Press Gate

April 29, 2011

During the 2008 Democratic party nomination, the Republican party had an unknown ally, an ally that warned the nation about who Barack Obama was long before he took the oath of office. This group of people still believed in our political system, and under the name PUMA (Party Unity My @$$) continued to oppose Barack Obama. They know that the man who would say “The only people who don’t want to disclose the truth are people with something to hide.” was also the same man who was hiding quite a bit. That though Barack Obama was talking “transparency”, he was a very secretive man. Think about this, it only took 2 1/2 years into his Presidency before he finally released his original birth certificate, even though the U.S. Constitution clearly states that he must be a “natural born citizen”. More over, this supposed “Constitutional Scholar” still hasn’t released his collegiate records, despite the fact that previous Presidents have done so. As President Obama has stated, the only people who don’t want to disclose the truth are people with something to hide.”

Eventually the Republicans picked up on who the man was, but John McCain wanted to take the high road, and with out the public spokesman for the party not hitting on these issues, the rest of the nation would not know until much later. For the rest of the campaign, the media shared a lover of the man who would soon be President, but it wouldn’t take long before the press would become Obama’s abused wife. They still love him, but he walks all over them.

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” – First Amendment

The first indications that the Obama White House would be hostile to the media was in their war with Fox News. As The New York Times described….

Speaking privately at the White House on Monday with a group of mostly liberal columnists and commentators, including Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann of MSNBC and Maureen Dowd, Frank Rich and Bob Herbert of The New York Times, Mr. Obama himself gave vent to sentiments about the network, according to people briefed on the conversation.


To what extent the war with Fox News is depending on who you ask, but one thing is clear, their is a rift. But it’s not just Fox News, and therein lies the problem. And while the Obama administration says Fox News is not a news organization, it gave the founder of the Left Wing website Huffington Post special treatment, allowing her to cut in line ahead of members of the press.

The Obama White house has become notorious for disregarding the media. One such incident occurred during the Nuclear Security Summit, when after President Obama’s 8 minute speech was followed by giving the press the courtesy to tell them to leave. Around the world, the members of the media didn’t appreciate being treated like a battered wife, even if the American Press seems to accept it as if it’s always been. Quoting members of the foreign press, WaPo cited comments made in their articles.

Yasmeen Alamiri from the Saudi Press Agency got this lesson in press freedom when trying to cover Obama’s opening remarks as part of that limited pool: “The foreign reporters/cameramen were escorted out in under two minutes, just as the leaders were about to begin, and Obama was going to make remarks. . . . Sorry, it is what it is.”

Alamiri’s counterparts from around the world wrote of similar experiences in their pool reports. Arabic-language MBC TV’s Nadia Bilbassy had this to say of Obama’s meeting with the Jordanian king: “We were there for around 30 seconds, not enough even to notice the color of tie of both presidents. I think blue for the king.”

The Press Trust of India, at Obama’s meeting with the Pakistani prime minister, reported, “In less than a minute, the pool was asked to leave.” The Yomiuri Shimbun correspondent found that she was “ushered out about 30 seconds” after arriving for Obama’s meeting with the Malaysian prime minister. A reporter with Turkey’s TRT-Turk went to Obama’s meeting with the president of Armenia, but “we had to leave the room again after less than 40 seconds.”

Even the Chinese president, Hu Jintao, was more talkative with the press than Obama. Michelle Jamrisko, with Japan’s Kyodo News, noted in her pool report that Hu, at his session with Obama, spoke to the Chinese media in Chinese, while Obama limited himself mostly to “say hello to the cameras” and “thank you everybody.”

It’s hard to imagine the the American Media is so in love with a man, that they continue to lay down while he circumvents them, but the latest incident appears to be somebody in the MSM starting to stand up for itself.

Chronicle editor Ward Bushee called the press office on its fib:

Sadly, we expected the White House to respond in this manner based on our experiences yesterday. It is not a truthful response. It follows a day of off-the-record exchanges with key people in the White House communications office who told us they would remove our reporter, then threatened retaliation to Chronicle and Hearst reporters if we reported on the ban, and then recanted to say our reporter might not be removed after all.

The Chronicle’s report is accurate.

If the White House has indeed decided not to ban our reporter, we would like an on-the-record notice that she will remain the San Francisco print pool reporter.

I was on some of those calls and can confirm Ward’s statement.

Messy ball now firmly in White House court.

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Could this be the moment we look back and say this was Press Gate? Maybe this latest round will finally be where the media recognizes that this marriage with Barack Obama isn’t working out. Yes folks, it finely appears as if the MSM might finally get it, that as much as they love the man, they will never be able to make him love them back… will we finally see the divorce before the elections heat up?

Nicholas James
Nicholas James

The PUMA's were the pro-Hillary women who were unhappy with the outcome of the election.

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