POLITICO: OBAMA SHUTS OUT REPORTERS
Politico, in a 7 page article, defines numerous criticisms of Obama’s viral handling of the White House reporters whose job it is to cover him.
Interestingly, as negative a light as Politico paints Obama in this story, they even provide a few complements to the Bush administration. An unidentified reporter referring to Obama: “The access is much poorer than in the Bush administration. … There are people … you could reach in the Bush administration that now say, ‘That position does not speak to the press. We do not give background. We do not give anything.’”
Politico: “Much of the criticism is off the record, both out of fear of retaliation and from worry about appearing whiny. But those views were voiced by a cross section of the television, newspaper and magazine journalists who cover the White House. Obama rarely lets a chance go by to make a critical or sarcastic comment about the press, its superficiality or its short-term mentality. He also hasn’t done a full-blown news conference for 10 months.”
Obama works through intimidation. He continues to play the rich against the poor (Wall St financial reform is nothing more than big government control being obtained by playing the wealthy against the have-nots). Even though there are currently 5 more states who want to employ Arizona’s new law Obama is not focusing on the facts, he playing the race card. The truth is never existent, Obama seeks to intimidate by appealing to feelings.
White House reporters are literally scared to death that if they do not report what they are ordered to Obama will ignore them for the remainder of his term. Politico dances around direct links to Obama spending a great deal of time focusing on Gibbs. Considering about 6 pages dealt with Gibbs and the administration, as well as the fact that they defended Obama, that says it all. Politico obviously was unable to reach Obama any more efficiently than the poor white house reporters.