During a discussion about President Obama’s lack of transparency about the drone program, former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs explained on MSNBC this morning that he was ordered to never acknowledge the existence of the drone program. “One of the first things they told me was, you are not even to acknowledge the drone program, you are not even to discuss that it exists,” Gibbs said frankly, explaining why he could never be forthcoming about the issue with White House reporters. Gibbs added that in his opinion, the Obama administration’s denial of the program “undermines people’s confidence overall
Since the Obama administration withholds the truth from the White House Press Corps, its members cannot be considered to be fulfilling the function of actual journalists, which is to learn the truth and disseminate it to the public.
Instead, the members of the White House Press Corps are functioning as props, or movie extras, in the Obama administrations´ phony, lying presentations of actual White House press conferences.
By so doing, the White House Press Corps members knowingly conspire with the Obama administration to disseminate misleading information to the readers and viewers they´re supposed to be enlightening with the truth.
It´s a weekend dump leading up the release of whatever info this adminstration deigns to release on the drone program. This was meant to soften the thud of a shoe dropping soon. When that happens , this will be ´old news´.
Are you kidding? Anyone like Gibbs who accepted a job with Obe is/was well aware that to mention such things in public would earn a personal and up front meeting with a drone just like everyone assassinated from the card deck. Is Gibbs trying to buy safety via a few tattles?
I wouldn´t be so quick to dismiss the significance of this surprising admission. It´s one thing for conservative commentators to claim Obama´s flunkies are lying, but quite another thing to have them admitting it. This will have an effect in both the media and the public over time as other developments evolve.
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Bad Dog, 2/25/2013 8:07:25 AM (No. 9194573)
FTA: ´´One of the first things they told me was, you are not even to acknowledge the drone program, you are not even to discuss that it exists,´´ Gibbs said frankly, explaining why he could never be forthcoming about the issue with White House reporters.´´
Who ordered it? The White House is a building - it doesn´t ´order´ anybody to do or not do anything. It´s a building. Who IN the White House issued these orders? Who are ´they´?
Gibbs added that in his opinion, the Obama administration’s denial of the program ´´undermines people’s confidence overall in the decisions that their government makes.´´
Gee whiz, Genius. Ya think? Everything they do undermines our confidence overall in the decisions THEIR ´government´ makes.
MSNBC/NBC News´s new political contributor, Bobby "G´s," first big mistake in life? Leaving the security of his position, in the dairy department at the Lee County, Alabama´s Walmart Super Center, and taking the bus to Washington, D.C.
Doesn´t matter. The LoFo´s don´t even know what a drone is. Even if they do, they know that the drones won´t be aimed at them. They are ´zippy´s people´ after all. Just keep the goodies coming and all will be well.
The Obama Administration has acheived success; they´ve reduced this country to nothing more than some third world banana republic with the Cult of the Obamas permeating everything and ussuing blatant lies without any fear of any challenge from a formerly free press.
Sorry, I´m probably not as up-to-speed on this as I should be, but are we talking about the use of domestic drones or drones used in war zones/fight against terrorism. If it´s the latter, then I have to say that the less we know, the better. If the former, then, yes, there are lots of questions that need to be answered.
The "War on Terror" isn´t an excuse to go lobbing drones wherever the president feels like it. Our government is an out-of-control monster and has been for years. When we look back years from now, we´ll see that the biggest damage from 9/11 was our country´s slide into tyranny and authoritarianism as a result.
All the secrecy about the drone program is 100 percent political "cover your a**", and nothing to do with operational security.
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