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01-13-09, 11:44 PM #1
Journalists at Barack Obama news conferences discover that Obama has pre-picked those journalists whom he will answer questions from
According to Sun-Times columnist and long-time Chicago journalist, Carol Marin, journalists at Barack Obama news conferences have come to realize that Obama has pre-picked those journalists whom he will allow to ask him questions at the conference and many of them now "don't even bother raising" their hands to be called upon. One wonders why journalists are allowing this corralling of the press? Would they have allowed George W. Bush to pre-pick journalists like that? Would they meekly sit by and allow themselves to be systematically ignored, their freedom to ask questions silenced by any Republican? Would journalists so eagerly vie with one another for the favor of Bush like they are Obama's?
For her part, it seems that Carol Marin is starting to wonder at the "bizarro world" that is being invented by the pliant and smitten Obama loving press corps.
As ferociously as we march like villagers with torches against Blagojevich, we have been, in the true spirit of the Bizarro universe, the polar opposite with the president-elect. Deferential, eager to please, prepared to keep a careful distance.Will the rest of the press retake their manhood and again become the tough guys they have always claimed to be or are they going to stay so smitten by Obama and their love for The One that they will allow themselves to continue being forced into a subservient role?
The Obama news conferences tell that story, making one yearn for the return of the always-irritating Sam Donaldson to awaken the slumbering press to the notion that decorum isn't all it's cracked up to be.
The press corps, most of us, don't even bother raising our hands any more to ask questions because Obama always has before him a list of correspondents who've been advised they will be called upon that day.
One has a sinking suspicion that the press is allowing itself to become Obama's lapdog extraordinaire.
01-14-09, 12:36 AM #2
Sounds like an issue to be put in Obama's "Ethics Database"
Centralize Ethics and Lobbying Information for Voters: Obama and Biden will create a centralized Internet database of lobbying reports, ethics records, and campaign finance filings in a searchable, sortable and downloadable format.
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That from the nunnery
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01-14-09, 01:54 AM #3
It's basically a non-issue.
It must be or else the media would be bleeding the story on every channel and on every front page. It's another reason main-stream media is losing their way. They don't report the news objectively anymore."When a crime is committed, liberals blame society. Conservatives blame the criminal." -Debra Saunders
Old Scottish Motto- "nemo me impune laccessit". It still holds true today.
01-14-09, 10:28 AM #4
Probably pre-pick the questions too. Obama! Obama!Obama! Next question..........SI VIS PACEM PARA BELLUM-Ex-Sheriff Martin Howe to Will Kane in "High Noon"
"It's a great life. You risk your skin catching killers and the juries turn them loose so they can come back and shoot at you again. If your honest , your poor your whole life. And , In the end , you wind up dying all alone on some dirty street. For what? For nothing. For a tin star."
Far from being a handicap to command, compassion is the measure of it. For unless one values the lives of his soldiers and is tormented by their ordeals , he is unfit to command.
-General Omar Bradley, United States Army
01-14-09, 10:57 AM #5
I don't have a problem with this. I wish the GOP would grow a backbone and stand up to the media. Any GOP president who would let Helen Thomas open her liberal harpie mouth in front of cameras was a fool.
Good for Obama.Pleasing nobody, one person at a time.
That which does not kill me, better start fucking running.
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