As coverage of last week’s flare-up between Bob Woodward and the White House devolved into the granular parsing of words and implications and extrapolations and possible intent, the larger point was roundly missed: the increasing pressure that White House correspondents feel when dealing with the Obama administration — to follow their narrative, to be properly deferential (!), to react to push-back by politely sitting down and shutting up.
forgive my spleen, but why shouldn´t the WH react this way? Obama´s henchmen played it this way from 2007 on and yet the press pushed whatever fictitious nonsense they were fed from "hope and change" in 2007 to "Obama called benghazi terrorism the next day" in 2012. NOW SUDDENLY we are supposed to feel all bad about the poor press being bullied. Well, I´m glad this is all coming out and I hope it opens the floodgates of this worst administration in all american history. But these press corpsmen (should that be corpse-men?) are in the only job specifically protected by the constitution and that means they have an obligation to tell the truth and they are the no good bums who foisted Obama on us for EIGHT YEARS OF DESTRUCTION. And now they are crying about how badly they are being treated. OK press corps. Go at it with a vengeance! but I will always remember Nixon. After he was rehabilitated, he gave a speech to the Washington press corps. They gave him a standing ovation. He shook all the hands. He was on his way out and said to Bill Safire, "they´re still a bunch of [excrements]"
Well he is black, well half black and that half requires everyone to be deferential to him if not you are just a racist. No criticism, no difficult questions, no questioning of motives, can´t question work ethic or vacations, all just because of the color of Obama´s skin! What have we become to let this happen?? He and the Democrats are willfully destroying this country with their policies and the msm can´t see that? Does the msm have no children or grandchildren or elderly parents all of whom will be severely impacted including shorten lives because of what is going on. This country is at high risk of falling into to total chaos and the "Press" cow tails to Obama so they won´t be criticized like Woodword? God help us all!
I agree with #3 also; these prancing, breathless syncophants have it coming. It will be fun to hear the exposés as they dribble out. Shouldn´t take too long. There is hardly an original thought among them...but maybe some of the reporting with stiffen a bit.
Just think about Obama´s general modus: He performs poorly and actively engages in processes that intentionally damage the US. Anyone who dares speak out about any of it is strong armed, threatened in a way only DC commies could. Is this what affirmative action is supposed to produce? Is this Frankenstein a byproduct?
It´s my belief Obama has a propaganda machine, the likes of which have never been seen, even on blogs. It´s easy to get that feeling seeing what lefties post on other blogs: they attack, calling people who expose Obama extremely vile names, disparage/discredit their sources, try to get people to not read articles by saying, "skipped". I just laugh and crank up the volume even more. Like one previous cl poster once said, "If you´re catching flak, you are most likely over the target.
Posting my replies right here on Lucianne dot com’s threads, as I have for years, is a privilege I do not take lightly. Were it not for Lucianne, I’m pretty sure by now I’d be nursing a world-class ulcer. I think I read somewhere that freely expressing one’s opinion – venting and ranting – is a boon to one’s mental health. I know it is to mine.
Especially during this ghastly administration, the so-called mainstream media, rather than reporting the news, has distorted or invented or omitted it. And now, all of a sudden things are no longer so hunky-dory for the media? Aw! Serves ‘em right!
Perhaps the rump swabs in the press aren´t keeping their lips on zippy´s backside for ideological reasons only. Maybe it´s that old thing about feeding the crocodile in the hope that he will eat you last. Look at the history of communism and of dictators - who is the first to be thrown up against the wall and shot when the bad guys finally achieve power? The "free" press, of course.
Look, any journalist who managed to elicit an abusive phone call or email form an administration spokesman would have an immediate winner of a story. Make it clear that the minute the communication goes nasty, it´s on the record and in the story, period. With that caveat an open policy, not only is abusive treatment of the press unwise on the part of public figures, it´s an invitation for public censure. The crybabies in the press are just that. Man up and stand up to these guys or find a new profession, but spare us the whining.
When I read stories like this, I´m reminded of Hugo Chavez, who several years ago made it a crime to "insult the president" (himself). What that meant was that any reporter who criticized Chavez or his policies went to prison.
sending fighter jets and more destructive things to muslim enemy regimes should be enough even for communist democrats to moan about, might even arouse a greed addicted republican or two, but no. All of crazed DC is too busy stealing fake Fed fiat paper money, while they can, to be protective or aware of anything sensible to our nation. The most frightening of them all, even more than mobamao, is the lovely hall monitor who should be watching for bad things happening, you know, Diane Sawyer. But wait, she´s being paid millions, penthouse, limo, to keep her mouth shut and see no evil. She´s doing a great racket protecting job bringing America to ruin on the fast track. ...along with all of the mainstream TV/ press and most of the pointless arguing scenarios of Fox News, too.
It is beyond the pale to expect honest reporting from a press corpse that is 90% left wing democrat. BUTY it may be that if their ox is gored enough, they might insist of being able to use their own photographers instead of being fed posed shots by the DNC flacks, and they might [point out some of the more obvious lies coming out from 0blamer Biden and Carney. Probably too much to hope for from the Ministry of Truth.
They want to know how to change things? Try actually speaking truth to power instead of merely mouthing the words. This administration could not act with impunity if the press would actually expose them.
Either Obama will invite them to wine and dine and sing softly until their toes curl and all is forgiven... or, his power is cemented and he need only remind them with a kick in the teeth now and then. This is an abuser´s m.o.
The real change comes when the abused figures out they can leave. There is a price to pay, though...a high price. I guess we´ll see who is willing to pay it to regain their dignity and peace of mind. God help them.
The alternative is a life of continued degradation which usually ends in disgrace or death.
I wish these "journalists" or reporters, especially the women, would gather the courage to start showing those emails of the White House staff calling them the most vile names...simply because they ask a tough question.
This entire administration is evil, and evil grows like a fungus. It loves the darkness and lives there in order to survive. And spread.
It is spreading across America and spreading fast.
As we watch today´s Chris Wallace interview with the Romneys on FOX, we are again filled with frustration and angst that they are not in the WH right now, for if they were 0bama´s destructive statist policies would not be slicing & diceing the country every-which-way! ...And the blatantly dem-biased press, (-and 0bama´s very own microphone!), is is IS in no small part responsible for the leftist sensless mess the country is in today.
Today´s American press is worthless, even destructive, as facts & truth do not matter to the majority of those dem puppets who are simply masquerading as authentic, ´´journalists.´´ This is not what was envisioned by the Founders in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution regarding freedoms need for a free press.
All this media owned by obama angst fails to focus on one fact the printed and video media is dying. The media can´t stop that march over their own cliff that constant lies kills the messengers. The cliff is the internet where threats don´t count and color doesn´t have the face on force necessary for total control.
I remind myself that the Schadenfreude I feel in the press being shanked by the WH must not overshadow the press´s importance. Just because they forgot their calling for six years does not negate the fact they are the fastest and the proper means to bring down the public´s admiration of the poser.
The press can save the country, pick up their copies of "Journalism, 1954", and go to work.
The Washington Press Corpse is well deserving of any beating they get. They have sacrificed any credibility they HAD on the Alter of Obama´s Behind. I and many others have no sympathy for them, they are deserving of all the abuse Obama´s minions can heap upon them. They are truly a manifestation of individuals suffering under the abuse of the Beaten Wife Syndrome. They are at once lazy and incompetent. They have been fed Democ´Rat Mother´s Milk by the Regime for so long they are programmed to just keep sucking and forget what they are paid to do. The whole country suffers and they care not.
Lets see...hmmm, you want me to choose between the skinny punk liar from Kenya and his running mate liar Joe the Convicted Plagiarist Biden....or...wait for it...
The ass-press lap dog rump-swab journalism school enemedia idiot left-wing press???
I say give them both a good swift combat boot kick in the ass out the door, pronto! Shut up!
There, I fixed it, and I´d feel a lot better if a few more would get their ass out of my country with them..
1)The networks and their daily drumbeat of lies from sun-up until well after midnight!(Good morning, Good evening, the view, the talk, the spin, the whatever...bye!)Shut up! 2)All the talk shows! Every one of them! Shut up! 3)The advertising liars with all the seemingly newly hired "diversity" actors, the children, the lizards, the pigs, and whatever other crap they throw at us to buy their crap. Shut up! 4)The daily newspapers, with all their lefty lies,lefty opinions, lefty editorials, lefty editorial cartoons, lies, lefty letters to the editor, lies....Shut up! 5)Anything to do with diversity. Shut up! 6)Anything to do with affirmative action. Shut up! 7)Anything to do with gving one group of people a whole month to "celebrate"...Shut up! 8)Academia, all you brute lesbians and ponytail sandal-wearing sissies who denigrate our armed forces (1%), our heroes, our traditions, our values, our GOD, our way of life...Shut up! 9)Democrats...a party which has become full of idiot 99%percenters, homosexuals, Marxists, loudmouths, Godless creeps, phony minorities just for the sake of their votes, Union thugs, Soros election frauds, "freed " slaves, and folks who crap on police cars in order to "occupy" something. Shut up! 10)And finally, all the idiots online like the dolts who spew their "now trending" propaganda crap at Yahoo, Google, Comcast, and any other website(HuffPo) that carries the left wing kool-aid brainwashing lies...Shut up!
DETROIT — In a ruling that could reverberate far beyond Detroit, a federal judge held on Tuesday that this battered city could formally enter bankruptcy and asserted that Detroit’s obligation to pay pensions in full was not untouchable. The judge, Steven W. Rhodes, dealt a major blow to the widely held belief that state laws preserve public pensions, and his ruling is likely to resonate in Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and many other American cities where the rising cost of pensions has been crowding out spending for public schools, police departments and other services.
You should really just read the entire piece by Amy Goldstein and Juliet Eilperin in today´s Washington Post, which is a great account of where things stand now with HealthCare.gov. These two paragraphs, taken together, jumped out at me especially in explaining the challenges that the website now faces. Paragraph one: The enrollment records for a significant portion of the Americans who have chosen health plans through the online federal insurance marketplace contain errors — generated by the computer system — that mean they might not get the coverage they’re expecting next month.
President Obama is striking a dangerous balance. Starting today, he must simultaneously refocus Americans on the potential benefits of Obamacare without shredding his credibility further by minimizing its flaws. That dilemma had White House officials twisted in knots Monday. On one hand, they acknowledged that the cornerstone federal website is not working as smoothly as it should. But you could hardly hear the disclaimer over the din of spin, as the White House launched an aggressive "offensive" from a defensive crouch. "Healthcare.gov met our self-imposed November 30th deadline and even as we continue to make improvements to the website, we´ll also remind
Some people who have managed to complete the burdensome and glitch-filled process of signing up for Obamacare are learning they are not really enrolled at all. "Obama administration officials acknowledged today that some of the roughly 126,000 Americans who completed the torturous online enrollment process in October and November might not be officially signed up with their selected issuer, even if the website has told them they are." Technical problems transferring information from the website to insurance companies have troubled the system since the program´s rollout. Experts report that the website appears to function properly, but in the back end of
President Obama intends to enroll for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters Monday. “I know that he will, and has said that he will, or the White House has said that he will,” Carney said, “but I don’t have any update.” White House officials did not clarify whether the president’s interest is part of a public relations demonstration aimed at touting an improved HealthCare.gov website, or if Obama intends to alter his federally provided medical coverage. As with his predecessors, Obama’s health care is provided through the Defense Department as a federal
The House’s chief investigator says the FBI is stonewalling his inquiry into whether the agency and the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative group True the Vote for special scrutiny, and Rep. Darrell E. Issa is now threatening subpoenas to pry loose the information from FBI Director James B. Comey Jr. Mr. Issa, California Republican, and Rep. Jim Jordan, Ohio Republican, are leading the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s IRS inquiry. They also said the FBI is refusing to turn over any documents related to its own investigation into the IRS, which began in the days after an auditor’s report revealed
The Obamacare insurance marketplace is even more vulnerable to security breaches since the administration “fixed” Healthcare.gov, according to a cyber security expert.Health and Human Services (HHS) released a progress report on Sunday following its self-imposed Nov. 30 deadline to repair the website, saying that the “team has knocked more than 400 bug fixes and software improvements off the punch list.” The administration said that the “site capacity is stable at its intended level,” though the site continued to crash on Monday. The eight-page report made no mention of the website’s numerous security flaws, which experts say put Americans’ personal information at risk. “It
The White House is denying a report that President Obama is hatching plans for a visit to Tehran. We wouldn’t want to say we don’t believe the White House. But neither would be surprised if a presidential trip is being explored. A summit with the Iranian mullahs, or their “democratically elected” front-men, must be awfully tempting to Mr. Obama. How else to avoid a debacle in the 2014 by-election, after the end of illusions in respect of Obamacare? The report that Mr. Obama is planning a trip was reported by one of the three biggest Kuwaiti papers, Al-Jarida. It plays into
Winds were calm in the capital on Monday, except in the immediate vicinity of the White House, where gale-force exhalations were blowing out of the West Wing. After the administration’s claim Sunday that star-crossed HealthCare.gov had been repaired with “private sector velocity,” and the site’s relatively smooth functioning on Monday, Obama administration officials moved with aerospace-sector velocity to celebrate meeting their self-imposed deadline.
Maybe someone can explain to me how, exactly, conservatives are the aggressors in the culture war? In the conventional narrative of American politics, conservatives are obsessed with social issues. They want to impose their values on everyone else. They want the government involved in your bedroom. Those mean right-wingers want to make "health care choices" for women. Now consider last week´s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to consider two cases stemming from Obamacare: Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Sebelius and Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores. Democratic politicians and their fans on social media went ballistic almost instantly. That´s hardly unusual these
The UN´s senior counter-terrorism official is to launch an investigation into the surveillance powers of American and British intelligence agencies following Edward Snowden´s revelations that they are using secret programmes to store and analyse billions of emails, phone calls and text messages. The UN special rapporteur Ben Emmerson QC said his inquiry would also seek to establish whether the British parliament had been misled about the capabilities of Britain´s eavesdropping headquarters, GCHQ, and whether the current system of oversight and scrutiny was strong enough to meet United Nations standards. The inquiry will make a series of recommendations to the UN general assembly
President Obama needs to fire himself. Not literally, of course, but practically: He needs to shake up his team so thoroughly that the new blood imposes change on how he manages the federal bureaucracy and leads. A series of self-inflicted wounds during his fifth year in office, capped by the botched launch of the Affordable Care Act, have Americans questioning the president´s competence and credibility. History suggests that second-term presidents rarely recover after their approval ratings fall as much as Obama´s have this year. History also suggests that there are two types of White House shake-ups. The first is mostly cosmetic and
I have never been much of a conspiracy theorist. For me it was always Oswald by himself from the Texas School Book Depository and nothing in the intervening fifty years has disabused me of this notion. For the most part, I’m an Occam’s Razor kind of guy — the most obvious explanation is likely to be true. (Snip) To put it bluntly, Occam’s Razor has moved. Things that were once possibilities now seem almost certainties to me. Principal among those is that Obama’s academic records are perpetually unavailable for a reason — and that reason is most likely that they reveal
One of President Obama´s chief political assets has been his ability to excite young people like almost no politician in history. But the days of America´s youth fawning over the president are over. A new Harvard University Institute of Politics poll released Wednesday confirms what other surveys have shown in recent months: Millennials have soured on Obama so much this year that their opinion of him largely mirrors the American public´s. Even though Obama does not ever have to face another election, he should be worried about the findings for a couple of reasons, which we will dive into momentarily.
President Obama will cast growing income inequality and a decline in economic mobility as a “fundamental threat to the American dream” during a speech Wednesday in Washington. The speech will serve as an early preview for next year’s State of the Union address, according to a White House official, who said Obama would focus much of his energy over the next three years on the issue. “The decisions we make over the next few years will determine whether or not our children will grow up in an America where, if you work hard, you can get ahead,” the official said.
Good stuff from Jonathan Turley at today’s House hearing on executive power, although I regret that I couldn’t find a more user-friendly format for you to watch. There’s no compilation clip; you’ll have to make do with the C-SPAN embed by fast-forwarding to the time cues I give you and being patient while the vid buffers (and buffers, and buffers).(Snip)That brings us to point two: Even if Congress can’t stop Obama, the courts can. The problem there, though, says Turley, is that O and the DOJ have argued successfully in many cases that no one has standing to sue him
During a presentation at the White House in which President Barack Obama touted the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, the president declared that his signature health care reform law was not going to be repealed. This assertion led his administration members, his staff, and audience members to rise from their seats and give the president a standing ovation. Obama said that ACA opponents’ alternative to the health care reform law is to champion repeal and going back to the health care delivery system status quo ante. He specifically cited Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) who he said was asked directly for
A woman has revealed how difficult it is to eat healthily and stay full when living off an average food stamp budget. Melinda Moulton, from Huntington, Vermont, was one of 200 people to take part in the 3Squares Challenge, which saw her living for a week on just $36 worth of food, or around $1.71 a meal. Opting to try and eat as healthily as possible, Ms Moulton resorted to cheap foods like yogurt for breakfast, two handfuls of peanuts for lunch and lentil stew for dinner, all of which left her unsatisfied.´I don´t know how people do it,´ said
[Video] President Obama on Wednesday declared that addressing income inequality would be the focus of “all” of the White House’s efforts “for the rest of my presidency.” In a sweeping address that touched on raising the minimum wage, investing in infrastructure and ending tax breaks for the wealthy, Obama warned that the American economy has become “profoundly unequal,” declaring economic mobility the “challenge of our time.” “The combined trends of increasing inequality and decreasing mobility pose a fundamental threat to the American dream, our way of life, and what we stand for around the globe,” he said in an hour-long
Just over two weeks ago, MSNBC host Martin Bashir delivered a harsh piece of commentary that culminated in the suggestion that someone should “s-h-i-t” in former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin‘s (R-AK) mouth. Bashir offered an abject apology on his next broadcast, but a chorus of critics continued to demand action against the host. After a reported “vacation” for the host earlier this week, Bashir announced, Wednesday afternoon, that MSNBC and Martin Bashir are parting ways. Here’s the statement from Martin Bashir, via email: After making an on-air apology, I asked for permission to take some additional time out around the Thanksgiving holiday. Upon
A stunning new study unveiled on Fox News´ Hannity finds that President Barack Obama’s White House calendar records just one face-to-face meeting between Obama and his Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in the more than three-and-a-half years leading up to the disastrous Obamacare launch. The startling statistic comes from a new Government Accountability Institute (GAI) analysis of Obama’s own official White House calendar, as well as the Politico presidential calendar, and raises new questions about Obama’s executive leadership and management throughout the implementation of his singular legislative achievement. More alarming still, the president’s schedule lists 277 private
Nineteen people stood behind President Obama on stage in the Executive Office Building Tuesday as the president kicked off a new campaign to promote Obamacare. One of those people, a young Florida woman named Monica Weeks, introduced Obama after telling the story of being struck with Crohn´s Disease at age 19 and receiving expensive treatments for several years that were covered by her parents´ health care plan — because Obamacare allowed her to remain on that plan until age 26. Now, Weeks said, she has coverage through a job. "The Affordable Care Act gives young adults who are just starting
MSNBC has announced that Chris Matthews, Barack Obama´s most excitable fan, will be interviewing the President on Thursday´s Hardball. Fawning over the liberal politician is incredibly common among journalists, but Matthews has taken it to a whole new level. According to the network host, Obama is a "perfect," "cool," brilliant figure who is comparable to Jesus, Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy. The verbose Matthews has no filter when it comes to the Democrat, even once bizarrely blurting out that an Obama speech made him "forget" that the commander in chief "was black." To prepare you for the likely love-fest
Continued global warming poses a risk of rapid, drastic changes in some human and natural systems, a scientific panel warned Tuesday, citing the possible collapse of polar sea ice, the potential for a mass extinction of plant and animal life and the threat of immense dead zones in the ocean. At the same time, some worst-case fears about climate change that have entered the popular imagination can be ruled out as unlikely, at least over the next century, the panel found. These include a sudden belch of methane from the ocean or the Arctic that would fry the planet, as