As coverage of last week’s flare-up between Bob Woodward and the White House devolved into the granular parsing of words and implications and extrapolations and possible intent, the larger point was roundly missed: the increasing pressure that White House correspondents feel when dealing with the Obama administration — to follow their narrative, to be properly deferential (!), to react to push-back by politely sitting down and shutting up.
forgive my spleen, but why shouldn´t the WH react this way? Obama´s henchmen played it this way from 2007 on and yet the press pushed whatever fictitious nonsense they were fed from "hope and change" in 2007 to "Obama called benghazi terrorism the next day" in 2012. NOW SUDDENLY we are supposed to feel all bad about the poor press being bullied. Well, I´m glad this is all coming out and I hope it opens the floodgates of this worst administration in all american history. But these press corpsmen (should that be corpse-men?) are in the only job specifically protected by the constitution and that means they have an obligation to tell the truth and they are the no good bums who foisted Obama on us for EIGHT YEARS OF DESTRUCTION. And now they are crying about how badly they are being treated. OK press corps. Go at it with a vengeance! but I will always remember Nixon. After he was rehabilitated, he gave a speech to the Washington press corps. They gave him a standing ovation. He shook all the hands. He was on his way out and said to Bill Safire, "they´re still a bunch of [excrements]"
Well he is black, well half black and that half requires everyone to be deferential to him if not you are just a racist. No criticism, no difficult questions, no questioning of motives, can´t question work ethic or vacations, all just because of the color of Obama´s skin! What have we become to let this happen?? He and the Democrats are willfully destroying this country with their policies and the msm can´t see that? Does the msm have no children or grandchildren or elderly parents all of whom will be severely impacted including shorten lives because of what is going on. This country is at high risk of falling into to total chaos and the "Press" cow tails to Obama so they won´t be criticized like Woodword? God help us all!
I agree with #3 also; these prancing, breathless syncophants have it coming. It will be fun to hear the exposés as they dribble out. Shouldn´t take too long. There is hardly an original thought among them...but maybe some of the reporting with stiffen a bit.
Just think about Obama´s general modus: He performs poorly and actively engages in processes that intentionally damage the US. Anyone who dares speak out about any of it is strong armed, threatened in a way only DC commies could. Is this what affirmative action is supposed to produce? Is this Frankenstein a byproduct?
It´s my belief Obama has a propaganda machine, the likes of which have never been seen, even on blogs. It´s easy to get that feeling seeing what lefties post on other blogs: they attack, calling people who expose Obama extremely vile names, disparage/discredit their sources, try to get people to not read articles by saying, "skipped". I just laugh and crank up the volume even more. Like one previous cl poster once said, "If you´re catching flak, you are most likely over the target.
Posting my replies right here on Lucianne dot com’s threads, as I have for years, is a privilege I do not take lightly. Were it not for Lucianne, I’m pretty sure by now I’d be nursing a world-class ulcer. I think I read somewhere that freely expressing one’s opinion – venting and ranting – is a boon to one’s mental health. I know it is to mine.
Especially during this ghastly administration, the so-called mainstream media, rather than reporting the news, has distorted or invented or omitted it. And now, all of a sudden things are no longer so hunky-dory for the media? Aw! Serves ‘em right!
Perhaps the rump swabs in the press aren´t keeping their lips on zippy´s backside for ideological reasons only. Maybe it´s that old thing about feeding the crocodile in the hope that he will eat you last. Look at the history of communism and of dictators - who is the first to be thrown up against the wall and shot when the bad guys finally achieve power? The "free" press, of course.
Look, any journalist who managed to elicit an abusive phone call or email form an administration spokesman would have an immediate winner of a story. Make it clear that the minute the communication goes nasty, it´s on the record and in the story, period. With that caveat an open policy, not only is abusive treatment of the press unwise on the part of public figures, it´s an invitation for public censure. The crybabies in the press are just that. Man up and stand up to these guys or find a new profession, but spare us the whining.
When I read stories like this, I´m reminded of Hugo Chavez, who several years ago made it a crime to "insult the president" (himself). What that meant was that any reporter who criticized Chavez or his policies went to prison.
sending fighter jets and more destructive things to muslim enemy regimes should be enough even for communist democrats to moan about, might even arouse a greed addicted republican or two, but no. All of crazed DC is too busy stealing fake Fed fiat paper money, while they can, to be protective or aware of anything sensible to our nation. The most frightening of them all, even more than mobamao, is the lovely hall monitor who should be watching for bad things happening, you know, Diane Sawyer. But wait, she´s being paid millions, penthouse, limo, to keep her mouth shut and see no evil. She´s doing a great racket protecting job bringing America to ruin on the fast track. ...along with all of the mainstream TV/ press and most of the pointless arguing scenarios of Fox News, too.
It is beyond the pale to expect honest reporting from a press corpse that is 90% left wing democrat. BUTY it may be that if their ox is gored enough, they might insist of being able to use their own photographers instead of being fed posed shots by the DNC flacks, and they might [point out some of the more obvious lies coming out from 0blamer Biden and Carney. Probably too much to hope for from the Ministry of Truth.
They want to know how to change things? Try actually speaking truth to power instead of merely mouthing the words. This administration could not act with impunity if the press would actually expose them.
Either Obama will invite them to wine and dine and sing softly until their toes curl and all is forgiven... or, his power is cemented and he need only remind them with a kick in the teeth now and then. This is an abuser´s m.o.
The real change comes when the abused figures out they can leave. There is a price to pay, though...a high price. I guess we´ll see who is willing to pay it to regain their dignity and peace of mind. God help them.
The alternative is a life of continued degradation which usually ends in disgrace or death.
I wish these "journalists" or reporters, especially the women, would gather the courage to start showing those emails of the White House staff calling them the most vile names...simply because they ask a tough question.
This entire administration is evil, and evil grows like a fungus. It loves the darkness and lives there in order to survive. And spread.
It is spreading across America and spreading fast.
As we watch today´s Chris Wallace interview with the Romneys on FOX, we are again filled with frustration and angst that they are not in the WH right now, for if they were 0bama´s destructive statist policies would not be slicing & diceing the country every-which-way! ...And the blatantly dem-biased press, (-and 0bama´s very own microphone!), is is IS in no small part responsible for the leftist sensless mess the country is in today.
Today´s American press is worthless, even destructive, as facts & truth do not matter to the majority of those dem puppets who are simply masquerading as authentic, ´´journalists.´´ This is not what was envisioned by the Founders in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution regarding freedoms need for a free press.
All this media owned by obama angst fails to focus on one fact the printed and video media is dying. The media can´t stop that march over their own cliff that constant lies kills the messengers. The cliff is the internet where threats don´t count and color doesn´t have the face on force necessary for total control.
I remind myself that the Schadenfreude I feel in the press being shanked by the WH must not overshadow the press´s importance. Just because they forgot their calling for six years does not negate the fact they are the fastest and the proper means to bring down the public´s admiration of the poser.
The press can save the country, pick up their copies of "Journalism, 1954", and go to work.
The Washington Press Corpse is well deserving of any beating they get. They have sacrificed any credibility they HAD on the Alter of Obama´s Behind. I and many others have no sympathy for them, they are deserving of all the abuse Obama´s minions can heap upon them. They are truly a manifestation of individuals suffering under the abuse of the Beaten Wife Syndrome. They are at once lazy and incompetent. They have been fed Democ´Rat Mother´s Milk by the Regime for so long they are programmed to just keep sucking and forget what they are paid to do. The whole country suffers and they care not.
Lets see...hmmm, you want me to choose between the skinny punk liar from Kenya and his running mate liar Joe the Convicted Plagiarist Biden....or...wait for it...
The ass-press lap dog rump-swab journalism school enemedia idiot left-wing press???
I say give them both a good swift combat boot kick in the ass out the door, pronto! Shut up!
There, I fixed it, and I´d feel a lot better if a few more would get their ass out of my country with them..
1)The networks and their daily drumbeat of lies from sun-up until well after midnight!(Good morning, Good evening, the view, the talk, the spin, the whatever...bye!)Shut up! 2)All the talk shows! Every one of them! Shut up! 3)The advertising liars with all the seemingly newly hired "diversity" actors, the children, the lizards, the pigs, and whatever other crap they throw at us to buy their crap. Shut up! 4)The daily newspapers, with all their lefty lies,lefty opinions, lefty editorials, lefty editorial cartoons, lies, lefty letters to the editor, lies....Shut up! 5)Anything to do with diversity. Shut up! 6)Anything to do with affirmative action. Shut up! 7)Anything to do with gving one group of people a whole month to "celebrate"...Shut up! 8)Academia, all you brute lesbians and ponytail sandal-wearing sissies who denigrate our armed forces (1%), our heroes, our traditions, our values, our GOD, our way of life...Shut up! 9)Democrats...a party which has become full of idiot 99%percenters, homosexuals, Marxists, loudmouths, Godless creeps, phony minorities just for the sake of their votes, Union thugs, Soros election frauds, "freed " slaves, and folks who crap on police cars in order to "occupy" something. Shut up! 10)And finally, all the idiots online like the dolts who spew their "now trending" propaganda crap at Yahoo, Google, Comcast, and any other website(HuffPo) that carries the left wing kool-aid brainwashing lies...Shut up!
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