There’s been a lot of attention to the battle between the White House and Bob Woodward, but this article by National Journal’s Ron Fournier, on the toxic relationship he has with some high-ranking White House sources, is also worth reading. Last week Fournier sent out a tweet that angered the White House.(Snip)The official angered by my Woodward tweet sent me an indignant e-mail. “What’s next, a Nazi analogy?” the official wrote, chastising me for spreading “bull**** like that” I was not offended by the note, mild in comparison to past exchanges with this official.
Comments: "You will regret staking out that claim" seems to be the WH´s standard put-down to reporters that show a spine.
Try to imagine what goes on in all the off-the-record back-channel conversations that occur every day with the fair-haired boys in the knee-pad media. Just try! Wouldn´t that be a real eye-opener! Someday...maybe...
And yet you should see how the "cast" of "Morning Joe" has characterized all of the above: just normal give and take, says the lovely Mica, squinting, once again, to mimic thought. And Heilman and the other Obama sycophants nod sagely-----they forego the Mica squint as they OSTENSIBLY have less to prove re: I.Q.
Back at the dawn of time when I took an undergraduate elective titled "Journalism," there was talk of such a thing as "journalistic ethics" revolving around such concepts as honesty, responsibility, fairness, and personal integrity.
Obviously an antediluvian concept. With such moral dwarfs penning our daily news and holding forth on the tube, is it any wonder that the Dwarf King himself can lord it over them?
It would appear the knee-pad press isn´t a unilateral phenomenon, it´s a motley crew -- ideological scheming connivers, those looking out for number one, herds of sheep, the running scared and the simply stupid. Any and all are easy pickings for the White House fascists...so far.
Now comfortably ensconced in his second term, a time about which he said he will be more “flexible,” Obama is able to hide from responsibilities and tough decisions even more than before. Perhaps the most telling earmark (if you’ll excuse the expression) of the childlike way he confronts things is his now famous history of voting “Present” rather than facing problems head-on. Were it not for his staff of sycophants and the lapdog media members who allegedly cover him, it’s unlikely he’d be able to get away with such pre-adolescent behavior. Skirting & shirking seems to be his modus operandi for dealing with the things and stuff that reach his desk. But, why stop there? He’s also proven to be a master at evading, averting, avoiding, eluding, escaping, sidestepping, forestalling and circumventing issues which deserve his attention but he finds much too onerous to deal with. Better to hop aboard AF1, candidate-style, and head somewhere an adoring crowd awaits a speech from him.
Four years of on-the-job-training just don’t seem to have accomplished much, have they?
Here´s one: George Soros who is one of obama´s puppeteers was and is a Nazi sympathizer. He by his own admission on 60 minutes stated he turned in over 150 people to the Nazi´s just so he could sell their belongings. They of course were murdered.
Ah, come on, you guys - Barry only does what President Jarrett tells him to do. Those scars on his scalp are from the implant into his brain whereby President Jarrett communicates with him wirelessly.
I expect she has set the tone for all WH staffers to be bulldogs with anyone who dares to question Zippy. I´ll bet she sends out a morning briefing every day, and they get badges (like the boy scouts get) for every toxic remark they make to journalists who get "out of line".
These WH staffers sound like they were hired off the "Comments" pages of Salon. They share the same traits of being angry, abusive, profane, ideologically rigid, immature, vindictive, and controlling, among others.
This is the typical lefty attitude, if you aren´t with them, you are agin´ ´em, and deserve everything that comes at you.
´“This can’t be what Obama wants,” Fournier writes.´ I recall that people in the old USSR who were in Siberia in the Gulags or in prisons expressed this same sentiment about Uncle Joe. That the outrages were being done by underlings and that all would be corrected if only their plight could be brought to Stalin´s attention.
Is anyone here really surprised by all this? Come on, these are people trained and indoctrinated by the likes of Axelrod, Rahm Emanuel and their cohort of gangsta wannabes, who indeed are the sort of people Obama thinks make good staff.
My only question is, why do conservative columnists like Fournier (and politicians) keep chanting the ritual mantra: "Obama is a nice guy" when anyone who isn´t a brainwashed lefty or paralytically drunk can see he is a nasty, vindictive, egomaniacal piece of work who surrounds himself with mini-mes?
On some other blogs the lefties are spinning the Woodward incident as mischaracterized and nothing threatening about it, even claiming Eric Boling/Fox redacted any interpretation of threats. Oh sure.
The Woodward incident shows a glimpse into why so many illicit deeds of the administration go unreported. Many of the "salon journalists" must be brainwashed and think there is a promised land somewhere down the pike while the rest are too cowed to actually be a journalist.
Remember the "how dare you daggers" in Nancy botoxlousy´s eyes when Joe Wilson correctly shouted, "you lie!"? The assessment above is correct: disagree and you automatically become an enemy.
This is sounding like children running to mommy about the bully, which is fine for children to do, but not so much for adults. Okay, we all understand BHO and crew are not playing by the rules, they are cheating, and otherwise not acting as they are suppose to. So come out swinging, biting, clawing, and kicking. He cheated in the election to win. So what? Who didn´t know that that was exactly what he was going to do. What steps did we take to counter it? Did we expect mommy to spank him and give us the election? He lies. Same thing. We are electing cowards and then complain that they don´t fight back. Because of our failure from the start (McCain) to deal with this guy we are stuck with him. If we want it to change then we need to fight back. We are going to get blamed anyhow; as with the sequester, but we got the cuts. If we are right then who cares about the blame - we are going to get it anyhow. Boehner has the purse strings. Use them. BHO can´t get away with what he is doing without cooperation. Don´t cooperate. Have him submit a list for appropriations. Abusive staff? Only if you let him. The other edge of the access sword is outlet. The Pubs need to figure out how to deal with this now, not wait for the election; and crying about it is not the answer.
Well said #37... about time to take the abuse from the press for doing something if you are gonna be blamed anyway! And say it everytime you are aked about it. It never hurts to DO the right thing.. in the end.
This is classic ´use ´em and lose ´em´, stabbing in the back the ones who have your back, biting the hand that feeds you, etc. Eventually the worm turns and bites back. Now that´s something I long to see. How long would this bunch of ´abusers´ last if the press actually did their job?
Ok Ldotters, listen up: do you have a fb or twitter account? Get one. Start posting these and all other lucianne articles. We need to flood the Internet/media/friends/family with this information. Obama is at war with us: time to fight back instead of just complaining about it. Contact your congressperson on a weekly basis. Sign petitions, attend rallies. Again: Obama/progressives/democrats/liberals are at war with us! They are ahead of us & fighting dirty. Time to expose them via Internet/social media. Overwhelm them as we did in 2010. It CAN be done. Let the rallying cry be: "I am a Founder!"
When Obama was elected those who have studied recent history knew that he and his staff would use "Chicago style" tactics to get his way. This should be no surprise. The surprise is that the media is finally getting tired of being brutalized by these creeps. Maybe if more than Bob Woodward and Lanny Davis would open up the rest would start reporting instead of mouthing the White House talking points.
Bob Woodward never claimed "you will regret staking out that claim" was a threat, but anyone who has seen The Sopranos or the Godfather knows that threats are not issued in an "I´m gonna get you!" way. They are issued in the most polite way possible. And they are issued with a smile and kindly concern: "Nice kid you´ve got there. It´d be a shame if something happened to him/her."
Right on #16. My journalism course of yesteryear also included the Who, What, When, Where, and Why questions every good reporter should ask with an emphasis on Report....certainly not how to tell people what they should think.
Obama is a malignant narcissist. He is mentally ill. Bob Woodward and others can´t seem to see that this man suffers from delusions of grandeur, is horribly thin-skinned, and can´t suffer any amount of criticism without responding with torrents of venom and abuse. Obama is a three year-old throwing a tantrum. He is a hateful, spiteful, vindictive, pathologically dishonest little man. The abuse from his staff simply reflects the mindset necessary to serve such a man.
Pray for America. We have a mental patient in the Oval Office.
The reason the white house gets away with this behavior is that the "high-ranking White House sources" have still not been identified by these reporters. The responsibility of the press is to examine and expose the politicians to the people. The reporters are deluded into thinking that their talent lies in becoming friends with the administration. The friendship ends when you start demonstrating freedom of the press, and stop pushing their agenda...MORON!
FTA: Mr. Fournier’s experience is, I think, a good barometer of the cast of mind of the Obamacons. They are a rather thuggish, thin-skinned group who tend to view criticisms as a declaration of war. Many of them seem to view their opponents as enemies...
This perfectly describes those miscreants in the 0bama regime and their behavior is illustrative of their Supreme Leader. I would only quibble with the fact that all of them view their opponents as enemies. This is not surprising considering their reprehensible, appalling behavior during the election. It is indeed the Chicago way. What´s extremely disappointing is that this is now coming out and this skirmish didn´t happen before the election. It might have helped, or maybe not.
What Fournier did was the best - he told this unnamed official that future e-mails would all be on the record - brilliant! Push it back on them and they wilt. We have power and are unwilling to use it.
1. "Abusive staff"? Start with Obama! But half the time, he lags ol´ Mooch by several furlongs when it comes to "abusive." Mo tells us how much we had better exercise and what we had better be eating. Then we have Obama treating AF1 [not to mention the entourage of planes and limos, etc., that few know or remember are encompassed by the term "Air Force One"] like a taxicab. And Mooch; Pelosi [when Speakeress -- don´t forget her onboard booze-bills!]; Panetta; and who knows how many others treating big, honkin´ executive-jet-outfitted Boeings like taxicabs!
2. As the specific issues have been pretty well addressed, I would also note that Fournier should never excuse the unnamed WH jerk [bully? toady? self-imagined "muscle"?] for his behavior and language. It´s not just coarse or out of place, it´s inexcusable -- unless the person who "knows better" accepts it in not objecting? Why? Hey, if [bleep] stinks, it still stinks as much and as badly even if you claim the smell doesn´t bother you.
#40, I like the idea of using Facebook and Twitter to get the message out, but I don´t use the L.com links because there are a few people here that still say racist and bigoted things (even if they may not really mean it to be). I refuse to let the left perpetuate the myth that our side is full of bigots just because a couple of people can´t be more thoughtful about what they say. So, I will continue to link articles directly to FB. It´s a shame because this was always a wonderful forum and more people should see it.
Alinsky, Jaret, his comrades. Have any of you given a thought, yeah, maybe a few where this all comes from? Go back to NY theater late 20´s, early 30´s, read a few pages, where all this Marxist, Leninist junk got a foothold. Agitprop theatre, agitation agitate it´s all about what comrade obamsky and his cell do, practice the Party Line, you´ve heard that phrase before, create class differences, agitate do anything to create dissension and distrust. That´s the Communist way, the Party Line. Google Cleon Skousen´s list of 40 Communist things to look out..from his 1950´s book, "THE NAKED COMMUNIST". It´s a plain talking gem, he predicted correctly what´s happening now. Others did, too. Zygmond Dobbs wrote KEYNES AT HARVARD, showing how all this started back in the early 1900´s. Both written sixty years ago when Ayn Rand was warning us of Stalinist Soviet communism that she escaped. It´s all on record for those who care to look, and today Democrats are all robot socialists, and socialists are all on the direct path to the ultimate tyranny, Stalinist Soviet communist enslavement.
No 37 has it---BUT---the 900 pound gorilla in the room is the media. Until we control the dialog in the country everything we do is an uphill battle. Job one should be for a couple of rich conservatives (notice I didn´t say Republicans) buy, steal, hostile take over, whatever, at least two of ABCCBSNBCCNN and make honest news outlets out of them. For 50 years that I know of, ABCCBSNBC, the "mushroom" media (keep the public in the dark and cover them with manure) have tauted the liberal line and they have dumbed down the populace so far through their news censorship that we ended up with the likes of Zippy. It´s either buy ´em or use a Molotov cocktail on them.
Galesburg,IL--In a week when he tried to focus attention on the struggles of the middle class, President Obama said in an interview that he was worried that years of widening income inequality and the lingering effects of the financial crisis had frayed the country’s social fabric and undermined Americans’ belief in opportunity. (Snip)“If we don’t do anything, then growth will be slower than it should be. Unemployment will not go down as fast as it should. Income inequality will continue to rise,” he said. “That’s not a future that we should accept.”
Audacity: Renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson eloquently refuses to stay on liberalism´s black plantation. So, naturally, the left seeks his destruction. George Zimmerman´s prosecutors´ star witness, Rachel Jeantel — whose contentious, garbled testimony backfired badly — told CNN´s Piers Morgan of the jury that heard her, "They old. That´s old-school people. We in a new school, our generation." As she experiences her 15 minutes of fame, Jeantel would no doubt lump Benjamin Carson in with the "old-school people." But these two black Americans represent the different paths available to everyone in a free country, regardless of ethnicity.
President Obama is announcing for the umpteenth time he´s going to "pivot" to fixing the economy — as if that´s ever worked before, since it is he who broke it. That said, Obama will pivot to tiddlywinks if that´s what it takes to get out from under his mountain of scandals. (Snip)Here´s a fun fact: As a lawyer for the Washington law firm Wilmer Hale, Wilkins represented Rev. Wright´s Trinity United Church of Christ in 2007 when the IRS began asking questions about whether the tax-exempt church was too involved in political work for its most prominent member, Sen. Obama.
Trust: Why should anyone believe what the president says about ObamaCare? Last week he touted nonexistent rate cuts and rebate checks. And the White House now admits his promise about keeping your doctor was false. On Thursday, the president tried to shore up the ever-weakening support for ObamaCare by boasting about $100 rebate checks millions of Americans were supposedly getting in the mail thanks to the law´s restrictions on overhead spending by insurance companies. "Millions of Americans opened letters from their insurance companies," Obama said, and "were pleasantly surprised with a check." Not exactly.
A growing number of Americans are getting permission to carry firearms in public—and under their clothes—a development that has sparked concern among some law-enforcement authorities. Applications for "concealed-carry" permits are soaring in many states, some of which recently eased permit requirements. The numbers are driven in part by concern that renewed gun-control efforts soon could constrain access to weapons, along with heightened interest in self-defense in the wake of mass killings in Newtown, Conn., and Aurora, Colo.
The Obama administration is assembling a shortlist of candidates to lead the Federal Reserve, in the expectation that chairman Ben Bernanke won´t seek reappointment when his second term at the central bank ends in January, according to people familiar with the matter. (Snip)Mr. Bernanke has left his mark on the U.S. economy with a wave of easy-money policies in response to the 2008 financial crisis, recession and sluggish recovery that followed. His successor will need to figure out how to pull those policies back. If the Fed changes policy too soon, it could undermine the recovery.
Jon S. Corzine, no stranger to bare-knuckle brawls after spending nearly 40 years on Wall Street and in New Jersey politics, now faces the biggest fight of his career: a showdown with the United States government. (Snip)In another call that month, the global treasurer indicated that the firm’s liquidity “situation” was “not sustainable” and that “we have to tell Jon that enough is enough. We need to take the keys away from him.” If found liable, Mr. Corzine and Ms. O’Brien could face fines and possibly a ban from trading commodities.
Dakar, Senegal--As a freshman senator from Illinois, Barack Obama told a packed auditorium in Kenya’s capital, “I want you all to know that as your ally, your friend and your brother, I will be there in every way I can.” But he will not be there. (Snip)Despite decades of American investment to promote stability in the volatile region of East Africa, Kenya just elected a president indicted by the International Criminal Court, accused of bankrolling death squads driven by ethnic rivalry. It was the outcome that Washington had desperately tried to avoid,
A prominent corporate lawyer in Chicago has been accused by an Illinois disciplinary board of charging the firm for phony expenses, including about $70,000 in taxi trips, $35,000 in sporting events and a Thanksgiving celebration at his country club. Lee M. Smolen, a partner at DLA Piper, the world’s largest law firm, was named in a complaint filed this month by the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission. Before joining DLA, Mr. Smolen was a longtime partner at Sidley Austin. (Snip) In 1988, Michelle Robinson was a young Sidley lawyer
Sanford, Fla--The screams are clearly coming from a distraught male, whose repeated cries for help end abruptly with a gunshot. What is not clear from a recording of a 911 call, however, is the identity of the screamer: George Zimmerman, the volunteer community watchman, or Trayvon Martin, the unarmed 17-year-old he killed that night. (Snip)One [expert witness] concluded that the voice was not Mr. Zimmerman’s; the other said it was very likely Mr. Martin’s. In an order released on Saturday, the judge in the case, Debra S. Nelson, excluded their testimony. She said the science supporting
Washington--Within days, the Supreme Court is expected to issue a series of decisions that could transform three fundamental social institutions: marriage, education and voting. (Snip)But a tension runs through the cases, one based on different conceptions of equality. Some justices are committed to formal equality. Others say the Constitution requires a more dynamic kind of equality, one that takes account of the weight of history and of modern disparities. The four major cases yet to be decided concern same-sex marriage, affirmative action in higher education and the fate of the Voting Rights Act of 1965,
If you wonder what kind of job Mel Watt would do leading the regulatory agency that controls Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, look no further than his pal Franklin Raines. No one would think of putting Raines, who in 2005 left Fannie´s helm under an ethical cloud, in charge of regulating Fannie or Freddie, together responsible for about 90% of all new mortgages. But Obama´s choice for that job is cut from the same cloth. Rep. Watt, whom the president has tapped to run the Federal Housing Finance Agency, is a lot like Raines, and not just because they´re both Democrats.
Conservative bloggers went wild Monday when they got wind of the Congressional Black Caucus’ suggestion that President Obama pick Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Houston for the post of Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Rich Cooper, avid blogger for Security Debrief, responded to the news of the Jackson Lee recommendation in a post by saying, “Apparently, it is not a joke. For reasons that baffle any sense of reality, it is a serious gesture on the part of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) to encourage President Obama to nominate Rep. Jackson Lee
There have been days since her son Ezekiel was born 11 months ago that Los Angeles mom Beth Capper has gone without food to keep up her supply. One friend was arrested for stealing some. It´s not drugs or alcohol or even baby formula that has put her in such a bind. It´s diapers. "There´s no way around buying them," said Capper, a 41-year-old single mother who doesn´t work because of a disability. Across the country, mothers like Capper are facing the same predicament. According to a report published Monday in the
America is in great shape energy-wise. We have more gas and oil reserves than ever before. Indeed, the United States could shortly become the world’s largest exporter of coal. Our cheaper power rates may bring energy-intensive industry back from Europe and Asia. If America’s small colleges are nearly broke and our public schools failing, nonetheless our blue-chip universities’ math, science, and engineering departments, and professional schools, remain the best in the world. (Snip)In our age, Nobel laureate, exempt Al Gore proved a fraud: the feminist who was accused of groping a woman in crazed sex-poodle fashion;
It is a small Alaskan village whose inhabitants have relied on the sea for countless generations. But within a decade, it is expected that the ocean which the village of Kivalina has so relied on will completely destroy it--creating America´s first climate change refugees. Temperatures in the Arctic region of Alaska are warming twice as fast as the rest of the U.S, causing ice to retreat, sea levels to rise and coastal erosion to increase. It is a small Alaskan village whose inhabitants have relied on the sea for countless generations. The 400 indigenous Inuit inhabitants of Kivalina, who live
Gotta figure her lead would be even bigger without Joe Miller in the field here. Her nomination for the taking? Alaska should be a top tier pick up opportunity for Senate Republicans next year…but their top choice of a candidate is Sarah Palin. 36% of GOP primary voters in the state say they’d like Palin to be their standard bearer against Mark Begich to 26% for Mead Treadwell, 15% for Dan Sullivan, and 12% for Joe Miller.
In an interview on National Public Radio (NPR), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said her new agenda for women will give mothers access to day care so they can “earn without carrying the burden of child care.” During the interview, aired on Weekend Edition Sunday, Pelosi spoke about her newly announced agenda, which is on her website, and is titled, “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds: An Economic Agenda for Women and Families,” a plan that includes universal pre-school and access to day care for working women, and an increase in the minimum wage.
Many low-income families receive government assistance to help them purchase food and housing. Diapers are another story, a new study suggests. In what they are calling the first peer-reviewed study to quantify diaper need, Yale University researchers have found nearly a third of mothers cannot afford to purchase their infants diapers, raising health risks for not only babies but for moms who become stressed over the finances. "Notably absent from the antipoverty efforts targeting families is an essential staple for the health of children, diapers," wrote the researchers, led by Dr. Megan Smith,
President Obama has been rolling up his sleeves campaigning across the country delivering a surreal stump speech message supposedly aimed at the middle class: big government works, Obamacare is manna from heaven, the wave of recent scandals are “phony” figments of the imagination, and all economic problems are the fault of the Republicans. Conveniently, he leaves out the bankruptcy of Detroit, a city run by his own party for more than half a century. His message is so stale and unconvincing, that even The New York Times and Washington Post have noticed. Both papers, usually loyal to Obama, remarked that
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Mideast: The sequester has "cost jobs," says President Obama, and "gutted investments in education and science and medical research." But somehow he´s earmarked $500 million for Hamas terrorists. Circumventing Congress and with no fanfare, President Obama last week issued an executive order enabling him to send an additional $500 million directly to the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank — much of which you can bet will wind up going to the Iranian-backed Hamas terrorist organization. According to Obama, "it is important to the national security interests of the United States to waive the provisions of" Congress´ legislative restrictions "in
The mother of Trayvon Martin said Monday that she believed Florida’s Stand Your Ground law played a role in her son’s shooting death, but she wasn’t ready to support a boycott of the state for not changing the self-defense law. “The thing about this law is I just think it assisted the person who killed my son to get away with murder,” Sybrina Fulton, the mother of the 17-year-old from Miami Gardens, said at a National Bar Association event in Miami Beach. “I think we have to change these laws so people don’t get
A group of experts advising the nation’s premier cancer research institution has recommended sweeping changes in the approach to cancer detection and treatment, including changes in the very definition of cancer and eliminating the word entirely from some common diagnoses. (Snip) The group, which includes some of the top scientists in cancer research, also suggested that many lesions detected during breast, prostate, thyroid, lung and other cancer screenings should not be called cancer at all but should instead be reclassified as IDLE conditions, which stands for “indolent lesions of