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Obama’s Media Strategy: Control Questions

August 22, 2012 by  

Obama’s Media Strategy: Control Questions
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In recent interviews with local media, the President picked the questions.

President Barack Obama has been avoiding the White House press corps in a bid to avoid taking hard-hitting questions in the middle of an election cycle, but he is giving interviews to reporters from local news organizations throughout the Nation. The only condition is that he gets to choose the questions.

According to White House press corps reporter Keith Koffler, Obama spoke to press corps reporters on Monday for about 20 minutes and took questions from four reporters. The exchange was not exactly in-depth or hard-hitting.

But the President has been talking to members of local media, particularly in swing States. On Monday, he spoke with reporters from Norfolk, Va., and Jacksonville, Fla., as well as one from San Diego. The President’s chosen topic: blaming Republicans for automatic military spending cuts that will take place under sequestration if a budget agreement is not reached.

Koffler notes that all three reporters represent areas that benefit heavily from defense contracting.

From FCN Jacksonville (watch the interview here):

WASHINGTON — On Monday afternoon, First Coast News anchor Donna Deegan sat down with President Barack Obama for a one-on-one interview.

They talked about Medicare, and how Jacksonville’s military could be affected if potential sequestration cuts go through.

From NBC 7 San Diego (watch the interview here):

President Barack Obama sits down in an exclusive interview with NBC 7 military reporter Lea Sutton to discuss the impact of sequestration on San Diego’s military community.

From WVEC Norfolk (watch the interview here):

WASHINGTON, DC–President Barack Obama hopes to avoid painful defense cuts that could come about under the congressional sequestration process.

In an exclusive interview with 13News, the president said he doubts any deal can be reached before the November election, but he’s confident big military reductions will not actually take place.

Virginia stands to lose 207,000 jobs and $21 billion in economic impact, according to a George Mason University study…

The reporters were each given less than 10 minutes for their interviews, leaving very little opportunity for the reporters to steer the conversation from the President’s topic of choice.

A quote from former President John F. Kennedy — to whom Obama is often compared — as he spoke to members of the American Newspaper Publishers Association on April 27, 1961 comes to mind in considering the current President’s media manipulation.

No President should fear public scrutiny of his program. For from that scrutiny comes understanding and from that understanding comes support or opposition. And both are necessary. I am not asking your newspapers to support an Administration, but I am asking your help in the tremendous task of informing and alerting the American people. For I have complete confidence in the response and dedication of our citizens whenever they are fully informed.

I not only could not stifle controversy among your readers– I welcome it. This Administration intends to be candid about its errors; for as a wise man once said: “An error does not become a mistake until you refuse to correct it.” We intend to accept full responsibility for our errors; and we expect you to point them out when we miss them.

In the same speech Kennedy noted that the press is Constitutionally protected “not primarily to amuse and entertain, not to emphasize the trivial and sentimental, not to simply ‘give the public what it wants’—but to inform, to arouse, to reflect, to state our dangers and our opportunities, to indicate our crises and our choices, to lead, mold educate and sometimes even anger public opinion.”

Obama aide Stephanie Cutter recently explained that the Administration believes “Entertainment Tonight” is just as important as the White House press corps to informing the American people. Even without real reporting, that statement and the President’s actions raise questions for many about the contempt the “most-transparent Administration in history” holds for a well-informed populace.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Warrior

    How many different ways are there to sell “progressive snake oil”? Get ready, we’re going to find out. Forward! Yea, right!

    • FreedomFighter

      Organized crime does not want to be questioned.

      Laus Deo
      Semper Fi

    • JeffH

      The Hope And The Change – Official Movie Trailer
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=lLelSaD1zHU#!

      Get ready, Obama administration. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.

      “The Hope and the Change,” the latest project from Citizens United, directed by Stephen K. Bannon, the man behind “The Undefeated,” “Generation Zero,” and “Occupy Unmasked,” will debut next week during the Republican National Convention in Tampa. And this is one partisan project not aimed at its own side. The folks behind the film are directly targeting Democrats who may have had enough of the president’s “hope and change” razzle dazzle.

      • Palin16

        Nice link Jeff….I especially liked the black guy that voted for Obummer, and then later said “the party’s over”.

      • JeffH

        Palin16, I’m looking for 2016: Obama’s America to come to the Fresno area…getting not so rave reviews from the libs but it’s the #2 documentary after it’s 116 theatre limited opening…now it’s expanding to over 1000 theatres nationwide.

      • Palin16

        Jeff, 2016 opens here this Friday.

      • JeffH

        Open’s here on Friday…can’t wait.

    • John Woodbury

      I am old enough to remember JFK and believe me Obama is not JFK.

  • rendarsmith

    What a joke this man is!

  • http://personalliberty gottaplenty

    Lets correct that mistake he speaks of and get totaly rid of his sorry ass and all his assosiates

  • Dad

    ECONOMIC report card:
    42 months of 8% unemployment, 6 trillion in new debt (+43%), gas prices up 83%, food stamp recipients up 45%, health insurance cost up 23%, home values down 13%, and 6.4 million more people in poverty… let’s stay focused on the issues.

    • Smilee

      Daddy, Lets stay focused on the whole picture not just the little bit of it that you describe and all of which you describe was in response to what happened before him. Just one comment is that when he took office we were losing 800,000 jobs per month today we are gaining 160,000 per month that is a differences of 960,000 jobs per month and gives the whole picture of the job situation. This is not great news but so so much better that in Jan 2009 and you first have to stop the bleeding before the healing and healing takes time it amazes me when your handed a ten year project as he was and it is now only 3.5 years into it you expect him to perform miracles which is ridiculous and further the job plans that Romney/Ryan espouse is to repeat what GWB did for eight years and expect a different result. It has been said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expect different results.

      • jim

        You mean, like spending and spending and spending and spending and spending and spending and spending and spending and spending and spending and spending and spending and spending and spending and spending and spending and spending and …
        expect things to get better?

      • Smilee

        I never said that so why would you think I meant that, sober up and then take another stab at it.

      • JeffH

        Sober up Smilee. Don’t Be Fooled, The Obama Unemployment Rate Is 11%. When Barack Obama entered office in January, 2009, the labor force participation rate was 65.7%, meaning nearly two-thirds of working age Americans were working or looking for work.

        In the latest, much celebrated, unemployment report, the labor force participation rate had plummeted to 63.7%, the most rapid decline in U.S. history. That means that under President Obama nearly 5 million Americans have fled the workforce in hopeless despair.
        http://www.forbes.com/sites/peterferrara/2012/02/09/dont-be-fooled-the-obama-unemployment-rate-is-11/

        According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, back in January 2009 when Barack Obama was sworn in, there were 2.6 million people unemployed for more than 6 months. By June 2012, the ranks of the long-term jobless soared more than 100 percent to 5.3 million.

        President Obama has promoted long-term unemployment by adopting policies that make it harder and more expensive for employers to hire people. He has relentlessly pushed for higher taxes, higher energy costs, compulsory unionism and, of course, Obamacare. One doesn’t need a Harvard degree to figure out that when government makes hiring more difficult and expensive, there’s likely to be less of it.

      • Smilee

        Jeff, That was not the official rate, many have editorialized the rate to be all the way up to over 20% but the official rate was never that high and is currently 8.3 percent. The official job loss in early 2009 was 800,000 jobs per month and now it is a plus about 160,000 per month and unless you are totally lacking in your understanding of math you have to admit that this is an improvement and without greater demand for goods and services it is almost impossible to do better than this. What you fail to acknowledge is that if it had continued at 800,000 loss of jobs per month or greater the official rate would have been much higher than 11%. It is also well known that Forbes is a very conservative publication and certainly not an Obama lover and this article contain much of the conservative spin and record

      • JeffH

        Like I said Smilee, sober up. Under Barack Obama Unemployment Rate Rises in 44 States. The unemployment rate in all 43 months of Obama’s presidency has been higher than that of any single month in President Bush’s 8 years in office.

        For every job that the private sector created under George W. Bush, the private sector eliminated ~19 jobs under Barack Obama. While the private sector job outlook has improved recently, the economy still must create 2.67 million private sector jobs to break even.

        According to The New York Times, no sitting President since Franklin Roosevelt has won re-election when unemployment was over 7.2% on election day.

      • Palin16

        Hey Smelley,
        Did you know that George W Bush was the second shooter on the grassy knoll in Dallas?

      • JeffH

        Palin16, and don’t forget, speaking of Dallas…Bush shot JR too!

      • http://gravatar.com/bychoosing Jay

        Actually JeffH, the unemployment rate is 13%!

      • JeffH

        Jay, I’m sure it is…my reference was from 2/2012 and I haven’t any doubt that it’s higher. Good catch!

  • Rob

    This goes back even before the last election, Michelle included. McCain’s wife was interviewed on the view with no-holds-barred on the questions asked. She said she would answer anything they asked. When M.O. was on a few days later, she provided a list of questions for them to ask as-well-as subjects that were a no-no.

  • http://www.facebook.com/barbjeanpatton Barb Patton

    I am waiting to see him and the moooooooooooo on Sesame street – after all said and done they consider us to be like children and stupid

    • Smilee

      They say it takes one to know one!!!

      • Opal the Gem

        And which one are you Smilee, a child or…

      • Smilee

        Opal, when you grow up I will tell you and by then hopefully you will be able to understand it!!

      • Palin16

        Smelly, is the union still paying you to be a troll on this site?

  • cawmun cents

    He’s a (expletive deleted,euphemism for a cat or a woman’s parts).
    He couldnt handle answering anything he wasnt ready for.
    Which tells you that he is just a progressive voicebox puppet for the folks who are really in charge,
    Cheers!
    -CC

    • Rick

      Sit him down make h8im answer real questions ithout his teleprompter. I would be surprised he could name his own cabinet on his own.What needs to happen is the Press if they had any balls they would refuse to interview his royal Hineasss under those conditions. I also believe the people should submit the questions for the debates not the press.

  • revnowwhilewecan

    Maybe this video will help with his campaign……It’ll do something.
    Banned Obama Video
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-HqHSkYG-Y&feature=player_embedded

    • chuckb

      it makes you wonder about the people of this country who vote for such a person. this information has been out since he ran for president and it means they either agree with his lifestyle or they just don’t give a damn, he’s a bolshevik and that’s all that counts.

      we either vote this guy back to wherever he came from or rebel, we have no other choice, he has allowed the open borders to an invasion of like minded people who will vote illegally, the bolsheviks in the administration will not allow voter id, so i’m afraid we are out numbered, the bolsheviks will; win and we have lost our country, for myself i am ready to die before being enslaved.

    • http://na Mike in NE

      revnow, I can hear them now, bush’es fault all that crap

  • JeffH

    There’s a reason why the media has been tossing marshmallows at Obama from the outset so why would anyone expect that to change.

    As Alinsky taught and the Obama camp know, control the questioning…

  • teaparty13

    Too bad when the upcoming debates(?) are on TV, they don’t allow the audience to ask the questions. Looking at the commentators that will be asking(controlling) the questions, there will probably be more like what color do you like, favorite soda, fastfood, etc. Don’t know about anyone else, but if I want to see softballs tossed, I’d watch a game of softball.

    • eddie47d

      Are some of you really that blind? You really think that questions towards Republicans aren’t programmed and the responses aren’t from the approval from the party. Are you new to politics or just acting like it.

      • JeffH

        What was just said eddie is this…”Too bad when the upcoming debates(?) are on TV, they don’t allow the audience to ask the questions.” Don’t see any mention of political parties in it, do you? Quick to ASSume aren’t you.

        You like to rail on others for doing what you have always done…such a hypocritical dolt be you.

      • B rian

        would love to see a live question and answer debate on MTV….. Would t matter what the pre-question rules were…. Those rules would be out the door…. And there would be some squirming candidates. Questions like…… ” So president Obama….. While you were in college, you used a lot of coke in a close knit group of friends…… Is this something you recommend for all college students, and are you going to subsidize the cost of coke relative to wasted tuition money?!”

      • eddie47d

        Pinocchio Jeff your nose is a whopper. Were you born blind or just have selective seeing?

      • JeffH

        Oh c’mon eddie, of course you know I’m right…that’s why you respond in such a silly foreign language…the language of “stupid”.

  • http://personallibertydigest deb

    I suppose this question is better
    blaming Republicans for automatic military spending cuts that will take place under sequestration if a budget agreement is not reached.

    than

    By the way press how many poops does Bo do a day and have you had to clean up any, we know you love dogs, when was the last time you had to eat one har har har har

  • Palin16

    If I could ask one question to Barack Hussein Obama, it would be “why did you, as your first act as president, seal all your educational records?” Moderator: “We’ll be right back after this important word from our sponser.”

    • TerriG

      He didnT. What he did was to release an EO that reversed one of Bush’s. Obama’s EO made an Administrations record release up to the NARA, and not up to the President, VP, or their families. You are repeating a lie. Stop it.

      • Palin16

        There’s only 3 possible scenarios why Barack Hussein Obama won’t show his educational records:
        1) he had great grades…if so, why not show them?
        2) he had only average C grades…if so, big deal, that was 20 years ago…who would care?
        3) he was a foreign exchange student…these type of scholarships are not available to Americans.

      • John Woodbury

        Hint on test for “Truth Challenged” commies, pick answer 3.

  • http://gravatar.com/bychoosing Jay

    Known for its intelligence, articulacy and class, Barack Obama’s Teleprompter is one of the most preeminent figures on the American political landscape. Though its career has been (to this point) short, it is already considered one the most important teleprompters in all of history, and is widely held as being far more qualified than the previous President’s teleprompter.

    Barack Obama’s teleprompter has proven more than integral to Obama throughout—and even before—his presidency. It was a major factor in keeping Obama’s approval rating above 50% when he doubled the nation’s debt in his first eight months in office, and even today continues to perpetuate the façade that the President is a “good public speaker,” whatever the hell that’s supposed to mean.

    One of the teleprompter’s forebears reminding President Bill Clinton of the day’s lunch menu.

    Barack Obama’s teleprompter comes from a long, prestigious lineage of note cards, cheat sheets, and crib notes. Its great-grandfather was Theodore Roosevelt’s “Bull Moose” speech, which, in 1912, bravely remained folded in the ex-President’s pocket and absorbed a bullet from a would-be assassin at point-blank range. Though ex-President Roosevelt was almost completely unharmed, the speech itself was badly damaged, and rendered nearly illegible. It was rushed to nearby Froedtert Hospital, where it died 24 hours later.

    Other notable forebears of Obama’s teleprompter include what would have been Richard Nixon’s impeachment hearing testimony, what was Bill Clinton’s impeachment testimony, and the scribbled-on ballpoint-pen hand-notes Al Gore used to pass Ecology.

    Barack Obama’s teleprompter was born to a colored teleprompter mother, a black-and-white teleprompter father, and was manufactured in Taiwan. As a result, the teleprompter’s reception was often less than warm in more traditional, conservative communities. Controversy surrounding Barack Obama’s teleprompter’s past was so widespread that the then-Senator was forced to use note cards when he campaigned in Virginia and Western Pennsylvania, lest his teleprompter be harassed.

    During the Presidential debates, Obama’s teleprompter was relegated to the sidelines, and the would-be President was forced to rely on little more than dozens of note cards, hours of pre-debate preparation and knowledge of his own planned future policies. As a result, the infinitely more charismatic Obama had difficulty besting his agèd and borderline-senile opponent John McCain, despite McCain’s crippling disadvantages.

    After the third and final debate, Obama was joyously reunited with his teleprompter, and the two continued campaigning throughout the Midwest, polarizing communities wherever they went. When the Obama-Obama’s Teleprompter ticket proved victorious on Election Day, the two made a rousing victory speech in Chicago with the help of Obama’s speechwriters.

    Though Obama’s teleprompter’s most difficult days are behind it, it still continues to be a driving force in both national policy and—occasionally—political controversy.

    Barack Obama’s teleprompter is a staunch advocate of healthcare reform, and has worked tirelessly to both pass a new Bloated Healthcare Bill and ensure nobody ever actually reads said Bloated Healthcare Bill by explaining how said Bloated Healthcare Bill is good for Americans while simultaneously not explaining how said Bloated Healthcare Bill will be paid for.

    Truth be told, Barack Obama’s teleprompter hasn’t a clue how to pay for the new Bloated Healthcare Bill, but it pushed it through Congress anyway.

    Barack Obama’s teleprompter has tried desperately to resolve The Single Worst Economic Crisis Since The Great Depression. Normally, this attempted resolution takes the form of bailing out large banks, waiting a little bit, and then bailing them out again.

    Though this has yet to show any definite results, Obama’s teleprompter has yet another round of bailouts planned, should they be deemed necessary. Obama’s teleprompter, however, has yet to devise a means to bail out the national government’s mounting debt.

    Early into Obama’s presidency, noted Conservative radio pundit Rush Limbaugh challenged the President’s teleprompter to a debate. While Conservatives lauded the idea, Liberal pundits mocked Limbaugh’s challenge, and stated that Limbaugh—with his brain and ability to articulate his own thoughts—had an unfair advantage over the teleprompter, which was just an inanimate object.

    MSNBC News host Keith Olbermann scalded Limbaugh’s challenge on his cable news program:

    This is just another instance of the great big evil vile acid-spitting hell-spawned Republicans picking on the proverbial little guy. The notion of a man debating a plate of glass is absurd, backward, and a mockery of the hallowed nature of fair debate. Before I move on to focusing the other half hour of my show to responding to things that Bill O’Reilly said, even though he doesn’t even mention me in his show, probably because his ratings are much higher, I must first stress to an absurd, redundant and frankly sad degree how I find Limbaugh’s actions to be silly, and what a totally ridiculous…
    ridiculous…umm…umm…it seems my teleprompter has broken…cut to commercial!

  • John Woodbury

    What can I say the teleprompter said it all

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