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Sep 25 2014

White House Dictates Changes to Pool Reports

This might help clarify why Rush Limbaugh refers to the MSM as the “state-run media”:

Journalists who cover the White House say Obama’s press aides have demanded — and received — changes in press-pool reports before the reports have been disseminated to other journalists. They say the White House has used its unusual role as the distributor of the reports as leverage to steer coverage in a more favorable direction.

A little background on press pools:

The decades-old White House press pool was created as a practical compromise between the news media and the nation’s chief executive: Instead of having a mob of journalists jostling to cover the president at every semi-public function, a handful of reporters are designated to act as proxies, or “poolers,” for the entire press corps. Poolers are chosen on a rotating basis from among regular White House correspondents, and they typically get more favorable access to presidential events to provide coverage that is shared with other reporters.

But before a pool report lands in anyone’s inbox, pool reporters take an interim step. They send their files to the White House press office, which forwards them via e-mail to a database of thousands of recipients, including news outlets, federal agencies and congressional offices. This two-step process enables White House staffers to read the pool reports — and potentially object to them — before press aides send them to recipients.

A particularly ironic incident involved a report by WaPo pooler David Nakamura:

This one contained a comment juxtaposing a speech Obama had given two days earlier lauding freedom of the press with the administration’s decision to limit access to presidential photo ops on the trip.

[Quash I mean Josh] Earnest, who succeeded [Fey I mean Jay] Carney as press secretary in May, considered Nakamura’s comparison unfair and asked him to take it out, according to Nakamura. After an argument, the reporter acquiesced.

Maybe instead of the mainstream media we should just call it Minitrue.

A pool report from Minitrue.

On tips from Henry, Bodhisattva, and Petterssonp.

  • Petterssonp

    Press Helps Obama Censor The News
    Propaganda: It’s not often that the press exposes its own bias. But a Washington Post story this week reveals both the Obama administration’s attempts to censor the news and the media’s complicity in that effort.

    For decades, news outlets have relied on pool reports from a rotating group of White House correspondents who follow the president on his travels to public or semipublic events and file quick-and-dirty reports. Their stories are then distributed to other news outlets to use as they wish.

    The catch is that the White House itself currently does the distributing of these pool reports to news outlets and government officials — leverage that Obama’s top press officials have used, the Post reveals, “to steer coverage in a more favorable direction.”

    The story goes on to note that Obama’s press team has demanded — and received — changes to many pool reports before they would agree to send them out.

    Trying to censor the press is bad enough. But the fact that reporters have repeatedly and meekly acquiesced provides clear evidence of their willingness to put partisanship ahead of the public’s right to know.

  • rex freeway

    What would happen if Obama took the blinders off and read this blog? If his press secretary strong arms reporters over minuscule damning of the president, does this mean he cant handle being criticized?

  • backtomadison

    The press should be not only a
    collective propagandist and a collective agitator, but also a
    collective organizer of the masses.

    Vladimir Lenin

  • Agrippa

    Gee, as a student of history, this sure does sound familiar. Hmmmmmmm . . .
    Oh, yeah, Nazi Germany from January 30, 1933 on. Pretty much exactly the same thing as is going on now, in America, for God’s sake!

  • Petterssonp

    Our safety, our liberty, depends upon preserving the Constitution of the United States as our fathers made it inviolate. The people of the United States are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution. Abraham Lincoln

  • Petterssonp

    “From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.” Karl Marx

  • Petterssonp

    Communism has never come to power in a country that was not disrupted by war or corruption, or both.
    John F. Kennedy

  • Petterssonp

    “First of all, then we have to say the American public overwhelmingly voted for socialism when they elected President Obama,” Rev. Al Sharpton

  • Petterssonp

    Whenever the legislators endeavor to take away and destroy the property of the people, or to reduce them to slavery under arbitrary power, they put themselves into a state of war with the people, who are thereupon absolved from any farther obedience, and are left to the common refuge which God hath provided for all men against force and violence.” -John Locke

  • Petterssonp

    “I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery” – Thomas Jefferson

  • Petterssonp

    “Government is not a solution to our problem, government is the problem.” Ronald Reagan

  • Petterssonp

    “Do you think that we want those laws to be observed? We want them broken. There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power the government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.” Ayn Rand

  • Petterssonp

    “One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation.”
    Thomas Reed

  • Petterssonp

    In 1803, American legal scholar St. George Tucker said of the Second Amendment, “The right of self defence is the first law of nature: in most governments it has been the study of rulers to confine this right within the narrowest limits possible. Wherever standing armies are kept up, and the right of the people to keep and bear arms is, under any colour or pretext whatsoever, prohibited, liberty, if not already annihilated, is on the brink of destruction.” He also criticized the British government for taking away its citizens’ guns under the pretext of preserving animal populations; he saw it as problematic that few people were allowed to keep guns in their homes.

  • Petterssonp

    “Every Communist must grasp the truth that political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” -Mao Zedong

  • Petterssonp

    “When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, ‘This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know,’ the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives. Mighty little force is needed to control a man whose mind has been hoodwinked; contrariwise, no amount of force can control a free man, a man whose mind is free. No, not the rack, not fission bombs, not anything—you can’t conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him.”
    —Robert A. Heinlein

  • Petterssonp

    “If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey, he is obligated to do so.” – Thomas Jefferson

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