When the Press Attacks: Obama Wearing out his Welcome with Media … Not Even Nixon Tried to Control the Media Like Obama
Wow, who would have thought within the first year of an Obama presidency that the press would compare him to Richard Nixon. OUCH, that’s going to leave a mark, The Chosen One compared to Nixon. … There’s change you can believe in … Stay tune for Fox’s new TV show, When the LEFT ATTACKS.
The media made Obama, they have carried the water for Obama and now they appear to be fed up with Obama. Has the media finally gotten tired of Obama’s lack of transparency and stonewalling of the media’s questions? What did the media expect? They created Obama by never asking a tough question, does the press now have buyer’s remorse, literally!
When liberal Helen Thomas thinks that Obama is trying to control the press, the Obamamessiah really has a problem. Is the media going to finally expose this President and the Administration for what they really are? They claim they are for oneness and transparency, yet have done nothing but stonewall, create media infomercials, have media plants, and pre-screen Town Hall questions. As Town Hall.com states … It’s about time, called on it for once.
“Nixon didn’t try to do that,” Thomas said. “They couldn’t control (the media). They didn’t try.
“What the hell do they think we are, puppets?” Thomas said. “They’re supposed to stay out of our business. They are our public servants. We pay them.”
I will second Stop the ACLU, I too never thought I would singing the praises of Chip Reid and Helen Thomas. What it does show is that the media is getting to the boiling point.
Ace of Spades brings up a good point as well, did Obama know the questions in advance to be prepared for what was supposed to be impromptu questions. I guess we might have to ask his teleprompter.
Although both objected to the process, neither remembered to ask about the fact that Obama would know the questions ahead of time. Thus giving a false appearance that he was prepared to answer any question put to him, when in fact he’d already worked out the answers for the questions he chose to ask himself.
Even more to the point, Hot Air asks why there was not more outrage from ABC over their Obama healthcare infomercial that prevented any other side of the topic that The One’s?
Frankly, with ABC holding infomercials for Obama in prime time, it seems almost petty to get exercised about a phony town hall. Exit question: How seriously should we take concerns that Obama’s not facing enough tough questions when voiced by a woman known to wonder why the White House considers Iran a threat?
The full and heated exchange below:
HELEN THOMAS: We have never had that in the White House. We have had some control [inaudible]. I’m amazed that you people who call for openness and transparency…
ROBERT GIBBS: You haven’t even heard the questions.
CHIP REID: It doesn’t matter. It’s the process. Even if there’s a tough question, it’s a question coming from somebody who was invited and who was screened or the question was screened.
GIBBS: Chip, Chip, lets have this discussion at the conclusion of the town hall meetings.
THOMAS: No, no, no, we’re having it now.
GIBBS: Well, I’d be happy to have it now.
THOMAS: It’s a pattern.
GIBBS: Which questions do you object to at the town hall meeting?
THOMAS: It’s a pattern.
GIBBS: What’s a pattern?
THOMAS: It’s a pattern of controlling the press.
GIBBS: How so? Is there any evidence going on that I’m currently controlling the press? Poorly, I might add.
THOMAS: Your formal engagements are prepackaged.
GIBBS: How so?
REID: Well, and controlling the public.
THOMAS: How so? By calling reporters the night before to tell them they’re going to be called on. That is shocking.
GIBBS: We’ve had this discussion ad nauseum, and uh…
THOMAS: Of course you would, because you don’t have any answers.
GIBBS: Uh, well, because I didn’t know you were going to ask a question, Helen.
THOMAS: Well you should have.
GIBBS: Have you emailed your question today?
THOMAS: I don’t have to email. I can tell you right now what I want to say.
GIBBS: I don’t doubt that at all, Helen.
REID: Actually, could you pass along a question from all of us to the president: Is he going to support a tax increase on the middle class?