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Obama Administration Reportedly Draconian And Vile In Efforts To Work The Press

March 6, 2013 by  

Obama Administration Reportedly Draconian And Vile In Efforts To Work The Press

More White House reporters have begun filing through the crack opened by Watergate reporting icon Bob Woodward, who last week claimed he had been threatened by a White House adviser for publishing an unfavorable opinion of the President’s handling of the sequestration fiasco.

Perhaps emboldened by Woodward’s revelation, less-famous White House correspondents have begun relating anecdotes alleging the Administration of President Barack Obama has verbally abused, bullied, retaliated, spoon-fed and marginalized them in a way the press hasn’t experienced under any other President.

In a searing New York Post story this week, a number of Washington reporters — some named, others anonymous — reveal how the Administration has pressured them to report or not report the news; how it has attempted to influence reporters’ judgment in determining whether a topic should be covered; and how, when things don’t go Obama’s way in the press, there are consequences.

One longtime Washington journalist related how he’d assigned a young reporter to cover an Obama cabinet secretary. The reporter was asking “tough, important” questions and got the bully treatment for doing her job.

“…[T]hey were trying to bully her. In an email, they called her the vilest names – bitch, c—t, a—hole.”

After getting the runaround from the email’s author, the senior reporter confronted that person, saying: “From now on, every email you send this reporter will be on the record, and you will be speaking on behalf of the President of the United States.”

Good for him. But that account hints at an underlying problem with the way the press has always dealt with the Obama Administration — or, rather, how it’s allowed the Obama Administration to deal with it. Those emails could have been on the record without that reporter having to make it plain. The author of those emails was already speaking on behalf of the President of the United States. The White House press has handled this President with kid gloves, and, like any classic relationship based on disingenuous and insincere motives, it’s reaping abuse for the service.

And in the Internet Age, the White House is often finding it easier to control its own media through press releases, tweets and Facebook postings than to float information before reporters who can talk back. As a February piece in Vanity Fair explains, it’s essentially a form of state-controlled media:

In a real sense, the most powerful and pervasive news outlet “covering” the White House is the White House itself. That is a legitimate cause for concern. No American wants to live in a world of state television or sanitized photo handouts.

The press corps has been primed since 2008 to remain pliable to the wishes of an Administration it’s wanted to admire, an Administration that issues press releases through social media while dodging questions from the press. It’s hard to say which side deserves more what it’s getting; but Americans who’ve been getting their political news from TV, radio and boilerplate print media are still the biggest losers.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • FreedomFighter

    Obama Administration Reportedly Draconian And Vile In Efforts To Work The Press

    All totalitarian regimes control the press, then take it over and use it as a propaganda arm of the regime.

    Laus Deo
    Semper FI

    • chocopot

      So true. And the media have been controlled by the Left for decades now, which is why the vast majority of Americans have no clue as to what is really going on in this country or around the world. Thank G-d for the Internet or no one would ever know the truth about anything.

      • JUKEBOX

        Your statement is reinforced by the fact that most of the media admit to voting in numbers that are exceeded only by African Americans.

    • ranger09

      You mean they control the Media. I always thought they have been doing this for many,many years.

  • cawmun cents

    This is news?

    • WTS/JAY


  • Gary L

    Draconian and vile are only two of the words I woulod use to describe this administration. Many of the other words i would use would not make it into this post.

    • eddie47d

      I have never seen a President have so many press reports and news conferences. Maybe the problem is is that he is exposing himself too much and getting burnout.Maybe he should be more like G Bush who was no where to be found and seldom gave information to anyone. Bush was more pronounced in treating the American people like mushrooms. Feeding us Bull Crap and keeping us in the dark . Obama is unwisely giving us information overload and the White House press can’t keep the stories straight. That can be equally disturbing and making their press a little testy.

      • WTS/JAY

        eddie: Maybe he should be more like G Bush who was no where to be found and seldom gave information to anyone. Bush was more pronounced in treating the American people like mushrooms. Feeding us Bull Crap and keeping us in the dark .

        That applies to all of them, eddie. Except for a couple of Presidents who were rewarded with a lead-sandwich for trying to do what was right for the people and speaking the truth. Something tells me Obama has nothing to worry about!

      • Peter 10-nov-1775

        The halfrican has learned that the more you tell a lie to the gullible masses, the more they will believe the lie. Say it enough, and it becomes truth.

  • Warrior

    Cass Sustein must be really proud. Too bad. This joke is on us.

  • meteorlady

    I would expect nothing else from this guy.

  • STEVE E.

    Ben, you stated: “President Barack Obama has verbally abused, bullied, retaliated, spoon-fed and marginalized them in a way the press hasn’t experienced under any other President”. Looks like the useful idiots are getting out of control and the White House is trying to put them back in their place.

  • ibcamn

    Like i said in the past,WTSHTF,those who have no more use to this regime,they will be tossed aside like garbage!well it seems Obama and his henchmen have started a wee bit early on that and started to show their hand to mainstream media and all the brown nosers!ha ha ha great,i love it!maybe this will start to wake up these butt kissers,look what’s happening to Obrian from CNN,she no longer is going to have her own morning show and is being put on documentories!!(does CNN even have a documentory time slot?)she asked some pretty tough questions to the white house and Dem’s,so now maybe she’ll get her time slot back!!?..NOT!i always thought she was good looking but laked chareter,maybe i was wrong!CNN will still keep her hiding away!

    • ranger09

      WHEN was the last time you seen an average looking Female news caster,Or guest commentators Today they all look like they are mostly trying out for Hollyweird., SEE its all about the Money, Truth no longer matters, Also the Media will report what the Govt tells them, Lies or Truth no longer Matters.

  • restorefreedom

    The press is stronger than the president too bad they have been such a let down to the public. obummer will be gone in 4 yrs but we’ll still be here.


      I wouldn’t count on President Scarecrow being gone in 3 or 4 years, because his idols Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro have established the way to stay in power: Promise the poor the world, while making them poorer and making himself richer.

  • http://AT&T RWoodworth

    Yes, Obama is the best criminal mind many of us have ever known. This is the Chicago and Muslim way of life…………… TAKE ADVANTAGE of good people who Obama has formed into meer mice. The problem here is: That the Mice in the Congress and Senate have all of the power to stop many problems, with Obamacare listed as number one. But these politicians , both GOP & DEM., want to be re-elected and continue to be career politicians, because they have no other ability. Obama is in training and development for his move to become a third term DICTATOR. We might be seeing similarities of Mao, Adolf, and Stalin. Republicians must continue to control The House, because Obama will be fighting hard in 2014, so that he can finish his job destroying American Ideals, Freedoms, and the respect for American soldiers who died for their country.

    • ranger09

      The President can ONLY control what the Congress and the Supreme Court allows hin to do, With out their Backing the President has NO real powers. SO people need to control the CONGRESS and The SUPREME COURT.

      • Peter 10-nov-1775

        What about executive orders and bogus recess appointments?

  • BrotherPatriot

    They are a Nest of Vipers…in Washington & throughout our political machinery.

    Power corrupts…absolute power corrupts absolutely.

    So very true. So how do we fix it? We need to clean house. We the People need to get galvanized and understand what the REAL problem is. We have members of our government, who have high ranking positions & who are dual citizens…such as being Isreali’s. How is this possible? Dual citizens have SPLIT loyalties. Also, politicians who are members of secret fraternities also have split loyalties. When you swear death oaths of fealty to a secret society…is there not a confliction of interest with the Will of, We the People?

    First…American’s need to fully come to this understanding & the implications of it.

    Second…measures must be put in place to prevent this from continuing & being allowed to occur in the first place.

    Third…we need to start following the highest law of our land…the Constitution of the United States of America. One of the first actions here is to NULLIFY Obama & all he has done since he does not qualify for POTUS. (Both parents must be citizens!)

    God Bless.

    • ranger09

      The Congress runs the Govt, The supreme court is to protect our Constitution,Which in turn protects the People. START with these People, Get rid of all the Laws they have put in place to protect themselves, Then WE replace them with Honest Americans who can put this Country and Its People above their own selves. But just is not going to happen WE dont have many Americans who care anymore.

      • BrotherPatriot

        “It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds.” ~ Samuel Adams

        I am one such individual & I do not stand alone.

        God Bless.

  • Bev

    If you watch only the big three networks, not cable, the information about politics that can be gleaned will fit in the hind leg of a gnat, if you get my drift. FBO

  • ranger09

    The media today is no longer in the middle, The truth is Not there main concern, Its about the Money, Their politics, and who pays them the most, Its all on the Left or on the Right, And to hell with what the truth to the people is. Truth is no longer the wind that fuels the Fire in the Media, ITS the MONEY.

  • Bird

    I sincerely thought that Obama had used his election fund money and bought off the major media. This insured that it reported his way! At least that is the way it does come across!

  • Prom Ethius

    Bravo !!! Well said and true. In fact, during the 2008 campaign, some were threatened by the Obams camp if they mentioned Obama in connection to Ayres or that good reverend of hate. Litigation was threatened. Right after the election, faithful guard/attack dog, Holder, was appointed.

  • Dad

    You mean he is “Chavezesque.”

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