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  • A few questions for the Cheer Leaders at ABC, NBC, CBS, AP, NYT, et al.

    03/24/2014 10:15:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 24, 2014 | Shawn Mitchell
    You few, you proud, you journalists who inform Americans about their nation and the world; you inheritors of the glorious tradition of a free and vital press—may I turn the tables and ask you a few questions? Will any of you Obama cheerleaders ask the “Leader of the Free World” why he was so wrong and Romney was so right about the geopolitical challenge that Putin’s Russia poses to America? Will you all apologize to Sarah Palin for y’all mocking her when she suggested Obama’s weakness might encourage Putin to invade Ukraine? Ya, know, since she was so right...
  • Limit on Access Stirs Tensions Between White House Photographer and Press Corps

    12/01/2013 7:20:00 PM PST · by Theoria · 13 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 30 Nov 2013 | Mark Landler
    Few ceremonies at the White House over the last five years have eluded the lens of Pete Souza, President Obama’s chief photographer and almost constant companion. One that did was Mr. Souza’s wedding, which was held last month in the Rose Garden with the president among 35 friends and family members on hand. Permitting a private citizen to use the Rose Garden for a personal event is extraordinarily unusual, and it attests to the deep ties the president and his photographer have forged, as Mr. Souza has shadowed Mr. Obama on virtually every day of his presidency. Now, though, Mr....
  • Report: Jay Carney Stressed, Burnt Out

    03/14/2013 1:17:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 47 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Thursday, 14 Mar 2013 03:03 PM | Lisa Barron
    It may be time for White House Press Secretary Jay Carney to make a career change—again. At least that’s what many in Washington are saying, according to Mediaite columnist Joe Concha. The former journalist seems to have lost his patience with the White House press corps, Concha wrote Wednesday, pointing to three incidents in the past few weeks where Carney has become combative with seasoned reporters during the daily briefings. …
  • Diminished Trust and Woodward’s Woes

    03/03/2013 4:18:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 3, 2013 | Austin Hill
    It’s difficult to imagine that he was surprised by the outcome. But the White House response that ensued after Author and Journalist Bob Woodward dared to question and criticize the President should be an eye-opener to the world. And the fact that America’s beltway media culture has essentially “sided” with the President and seems quite comfortable with the White House hostility is a very telling sign. Consider the relationship between the presidency and the press over the course of American history. Believe it or not, the White House has been home to lots of outlandish and at times illegal...
  • Our Useless White House Press Corps

    03/01/2013 11:18:31 PM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 1, 2013 | Guy Benson
    I don't always agree with Slate's Dave Weigel, but his withering piece on the willful obsolescence of the White House press corps came to mind today as President Obama fielded questions about the sequester.  Obama's initial remarks were filled with inaccuracies, misplaced blame and tendentious arguments -- but that's par for the course. The "question" and "answer" session was far more aggravating.  Let's review the transcript and recount just a few reasons why: (1) The president twice made glaringly misleading or false claims about deficit reduction pertaining to the 2011 Budget Control Act:   We’ve already cut $2.5 trillion in...
  • White House Press Corps Going Through the Motions

    01/15/2013 7:53:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 15, 2013 | Debra J. Saunders
    You know that old saying that there are no dumb questions? It's not true. I know. As a journalist, I've asked my share of stupid questions. Yet even in the context of my own shortcomings, I do not understand what the White House press corps is thinking during what passes for a news conference in the Obama White House. Consider Monday's news conference. The last presser of President Barack Obama's first term spanned 53 minutes. Seven reporters asked questions -- after Obama called on them as if according to script. In his fashion, Obama answered a couple. There's a law...
  • No More Shouting At Obama, The Teleprompters Can't Hear Anyway

    07/19/2011 4:36:43 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 1 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 7-19-11 | Jared H. McAndersen
    Obama doesn't like being shouted at, because the sound waves rupture his thin skin. I don't see the use of shouting questions at him anyway. He's not hard of hearing, he's tone deaf. Questions directed at him should address that more than anything... Mr. President, how much of the strategic oil reserves you want released will go to gassing up Air Force One for the First Lady's vacations? Would you consider Libya the mother of all sand traps? We know the First Lady wants us to eat healthier so there can be more of the good stuff for her, but...
  • Obama off the deep end

    05/18/2011 7:33:19 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 23 replies
    bostonherald.com ^ | Wednesday, May 18, 2011 | Joe Battenfeld
    What are you afraid of, Mr. President? I know it must be tough dragging yourself to these glitzy fund-raisers and mingling with rich people who shower you with money and affection. Who needs an unfriendly reporter shouting an unscripted question at you, or checking to see whether any of the guests are getting government contracts? We all know Obama has an aversion to tough questions. During the campaign, he would refuse to engage with most local media, and reporters who camped out at the rope line got a stern talking-to from a campaign staffer. But using the White House press...
  • Obama abdicates to Bill Clinton, lunacy

    12/12/2010 4:10:02 AM PST · by Scanian · 60 replies
    NY Post ^ | December 12, 2010 | John Podhoretz
    <p>The surreal week in Washington was brought to a fitting climax on Friday when Barack Obama handed the presidency over to Bill Clinton for 20 minutes. “I’m going to take off,” he said.</p> <p>“You’re in good hands,” the president informed the press corps, patting his predecessor on the back. And take off the president did.</p>
  • Where in the G20 world is Barack Hussein Obama

    06/28/2010 7:58:56 AM PDT · by Alaphiah123 · 13 replies
    Creating Orwellian Worldview ^ | 6/28/10 | Alaphiah
    President [Barry Hussein Soetoro] gave the White House press corps the slip last night. He’s done it again. How many times is this president going to give the White house press corps the slip before the people of the United States realize that there is a problem? What other president in the history of the United States of America has ever had to disappear with whereabouts unknown? (see previous post) If one remembers, and I do, this is supposed to be the most ethical, transparent, open presidential administration in the history of the United States of America. So why does...
  • Obama ditches press at G8 summit

    06/26/2010 3:57:30 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 57 replies
    The Hill's Blog Briefing Room ^ | 6-26-10 | Eric Zimmermann
    President Obama spent some time away from the traveling press corps last night, the Wall Street Journal reports. Obama is always accompanied by a "pool" reporter when he travels, who notes the president's movements and reports back to the rest of the White House reporters. But last night, with the President in Muskoka, Ontario for the G-8 summit, the White House sent the pooler away. From WSJ: Last night, the White House sent the press corps — which by agreement stays close to the president in order to report on any incident — back to Toronto, leaving the president 150...
  • Battles brews over who will get Helen Thomas's White House seat; Bloomberg and Fox trade letters

    06/17/2010 8:17:16 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 12 replies · 352+ views
    Washington comPost ^ | June 17, 2010 | Roxanne Roberts and Amy Argetsinger
    Who'll take Helen Thomas's front-row seat in the White House briefing room? The lobbying is in full swing, with Fox News and Bloomberg News trading passive-aggressive gibes. In a letter last week to the White House Correspondents' Association board, Fox's Bill Sammon wrote that his network was promised in 2007 it would get the spot when Thomas retired, having come in second to CNN in the seat-jockeying that occurred when the front row was widened. He called Bloomberg "a financial niche news outlet, not a general interest news organization like Fox." Oooh!
  • Obama ditches White house Press Corps for hours

    04/13/2010 7:38:47 AM PDT · by Alaphiah123 · 27 replies · 1,441+ views
    Creating Orwellian Worldview ^ | 4/13/10 | alaphiah
    Small things often mean something. In 1998 a little know figure by the name of Osama bin Laden declared war on the United States of America. But because America is powerful and al Qaeda wasn’t perceived as a threat because they were so insignificantly small we overlooked the threat. On April 10, 2010 the president of the United States of America snuck out of the White house without the White house press corps to record his every move. Why? (see story) There must have been a good reason for breaking years of protocol. No, there was only a cover story...
  • White House press corps feels bypassed by Obama in favor of TV shows, YouTube

    02/08/2010 7:23:11 AM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 33 replies · 892+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | February 8, 2010 | Howard Kurtz
    Six months ago, network executives were complaining that the White House was costing them tens of millions of dollars by pressing them to carry presidential news conferences in prime time. Problem solved: President Obama hasn't held a full-scale news conference since July. Instead, he answered a dozen people's questions last week on YouTube, most of them easily finessed and -- extra bonus! -- no annoying follow-ups of the kind posed by real, live journalists. It would be hard -- impossible, actually -- to argue that Obama hasn't been accessible to the media, not with his constant television interviews. The man...
  • Very important open letter to WND readers (especially the skeptics of WND)

    06/27/2009 11:08:48 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 69 replies · 1,575+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 6/27/09 | David Kupelian
    Managing Editor David Kupelian takes on XXX-rated press corps............... Dear WorldNetDaily reader, Everyone reading this knows exactly why we elected the most left-wing president in history, even though a recent Gallup poll reveals conservatives are the largest ideological group in the nation. It's because Barack Obama had an advantage no other presidential candidate has ever had – the total backing of the "mainstream media," which was so enchanted by the prospect of a young, eloquent, cool, liberal – and for the first time in history, black – president, that they essentially picked Obama up, held him high over head, and...
  • Washington's Press Corps - Serving General Public or Elite Interest Groups?

    02/23/2009 7:31:00 AM PST · by TheDailyChange · 2 replies · 207+ views
    The Daily Change ^ | 2232009 | TDC
    The New Face of Washington’s Press Corps As Mainstream Media Decline, Niche and Foreign Outlets Grow Source: Pew Research Center Project For Excellence in Journalism “The corps of journalists covering Washington D.C. at the dawn of the Obama administration is not so much smaller as it is dramatically transformed. And that transformation will markedly alter what Americans will know and not know about the new government, as well as who will know it and who will not. In addition, the contingent of foreign reporters in Washington has grown to nearly 10 times the size it was a generation ago. And...
  • Pres. Obama Tries to Hang Out with Press Corps; Gets Irritated When Asked a Question - Video 1/22/09

    01/22/2009 6:52:50 PM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 42 replies · 1,418+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | January 22, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of President Barack Obama stopping by the White House Briefing Room just to chum it up with the White House Press Corps. At the 3:20 mark of the video, one of the reporters dares to ask the President a question, and Obama was clearly not happy. He tells them, "I can't end up visiting you guys if every time I come down here I get grilled." Grilled? One reporter asked one question. Obama seems to think he should be able to just "hang out" with the press corps with the unspoken understanding that when he wants to...
  • What Not to Wear in Front of Bush

    10/12/2006 4:21:22 PM PDT · by Kay · 94 replies · 2,841+ views
    LA Times ^ | October 12, 2006 | Johanna Neuman
    Seersucker's out. Pinstripes are in. And no one in the press corps is safe from the president's light asides on fashion choices. WASHINGTON — Even as he talked about North Korea's nuclear ambitions and other weighty matters, President Bush on Wednesday returned to his occasional role as fashion critic to the White House press corps. "If I might say, that is a beautiful suit…. And I can't see anybody else that even comes close," the president told NBC's Kevin Corke, who was wearing pinstripes, in the course of a Rose Garden news conference that focused on North Korea-related diplomacy and...
  • Increasingly, Bush escapes the media pack

    08/12/2006 10:59:32 AM PDT · by Mo1 · 59 replies · 1,501+ views
    msnbc - washington post ^ | Aug 12, 2006 | Peter Baker
    GREEN BAY, Wis. - On one of the scariest days yet in the five-year battle with terrorists, President Bush prepared to make a speech to reassure the American people. But the White House press corps was 1,000 miles away in Texas. Bush had left his ranch vacation and jetted north for a scheduled closed-door fundraiser. No press plane accompanied him. And so when news broke that Britain had broken up a major terrorist plot, the only ones there to convey the president's reaction were a handful of local reporters and a few pool journalists who ride in the back of...
  • Editor & Publisher - Rove to 'Further Neuter Reporters'

    08/05/2006 12:37:15 PM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 46 replies · 1,192+ views
    NewsBusters.org ^ | 8/5/06 | warner todd huston
    In a classic example of self-pity, Editor and Publisher writer David S. Hirschman's latest article is so full of whining, moaning, assumption and gnashing of teeth that one would think the world is about to end. All this wringing of hands is over the revamping of the White House Press Room. As many of you know the press room in the White House, the place where countless spokesmen for the President have held innumerable briefings on issues important and not so important, is being shut down and a new one is being built to better fulfill the needs of a...
  • How to Inspire (Even More) Fear and Loathing in the Press Room - BARF Alert

    08/05/2006 9:21:20 AM PDT · by GeorgiaDawg32 · 20 replies · 654+ views
    Editor and Publisher ^ | 8/4/06 | David S. Hirschman
    One can't help but suspect that Karl Rove is already scheming with GOP architects -- and interior designers -- to create a revamped White House Press Room that will further weaken the press corps it so successfully neutered much of the time in the previous one.
  • Pres. Bush calls Sam Donaldson a "has been," Ignores Sam's Question (CLASSIC!)

    08/02/2006 1:42:38 PM PDT · by SeafoodGumbo · 45 replies · 1,045+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | 08-02-06 | Drudge
    As George W Bush joined the last daily breifing in the WH press room which will undergo a nine month renovation, he spent a moment to take some questions. At that time, a reporter shouted: "Mr President, should Mel Gibson be forgiven?" The President laughed and looked into the audience to see who shouted the remark: "Is that Sam Donaldson, forget it your a has been. We don't have to answer has beens questions." First, there was laughter, then silence. But, in the end, Bush did not respond to the question. Developing...
  • After Sunglasses Gaffe, Bush Apologizes to Legally Blind Reporter

    06/14/2006 7:37:48 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 95 replies · 3,969+ views
    ABC News ^ | June 14, 2006 | JAKE TAPPER
    June 14, 2006 — The president was in a jovial mood during his Rose Garden press conference Wednesday, joshing with reporters, excited to aggressively defend the Iraq war in the midterm elections, optimistic about his recent trip to Baghdad. Then he was told a reporter he playfully teased about wearing sunglasses during the press conference has a serious vision problem and is legally blind. By the end of the day, the exchange had merited a presidential apology. The reporter, Peter Wallsten of the Los Angeles Times, said he bears no grudges and accepted the president's apology quickly. "Clearly the president...
  • Bush Offers 'Blind' Quote -- But Reporter Says He's Not Offended

    06/14/2006 1:19:13 PM PDT · by churchillbuff · 80 replies · 3,591+ views
    editorandpublisher ^ | June 14 06 | Editor and Publisher
    At his press conference this morning, President Bush, who often makes inside jokes when familiar reporters pose questions, asked Los Angeles Times reporter Peter Wallsten, who was wearing sunglasses outside, “Are you going to ask that question with shades on?” Bush noted that there was "no sun" but added, “I’m interested in the shade look, seriously.” Turns out Wallsten is legally blind and wears the sunglasses due to a rare genetic disorder called Stargardt’s Disease. But Wallsten later told the ThinkProgress web site that Bush’s comments did not offend him at all. “I never advertise it to him. I’ve never...
  • Reporter who wore sunglasses while asking President question today is not blind

    06/14/2006 11:27:20 AM PDT · by Peach · 362 replies · 13,912+ views
    Reporter Paul Wallsten, a leftist reporter, asked the president a question today during the press conference while keeping his sunglasses on. The president commented on the sunglasses in this exchange: Bush: You gonna ask your question with shades on? Wallsten: Yes... Bush: But there's no sun out here. Wallsten: It depends on your perspective. Bush: Touché. Daily Kos nutjobs are claiming that Wallsten is blind. Unless it happened recently, I think the nutjobs are just making stuff up (again). Wallsten is featured on the left of this picture:
  • Bush Offers 'Blind' Quote -- But Reporter Says He's Not Offended

    06/14/2006 5:06:12 PM PDT · by catholicfreeper · 35 replies · 1,200+ views
    E&P ^ | June 14, 2006 | E&P Staff
    NEW YORK At his press conference this morning, President Bush, who often makes inside jokes when familiar reporters pose questions, asked Los Angeles Times reporter Peter Wallsten, who was wearing sunglasses outside, “Are you going to ask that question with shades on?” Bush noted that there was "no sun" but added, “I’m interested in the shade look, seriously.” Turns out Wallsten is legally blind and wears the sunglasses due to a rare genetic disorder called Stargardt’s Disease. But Wallsten later told the ThinkProgress web site that Bush’s comments did not offend him at all. “I never advertise it to him....
  • Reporters Left Behind Detail 'Ruse' As President Appeared in Baghdad

    06/13/2006 2:25:15 PM PDT · by abb · 79 replies · 3,276+ views
    Editor & Publisher ^ | June 13, 2006 | Staff
    By E&P Staff Published: June 13, 2006 3:20 PM ET NEW YORK President Bush's sudden trip to Baghdad caught White House reporters by surprise -- deliberately so. But, as always, a few were chosen as pool reporters for the trip, as detailed by E&P this morning. Now, in a pool report from one of the reporters left behind, Julie Hirschfeld Davis of the Baltimore Sun, we get a glimpse of the ruse and how the reporters here, at Camp David, experienced it -- under armed guard, as it happens. Davis titled her pool report: "In Which The Intown Pool Discovers...
  • Tony Snow - "This is what people have been waiting for!" (Humor - CSPAN White House Briefing)

    06/02/2006 3:36:59 PM PDT · by rjp2005 · 11 replies · 1,594+ views
    CSPAN ^ | Jun 02 06 | CSPAN
    Snow was questioned during the White House Briefing about the Marriage Ammendment. At one point the reporter (David?) jumped in with a debative, pointed question and Snow replied "Oh C'mon.." and the reporter retorted "No, don't c'mon me..". To which Snow showed a "WOAH" facial response, laughed and said "this is what people have been waiting for!" Got a good laugh from the room. Also funnied about how some people want our troops to sing "Kumbaya" all the time, when we're supposed to fighting. Seems like he's doing a good job. Use of humor and "help me help you, media...
  • The White House Briefing With Tony Snow --Thurs, 5/25/06

    05/25/2006 9:48:03 AM PDT · by LibertyLee · 107 replies · 2,158+ views
    C-Span3 ^ | 05/25/2006 | Tony Snow
    I am posting this placeholder because according to C-Span3 There will be a White House News Briefing very shortly with Tony Snow. It was scheduled at 12:30 EDT but is late. This is the non-fancy ping.
  • Press Briefing by Tony Snow (Transcripts)

    05/23/2006 3:18:54 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies · 1,337+ views
    James S. Brady Briefing Room ^ | May 23, 2006 | Office of the Press Secretary
    MR. SNOW: Hello. I don't have anything new since the gaggle, so let's just go to questions. Terry. Q You said today that Israel should have serious talks with Mahmoud Abbas. Do you think that Abbas has the authority to conduct final status negotiations? MR. SNOW: Well, look, we are not ready to jump to final status negotiations, you understand, Terry. But what we're going to do is we're reiterating our concern that we get two-party talks that lead ultimately to final status negotiations along the road map to peace. I mean, I know I'm using all the jargon here,...
  • Transcript of Tony Snow Gaggle - May 12, 2006

    05/15/2006 2:14:04 PM PDT · by dinasour · 34 replies · 1,765+ views
    TPM Muckraker ^ | 5/12/2006 | Tony Snow/Josh Marshall
    Tony's First Press GaggleBy Josh Marshall - May 12, 2006, 12:27 PM Tony Snow holds his first White House press gaggle. Check it out below the fold ... TONY SNOW: Okay, first thing, very quickly through the President's schedule for today. As you know, there's a meeting with the former Secretaries of Defense and State, that will be taking place in about 25 minutes in the Roosevelt Room. There will be pool at the end for photos, and, obviously, a stakeout afterward. The President also, at 1:55 p.m., East Room, open press, remarks at the Celebration of Asian Pacific American...
  • From the New Kid, Proceedings With Caution

    05/13/2006 3:32:08 PM PDT · by saveliberty · 158 replies · 1,682+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 5/13/2006 | Dana Milbank
    From the New Kid, Proceedings With CautionBy Dana MilbankSaturday, May 13, 2006; A02 Depending on how you look at it, Tony Snow's first briefing as White House press secretary yesterday morning started either 18 minutes late or 12 minutes early.Shortly before the start of his 9 a.m. "gaggle" -- the daily off-camera briefing -- the White House paged reporters to say the gaggle would instead start at 9:30. But to the dismay of reporters showing up at 9:30, Snow had begun the briefing, at 9:18.Kelly O'Donnell of NBC News was steamed. "This was 9 a.m., then pushed back to 9:30,...
  • Snow Stirs It Up (So, Snow's Challenging the Leftist Toadies)

    05/13/2006 3:57:33 AM PDT · by ProCivitas · 111 replies · 4,457+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 5/12/06 | editorial
    Issues & Insights Snow Stirs It Up Posted 5/12/2006 The Media: When President Bush introduced his new spokesman, Tony Snow warmly told the White House press corps he wanted to offer help. Surprise! The doctor started by writing prescriptions. ... he wasted no time handing out giant horse pills. It's a joy to watch our journalistic brothers and sisters struggle to swallow them. The stiff dosages come as e-mails, reports The Washington Examiner's Bill Sammon: "Since starting his job, Snow has challenged five major news outlets in a clear signal that he will be more aggressive than his mild-mannered predecessor,...
  • Bush Lampoons Self at Press Corp Dinner

    04/30/2006 3:43:25 AM PDT · by saveliberty · 133 replies · 5,518+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 4/30/2006 | Elizabeth White
    Bush Lampoons Self at Press Corp Dinner By ELIZABETH WHITE, Associated Press Writer 2 hours, 20 minutes ago WASHINGTON - It was twice the fun for members of the White House Correspondents' Association and guests Saturday night when President Bush and a look-alike, sound-alike sidekick poked fun at the president and fellow politicians. "Ladies and gentlemen, I feel chipper tonight. I survived the White House shake-up," the president said.But impersonator Steve Bridges stole many of the best lines. Vice President Dick Cheney and his hunting accident were targets of his humor on a couple of occasions."Speaking of suspects, where is...
  • Washington Post's Jim VandeHei Demands Competitor's Network For Air Force One [Dumb Media Alert]

    04/28/2006 6:14:51 PM PDT · by Doctor Raoul · 7 replies · 625+ views
    Via Email | 4/28/06 | Doctor Raoul
    Jim VandeHei of the Washington Post filed an official complaint with Press Secretary Scott McClellan and DEMANDED that the TV sets in the press area of Air Force One be changed from FOX News to CNN. Here's a flash for Jim VandeHei, YOUR newspaper is partnered with MSNBC, not CNN. If MSNBC isn't good enough for the Washington Post's own reporters, why should anyone else watch it? No wonder MSNBC is in a laughable third place. Way to go Scoop...there's a reason Drudge is a multi-millionaire and you're not.
  • White House scribe asks for the remote (VandeHei pulling a David Gregory tantrum)

    04/27/2006 9:36:13 PM PDT · by santorumlite · 53 replies · 1,708+ views
    CNN ^ | April 27, 2006
    White House scribe asks for the remote Press corps asks to watch CNN on Air Force One It wasn't the price of gasoline, Darfur or the rebuilding effort in New Orleans that preoccupied the White House press corps Thursday aboard a flight on Air Force One. It was what channel they could watch on the White House televisions, Fox or CNN. During a briefing led by White House spokesman Scott McClellan as President Bush was traveling to New Orleans, Louisiana, the Washington Post's Jim VandeHei asked why the White House televisions always seemed to be tuned to Fox News and...
  • Airwaves Battle on Air Force One (Reporters want CNN instead of FOX)

    04/27/2006 1:38:46 PM PDT · by MC Miker G · 82 replies · 2,696+ views
    Atlanta Joural-Constitution ^ | April 27, 2006 | Ken Herman
    The controversy du jour aboard Air Force One today was one near and dear to the hearts of many otherwise happy couples: Command and control of the TV tuner. “It’s come to my attention that there’s been requests – this is a serious question – to turn these TVs on to a station other than Fox, and that those have been denied,” Washington Post reporter Jim VandeHei told Press Secretary Scott McClellan. “My question would be, is there a White House policy that all government TVs have to be tuned to Fox?” “Never heard of any such thing,” said McClellan,...
  • Snow should make the White House press corps sweat

    04/27/2006 1:17:45 PM PDT · by veronica · 59 replies · 1,774+ views
    Scripps Howard News Service ^ | 27-APR-06 | DEROY MURDOCK
    Naming Tony Snow press secretary is President Bush's most promising decision since Hurricane Katrina winded him nearly seven months ago. The president should let the veteran commentator craft and disseminate the administration's message in clever and concrete ways, as the capable Snow can do. Snow approaches his position with something that outgoing press secretary Scott McClellan lacks: the ability to communicate. McClellan, surely a nice man who loves his country and his family, looks pained and frightened at his briefings. Sniffing blood in the water, reporters chomp into him like sharks devouring a walrus. This leaves McClellan with little to...
  • Snow Pick May Signal Less Insular White House

    04/27/2006 9:55:02 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 17 replies · 711+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | April 27, 2006 | Jim VandeHei and Michael A. Fletcher
    President Bush's decision to hire conservative commentator Tony Snow as his chief spokesman reflects a consensus among the president and his top advisers that his White House operation has been too insular and needs to be more aggressive in engaging with the news media and other Washington constituencies, according to Bush aides and outside advisers. Snow, who in his roles as a pundit on Fox News and elsewhere has rapped Bush on several occasions, joined the White House only after extracting a promise that he would become an adviser to the president on day-to-day strategy. If Bush and his team...
  • Spell 'No Comment' for Us, Please

    04/22/2006 7:54:02 PM PDT · by ncountylee · 12 replies · 592+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 23, 2006 | DAVID E. SANGER
    WITH Scott McClellan's announcement that he will hang up his flak jacket after nearly three years as White House press secretary, maybe it is time to ask one last question, even if he won't be around to answer it: Why continue with the daily press briefings at all? Oh, there are reasons. Someone has to explain that tomorrow the president is meeting the German chancellor, and that next week he will be in Cincinnati talking with concerned citizens about — choose one — a) the prescription drug benefit b) the future of Social Security or c) new ways of turning...
  • SNL Moment: Laughing at the media (vanity)

    04/17/2006 5:58:59 AM PDT · by blitzgig · 30 replies · 2,152+ views
    4/17/06 | blitzgig
    I wanted to share a brief Saturday Night Live skit I saw this weekend because of an amusing tidbit. In this skit, the cast portrayed a number of make-believe resignations in the Bush administration. In the last part, the skit used a scenario where Scott McClellan resigned as press secretary and the White House replaced him with a snippy teenage girl (portrayed by host Lindsay Lohan). Lohan’s character held a press conference where she made life difficult for the press corps. She belittled the reporters, brushed off their questions, and acted visibly bored about having to talk to them at...
  • Another White House Briefing, Another Day of Mutual Mistrust

    03/05/2006 7:00:00 AM PST · by gitmo · 9 replies · 689+ views
    nytimes ^ | February 27, 2006 | KATHARINE Q. SEELYE
    Mike McCurry, who was President Bill Clinton's press secretary a decade ago, is kicking himself to this day for ever allowing the White House briefings to be televised live. "It was a huge error on my part," Mr. McCurry recalled the other day after watching a relentless White House press corps badger Scott McClellan, the current White House press secretary, about a hunting accident in which Vice President Dick Cheney shot a friend, Harry M. Whittington, and delayed telling the news media about it. "It has turned into a theater of the absurd." SNIP But today, those on both sides...
  • Edifice wrecks

    03/03/2006 11:54:13 AM PST · by Anne_Conn · 5 replies · 351+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | Friday, March 3, 2006 | John Burtis
    Let’s start off by saying that it’s not easy - for those celebrated members of the fourth estate who waive the valued White House press credentials about for entry into the holy of holies and to impress the barstool queens, waitresses and lushes at their favorite watering holes - peppering the poor lad representing a Republican administration with spite, questions laden with vitriol and dripping with pique and looking cool, calm and collected while they do it.
  • Saturday Night Live Parody Lives On With Chris Matthews and Hardball

    03/02/2006 4:40:08 PM PST · by hole_n_one · 4 replies · 1,784+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 3/2/06
    Remember the SNL skit during the lead up to the Gulf War which had the press asking questions during a Pentagon briefing such as “ When exactly will we attack, from which direction and what forces will be used” and “What secret code do we use and how does it work?”.Matthews, yesterday, questioning Rob Scavone, the executive vice president, general counsel at P&O Ports, North America, which presently runs the ports the Dubai Ports World is seeking to operate.......... MATTHEWS: What I'm trying to get at if something were dangerous to come into the country, a container of nerve gas...
  • David Gregory on Meet the Press

    02/21/2006 12:41:30 PM PST · by mek1959 · 17 replies · 1,831+ views
    Vanity | 2/21/2006 | mak1959
    I wasn't able to view the dust-up on last Sunday's Meet the Press and went to the MSNBC/Meet the Press website to view it on line. Interestingly, just as Mary Matlin was troucing Gregory, the on-line version went off. I've emailed them but no reply. The video feed was 48:15 minutes long but it cuts out at 38:57. I tried it three times - to no avail. Anyone else have the same problem? Though, honestly, I can see why Meet the Press wouldn't want to keep it up there, it looked as though Gregory was about to cry with Mary...
  • NBC's Gregory Eats Crow

    02/19/2006 5:14:27 PM PST · by wagglebee · 253 replies · 8,850+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 2/19/06 | NewsMax
    NBC White House correspondent David Gregory ate a little crow Sunday on this "Meet The Press," apologizing for his arrogant behavior during White House press briefings dealing with the shooting of a hunting companion by Vice President Cheney. Reacting to the storm of criticism leveled by the public at the Washington press corps for complaining that they were not told immediately about the incident, leaving the job of reporting it to a small-town Texas newspaper, Gregory apologized for his boorish behavior. "I think I made a mistake,” he told host Tim Russert. "I think it was inappropriate for me to...
  • David Gregory, Unplugged (Gregory afraid to be interviewed about his tantrums)

    02/18/2006 10:35:53 AM PST · by frankjr · 90 replies · 3,680+ views
    Hugh Hewitt ^ | 2/18/06 | Hugh Hewitt
    " [T]he debate playing out in the blogosphere, cable airwaves and on talk radio pits the Vice President against an allegedly left-wing, overly cynical, prissy White House press corps in a tizzy because it wasn't the first to know and angry because it hates the President and Vice President anyway. " That's exactly right. And it comes from NBC's David Gregory. Gregory goes on to announce that this description is "nonsense," but of course Gregory has not allowed himself to be questioned outside of his network. He doesn't return calls and he won't make himself available for questions about what...
  • Why Americans Hate NBC's David Gregory,The White House Press Corps, And The Rest Of Journalism

    02/18/2006 4:40:10 AM PST · by joeclarke · 17 replies · 685+ views
    JoeClarke.Net ^ | 02/18/2006 | JoeClarke.Net
    Dick Cheney's hunting accident could not get the "Dump Dick" reaction or traction the MSM was hoping for. I can easily visualize the bloodthirsty MSM having prayer vigils, pleading with their god(s) to take Cheney's victim, that one tough cookie, Harry Whittington, off the face of the earth so that the Veep could be forever hounded by the Libs, arrested, and then impeached. "The best laid plans of mice (vermin), not men" waiting in their dark cellars under the New York Times for something to chew on. The RIM (Reality Impaired Media) is somewhat like the American Public Schools...
  • White House Press Corps Exposed

    02/16/2006 8:42:25 AM PST · by george76 · 81 replies · 4,255+ views
    Carolina Journal. ^ | February 16, 2006 | Jon Ham
    Sitting in armchairs waiting for handouts not the best way to get scoops Members of the elite White House press corps this week have acted more like animals that have been kept in captivity for so long that they can’t find news unless it is forced down their open gullets at a daily press briefing. The Cheney hunting accident story embarrassingly revealed this fact, which probably explains the greater-than-normal anger and outrage of White House correspondents over the last few days. “Why weren’t we told?” has been the refrain, not “How did we miss that story?” The White House press...
  • WHITE HOUSE PRESS SHAMES ITSELF (Lonsberry)

    02/15/2006 5:37:37 AM PST · by shortstop · 116 replies · 2,811+ views
    boblonsberry.com ^ | 02/15/06 | Bob Lonsberry
    A question for the White House press corps: Who the hell do you think you are? Seriously. Exactly how egomaniacal are you people? The question is spurred by your conduct the other day over this Dick Cheney matter. The vice president was involved in a hunting accident and all of a sudden it wasn’t about him or what happened, it was how you weren’t notified. Like the world revolves around you. And you started acting like idiots. Juvenile, arrogant, antagonistic idiots. It was a shameful spectacle that further alienated regular Americans and showed, in the view of many, your bias...