Saturday, April 03, 2010

Hold The Front Page...

Steve Clemons at The Washington Note has uncovered a shocking truth at the heart of the Obama administration's White House communications team. In an article entitled, "Communications Corruption at the White House" he states:

What I have learned after discussions over the last several days with several journalists who either have regular access to the White House or are part of the White House press corps is that there is a growing sense that access is traded for positive stories -- or perhaps worse, an agreement that things learned will not be reported in the near term.

The White House is working hard to secure deals that yield fluffy, feel good commentary about the Obama White House. One American White House reporter used colorful terms to describe the arrangement. The reporter said, "They want 'blow jobs' first [in the press sense]. Then you have to be on good behavior for a bit or be willing to deal, and then you get access."
Whilst breaking this earth shattering news Clemons admits that this is "a trend that may very well have been a part of other presidencies as well".

Really? I wonder if this has ever happened before and, if so, why we didn't notice it?

Scott McClellan:
If anything, the national press corps was probably too deferential to the White House and to the administration in regard to the most important decision facing the nation during my years in Washington, the choice over whether to go to war in Iraq.

The collapse of the administration's rationales for war, which became apparent months after our invasion, should never have come as such a surprise. . . . In this case, the "liberal media" didn't live up to its reputation. If it had, the country would have been better served.
In that case, the deference of the press led to an illegal war in which hundreds of thousands of innocents lost their lives.

But Clemons has reserved his outrage for the "corruption" at the heart of the Obama Communications team. Turns out these bastards are trying to get good stories about themselves in the papers. Who could have imagined that they could be that "corrupt"?

Click here for full article.

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