FLORIDA — The American political arena is at once intriguing, complex, and mesmerizing. From the corridors of power in Washington to the studios of talk radio hosts, it can honestly be said that there is never a dull moment. Lucianne Goldberg has been a witness to many of modern American history’s defining moments. As an operative of the Democratic Party, she was afforded a behind the scenes look at Lyndon B. Johnson’s vice presidential nomination. Less than one decade later, she became a spy for the Nixon campaign, working behind the lines of George McGovern’s ill-fated
Comments: Look what I found! What a nice article about our extremely dedicated and hard working leader. I loved the answer concerning the "right wing" description. How appropriate.
~~Cotto: You gained notoriety in the '70s for your activism against the women's liberation movement. Why did you oppose this?
Goldberg: As a conservative I found the thinking of the early women's liberation movement socialistic, non-productive and based on the hatred of men. I felt their demand for equality ridiculous. Equality to me and the women my group represented was a step down in our society. Our argument was not against equal pay but was more social in nature. We liked men, we liked being treated in a special way and we knew women would end up doing it all anyway. They have.~~
Bravo Ms. Lucianne! The young 'ladies' of today have no idea what life was like before women's lib, and what they are missing. Great article, great answers!!
There you go! All real men love treating special women. It is genetic. Check out any period of human history, men go out of their minds, sacrifice themselves without hesitation for the love of their life. Some say every great achievement in societies is really about men showing women what they can do. They might be right. Of course it has to be a man who appreciates things like honor and the woman does have to be special.
Interesting and insightful. Kudos to the reporter for doing his homework to make it so...
Also, Lucianne shows how to properly respond to a "gotcha" type question to disarm the questioner: reject his/her premise outright. A large number of GOP candidates could benefit from learning this technique.
What a find - thank you, OP! And a million thanks to our dear hostess for providing us with this safe harbor of Conservatism. I am so grateful for her and my L.Dot friends in these dark days. Lucianne, may you bask in the love and sunshine and the scent of God's love all around you, today and always. Ramona (the Pest)
FTA: ''Goldberg: I don't like the phrase right-wing. It makes like minded people who believe in conservative values sound cultish. You also assume that the right has become more hard line. I don't agree. Those of us on the right may seem more strident in the face of the socialist slant the government is taking but we've not changed how we feel at all in my opinion.''
This is probably one of the most important things to remember when looking ''inside'' and seeing your conservative ''moral compass.'' Like the Catholic Church, people and events change around me, but the teachings & Truth don't. Others will try to define me, but only God needs to know what is my heart and the Love I have for Him, and then try to share with others. Politics, therefore, plays a major role, local, state and national.
As my Father taught me: God, Duty, Honor, Country.
As alway, Ms. Lucianne knows of my personal affection for her and this website. We'll keep storming the gates, till we face St. Peter's, knowing that ''Breitbart Lives'' with Lucianne & US.
Lucianne, you are a big part of our family. We're with you first thing after phone alarm goes off and last thing before turning off the light. The last few months I've been with you in the middle if the night when I can't sleep.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You have kept us sane, given us hope and made us laugh out loud.
Our prayers have been with you and the staff as you've dealt with this horrid storm. Take care.
We don't need a book, #10. The answer is simple, we don't give up, we stand strong knowing God is on our side and that some day others will sober up and realize we're right. The reason we all love Lucianne is because she does just that and let's all of us come here for support and comfort. Mrs. Cow
Mrs. Goldberg, You and this website will never know what you have meant to me over the years. At one very low point in my life, I sent what I could to help with the bandwith and explained why it could not be more. I received a personal response from you and I have never forgotten it. It made me tear up and still does that you would take the time out for me. God bless you and yours always.
Lucianne.com is my home page and I love reading the clever and insightful comments when my column is posted here. This article also confirmed my first impression that Lucianne and I agree on everything especially Streisand.
On the contrary my fellow LDotter #18. Madame Lucianne rarely speaks but allows us to think and "speak" freely in her salon. Rarely is our hostess' voice heard, hence the article was a complete delight.
I think that there are many things our hostess should pen down with the help of beloved Jonah. A memoir if you will with all the wit and wisdom of her experiance.
Why, the dreadful Dictator has writen several tomes full of drivel! Fluff about nothing I say!
Miss Lucianne could teach us so much about life, liberty and the task at hand. Do consider it.
This article gave me a bit of hope that seemed to disappear after the election. I had just about decided to 'go apolitical', but Miss Lucianne, you gave me a ray of sunshine. Reading this board daily, and commenting now and then, is very important - thank you so much for providing us with this terrific resource.
And your description of a Traditional Conservative is perfect.
Thank you again Lucianne for this most excellent 24/7 place to check out the latest happenings at any time! -Everything is ALWAYS current here. This is the Home Page on my laptop and is THE place to be for info & commentary posted from throughout the country and even beyond for all to contemplate & discuss. LDotters are independent thinkers about the issues of the day, truth seekers! And we value your polite salon.
...Actually, considering the dismal biased & scripted PC shape of the current media, where else would we be able to locate, compare & discern information which any informed citizenry requires? Without the internet and talk radio how would we find & discern the facts these days, midst the PC MSM's sifting & spinning?!!
We also appreciate the clever way your site is arranged, the home page with its KEWL daily picture or cartoon, latest posts, search, etc.! -Best informative, organized & polite site on the entire WWW!
Thank you Ms. Lucianne, this site is a life-saver for excellent articles to read and the posters are held to high standards, unlike many other responders to articles. I appreciate that so much. You are the first site I check in the morning and the last, at night. No one can compare. I also remember an interview you did with Tony Snow on the radio, during the Clinton years. It was a thrill to hear your voice and reasonable comments. I think you and Tony were friends. We lost a great journalist.
Throughout my working life I was aware of the fact that the companies I worked for had a distinct culture and the behavior of its employees were for the most part firmly linked to this culture/behavior. The ones I made my home for awhile were the most gentle and caring while allowing the most productive to be successful. It goes without saying that the least successful of the bunch didn't have my presence very long.
The point? It is that even without saying it, Lucianne has an effect on this site, generating a culture if you will, without saying much at all. It's like her presence is felt rather than heard or read. I can read her feelings in what is posted here and is why I stick around and avidly try to absorb the ideas from all of you, which again, I'm sure reflect Lucianne's.
I don't like Streisand either, but the comment is sort of just hung out in space in the article. I wonder if there was some sloppy editing around that part of the interview. At any rate, like the others have said, this is a wonderful site, with wonderful members and leadership. Keep on trucking Ldotters and we will succeed in turning this nation in the direction it must go in order to thrive.
Renaissance Woman Lucianne Goldberg, genial hostess of this here now website, known coincidentally as Lucianne Dot Com (which just happens to be my go-to oasis), speaks her mind once again about things; things of widespread interest, of course. It’s always a treat to read what our Lucianne has to say.
Short but Sweet article; I couldn't help but wish that one of the 'staff cats' would tie Cotto's shoelaces together while he sat, though (because he tried to ask controversial questions--but didn't succeed at it).
God Bless and long live Lucianne Goldberg!When I first saw her on TV during the Monica/Bill thing, I thought WOW, I love this woman! The more I saw and heard what she had to say the more I admired her. I also agree with #33. It would be truly inspiring to have Lucianne on Fox!
Goldberg: I don't like the phrase right-wing. It makes like minded people who believe in conservative values sound cultish. You also assume that the right has become more hard line. I don't agree. Those of us on the right may seem more strident in the face of the socialist slant the government is taking but we've not changed how we feel at all in my opinion.
Great article about Miss Lucianne. I particularly like her view about the feminists as so many of us in our era felt the same way. We simply did not fall for it. As many good women have proved which includes Miss Lucianne they can stand on their own two feet. I liked Nixon too. Of course being a Republican he was ripe as a target. However, Nixon was a great statesman. He knew how to deal with foreign leadership by believe it or not acting crazy. Everything she imo was right on target and I thank her for telling it like it was and is.
The cult-like devotion to BHO is based on receiving benefits. Take away the extra unemployment weeks, make welfare work-fare, take away or decrease all the social programs now in effect, cease the bailouts, etc and then we will see how much of a cult-like figure Obama really is. He is understandably an icon to Blacks ( Philly voting 99% for him ), but he is definitely not a favorite, to put it mildly, to many of us. He is, in fact, by the distribution of taxes, giving away my hard-earned money to those that I would never agree to receive it. He is buying the vote with the citizen's taxes. Appreciate Ms Lucianne giving us a forum to vent.
A day without Ms. Luci is like a day without sunshine! Oh, Lordy! I hate it when for whatever reason the site doesn't open and I'm immediately scared THEY have finally taken her down. I love this site and it keeps me so well informed. However, with this second four years from Hell, I may just have to take a break. Thanks to you and your staff for all you do. It is certainly noticed, and congratulations on this excellent interview. I might watch Fox more if you were there, too.
I especially enjoyed your answer to his wordy, assuming spiel, where you said that there were so many assumptions in his question, you chose not to give an answer.
Most conservative politicians are so desperate to please the sterling undecided vote and leftist journalists that they allow the nasty assumptions in questions to fly by, and then try and apologize for an assumption that is not true. If only our leaders were as grounded in truth and logic.
Oh Ms. Lucianne what a wonderful interview. How we admire, revere and treasure your voice of wisdom and clarity in these rough days. When the website began, how could we have ever guessed the many political earthquakes we would be weathering together. Thank you again, x100, for all you do to give us this safe harbor in the storm. We absolutely love you.
And as always, a million thanks to our own Lucianne, one of the most savvy gals on the planet, for everything you do every single livelong day. And also thanks for Jonah, who just gets better and better!
According to Lucianne, to be a traditional conservative, one needs, : "God, family, flag, small government and being left alone to live one's life within the law." Amen. Lucianne for President!
BTW, Lucianne, you need to circulate a more current 'file photo'. You're more gorgeous than ever these days! ;)
Sorry I did not scroll down to this posting sooner. I too loved the interview and count it a privilege to be allowed to post at times. What would it take to persuade Fox News to feature our host frequently? Can we start a campaign? Wouldn't be a great relief to know we are still banded together. I have had a day long exchange with my oldest son in SF. I ended it with this observation after he said he was sorry that I "lost". "I am NOT sad. Like George Will, back when Jimmy Carter became President, I feel that now Obama will be solely responsible for really showing the anti-prosperity effects of Progressive-ism. If Romney had won, he would have had a thankless job, with virtually no popular support for tough measures needed."
Great interview while it lasted. Ended way too soon! Agree with Mrs. Goldberg on all points excepting one - she is a noted figure in American politics. If, as she said, it was luck rather than inspiration that caused her involvement, that makes Conservatives doubly lucky. Words can't express the appreciation most conservatives have for her and so many others who are an inspiration because of their efforts.
Ms. Lucianne, thank you for all you have done to support and inform my conservative values. The above posters say so much of what I think. You are an inspiration.
From the heart of 'fly-over' country, when I started reading you and Drudge in the late '90's, I was so isolated living in Minneapolis, being conservative, and a young post-feminist mom.
You inspired me to speak my mind about the cost of feminism to women in my Generation. Since then, my LDot family has supported me through my parents illnesses and deaths, and many late nights waiting for teenagers who were occasionally late for curfew, even if you never knew it.
Lovely article! We should be grateful to lucianne and other media people who advocate for our interests. I don't know how I would have kept my sanity if I didn't have a place to express my opinions (and at times vent)...this has been a frustrating campaign for me knowing that most media were telling lies about mitt Romney. I still think he would have gone down in history as the man who saved America. I'm still hurting, but I can't imagine how mitt and Ann are feeling. I think the only way I can get some closure on this election is to sit down and write a letter of appreciation for how he always carried himself with honor and dignity...and always because of his love for America. Maybe we didn't deserve him.
Thank you for this site.....it has helped so many of us through the years to come here each day and to catch up on the news and then be able to post our comments. This site is a 'must read' every day for so many of us.
I needed to read this today! It gave me a break from my own torturous thoughts. I have had a headache and a persistent cloud of sadness since Tuesday. Tomorrow, I buck up and realize that God has not forgotten my name, nor forsaken our country. I want to get to the place where I pray for the president every day. That is when I will feel peaceful. BTW, post #8 was just lovely to read. I bet there's a confident MrsNYBob out there who appreciates her husband.
May God continue to bless you every minute of every day, Lucianne. Your dedication and courage are inspiring and I am only sorry that the interview didn't go on for several hours. My day begins when I see Lucianne.com come up on my screen and I begin the Must Reads. You've been my home page for years and a hero since the first time someone told me about you. You're a national treasure. Thank you.
Hi folks. This 91 year old military warrior (1942-1972) has experienced many, many changes in our culture over the years. It is sad to me to see where our country is now being taken. I sometimes wonder if my thirty years efforts to preserve our Founding Fathers legacy to us may have been in vain. I fear what life of my grandchildren will be if this trend is not turned around before it is too late to change. A great consolation for me is to be able now and then to post a comment on my favorite website Lucianne.com. Thank you Lucianne; you are a jewel to behold.
The perfect must-read for a down day of reading...
When the site was up and down during the debates, I thought I would go crazy. I realized then how strongly I rely on the insights, humor, knowledge and common sense we all receive every day, several times a day from Lucianne.com. Thank you, Lucianne...and I know this is very Facebookish of me, but man, I wish sometimes that we had a "like" button under the comments. I'd like this whole thread. =)
I got to know about Lucianne during the Lewinsky scandal. Indeed, it's what attracted me to this site way back in 1998 or 1999. Lucianne is funny and succinct and intelligent and persuasive. If a Presidential candidate could be all these, he or she would be perfect.
I clicked on here and am speechless, so many faithful readers and I join them in making the coffee and reading this dear friend of ours site from start to finish. It was the first thing I wanted to do when I got out of the hospital and the laptop was wonky and couldn't get on. My grandson brought his over and I was happy recovering with you all writing comments. What a dear leader we have and how lucky we are!!
President Obama has recalled John Podesta to work at the White House as a “counselor.” Podesta is the Clinton hand who founded the far-left Center for American Progress (home of the clownish Think Progress blog). Podesta’s appointment, which needs no congressional approval, comes at a time when Obama is already making moves to do without Congress. He has used executive actions to re-write Obamacare, and to recalibrate immigration law, both in ways that just happen to favor either himself or the Democrats. The New York Times reports that Podesta will work on executive actions when he returns to the White
On CNN’s “Reliable Sources” on Sunday, new host Brian Stelter turned to President Obama the press critic. At the end of his cakewalk “Hardball” interview last week, Obama called out the media for being divisive. “The American people are good and they are decent. And yes, we get very divided partly because our politics and our media specifically tries to divide them and splinter them.” Stelter asked a decent question about whether that was an odd statement to make on divisive MSNBC. NPR television critic Eric Deggans shot that down, insisting MSNBC was a “great place” to attack cable news
Former CIA Director Leon Panetta revealed classified information at a 2011 awards ceremony attended by Zero Dark Thirty filmmaker Mark Boal, according to documents obtained by the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch. The CIA allowed Boal, the screenwriter of Zero Dark Thirty, to attend a June 24, 2011 award ceremony celebrating the successful raid on Osama bin Laden’s hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan that May. A transcript of Panetta’s speech that night obtained by Judicial Watch is labeled “top secret,” and significant portions of it are redacted. At the conclusion his speech, Panetta told the audience, “You have made me proud
UPDATE: Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray unveiled a budget proposal Tuesday night. The proposal, which has yet to be voted on, busts through sequester caps, setting FY 2014 spending at $1.014 trillion — billions beyond the levels mandated by sequester. The proposal contains no mention of pension reform. Conservatives had better start paying attention to the budget battle raging in Washington: If things go south — and they are poised to do just that — the tea party’s single greatest policy victory, the sequester, could be destroyed. And worse yet, it could be destroyed in exchange for nothing. The sequester
Approval of ObamaCare in the United States has risen eight percentage points in the last month, according to a new poll. Thirty-nine percent of people now approve of the law, according to a CBS News/New York Times poll released Tuesday evening. Half of the public, by contrast, disapproves of ObamaCare, the poll found. Nearly 60 percent say they don’t think the sign-up process for ObamaCare is going well, but more than one-third say it’s improving. These figures come in just ten days after the administration touted the repaired federal portal for the insurance, HealthCare.gov. Obama’s general job approval rating has increased to 42 percent,
Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), in an appearance on MSNBC´s "PoliticsNation" on Friday, condemned former Sen. Rick Santorum´s comments comparing Nelson Mandela´s fight against apartheid to the fight against Obamacare as "shameful." "And actually if I was going to make a comparison, I would make the opposite comparison, because I think the struggle for justice, which Nelson Mandela led for so many years is similar as the struggle for the health care as a right for people in the richest country in the world, and so the idea that they would make that comparison in the opposite way is just tragic,"
According to a new Rasmussen Report, the majority of Americans do not believe the deportation of illegal immigrants living in the United States is aggressive enough. More than 20 House Democrats last week urged President Obama to halt the deportation of illegal immigrants until Congress passes a comprehensive immigration reform plan, but voters by a two-to-one margin oppose that idea. Most already think the federal government is not vigilant enough in deporting those who are in this country illegally. Only 29% of Likely U.S. Voters think the government should stop deporting illegal immigrants until Congress passes an immigration reform plan.
Twitchy, the conservative Twitter aggregation site, has been sold for an undisclosed amount to Salem Communications, the Christian radio conglomerate and owners of Hotair.com and Townhall.com. Jonathan Garthwaite, general manager and editor-in-chief of Townhall.com, confirmed the news to BuzzFeed Tuesday, saying he was “excited” to be folding Twitchy into existing Salem news properties. “Media Matters types would like to paint conservatives as boring, old white guys,” Garthwaite said. “Twitchy adds more fun and humor to our platform, which will appeal to totally different generation and break that stereotype.” Launched in March 2012, Twitchy was the brainchild of conservative author and
In a visit to NR’s New York office, Senator Ron Johnson said the fight against Obamacare is entering a new phase: “We’ve got to start talking about transitioning.” Johnson won his Senate seat in 2010 based in large part on his fierce opposition to Obamacare, which he still adamantly opposes as an assault on Americans’ liberty and criticizes in the harshest terms (look no further than his recent weekly radio address). But simple repeal is no longer enough, he believes. He says that Republicans have to acknowledge that the law now exists. “How do you repeal?” he asks. “Yeah, you
President Obama´s appointment of Democratic adviser John Podesta, an opponent of the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline, to the White House could foretell a rejection of the controversial Canada-to-Texas pipeline, environmental groups said Tuesday. Podesta, former President Bill Clinton´s chief of staff and the man who headed Obama´s transition team, is leaving the top post of the Center for American Progress, a left-leaning think tank, for a new White House role focusing on climate change. Obama has vowed to lead an active White House on the issue — the president said in June he would rely on his executive authority to
President Obama is still holding back on firing anyone for the disastrous first two months of the Obamacare roll-out and instead is adding key staff to help steer a smoother course next year. While critics are still calling for heads to roll, some Republicans say Obama´s decision to bring in two well-known Washington players to help right the ship shows he´s serious about shaking up his second-term strategy and execution. Senators on both sides of the aisle are praising the prospect of Obama tapping veteran Democratic strategist John Podesta, a former chief of staff for President Bill Clinton. This week,
MSNBC anchor and NBC News political director and chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd lashed out at Fox News for what he described as "pandering to an audience" over their coverage of President Obama´s enthusiastic handshake with Cuban dictator Raul Castro at Tuesday´s memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Chuck Todd ? @chucktodd Follow Really? An entire segment on a handshake? Good grief; pandering to an audience 10:37 AM - 10 Dec 2013 The irony of an MSNBC anchor accusing another network of pandering to their audience requires no explanation. Todd joins CNN, Politico´s Dylan Byers, and a number of other
New York — The anchor who might beat Bill O’Reilly gets her eyelash extensions applied one at a time, with tweezers and dabs of glue, about 90 minutes before showtime, right after a motorized gun sprays foundation over her face, neck, shoulders, collarbone and sternum, wiping out a galaxy of light freckles that spreads across her — Let me stop you right there. Photos of the day Uruguay legalizes marijuana, Kiev police pull back from protesters, aging U.S. prison population and more. Tuesday´s Photos of the day Would you write this way about a man? About O’Reilly himself? At least that’s what Megyn Kelly might ask at
In August 2013 I became very sick with what I thought was a cold. After a few days I lost vision in my left eye and I checked into the hospital. I soon found out that what I thought was a summer cold was actually Strep bacteria poisoning my blood stream. The bacteria blinded my left eye, ate a hole through my heart, caused five strokes on both sides of my brain and forced the removal of my prosthetic left knee. Dr. Lee was the surgeon assigned to perform open heart surgery. What was originally scheduled to last four hours ended
When I was a kid, I knew two different Santa Clauses. The first had a fat belly, rosy cheeks, a long white beard, and skin as pink as bubble gum. He was omnipresent, visiting my pre-school and the local mall, visible in all of my favorite Christmas specials. Then there was the Santa in my family’s household, in the form of ornaments, cards, and holiday figurines. A near-carbon copy of the first one—big belly, rosy cheeks, long white beard: check, check, check. But his skin was as dark as mine. Seeing two different Santas was bewildering. Eventually I asked my father what
Johannesburg - A man who provided sign language interpretation on stage for Nelson Mandela´s memorial service, attended by scores of heads of state, was a "fake," the national director of the Deaf Federation of South Africa said on Tuesday. Asked about the claim by The Associated Press, South Africa´s government said it was preparing a statement. Three sign language experts said the man was not signing in South African or American sign languages. South African sign language covers all of the country´s 11 official languages, according to the federation. It wasn´t immediately clear if the unidentified man was using a
The health director who approved the release of President Obama’s birth certificate has died in a plane crash, Hawaiian officials said Thursday. Loretta Fuddy died after the Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft she was travelling on went down shortly after leaving Kalaupapa Airport at around 3:15 p.m. local time (10:15 a.m. ET) on Wednesday. The other eight people on board were rescued, Richard Schuman, president of Makani Kai Air, told NBC News early Thursday, adding that that there was no indication as to why the plane had crashed. Fuddy hit the headlines two years ago when she approved a waiver request allowing Obama to
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) snapped at conservative groups that have come out in opposition to the budget deal reached Wednesday between Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.). "They´re using the American people for their own purposes. This is ridiculous," Boehner said at a press conference with other members of House Republican leadership on Wednesday. Over the past few days, a number of conservative groups have blasted the deal because it sets discretionary spending levels in the budget higher than previous levels under sequestration. In the past three days, the influential Heritage Action, Club for Growth, Americans
Views of the tea party are at all-time lows in a new poll, as primary challenges to establishment Republicans continue to heat up Washington. Just 30 percent of Americans view the tea party favorably in a new Gallup poll released Wednesday, the movement’s lowest point since Gallup began polling about it during its rise in 2010. Also in a first, a majority of Americans had an unfavorable view of the tea party, at 51 percent. Similar numbers of respondents described themselves as proponents or opponents of the tea party: Twenty-two percent identified themselves as tea party supporters, while 24 percent said they
Looks like this president can’t get away with flirting in front of his wife… It appears that first lady Michelle Obama was none too pleased with the way that President Barack Obama was acting toward Denmark Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt during a ceremony honoring Nelson Mandela, and before too long, they switched seats. This lmao! Michelle Obama vs Prime Minister of Denmark at Mandela´s ceremony. pic.twitter.com/Rq4uF9fTaZ — Stun (@TheBlogPirate) December 10, 2013
Fox News host Megyn Kelly has made herself the center of a racial controversy by declaring that Jesus Christ and Santa Claus are white. On Wednesday night, Kelly was responding to an article by Slate writer Aisha Harris, who wrote an article entitled “ Santa Claus Should Not Be a White Man Anymore .” The popular news host told viewers of “The Kelly File,” her hit FNC program, “When I saw this headline, I kinda laughed and I said, ‘Oh, this is ridiculous. Yet another person claiming it´s racist to have a white Santa.’ And by the way, for all you kids
The sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela´s memorial yesterday "made up his own signs," according to South Africa´s deaf federation. "He´s a complete fraud," Cara Loening, director of Sign Language Education and Development in Cape Town, said according to ITV News. "He wasn´t even doing anything, There was not one sign there. Nothing. He was literally flapping his arms around." Delphin Hlungwane, an official South African sign language interpreter at DeafSA, told Reuters:
THE Internet has been abuzz over the spectacle of President Obama and the prime ministers of Britain and Denmark snapping a photo of themselves — a “selfie,” to use the mot du jour — with a smartphone at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela in South Africa on Tuesday. Leaving aside whether it was appropriate, the moment captured the democratization of image making that is a hallmark of our gadget-filled, technologically rich era. Manifestly undemocratic, in contrast, is the way Mr. Obama’s administration — in hypocritical defiance of the principles of openness and transparency he campaigned on — has systematically tried