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NYTs, NBC Journos: White House “Secretive”

New York Times? NBC?

The openness administration actually has the least openness of any. And where has this gotten them? They’ve even managed to alienate the MSM. Their press has gone from glowing to terrible. AND DEAR LEADER’S APPROVAL RATINGS ARE CHRONICALLY IN THE DUMPS.

New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson is not happy. She tells Al Jazeera:

I would say it is the most secretive White House that I have ever been involved in covering, and that includes — I spent 22 years of my career in Washington and covered presidents from President Reagan on up through now, and I was Washington bureau chief of the Times during George W. Bush’s first term.

I dealt directly with the Bush White House when they had concerns that stories we were about to run put the national security under threat. But, you know, they were not pursuing criminal leak investigations.

The Obama administration has had seven criminal leak investigations. That is more than twice the number of any previous administration in our history. It’s on a scale never seen before. This is the most secretive White House that, at least as a journalist, I have ever dealt with.

NBC News’ Chuck Todd, who I imagine is constantly fielding furious, expletive-laden calls from the White House press office, has no problem laying it on the line, declaring the White House both “secretive” and “controlling.”

Controlling is not quite strong enough. This White House in fact has routinely sought to suppress speech by trying to squash legitimate, truthful reporting that it knows full well is legitimate and truthful.

Lying. Secretive. End running Congress. Suppressing speech. Piling up trillions in new debt. Ah yes, this is just what the Founders envisioned.

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26 Responses to NYTs, NBC Journos: White House “Secretive”

  1. I didn’t get the whole story, but I heard this morning that some friend of Greta VanSustern was threatened by someone in the WH. Anyone know more about that?

    • I remembered a disturbing phone call from a good friend in the Obama Administration. I have known this friend for years. The call was a short time after 9/11 (maybe Oct. 2012?) In the call, my friend told me that my colleague Jennifer Griffin, who was aggressively reporting on Benghazi, was wrong and that, as a favor to me, my friend in the Administration was telling me so that I could tell Jennifer so that she did not ruin her career.

      SNIP

      http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2014/01/18/Admin-Source-Told-Van-Susteren-To-Tell-Colleague-To-Halt-Benghazi-Coverage

      • In the early days after Benghazi, the State Department omitted only Fox News Channel from its conference call to all the media when it claimed to be answering questions about Benghazi for the media. Our friends in other media outlets were scandalized that Fox was not included and told us all about it. They were suspicious of State Department forgetting us/Fox and courageous to tip us off. The State Department claimed it was accident and not intentional.

        And then shortly thereafter, there was the CIA briefing about Benghazi at the CIA for all the networks – except one: Fox News Channel. The CIA would not let Fox News Channel attend.

        http://gretawire.foxnewsinsider.com/2014/01/16/obama-administration-and-new-york-times-have-some-explaining-to-do/?dtoc

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  2. They are merely switching over to Hillary Clinton. Tne NYT Sunday Magazine is supposed to have Hillary on its cover next Sunday with her face imposed over the moon and the heading is Planet Hillary. It would make a good cartoon post for you, Keith.

    I find it funny how the Grey Lady was denying only a couple of weeks ago that it had not yet decided to endorse Clinton when it published that whitewash of Benghazi.

  3. The media will eventually get fed up and their fluff pieces will be smaller.
    MAYBE if the Media pushed harder and stronger they’d find the information.

    Or possibly the media will get fed up and take it all out on the Next Administration (unless it’s Hillary or some other Dem)

  4. Boo Hoo. The MSM did all it could to insure that the “first Black historic” man was elected President. They covered for him, lied about his background, trashed all of his critics mercilessly, promoted his every move as brilliant and now he and his minions won’t share with them…again…..boo hoo.

    al Jazeera, really? The editor of the NYT, the paper of record, goes on a cable network with a viewership of 22 at any given moment to give an opinion of the current atmosphere of the WhiteHouse knowing darn well that the general public will never hear her complaint.
    One last time…boo hoo.

    • I’m with you, srdem. These pawns of the ruling class deserve no sympathy. They built this little tin pot dictator with their fawning, pathetic lies…

  5. The founding fathers envisioned laying the smack down on tyrannical governments. If Jefferson was alive today, he would be raising a militia to lay siege upon DC.

    When checks and balances in the Constitution fail to work, it’s time to drop the hammer. Obviously, with m0r0ns like Obama, Boehner, Reid and Roberts… the Constitution isn’t working anymore.

  6. he Washington Post’s Bob Woodward said on Wednesday that a “very senior” White House official threatened him over his continued public disagreements with the Obama administration. BuzzFeed later reported that the official was Gene Sperling, who heads President Obama’s White House Economic Council.

    SNIP

    “It makes me very uncomfortable to have the White House telling reporters, you’re going to regret doing something that you believe in.”

    SNIP

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/27/bob-woodward-white-house-threatened-sequester_n_2777681.html?icid=maing-grid10%7Chtmlws-main-bb%7Cdl2%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D276459

  7. The NYT and NBC complaining? What a joke. The NYT hates criticism of their writing and I should know -as a regular commenter there (under a different moniker) any of my comments that include a remark about what an agenda the Times has goes unpublished. They have a remarkably thin skin so its only fitting that they have to deal with a President who has an equally thin skin and who hates criticism. I am laughing out loud.

    By the way, to go back to the subject of Cuomo’s comments and how awful it made me feel, I picked up the phone today and called my state senator in Albany. He wasn’t in but I spoke at length to his chief aide and asked if the senator planned on making a public comments regarding Cuomo uninviting us conservative NYers. I was impressed with the office, and further impressed that the aide said he would have my senator call me today. I plan to ask him if he has Cuomo’s ear, would he have the nerve to tell the governor some of his constutients are more than unhappy. My representative is a Democrat so chances are slim to none my conversation will go further than between the two of us, but hey, I had to say something. It was festering inside me.

  8. Good point about the Founding Fathers, Keith.

    I would guess that, never in their worst dreams, did the Fathers ever envision that we would elect a president (twice!) like Barack Obama. As a result, they didn’t think to protect us against him.

  9. Oh no! When your most fervent supporters are opening their eyes to reality, what oh what can you do? Simply dig in and become less transparent. After all, you can’t allow the truth to ever get out. Oh, and make sure these traitors are taken care of somehow.

  10. Awhile back, some White House flack announced that they would be using “legitimate media” to publicize (or promote) their gun-control agenda. I don’t recall the exact phrasing, but it was one of those statements that reveals more than was probably intended (like when Christine Gregoire told her supporters “We can make up that difference!” after the first recount of the ballots had narrowed her Republican opponent’s margin over her).

    This White House defines “legitimate media” as the outlets that are willing to advocate for its agenda. Those that are more skeptical or even neutral are to be badmouthed, marginalized, and even harassed.

  11. I don’t get it. Everyone bitches, pisses and moans about the way the media report, but when we get a chance to affirm this–and, to provide more evidence–some of us drop out.

    C’mon, ya’lll! Post the links you have. Don’t just refer to something you read elsewhere; POST THE LINKS.

  12. I just read that the nuns have a victory for now. A Catholic organization won’t have to compy with O Care contraception mandate untill a final decision has been made on the case.
    dailycaller.com
    While the they are reviewing for their final vote, I would like to remind them of Separation of Church and State.