scandals. Attkisson appeared last night on Fox’s O’Reilly Factor and confirmed those assumptions. Attkisson tells Bill O’Reilly that CBS News labeled her a “troublemaker” for her insistence on sticking with stories such as the Fast & Furious scandal. CBS wanted her to drop the Fast & Furious story over “a lack of interest,” and Attkisson says that the “interest” issue was editorial rather than audience related.Newsbusters has the full transcript: ATTKISSON:...
  • Selective News Coverage of Islamic Terrorism (US drops to 46th place in press freedom)

    04/03/2014 11:00:13 AM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | April 3, 2014 | William Kilpatrick
    According to Reporters Without Borders, the U.S. has dropped to 46th place in press freedom. The lowered ranking was based on the conviction of the WikiLeaks informant, the effort to punish NSA leaker Edward Snowden, and the Justice DepartmentÂ’s monitoring of reporters.Unmentioned by the report, however, is an equally serious cause for concern. Most press censorship in the U.S. is self-imposed. The masters of the media are quite willing to suppress certain news stories without any government encouragement. This can be accomplished in several ways: by not reporting a story, by providing only minimal coverage, or by shaping the story...
  • Barack Obama: The greatest threat to press freedom in a generation

    03/26/2014 10:32:29 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 10 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 03-26-14 | DrJohn
    "First he came for the whistleblowers and I didn't speak up because I was a liberal...." A conference called "Sources and Secrets" was held a few days ago at the Times Center in New York. The conference is described as "A conference on the press, government and national security." It's supported largely by left wing organizations and news outlets. At the meeting James Risen of the NY Times expressed an interesting opinion: New York Times reporter James Risen, who is fighting an order that he testify in the trial of Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA officer accused of leaking information...
  • Reporter: WH Press Secretary Gets Questions from Reporters Before Press Briefing

    03/20/2014 9:42:53 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 41 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | 3/20/14 | Daniel Halper
    It's just a show. A CBS reporter from Arizona reveals that President Obama's press secretary, Jay Carney, receives questions from the press in advance of his daily press briefing. In fact, she says, the reporters often receive the answers in advance of the briefing, too. According to the reporter, Jay Carney told her this yesterday at the White House: "It was a very busy day. We started here shortly after 8 o'clock with a coffee with press secretary Jay Carney inside his office in the West Wing," says the reporter. "And this was the off-the-record so we were able to...
  • Former Virginian Pilot Publisher, Obama and McAuliffe Appointee, Maurice Jones, Breaks Federal Law

    02/26/2014 5:15:25 AM PST · by moneyrunner · 14 replies
    The Virginian ^ | 2/25/2014 | Moneyrunner
    When you're part of the Obama Administration, fresh from publishing the Virginian Pilot, and being used to telling people what to do, a little thing like the law doesn't stop you. An internal federal probe has concluded that Maurice Jones, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s new commerce secretary, improperly lobbied Congress while he was in the Obama administration last year. Mr. Jones, who was a deputy secretary at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, sent an email to more than 1,000 recipients — including 46 people at HUD — asking them to contact senators to “defend against efforts by...
  • Obama Asks Press to Submit to "Voluntary" FCC Study

    02/21/2014 11:32:21 PM PST · by rightwingerpatriot · 20 replies
    Rightwingpatriot.com ^ | February 21, 2014 | Rightwingerpatriot
    In a scenario straight out of any banana republic or Soviet-style satellite state, the Obama administration is sending the FCC out to conduct "voluntary" surveys of the press. Apparently the goal of the FCC is to "identify and understand the critical information needs of the American public, with special emphasis on vulnerable-disadvantaged populations." Say what? What this boils down to is the fact that the federal government would allow the FCC, in the words of an agency commissioner, to "grill reporters, editors, and station owners about how they decide which stories to run." What this really amounts to is intimidation...
  • A Friendly Visit From the FCC

    02/21/2014 4:26:25 AM PST · by moneyrunner · 22 replies
    It appears, per Bud Norman, that with the exception of FOX News and the editorial pages of the Wall street Journal, the MSM really isn't bothered by the FCC's announcement that they're going to be checking up on what stories are being reported and how they are covered. Well, when your already the organ of the ruling party, that doesn't bother you. The Fox New Network is on the story, possibly because they’re the ones whose reporters have treated as criminal co-conspirators and excluded from the White House news pool and routinely criticized by every level of the administration, and...
  • New Obama initiative tramples First Amendment protections (FCC monitors in newsrooms)

    02/20/2014 3:43:22 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 30 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 2-20-2014 | Byron York
    February 20, 2014 New Obama initiative tramples First Amendment protections Byron York The First Amendment says "Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press…" But under the Obama administration, the Federal Communications Commission is planning to send government contractors into the nation's newsrooms to determine whether journalists are producing articles, television reports, Internet content, and commentary that meets the public's "critical information needs." Those "needs" will be defined by the administration, and news outlets that do not comply with the government's standards could face an uncertain future. It's hard to imagine a project more at...
  • ‘Time to Forget the United States…’: Beck Says the ‘Fundamental Transformation’ Has Already Happened

    02/20/2014 12:54:54 PM PST · by Errant · 41 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 20 February 2014 | Erica Ritz
    A fiery Glenn Beck asserted Wednesday that the “fundamental transformation” of America has already occurred, and it is “time to forget the United States of America that you know.” “If this is what is [I am] required to pledge allegiance to, I am no longer a citizen of this country,” Beck said. “If I am required to pledge allegiance to that, I proudly declare now for my grandchildren’s ears, I am not a part of [it].” Beck was referring to then-candidate Barack Obama’s pledge that “we are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America” with his...
  • FCC Agency study could stifle freedom of the press, says FCC official

    02/20/2014 7:30:11 AM PST · by Innovative · 56 replies
    Fox 43 ^ | Feb 20, 2014 | FoxNews
    An Obama administration plan that would get researchers into newsrooms across the country is sparking concern among congressional Republicans and conservative groups. The purpose of the proposed Federal Communications Commission study is to “identify and understand the critical information needs of the American public, with special emphasis on vulnerable-disadvantaged populations,” according to the agency. However, one agency commissioner, Ajit Pai, said in a Wall Street Journal op-ed piece Wednesday that the May 2013 proposal would allow researchers to “grill reporters, editors and station owners about how they decide which stories to run.” He also said he feared the study might...
  • Video: Venezuela seized CNN equipment as crackdown continues

    02/19/2014 5:33:34 PM PST · by logi_cal869 · 24 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 2/19/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    With the eyes of the world on the brutal crackdown on dissent in Venezuela, the regime of Nicolas Maduro decided to try to take a few of those eyes out of action. CNN reporter Karl Penhaul found himself staring down the barrel of a nickel-plated pistol, as plainclothes police confiscated his crew’s camera and transmission equipment. That forced him and his crew to find someplace else as a reporting center, taking them out of the center of the conflict: (video at link)
  • The FCC Plan To Police The Newsrooms [Team Obamugabe's Totalitarian Hopes]

    02/19/2014 4:41:18 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    investors.com ^ | 2/13/14
    <p>First Amendment: The FCC has cooked up a plan to place "researchers" in U.S. newsrooms, supposedly to learn all about how editorial decisions are made. Any questions as to why the U.S. is falling in the free press rankings?</p> <p>As if illegal seizures of Associated Press phone records and the shadowy tailing of the mother of a Fox News reporter weren't menacing enough, the Obama administration is going out of its way to institute a new intrusive surveillance of the press, as if the press wasn't supine enough.</p>
  • World press freedom index 2014

    02/17/2014 6:09:48 PM PST · by Red6
    Reporters Without Borders ^ | 2014 | Reporters Without Borders
    See graphic in link. http://rsf.org/index2014/en-index2014.php
  • Testy Mayor de Blasio Spars With Press Over Call To NYPD About Bishop Orlando Findlayter Arrest

    02/13/2014 12:15:52 PM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 2/13/14 | Celeste Katz
    **SNIP** When a reporter brought up a ticket-fixing scandal within the NYPD that erupted during former Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s tenure, de Blasio’s got snappy. “I don't even understand the parallel. Ticket fixing is illegal, period. Making an inquiry is perfectly appropriate, ticket fixing is illegal,” he shot back at the reporter. **SNIP** Asked if he would do the same again if a similar situation arose, de Blasio didn’t say no. “I would make my decisions on a case by case basis,” he said.
  • Poof: A Scandal Disappears. The press decides IRS’s targeting of conservatives not newsworthy.

    02/11/2014 5:36:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/11/2014 | Mona Charen
    Remember the IRS scandal? It’s gone. Poof. So flaccid has press interest in the story become that President Obama made bold in an interview with Fox News to say that there was not a “smidgen of corruption” in the IRS’s conduct, and that the matter concerned only some “bone-headed decisions out of a local office.” It requires terrific confidence in the passivity of the press to float the discredited “Cincinnati did it all” dodge since we know that IRS employees in that office were taking direction from Washington. We further know that IRS offices in California, Oklahoma, Washington, D.C., and...
  • [Watch] Rep Trey Gowdy Hammers Press – 8 Benghazi Questions They Have Never Asked

    12/05/2013 5:10:50 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 24 replies
    The Free Patriot ^ | December 4, 2013 | Rick Wells
    Rep. Trey Gowdy, R – SC focuses the spotlight on the press for their timidity and lack of efforts in pursuit of the truth regarding the occurrences in Benghazi. He details some questions that the press should know the answers to but do not and likely have never asked: Why was ambassador Chris Stevens in Benghazi? Why were the Americans the last flag flying in Benghazi, after the British had left and the Red Cross had been bombed? Why were requests for additional security denied? Why were no assets deployed during the siege? Do you know whether the president called...
  • Youare but a Shadow of Your Former Self

    11/22/2013 6:51:25 AM PST · by Former MSM Viewer · 14 replies
    To the American press: Why have you allowed yourself to be neutered? How can you live with the knowledge you have about our government and be so submissive as to allow politicians to order you around? You are but a shadow of your former self. Your cowardice is on full display to thinking Americans. Your agenda is YOUR agenda, not the vast majority of Americans. Your approval ratings, your viewership ratings, your subscription sales all tell this story quite clearly. Yet you continue to abdicate your historical responsibility of monitoring the political leaders and guarding against corruption and deceit. You...
  • Regulation will be imposed on press as politicians reject self-regulation

    10/08/2013 9:23:14 PM PDT · by bunkerhill7 · 8 replies
    The telegraph ^ | 08 Oct 2013 | James Kirkup
    The first rules on state regulation of the press for more than 300 years will be set out this week after politicians rejected the newspaper industry’s plans for self-regulation
  • Yet another Vatican PR debacle

    09/24/2013 6:01:28 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 18 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | September 23, 2013 | Phil Lawler
    Whether you think The Interview was a coup or a disaster—or something in between—we should all be able to agree that the Vatican’s handling of the Pope’s blockbuster was another public-relations debacle. Ironically, the Pontifical Council for Social Communications was meeting in Rome when the news broke. Greg Erlandson, the publisher of Our Sunday Visitor, who was at the meeting, observes that Church leaders had no warning about the interview. Secular media outlets received advance copies of the text under embargo. Bishops and their spokesmen didn’t. Then the story broke, and Erlandson reports: And as quick as you can say...
  • Associated Press Hires Lefty Activist Chris Tomlinson, Gets Its Money’s Worth

    09/23/2013 10:55:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 1 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 9/23/13 | Bryan Preston
    In July 2011, the Associated Press hired Chris Tomlinson to be its Supervisory Correspondent in its Austin, TX bureau. The AP’s news reporting is supposed to be neutral and non-partisan, but Tomlinson is not. He came to the AP from a gig at the Texas Observer, which is the same lefty publication that was once the home of Molly Ivins. The Observer by its own admission promotes “progressive change for Texas.” Well, the Observer used to describe itself that way. Now that page pulls up a 404 error — it has been deep-sixed. But blogger Bradley J. Fikes was alert
  • SENATE AMENDMENT WOULD GIVE DOJ POWER TO DETERMINE WHO IS A 'JOURNALIST'

    09/13/2013 5:03:44 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 77 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | September 13, 2013 | Bes Shapiro
    An amendment is moving through the Senate Judiciary Committee that would essentially allow the government to determine who is a journalist for purposes of legal protection of sources. For purposes of protecting a source, a “journalist” under law would be anyone who: Works or worked for “an entity or service that disseminates news or information by means of newspaper; nonfiction book; wire service; news agency; news website, mobile application or other news or information service…news program; magazine or other periodical…or through television or radio broadcast…” These people would have to have the “primary intent to investigate events and procure material...
  • Arab press pans President Obama on Syria

    09/08/2013 2:03:09 PM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/7/13 | HADAS GOLD
    If .. Barack Obama isn’t happy with his press coverage in the United States, he ought to take a look at how he’s being portrayed in the Arab media. As Obama steps up his push for congressional authorization for a strike on Syria, the president is coming under withering criticism by opinion leaders throughout the Middle East, according to a review by POLITICO and experts of Arabic- and English-language media in the region. The increasingly unfavorable coverage Obama’s receiving in the Arab world - even come from the press in countries that support U.S. intervention in Syria - is doing...
  • Pioneering front-row journalist Helen Thomas dies at 92

    07/20/2013 2:46:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    CNN ^ | July 20, 2013 | Candy Crowley and Mariano Castillo
    Trailblazing White House journalist Helen Thomas has died at age 92 after a long illness, sources told CNN Saturday. Thomas covered 10 presidents over nearly half a century, and became a legend in the industry. She was a fixture at White House news conferences -- sitting front and center late in her career -- where she frequently exasperated government spokesmen with her pointed questions. Thomas began covering the White House for United Press International when John F. Kennedy became president in 1961 and was a fixture there until her retirement in 2010. She was considered the dean of the White...
  • OBAMA’S LIAR JAY CARNEY SAYS IMMIGRATION REFORM WILL ‘RAISE WAGES’ AS PRESS BUSTS OUT IN LAUGHTER

    07/19/2013 4:12:52 PM PDT · by SaveOurRepublicFromTyranny · 24 replies
    TPNN - TEA PARTY NEWS NETWORK ^ | July 19, 2013 | Matthew Burke
    VIDEO: Obama’s paid liar, Jay Carney, is expanding upon his reputation as a national joke, incapable of telling the truth. Today’s press conference was a perfect example, as even the Obama sycophantic press corps couldn’t contain their laughter...
  • Guilty Until Proven Innocent: How The Press Prosecuted Zimmerman While Stoking Racial Tensions

    07/13/2013 7:55:59 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 44 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 13, 2013 | John Nolte
    As we await the verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman, the Florida man who claims to have shot and killed teenager Trayvon Martin in self-defense, this seems the perfect time to reflect on the media's cynical and dishonest role in turning a local crime into a national obsession.
  • The Press And Dr. Faustus

    07/04/2013 6:13:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 4, 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    In the old Dr. Faustus story, a young scholar bargains away his soul to the devil for promises of obtaining almost anything he wants. The American media has done much the same thing with the Obama administration. In return for empowering a fellow liberal, the press gave up its traditional adversarial relationship with the president. But after five years of basking in a shared progressive agenda, the tab for such ecstasy has come due, and now the media is lamenting that it has lost its soul. At first, the loss of independence seemed like a minor sacrifice. In 2008, MSNBC's...
  • Tense: Ed Henry Confronts Jay Carney on Obama Statements During White House Press Conference

    06/11/2013 10:13:58 AM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 6/10/13 | Billy Hallowell
    White House press secretary Jay Carney clashed with both Fox News Chief White House correspondent Ed Henry and CBS News correspondent Major Garrett during Monday’s afternoon briefing. Both intense exchanges surrounded the federal government’s data collection of phone and internet records and the administration’s handling of the issue. Carney’s back-and-forth with Henry was the most notable. The journalist asked a number of pointed questions, especially about Obama’s claim on Friday that “every member of Congress” had been briefed on the NSA’s program involving monitoring of phone calls and Internet service. “Why then are not just Republicans but Democrats like Keith...
  • Hello. This is Verizon Customer Service. Press #1 for English, #2 for Spanish and #3 for Obama.

    06/09/2013 5:15:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 9, 2013 | Doug Giles
    I just got back from hunting buffalo in Zimbabwe for the last two weeks. It’s always a pleasure for me to go beyond the pavement, where the cell phones don’t work, and I can’t go online and there isn’t a television that functions within a sixty-mile radius. Yep, when I’m hunting out in the African bush, or in an Alaskan swamp, or I’m out of cell phone range crushing some mahi in the Atlantic, I truly enjoy the technological fast from my Mac book, my iPhone and my TV. That said, while I’m disconnected from the digital crap I cannot...
  • Heller to Press Club: Learn About Guns Before You Write About Them

    06/06/2013 8:48:56 AM PDT · by rktman · 6 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 6/5/2013 | Bridget Johnson
    The man who took on D.C.’s gun ban resulting in the landmark 2008 Supreme Court ruling that affirmed the right to bear arms for self-defense told the National Press Club today “the real truth is not being reported…that gun freedom equals safety.” “I have examples of firearms being used to save lives today, legislators whimsically choosing how many bullets we need for our guns and our self-defense, that gun-free zones rarely are, and the First Amendment and the Second Amendment are co-dependent within the Bill of Rights,” he said. Army vet Dick Heller, who lives on Capitol Hill and is...
  • Washington Post: The Justice Department has allowed us to say AG Holder supports press freedom

    06/01/2013 5:20:29 AM PDT · by PilotDave · 20 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 31 May 13 | Sean Higgins
    Among those who did attend was the Washington Post. Today’s Post has an account of the meeting — sort of. That is, they have a story about what the Justice Department allowed them to say about its efforts to protect press freedom. The result is just beyond parody
  • Thousands and Thousands of Associated Press Phone Calls Monitored by DOJ

    05/29/2013 3:03:51 PM PDT · by Nachum · 34 replies
    Town Hall ^ | 5/29/13 | Katie Pavlich
    The Associated Press scandal just keeps getting worse, and we haven't even started yet. AP CEO Gary Pruitt informed staffers Wednesday that the Department of Justice monitored, not one, not twenty, but "thousands and thousands" of phone calls made by reporters and editors. Associated Press president and chief executive Gary Pruitt told staff at a Wednesday town hall meeting that the phone records obtained by the government included "thousands and thousands" of calls in and out of the news organization, according to a staffer who attended. Pruitt said Wednesday that the Obama administration acted as "judge, jury and executioner" in...
  • Obama: Policy in leaks investigations under review

    05/23/2013 12:01:25 PM PDT · by oxcart · 6 replies
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says Attorney General Eric Holder will review Justice Department policy on leaks investigations involving the news media. Obama says in a speech on counterterrorism Thursday he's troubled by the idea that leaks investigations may chill the investigative journalism that he says holds government accountable. In recent weeks, the administration has acknowledged secretly seizing portions of two months of phone records from The Associated Press and reading the e-mails of Fox News reporter James Rosen in separate investigations about the publication of government secrets. The president says the government has to strike the right balance...
  • The End of the Obama Illusion

    05/15/2013 5:55:27 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 27 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 15, 2013 | Thomas Lifson
    President Obama is shattering the illusions of his supporters, and eyes are opening, even among his former media allies. As if waking from a slumber, a newly aggressive White House press corps yesterday raked Jay Carney over the coals over various lies and evasions, prompting Megyn Kelley of Fox News to quip, "What's happened? Who are these reporters who showed up here?" They are disillusioned and angry liberals who are starting to grasp that they have been lied to, who realize that a skeptical stance is necessary when examining a narrative offered by team Obama on Benghazi or the IRS...
  • We warned you.

    05/15/2013 4:56:44 AM PDT · by William of Barsoom · 26 replies
    Vanity | May 15, 2013 | William of Barsoom
    Dear Members of the American Press
  • TIME EDITORIAL: The New GOP Case Against Obama: He’s Cheney!

    05/14/2013 5:48:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    TIME ^ | 05/14/2013 | Zeke Miller and Michael Crowley
    Conservatives are not often fierce defenders of the media. But Monday’s news that the Justice Department obtained phone records for several Associated Press reporters as part of a national security leak probe raised a furor on the right, causing numerous Republicans to harshly criticize the Obama administration. While some may have genuine concerns about First Amendment protections, the right’s response also spotlighted an emerging Republican critique of Barack Obama as a Big Brother-style tyrant in charge of a power-abusing surveillance state. Before the AP news broke, conservatives were already up in arms over word that the IRS had targeted conservative...
  • DOJ on secretly obtaining AP phone records: ‘we value the freedom of the press’

    05/13/2013 5:15:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5/13/13 | Alexis Levinson
    The Department of Justice issued a vague response to an Associated Press report Monday that the DOJ had “secretly obtained” two months worth of phone records of AP reporters and editors. AP reported that the government would not give an explanation for why it had sought out the phone records, but noted that the DOJ had previously stated that it was looking into who leaked information to the AP for a story in May about a terror plot that was successfully deterred. In the story were details about “a CIA operation in Yemen that stopped an al-Qaida plot in the...
  • 1:45 Press Briefing... What's the hold-up?

    05/10/2013 11:06:08 AM PDT · by ReleaseTheHounds · 80 replies
    Vanity ^ | May 10, 2013 | ReleaseTheHounds
    The White House press briefing is almost 15-20 minutes behind schedule... What's up? Is Jay Carney renegotiating his pay for having to do this stuff (without bursting into laughter?
  • Piers Morgan invites ‘Machine Gun Preacher’ star to White House Correspondents Dinner

    04/26/2013 10:36:41 AM PDT · by theruleshavechanged · 14 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 26, 2013 | Charlie Spiering
    Butler is the star of the 2011 action film 'Machine Gun Preacher,' which features a drug dealing biker character that finds God and goes to Africa to do missionary work. After African war lords attack his camp, the character turns to automatic rifles such as an AK-47 to defeat them.
  • The Koch Brothers Want To Buy Chicago Tribune, LA Times, Et Al, To 'Make Sure Our Voice Is Heard'

    04/21/2013 7:49:50 AM PDT · by blam · 87 replies
    TBI ^ | 4-21-2013 | Henry Blodget
    Now The Koch Brothers Want To Buy Chicago Tribune, LA Times, Et Al, To 'Make Sure Our Voice Is Heard' Henry BlodgetApril 21,2013If you can't beat 'em, buy 'em. Billionaire Charles Koch. The bankrupt Tribune Company has put its bundle of eight huge newspapers on the block. One of the expected bidders for these papers, Amy Chozick of the New York Times reports, is Koch Industries, the massive energy and manufacturing conglomerate owned by the conservative billionaires David and Charles Koch. The Kochs may bid for the newspapers, a person who attended a recent seminar held by the Koch brothers...
  • Is the Maryland GOP really that stupid? (hint, you betcha)

    04/18/2013 5:32:39 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 1 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 4-18-2013 | William A. Jacobson
    Denies media credentials to political bloggers, including Legal Insurrection I literally had to walk outside for some fresh air to calm down after I received the email below from David Ferguson, Executive Director of the Maryland GOP.I wrote, expecting an explanation that it all was just a misunderstanding: I have read about the restrictions for credentialing bloggers, http://www.quintonreport.com/2013/04/18/md-gop-cracks-down-on-bloggers/.The operative limitation seems to be this sentence:“MARYLAND REPUBLICAN PARTY will not allow journalists to register as “media” for the purpose of writing a personal online blog, ….”Can you explain what you mean by “personal online blog”? For example, would a blog which covers politics be...