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Obama Insults Netanyahu; Press Fails to Report

Updated 11:20 am ET

President Obama failed to contradict French President Nicolas Sarkozy last week when Sarkozy termed Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netenyahu a liar, responding instead that Netanyahu was basically a pain in the ass, according to Reuters.

“I cannot bear Netanyahu, he’s a liar,” Sarkozy told Obama, unaware that the microphones in their meeting room had been switched on, enabling reporters in a separate location to listen in to a simultaneous translation.

“You’re fed up with him, but I have to deal with him even more often than you,” Obama replied.

The two leaders were together in a room, about to hold a joint press conference at the G-20 Summit in Cannes, France, and they thought their microphones were not yet live. But they were, and some reporters who turned on their translation-providing earphones before they were supposed to picked up a conversation that was meant to be private.

But they didn’t report it. Exactly when did journalists start worrying about whether news was not intended to be made public?

According to Israel’s, reporters present subsequently signed an agreement not to publish the remarks. Only after the French photojournalism website Arret Sur Images reported the exchange did Reuters, which had a reporter on the scene, “confirm” it with a story.


The surprising lack of coverage may be explained by a report alleging that journalists present at the event were requested to sign an agreement to keep mum on the embarrassing comments. A Reuters reporter was among the journalists present and can confirm the veracity of the comments.

A member of the media confirmed Monday that “there were discussions between journalists and they agreed not to publish the comments due to the sensitivity of the issue.”

He added that while it was annoying to have to refrain from publishing the information, the journalists are subject to precise rules of conduct.

Precise rules of conduct?? Journalism is supposed to be about NO RULES OF CONDUCT, except in certain cases when national security or the safety or livelihood of individuals is involved.

It’s incredible to me that White House reporters were involved in suppressing information. They may have had to break the “rules,” but once you have information, you report it, even if it means someone is going to be angry at you. For journalists to actually sign some kind of agreement to not report, ever, a major news story is a disgrace beyond words.

This is why people don’t trust the media. It’s why so many conservatives reacted with such disdain to what I think are legitimate reports about alleged sexual harassment by Herman Cain. I cannot help believing some of the very same reporters who signed the non-disclosure deal about Obama’s remarks would have clung to exalted claims of journalistic integrity and reported the matter had it involved George W. Bush.

This is only Obama’s latest personal insult toward Netanyahu, having already walked out of a March 2010 White House meeting with him and left him hanging out on his own in the West Wing to stew with aides over whether he could come up proposals more to Obama’s liking.

During the conversation with Sarkozy, Obama also criticized the French president for voting to allow the Palestinians to join UNESCO, an event which forced the U.S. to withdraw funds from the agency, and fretted about the consequences of the Palestinians signing up with other UN outfits, like the International Atomic Energy Agency.

“You have to pass the message along to the Palestinians that they must stop this immediately,” Obama said.

UPDATE: Traveling with the press corps to an Obama event near Philadelphia, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney today refused to comment on Obama’s remarks, but he did not deny them.

34 thoughts on “Obama Insults Netanyahu; Press Fails to Report”

  1. Benyamin Netenyahu has more testicular veracity than these two so called world leaders combined. What a couple of effete a$$holes Sarkozy and Little Barry are.
    France is overrun with Socialists and fanatical Muslims because of their monumental stupidity and ineffectual leadership. America is on the verge of the same thing. We are going to pay a terrible price for dissing Israel and ultimately the blame will be laid at the door of The Fraud-in-Chief that is currently holding The People’s House hostage.

  2. See, what I find incredible is the fact that you think this is the first time information has been suppressed. It was only because of a complicit media that we have Obama in the first place. You’re telling me that NO reporter out there has the ability to dig up college transcripts? or a birth certificate? Or old friends/neighbors/teachers/anyone who knew Barry prior? How come there’s no more daily body counts like there was for Bush?

    Anything that puts Obama in a bad light is surpressed, and it has been for the last 4 years. I know it’s your industry, but please open your eyes.

    1. Perhaps you could do something about it too, Keith. The people know nothing about this man in the White House. Who are his friends? Oh I could go on and on, Watching the frenzy surrounding Cain only reminds me of the ineffective vetting of Obama.

  3. I am really glad that this information has come out and in the manner that it has. The COOTUS (Community Organizer of The United States) and his progressive czars are doing all they can to keep the truth from us. It is one thing that this conversation took place, but to be held from the people with “precise rules of conduct”? What in the heck is that and has any one seen this before?
    We will lose a good friend in Isreal (if we haven’t already) because of COOTUS. I would love to see Carney get so twisted up with this one that he will beg to move on to another topic.

  4. MrObama and MrSarkozy were having an unguarded conversation in what they believed was a private and secure enviornment. When their private opinion of MrNetanyahu was overheard by the international press , the press was implored not to report what was said in the interest of international relations. It’s hardly a secret in the US that MrObama doesn’t hold the PM of Israel in high regard and MrSarkozy’s opinion reflects France’s fear that Israel’s refusal to bend to the Arab world will affect the French economy.

    Not reporting the incident isn’t the newsworthy part, but the context of these comments should have been explained. The way it stands now, the two leader’s comments….”he’s a liar….”can’t stand him”. hardly reach the level of Presidential stature.

    re: conservative’s refusal to take the Cain ‘scandal’ as truth in fact.
    He said/she said isn’t proof of anything other than someone is lying.
    We don’t trust or believe the MSM to present the news of the day without putting an editorial spin or partisan slide to any story.

    Conservatives have been maligned by the liberal press too long and now their time is over. We’ve been “Palinized”, “teabagged” and now we’re being “Cained”.
    Does it matter that a Presidential candidate had a thing for good-looking women, does it matter that a sitting President had sexual relations in the Oval office, does it matter that sitting members of Congress have been accused of sexual misconduct? If it matters, then we need to eliminate all the men in the political arena who have had sexual relations, or wanted to have sexual relations, with anyone other than a woman or his wife.

    1. Great observation srdem. In my opinion, a person’s past should be forgiven. What does matter to me is if that person is living a lie. Lies will always be found out and when they are, the politician opens themselves up to blackmail and extortion.

      Mr. Clinton’s experience with a federal employee in the Oval Office of the people’s house did matter to me. That was evidence of a man who had no moral character. That he lied about the incident until confronted with absolute evidence, reinforced my opinion about the consequences of living a lie.

      1. Weird comment Susan. So what are the ‘consequences of living a lie’?

        And “the politician opens themselves up to blackmail and extortion”. Hello!!! That is one of the main reasons it does/ should matter to the electorate. You don’t mind your president conducting himself in such a manner as to expose him to extortion?!

        1. Sorry I didn’t make myself clear. In my opinion, the consequences of living a lie is eternal damnation. I believe all our candidates should be thoroughly vetted; however, we are all human and we all make mistakes. If a politician admits to a sexual indiscretion in their past, I see no reason why they can’t serve honorably, especially if they are upstanding citizens in every other way. If a politician lies about their past and continues to tell that lie, even after confronted with the truth, they will eventually pay the price.

          In Mr. Cain’s case, I believe he is old-fashioned Southern gentleman without a deviant bone in his body. I see him as a good man who is being persecuted by a bunch of politically correct hacks who will destroy anyone or anything in the path of their chosen one.

          1. And my take is he’s a high-powered, charming guy used to getting his own way who’s out of town a lot and gets bored and then….When he gets tagged for it, he tries to smear the woman. She must be lying because she has had financial difficulties, etc. Real gentlemanly.

          2. Guess that means he’s guilty until proven innocent…

            Luke 6:37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged; condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned; forgive and ye shall be forgiven:

          3. Not what I said–you declared him pure as the driven, I said that was not my take. You were just being Biblical? Neither is us knows, Susan! These are opinions backed by our life experience. For whatever they are worth–probably not that much.

    2. MT for re-redistribution

      Agree, Barney ran a gay whorehouse, and the lefties don’t have a problem with that, but Caine makes a pass at a babe, and he’s the devil??

  5. …there were discussions between journalists and they agreed not to publish the comments due to the sensitivity of the issue.

    Where is Clark Kent when you need him? Truth, justice, and the American way.

  6. Ask him again. And again. Then again if neccessary.

    “UPDATE: Traveling with the press corps to an Obama event near Philadelphia, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney today refused to comment on Obama’s remarks, but he did not deny them.”

    Ask him again.

  7. This is one of those, what I like to call “Let me get this straight” moments:

    President Bike Helmet Trick-or-Treat Basket Mom Jeans and French President Surrender Monkey are making fun of Bibi? A man who could eat their respective lunches before breakfast? Rich!!!

  8. You simply can’t make all this stuff up. Keith had an article a week or so ago about Jewish organizations not wanting the American/Israeli relationship to be a campaign issue and he was very disturbed by that; now we have journalists agreeing not to tell this story – OMG. The sad thing about all this (my husband states) is that overall, the Jewish voters will continue to support Mr. Obama even though he has exhibited no real support of Israel. I don’t believe everything Israel does is right – just like everything we do isn’t right, but they are only real friends in that part of the world – is it too much to ask our President to at least keep his mouth shut about his “true” feelings when talking to other world leaders?

  9. Remember when Bush got caught on an open mic talking to Tony Blair in the summer of ’06?

    Can’t remember the exact phrase but he basically told Blair, “Syria has to tell Hezbollah to stop doing this s***.”

    CNN actually broke in with a special update. Bush uses naughty language!

    1. Yup, I remember. And then all the “rogue cowboy” talk started up again with the same old inane questions …”Is this appropriate language?” “Is he being a good example?” “Is he being a good leader?” blah-blah-blah-blah

      It was nauseating how they pounced on him like jackals every chance they could.

  10. More proof Bibi is more of a leader than these to idiots will ever be. Barry needs to learn to keep his mouth shut, this is all over the Arab news and their blowin the story all up…Good job dumbass.

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