February 17, 2009

Latest Pajamas Media Column (‘The Obama Diet for America: A Steady Stream of Whoppers’) Is Up; Extended Thoughts on Obama’s Preselection of Questioners

Filed under: Economy,MSM Biz/Other Bias,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 12:27 pm

It’s here.

I’m grateful to the folks at PJM for getting it through the process in under 24 hours. I think that means they like it.

Associated Press reporterette Jennifer Loven had the honor of asking His Excellency the first question at his press briefing on February 9. Read the column to learn the probably reason why she’s so “lucky.”

In the column, I quickly noted in a few words something that otherwise had to be left on the cutting-room floor. Most of Old Media is giving this revolting development the la-la-la treatment, with these exceptions that I’m aware of: Carol Marin of the Chicago Sun-Times (HT Warner Todd Huston), the Washington Times, and the Wall Street Journal’s editorial writers. There may be others, but they are very few.

Marin explained what that something is on January 4 (bold is mine):

The Obama news conferences ….. mak(e) one yearn for the return of the always-irritating Sam Donaldson to awaken the slumbering press to the notion that decorum isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

The press corps, most of us, don’t even bother raising our hands any more to ask questions because Obama always has before him a list of correspondents who’ve been advised they will be called upon that day.

Has any previous president done this? Where’s the outrage from the supposed defenders of journalistic integrity?

Last week, the WSJ’s Editorial Board weighed in:

The White House had decided in advance who would be allowed to question the President and who was left out.

….. the decision to preselect questioners is an odd one, especially for a White House famously pledged to openness. We doubt that President Bush, who was notorious for being parsimonious with follow-ups, would have gotten away with prescreening his interlocutors. Mr. Obama can more than handle his own, so our guess is that this is an attempt to discipline reporters who aren’t White House favorites.

Few accounts of Monday night’s event even mentioned the curious fact that the White House had picked its speakers in advance. We hope that omission wasn’t out of fear of being left off the list the next time.

This handling of the press is consistent with the type of “democratic totalitarian” Michael Ledeen described in his must-must read posts last week:

Look in the mirror, far-lefties. He’s describing you, and the stealth radical you snuck past the electorate.

If Bush had decided who he would call on in advance during his presidency, you can virtually count on this: Former Bush-basher transformed into sickening Obama sycophant Jennifer Loven would have been the first in line screaming about it, with her higher-ups at the AP likely right behind her.



  1. Bush did it, too.


    Comment by Tony B. — February 17, 2009 @ 11:48 pm

  2. MMFA? Yawn:
    - Obama’s was an ORDERED list, and Bush’s “grid” wasn’t.
    - Bush’s “grid” wasn’t any and every reporter he would call on during any given evening. It looks to me like Bush decided who he would call on and when. Obama’s order was dictated.
    - Fleischer — “Just stay right here and call on these people on the grid in front of you.” In other words, Fleischer identified the portion of the room that was worth calling on, and the portion that wasn’t. BFD.

    If you can’t tell the difference, you’re blind in one eye and can’t see out of the other. That explains why MMFA can’t.

    Even if I concede your points (which I don’t), you’re going to have to explain away this. You’ve got better things to do vs. embarrassing yourself defending the indefensible.

    Comment by TBlumer — February 18, 2009 @ 12:48 am

  3. Do you ever tire of defending the indefensible? Bush was your boy, and he was awful. Deal with it.

    Comment by Tony B. — February 21, 2009 @ 11:09 pm

  4. #3, Bush did a lot of things right, and some things wrong.

    When you’re confronted with how Obama is going beyond what was done for Bush, you retreat to immature name-calling. Who’s the intellectual coward now?

    Your assertion is a deliberate lie, and you know it.

    Comment by TBlumer — February 22, 2009 @ 6:36 am

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