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Obama’s Orwellian Image Control
New York Times, by Santiago Lyon

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Posted By:StormCnter, 12/12/2013 4:52:49 AM

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


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Reply 1 - Posted by: steveW, 12/12/2013 5:14:42 AM     (No. 9650503)

Wow. Are the White House stenographers and court eunuchs of the loathsome MSM finally discovering that when they discarded any journalistic integrity they may have had left in order to obediently lie, cover-up and fabricate "reports" for Dear Leader, that Dear Leader didn´t treat them as anything but White House stenographers and court eunuchs without any journalistic integrity? Welcome to the sentient, loathsome MSM.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: DaddyO, 12/12/2013 6:23:43 AM     (No. 9650532)

Nah. Tomorrow the republicans will still be the embodiment of evil, in the mind of the NY Times. And their leader will still be opposed by all thinking people for the sole reason of being black.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Spidey, 12/12/2013 6:33:01 AM     (No. 9650543)

You know the idiot who took the pic of Obama´s selfie is really mad at himself for doing it and creating the firestorm response.

Aside from that,I can´t get my arms around the LSM complaining that they can´t get their own pics of Obama. This is really getting under their skin,not all the Obama failures as president.

What do you need pics for anyway,everybody already knows what Obama looks like.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: UNO, 12/12/2013 6:46:06 AM     (No. 9650559)

#3 - That may be, but photographers speak with pictures. Without them they are silenced.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: lilo, 12/12/2013 6:56:50 AM     (No. 9650578)

Why are the photographers so upset about this? Their colleagues in the press have been taking the official white house propaganda, er news, and passing it off as original reporting for years.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: planetgeo, 12/12/2013 6:59:41 AM     (No. 9650582)

So...the NY Times is concerned about selective editing and culling of images to suit the chosen narrative of the Administration? Interesting. Can they really be that clueless about the irony of their complaint? Yes...yes, they can.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: M2, 12/12/2013 7:03:34 AM     (No. 9650590)

The Truth eventually rises to the top, especially when those suppressing it get their ox gored.

Suddenly the New York Times is pi$$ed because they´re not top dog. They´re not getting the respect they believe they are due. No one is kissing their respective derrieres any more. And the Old Gray Lady doesn´t like it.

Now they know how it feels being screwed without getting kissed.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Joe vann, 12/12/2013 7:07:03 AM     (No. 9650595)

The MSM won´t turn on Obama and they well continue to carry his water for at least the next two years. They may then turn their attention to electing another socialist regime.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: pineledger, 12/12/2013 7:07:25 AM     (No. 9650597)

Yesterday´s "photo of the day" was obviously not produced by a WH photog, nor was the one of the taking of the selfie, with the Dour MO scowling away in the background. Nor was the one of BO half-bowing to Raul Castro.

Amazing what a little foreign press coverage can produce.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: JAN, 12/12/2013 7:20:10 AM     (No. 9650610)

I suspect the photographer will be in hiding before long.

In a couple of clicks of his shutter the carefully crafted image of the liar in chief was shattered.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: dagger, 12/12/2013 7:47:06 AM     (No. 9650645)

Santiago be looking for a job soon.... along with a visit from the IRS.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Poobah, 12/12/2013 7:53:32 AM     (No. 9650652)

In our country, media access is power. The person who takes the pictures and who tells the story and who edits the final piece controls the minds of the public. If you control the mind of the public you also control the voting results at the polls.

An aspiring dictator begins with a small circle of comrades. He gains followers by spreading elements of the power to an ever-widening circle. Once in office, however, he begins to pull the power back into his own hands. Over time, he draws that power into a smaller and smaller circle of trusted comrades. Finally, he alone holds the reins.

This article seems to indicate that some of the established liberal organs are becoming fearful that Obama is contracting the power base to a circle that excludes them.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Bazi, 12/12/2013 8:05:42 AM     (No. 9650670)

Wake up Santiago Lyon. Selfie is the Oxford Dictionary Word of the Year. So, there need for quotation marks. And especially, there is no need for the phrase mot du jour.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: mc squared, 12/12/2013 9:12:00 AM     (No. 9650755)

Josh Earnest´s response from the WH was a rubber stamp answer to everything Obama: I know you don´t like it but it´s what´s best for you.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Hobbiest, 12/12/2013 9:25:29 AM     (No. 9650782)

#3. Why do we need photos anyway? Because visual cues are a vital feedback mechanism. Photos offer clues of problems the parties are not willing to talk about. That´s because many people can control their voice and to a lesser extent their facial expressions. Far fewer can control body language. Body language in a group picture can speak volumes. (Remember all those bows to tyrants?)

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Reply 16 - Posted by: paperpuncher, 12/12/2013 9:34:50 AM     (No. 9650802)

It took the Times 5 years to figure this out?

I have but one thing to say: DUHHH!

Love, Honor, Truth

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Reply 17 - Posted by: jeffkinnh, 12/12/2013 9:48:18 AM     (No. 9650825)

This administration has established an Imperial Presidency like no one has dared in the past. This article is a whine that the poor reporters cannot gain access to the president. Meanwhile this president is bypassing the Constitution by running the government through Executive Order, regulations, and illegal actions that he dares anyone to challenge.

When the Slimes can honestly report on the destruction of this country by illegal operations by BO, THEN maybe we will worry if they cannot snap a few candid shots of our Dear Leader.

The blindness the Slimes shows to the nature of BO´s actions is breathtaking.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: smak90, 12/12/2013 9:51:07 AM     (No. 9650830)

It´s funny these embarrassing photos only occur when BO is traveling in foreign lands. It´s much harder to control his image when he can´t control the foreign press in the same way he controls the US press.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: farmwife, 12/12/2013 10:14:01 AM     (No. 9650871)

He wants to control the photos because he doesn´t want to have to control himself and doesn´t want America to see how he acts when his photos aren´t posed.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: strike3, 12/12/2013 11:22:45 AM     (No. 9650971)

Like most abused parties, the NYT finally gets it that the love affair with the abusive drunk is over, but the danger is always there that they will forgive the charismatic gigolo and go running back for more.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Ida Lou Pino, 12/12/2013 11:23:36 AM     (No. 9650973)

Oh, Santiago, Santiago - - this is so upsetting. They´re being so MEAN to you!

But listen - - there´s a new boutique in SoHo which just got in a shipment of these dreamy cashmere scarves. The colors and the patterns are just delicious. So grab the next cab down there - - and indulge yourself.

You´ll forget those White House nasties in no time!

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Reply 22 - Posted by: zzzghy, 12/12/2013 11:32:09 AM     (No. 9650986)

stinky´s blood is in the water; no doubt about that.

The lamestream may jump on this for nothing more than ratings. stinky-bashing may become the new trend. Seriously.

It´s started already.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: weejun, 12/12/2013 1:18:08 PM     (No. 9651136)

Were he alive, Goebbels would be both amazed and envious.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Udanja99, 12/12/2013 4:21:06 PM     (No. 9651396)

The US enemedia, not being students of recent history, don´t understand that, in every country where communism has taken over, the first group to be purged is...the media.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 12/12/2013 4:21:46 PM     (No. 9651398)

Waaaa!!!!Waaaaa!!! What crying we now hear from the very rag that stands in staunch defence of these monsters who now control our government. They are the very enablers of this loss of our freedom! Our nation is dying and they refuse to challenge the obvious tyrany that is engufing our nation. One small editorial, critical of a small and insignificant aspect of the tyrant´s behavior - one that incidentally mostly offends the media themselves- will not open the flood gates of rebellion we need to stamp these beasts back to their socialist lairs.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: wsdiego, 12/12/2013 4:43:01 PM     (No. 9651426)

BO aims to completely cripple this country economically because he believes that we suck out all the resources from the rest of the world! So to allow the world to catch up the US must be taken out of the equation! Even if it means exploding an electro-magnetic weapon to destroy the electrical system of the US! If you think this is crazy, ask what was moving atomic weapons a few months ago without proper authorization was all about? What is firing top generals that controlled those weapons is about? The president has no good will for this country! Orwellian image control is the least of it! Everything BO does is to hobble this country!

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Reply 27 - Posted by: peterfleming, 12/12/2013 5:43:21 PM     (No. 9651484)

Tyranny, photographic or not, is to be expected from fatuous, dishonest, destructive politicians with a communist bent. What´s inexcusable and supportable of
this nightmare, is the censorship by our media, sponsors and their lobbyists. A literal network of support from media to all the crime in Washington. One or two honest
Brokaws, Sawyers, Pelleys, could save our country, at the risk of their lives and fat salaries. Talk about a clear opportunity to be a true hero ! !

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 12/12/2013 6:45:34 PM     (No. 9651570)

The Abused Wife NYT says, ´´Oh I realize he beats me, he blanks me and he makes me write bad checks, but I still love him. And we´ve got three more years together. Come on back home, darling Obama.´´

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Reply 29 - Posted by: ArtieC, 12/12/2013 9:41:09 PM     (No. 9651732)

Why does Obama hate the press? After all, they helped put him where he is. For the same reason i never understood why Robert Kennedy hated the Mafia, because they helped his brother get elected president.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Friday stood by his statement regarding embattled Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, saying on KSNV’s What’s Your Point?, “If anyone thinks by any figment of their imagination that what happened up there last week was just people rallying to somebody that was oppressed, 600 people came in armed. They had practiced. They had maneuvered.” Reid continued, “They knew what they were doing. They set up snipers in strategic locations with sniper rifles. They had assault weapons. They had automatic weapons. And they boasted about the fact that they put women and children, in fact one

Glen Campbell has been
moved into a facility

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People Magazine, by Gilliam Telling    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 4/17/2014 6:58:48 PM     Post Reply
Glen Campbell has been suffering from Alzheimer´s for over three years, but the Grammy-winning singer, 78, has recently moved into a facility, PEOPLE has confirmed. "He was moved to an Alzhemier´s facility last week," says a family friend. "I´m not sure what the permanent plan is for him yet. We´ll know more next week." The "Rhinestone Cowboy" crooner first opened up about having Alzheimer´s to PEOPLE in an exclusive 2011 interview. Campbell and his fourth wife, Kim Woolen, decided to go public with the news because Campbell hoped to embark on a final farewell live tour. The couple wanted his

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