‘Transparent’ Obama Banishes Reporter for Videoing Protesters at Fundraiser in SF

How’s that “Transparency in Government” working out for you?  How about that little thing called “Freedom of the Press?”  You can’t say that I didn’t warn these journalists even before the 2008 elections that Obama was going to throw their cherished 1st Amendment rights right out the window.  He does it all the time, and still the “psychophants” in the reporter pool continue to fatuously engage in administration fellation:

Obama Administration punishes reporter for using multimedia
The hip, transparent and social media-loving Obama administration is showing its analog roots. And maybe even some hypocrisy highlights.

White House officials have banished one of the best political reporters in the country from the approved pool of journalists covering presidential visits to the Bay Area for using now-standard multimedia tools to gather the news.

The Chronicle’s Carla Marinucci – who, like many contemporary reporters, has a phone with video capabilities on her at all times -shot some protesters interrupting an Obama fundraiser at the St. Regis Hotel.

She was part of a “print pool” – a limited number of journalists at an event who represent their bigger hoard colleagues – which White House press officials still refer to quaintly as “pen and pad” reporting.

But that’s a pretty Flintstones concept of journalism for an administration that presents itself as the Jetsons. Video is every bit a part of any journalist’s tool kit these days as a functioning pen that doesn’t leak through your pocket.


The President and his staffers deftly used social media like Twitter and Facebook in his election campaign and continue to extol the virtues and value. Except, apparently, when it comes to the press.

So what’s up with the White House? We can’t say because neither Press Secretary Jay Carney nor anyone from his staff would speak on the record.

Other sources confirmed that Carla was vanquished, including Chronicle editor Ward Bushee, who said he was “informed that Carla was removed as a pool reporter.” Which shouldn’t be a secret in any case because it’s a fact that affects the newsgathering of our largest regional paper (and sfgate)and how local citizens get their information.

What’s worse: more than a few journalists familiar with this story are aware of some implied threats from the White House of additional and wider punishment if Carla’s spanking became public. Really? That’s a heavy hand usually reserved for places other than the land of the free.


Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/bronstein/detail?entry_id=87978#ixzz1Kw82ehi5

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4 Comments on “‘Transparent’ Obama Banishes Reporter for Videoing Protesters at Fundraiser in SF”

  1. islams not for me Says:

    Typical tyrant ER politician… Doesnt wanna hear from the samne people who put him into his trojan horse…

  2. tgusa Says:

    There is a thread at Free Republic that pertains to all this federal/liberal tyranny/legal terrorism. It is said that this is leading us to a second civil war, a war that I call the second revolutionary war, the war to take back what the people, all the people that were created equal lost in the Civil War. The Civil War is a bad model as the country resembles the Revolution more than the CW. The opposing sides are sprinkled and scattered among each other from north to south from east to west. I am out here behind the liberal lines but

    I have a plan to take back my state in a week. Do you want to hear it? It doesn’t matter because they could imprison me but they cannot stop my millions of friends. The majority of the state turns within and marches on SF and LA. SF falls fast, LA, well, perhaps its best to encircle them and see what happens. They will probably turn on each other first and later we can mop it all up. A week and the state is back in our hands, That’s a lot of resources, ports farmland mines and timber. The liberals can try to hide all that is going on but the ticking time bomb only gets louder. Turns out actions do have consequences.

  3. GrouchyFogie Says:

    Video is unavailable. Chits.

    The Revolution begins, eh?

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