Obama Denies Boston Herald Newspaper Access to Fundraiser Event
The message is clear: Suck up to Our Thin-Skinned Dark Overlord or you will be shot:
White House shuts out Herald scribe
By Hillary Chabot – Boston Herald
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
The White House Press Office has refused to give the Boston Herald full access to President Obama’s Boston fund-raiser today, in e-mails objecting to the newspaper’s front page placement of a Mitt Romney op-ed, saying pool reporters are chosen based on whether they cover the news “fairly.”
“I tend to consider the degree to which papers have demonstrated to covering the White House regularly and fairly in determining local pool reporters,” White House spokesman Matt Lehrich wrote in response to a Herald request for full access to the presidential visit.
“My point about the op-ed was not that you ran it but that it was the full front page, which excluded any coverage of the visit of a sitting US President to Boston. I think that raises a fair question about whether the paper is unbiased in its coverage of the President’s visits,” Lehrich wrote.
“Newspapers don’t have to be unbiased to get access. You can’t just let only the newspapers you want in,” said Boston University journalism professor Fred Bayles.
Exactly! Apparently, Obama and his “psychophants” have forgotten their history; a plethora of America’s newspapers were originally created to foist their candidates onto the public.
Hence, we have such great politically “unbiased” newspapers, like: St. Louis Globe Democrat; American Democrat; Arkansas Democrat-Gazette; Log Cabin Democrat; Lonoke Democrat; Appeal-Democrat; The Mountain Democrat; The Press Democrat; The Union Democrat; The Daily Democrat; Herald Democrat; Tallahassee Democrat; The Star Democrat; Natchez Democrat; Foster’s Daily Democrat; Democrat and Chronicle; Muskogee Daily Phoenix & Times Democrat; Albany Democrat-Herald; The Tribune-Democrat; etc, etc.
I could go on and on! Suffice to say, ALL newspapers have a political or ideological slant to them.
Obama just doesn’t want negative press and is clearly abusing his position of power to censor opposing points of view.
The administration has a history of controversial clashes with the press.
The White House was seen to be at war with Fox News early in the administration, with its communications director calling Fox an “arm” of the Republican Party, while the president avoided Fox interviews until his health reform proposal ran into trouble. Since losing control of Congress, Obama has sat down with conservative Fox commentator Bill O’Reilly.
In April 2010, Bloomberg’s Ed Chen, president of the White House Correspondent’s Association, met with then-Press Secretary Robert Gibbs to hash out complaints about limitations on the press, saying, “In my 10-plus years at the White House, rarely have I sensed such a level of anger … over White House practices and attitudes toward the press.”
Last month, a San Francisco Chronicle editor reported the White House threatened to bar Hearst reporters from pool duty after a Chronicle reporter shot video of protestors mocking Obama at a fund-raiser.
Glenn Reynolds, a University of Tennessee law professor who has followed White House-press relations at right-leaning Instapundit.com, said a pattern appears to be developing.
“It’s all about control,” Reynolds said. “At some point this will blow back on them. Most presidents behave in a more refined fashion. Experience has shown that acting presidential is good politics and to their advantage.”Explore posts in the same categories: Abuse of Power, censorship, know your enemy, Media Bias, Obama Sucks, Orwellian, politics