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How White House Reporters
Can Reclaim Their Beat

National Journal, by Ron Fournier

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Posted By:Toledo, 7/24/2014 11:19:14 AM

Paul Farhi of The Washington Post writes today about a trend at the White House—and throughout journalism—that threatens the quality and credibility of news-gathering: Public-relations "minders" are injecting themselves into our interviews with politicians, CEOs, and other policymakers. Minder madness joins the surge of "background briefings" and the decline of access to decision-makers as evidence that the White House—and other big instititutions—are manipulating the press. It´s that, but it´s also something worse: It´s evidence that journalists are ceding control when they should be seizing it, accepting canned news rather than breaking it. Farhi writes, "Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Polecat49, 7/24/2014 11:28:22 AM     (No. 9938163)

Just one more so-called jour-NO-list making excuses for selling his soul(if he ever had one) Obama and the democrat party.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: ruready?, 7/24/2014 11:29:52 AM     (No. 9938165)

"Flout their rules. Make them fear you."

Wow, Ron is trying to reach back and find what has been lost in journalism.

Count me as apprehensive, but hopeful.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 7/24/2014 11:34:30 AM     (No. 9938172)

You can´t reclaim something you never had to begin with.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: smsnod, 7/24/2014 11:35:22 AM     (No. 9938174)

I don´t think they want to reclaim their beat. That would require effort. They like it this way.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: bradcro, 7/24/2014 11:38:42 AM     (No. 9938180)

Perhaps they will try something when the Pres is a Republican.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Maggie2u, 7/24/2014 11:41:30 AM     (No. 9938186)

He sort of has a point. He´s half right. The enemedia has absolutely no problem challenging a Republican or Conservative politician or a conservative business.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: MassJim, 7/24/2014 11:59:15 AM     (No. 9938217)

Don´t worry, Ron, reporters will "flip the script" and "reclaim their bear" as soon as a Republican is elected to the White House and reporters all suddenly decide that they will not kowtow but demand answers. However, as soon as another leftist is elected the self same reporters will crawl back within their shells and let the White House dictate the story.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: dman, 7/24/2014 12:02:33 PM     (No. 9938223)

Haven´t we seen this before? Like when Matthews beat up on B.J. during "Monicagate"? Is this part of a "walk away" from the lame duck Emperor, freeing them to move towards Hillary, or more likely Elizabeth? View with a skeptical eye.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 7/24/2014 12:03:06 PM     (No. 9938224)

Challenge the Administration´s pablum? And not get that coveted W.H Press dinner invitation? Are you serious?

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Reply 10 - Posted by: readaholic, 7/24/2014 12:05:42 PM     (No. 9938228)

You first, jackass.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 7/24/2014 12:26:44 PM     (No. 9938258)

Interesting report that details how MSM reporters are just reporting the reports of other reporters.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: steph_gray, 7/24/2014 12:43:23 PM     (No. 9938289)

Rearranging the desk chairs in the Pravda offices?

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Reply 13 - Posted by: oldmagnolia, 7/24/2014 1:49:27 PM     (No. 9938378)

They sold their souls to the devil long time ago. Eat crow now. They are getting what they deserve.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: lil dotty, 7/24/2014 2:49:20 PM     (No. 9938478)

They might manage to ´reclaim´ but their loss of integrity will will forever be branded on them. Integrity will never be ´reclaimed´
If there is no trust in anything reported, why report?

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Reply 15 - Posted by: mickturn, 7/24/2014 3:58:48 PM     (No. 9938584)

You have the right idea, "BEAT", now to whom will you deliver it?

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