Tag: freedom of the press

What free press?

Are you surprised that Carney, the Obama Administration WH Press Secretary screens questions from reporters before the press conferences happen as this reporter, probably by mistake, pointed out:

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.


“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 ask him all about some of the preparation that he does on a regular basis for talking to the press in his daily press briefings. He showed us a very long list of items that he has to be well versed on every single day.

“And then he also mentioned that a lot of times, unless it’s something breaking, the questions that the reporters actually ask — the correspondents — they are provided to him in advance. So then he knows what he’s going to be answering and sometimes those correspondents and reporters also have those answers printed in front of them, because of course it helps when they’re producing their reports for later on. So that was very interesting.”

There have been other stories about how this WH holds reporters, even the ones that are friendly to the cause and willing to lie for them, hostage by controlling access, so finding out Carney actually screens questions before the conference, at least to me, comes as confirmation of what I have long suspected: this WH meant it when they said they wanted to run things like the Chicomm government does it.

I can rehash all the bullshit about the promise of transparency and ethical behavior, point out the lies told during the Boosh Administration by these marxist scumbags, the hostility of the media towards that administration, and the fact that they willingly seem to have become propagandists for these crooks now in charge, but the people that need to hear about this travesty the most, don’t want to.

Remember that the news is probably compromised and bullshit the next time you hear these people play up this administration.

Neutering The Press

A President of firsts, nearly all of them bad.

The desperation witnessed by this second termer, his personal vision gone off the rails, an intractable Congress road blocking his agenda, and posterity whispering in his ear ,”What have you done for me lately?”, it is full court press time. Threats of executive orders and end runs round Congress have only been received by raised eyebrows, but little fealty. So another tactic has been adopted, harnessing the powers of a complicit and compliant ally, usurping the very powers of a free press in order to shape public sentiment, is this Obama at his most pernicious?

The Obama Administration’s Federal Communication Commission (FCC) is poised to place government monitors in newsrooms across the country in an absurdly draconian attempt to intimidate and control the media.

Before you dismiss this assertion as utterly preposterous (we all know how that turned out when the Tea Party complained that it was being targeted by the IRS), this bombshell of an accusation comes from an actual FCC Commissioner.

FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai reveals a brand new Obama Administration program that he fears could be used in “pressuring media organizations into covering certain stories.”

When reading this what immediately comes to mind is the old Soviet regime and their use of “political officers”, used to make sure the people only said (and thought) good things about their taskmasters.

That’s right, the Obama Administration has developed a formula of what it believes the free press should cover, and it is going to send government monitors into newsrooms across America to stand over the shoulders of the press as they make editorial decisions

Absent (so far) is any threat of punishment if news organizations don’t toe the party line. But we have seen this episode before with the IRS and how they treated Tea Party non profits, ”
We decide who gets non profit status, we decide which news organizations gets their FCC license renewed”.

It’s really not that hard to see whats coming;

Network Exec. ,” This is quite a list of restrictions you got there, how am I suppose to run a news show?”

FCC rep. ,”It might seem restrictive but it’s really not, here is how to best play it, don’t portray the president in a bad light, capisce? If the story you are running reflects negatively on the administration, run something else in it’s place, no stories about Benghazi, the IRS, the NSA, executive orders, and for God sakes, no foreign policy stories or anything having to do with the economy. Avoid those topics and you will be fine.”

A good argument could be made that this whole thing is a wasted effort since few American’s watch the news or read newspapers, they would rather get their news from the likes of Stewart or Colbert, venues which clearly has it’s own unwritten rule about not making the president look bad.

You would think that reporters of any persuasion would push back on this nonsense, since he has tried muzzling the press before, but MSM has lost all credibility when they talk about their obligation and ability to report the news. Their agenda is his agenda, so why would they bristle at this obvious and unconstitutional breach? Given the coziness of their tryst, few “monitors” will be needed, one over at Foxnews, one at the WSJ, one over at the Washington Times, maybe a few more dedicated to making sure that the nations blogs follow orders, other than that, it is smooth sailing for that fundamental change to our American way of life.