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Tapper: Gibbs, Plouffe and Messina Cash in

When Jake Tapper first arrived to cover the White House for ABC News after the 2008 election, I figured he was just another liberal reporter who would go easy on the man most of the Washington press corps had voted for.

I knew he had spent several years reporting for Slate, the left-leaning online magazine, and figured he’d feel loathe to disturb the equanimity of the new Democratic administration.

I’ve rarely been more pleased to be so wrong.

Tapper is a relentless reporter who works days, nights, and weekends to expose hypocrisy, uncover truth, and dispense his findings eloquently to the public. Unlike much of the White House press corps, particularly the TV types, he worked sources and broke news that hadn’t simply been handed to him on background by the White House to make President Obama look good and keep reporters satiated.

He was one of the few pit bulls in the White House briefing room, attacking the specious logic of spin every day without worrying whether someone in the West Wing would refuse his calls as a result.

And, I can tell you, I have absolutely no idea from his comments or questions what his politics are. He genuinely seems to aspire to the true ideal of journalism, to uncover facts without letting personal opinions get in the way. Unfortunately for the cause of White House coverage, he’s moved on to CNN and his own show. But he’s still doing important work there.

Anyway, that’s a long introduction to his latest story, which exposes the questionable junket to Azerbaijan of three top Obama aides who still have the ear of the president.

They were no doubt paid handsomely – and, given that they traveled halfway around the world, probably excessively – to attend a conference serving as splendid PR for a repressive regime that makes its money from the very petroleum the Obama people supposedly think is destroying the earth. In addition to Azerbaijan, sponsors of the conference included  BP, Conoco Phillips, and Chevron.

Not a solar panel in sight, one would presume.

Here’s the report.

37 Responses to Tapper: Gibbs, Plouffe and Messina Cash in

    • Yes–I saw Kirsten Powers gazing about brightly for support like she does, saying fat people and smokers should pay more for insurance even though they may be from lower economic strata that cannot afford to–just so she would not have to pay…That is what insurance IS, Kirsten, spreading the risk. Then, if you get cancer or fall off a mountain hiking with all your vim and vigor, we will pay for YOU. Everyone gets old and the wheels start to wobble. It’s not like you’re going to escape. And if it’s so easy to lose weight or quit smoking, why you would have no problem.

      • MsPowers comment reveals the special discrimination that all liberals have to the “others” that are not like them. We notice that smokers and people not thin are to be punished, but not those who do illegal drugs, or drink to excess, or jump out of perfectly functioning airplanes for fun.

        All of us of a certain age have learned that good health is at best a crapshoot. One can be doomed with lung cancer without ever smoking anything, or any incurable disease can attack even the most diligent of health nuts. The liberal belief that some people should be punished for their lifestyle is at best ignorant and at it’s worst un-American.
        We are not all the same, and being same does not mean equal.

          • Speaking of holding people accountable–I read in the WSJ (front page) this morning that Washington is in a
            “new gilded age.” People are tearing mansions to build better mansions–all fueled by war profits, which don’t seem to be slackening despite “ending” wars, whatever that is amounting to. Well, nifty. I should never have gotten out of the aerospace game, I guess. So they are in a bubble surrounded by a gilded cage. And bossing, juding, lying about, and trying to threaten us!

        • Every time I hear this stuff about discriminating in the health field with regards to smoking and obesity (or just not up to Mooch’s standards which most likely are enforceable by the IRS according to HHS) I wonder what will happen when they deal with diabetes. I don’t know much about it, but I understand that there can be self generated diabetes (eating too much etc.) as well as diabetes a person can get through through no fault of their own, and it has substantial health consequences.

          I am only intellectually interested. I find all this discrimination and enforced penalization pretty disgusting.

          But if they keep at it I am sure Obamacare will result in some bizarre new American . Don’t know what happens to those who don’t measure up, but that’s for later — when the unicorns are prancing.

        • True words. But smoking and obesity are very observable to us. We can’t see if someone has a bad heart, but we can see that they’re overweight. It’s allowable bullying.

          • Incidentally, I jinxed myself posting the above. Sat I got another “chance” to return a humongous questionnaire about me to my Medicare HMO. No need to sign it, they said–we have you coded. Also, they said they would share all my info with my doctor and someone would call me for more things I needed to do. No! If I have a health issue, my doctor will call YOU for payment. Oh, this is going to be such fun! I tossed it. My agent said it’s voluntary but that companies got more money if they could get people to turn in this info. I would not mind if it were generic–to see who was in their population–but it was coded to ME! I don’t want the feds to know how long it takes me to walk to the door. What about the drones–what if I can’t run fast enough! [kidding–maybe]

          • Now I read that our sage buddy Tom Friedman predicts a “Datapalooza” from health care–a um, rash of companies devoted to manipulating, massaging, selling and using our personal health info. Of course, this is already happening, Tom–catch up. I get mail appeals to bury me at sea, fix my inability to hear, carve up my eyeballs so I can see better, give me pain free catheters, more absorbent diapers, a CD radio to wear around my neck, on my neck, take this house off my hands in exchange for payments now, gold bars, drugs that “may cause sudden events such as death,” etc.

  1. The quality of the ABC Sunday show rose and fell depending on whether or not the aptly named Tapper was sitting in. He has long been a beacon of clear light in a very dark sea of jouno-lists.

    Interesting comment at the end, that Bob Bauer signed off on the trip by Messina, Plouffe and Gibbs. Bauer was Obama’s personal attorney in the White House and headed the election teams. Those would be the ones that broke promises, misled the public on how much money they had, and removed standard protection modalities from credit card donations. Sure, Bauer would make sure these Obama men didn’t do anything that wasn’t perfectly ethical, legal, and moral. And Obama has an intercontinental railroad bridge you can purchase on credit…..Maybe it’s something in the water at Harvard?

    • PS (thanks to belated research). Bauer is also married to Anita Dunn, who famously declared that Fox News was not a real news organization.

      With advisers like Bauer and Dunn, what could possibly go wrong?

  2. I have had some experience with oil companies doing business in this part of the world — heck one of them wanted a pipeline running through Afghanistan. The only thing these hypocrite Obama asshats are being paid for– very well — is political access.

    I couldn’t make the video play but I assume Tapper is suggesting the political policy hypocrisy.

    The problem is the extreme left who would care about this doesn’t believe or is aware of anything that doesn’t come from MSNBC, or Media Matters. And to the establishment left this is no surprise. They only hope they can get such well paying gigs.

    I’ll pay attention when Jake asks Steffy the Cutter, CNN’s newest addition, what she thinks of this. And by the way, doesn’t Gibbs do some work with CNN? Jake could ask him.

    Maybe this is all on the video. If so, apologies.

    I like Jake well enough. I respect Atkisson more.

  3. Moving his considerable talents to the solid bottom of cable news might have been financially beneficial to MrTapper, but their audience of trapped travelers and seedy bar patrons won’t do much for his reputation.
    CNN is the news channel that brought us CandyCrowley, the Obama-biased moderator that helped promote the lies about Benghazi, and the obscene NewYearsEve spectacle of a lesbian pretending to give a gay man oral sex.

    Re: his report on the group that was invited to xxxxxistan for reasons connected to that country’s oil production
    The three men mentioned who had(have) strong connections to MrObama are private citizens, free to go anywhere they please and to be paid by even the most degenerate of sponsers.
    This isn’t a defense of the trio, just a fair observation of their status.

    Re: the chilling accounts of how the people of xxxxxistan are treated by their government
    Let’s not forget that local, state and the federal governments of the US have the power to confiscate and destroy a private home if they can convince a court that it’s for the “public good”. It’s been happening for a long time, and it’s still going on.
    The US government tramples on the civil rights of it’s citizens all the time and ignores the law whenever it suits them.
    Again, it’s not a defense of xxxxxistan, just a fair observation.

    MrTapper brightened our day when he went for the truth during the WhiteHouse briefings. It’s just too bad that he chose to go to the dark side of cable news where his program shines a lonely, dim light for the truth.

  4. Mark Levin interviewed Jake Tapper a while back when his book, “The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor” was released. I remember him saying he had a life changing event when he was holding his newborn son and watching a news report about a Taliban attack on Combat Outpost Keating. It caused him to look for the humanity behind the statistics of war and it changed his life when he did so.

    As Geoff mentioned, Jake Tapper, like you Keith, is one of the few. He looks beyond the political party of those involved in a scam like this and exposes them all for what they are. It’s maddening how statists like Dick Lugar can be fired by their constituents from the offices they hold, yet they still cling like leeches to positions of power in the leviathan. Washington, D.C. has become so corrupted and so evil that I don’t know if anything less than an act of God can redeem it.

  5. I notice no one commented on Keith’s headline and lead–the creepy spokeFOLKS who now have big jobs. Probably bec it’s so unsurprising. Carry water/carry moneybags. It’s the natural order.

    • Jim Messina is in charge of Obama’s newly minted nonprofit, tax exempt entity “Organizing for Action”, which is also running Obama’s official WH Twitter and Facebook feeds. I don’t think that creep Messina is getting rich off these opulent side junkets to communist countries. Those are just pleasure trips for the king’s emissaries. The real money is in shaking down the wealthy Obama donors who are laundering taxpayer dollars through the phony front group OFA. Every time I see another campaign event on Obama’s schedule, it reminds me of a mafioso bagman collecting protection money for the syndicate boss.

    • I read somewhere–maybe it’s in the same story Keith is citing–that Stephanie Cutter stands to make a bundle as a consultant to some corporation involved with the Keystone Pipeline.

  6. Caught a glimpse of Tapper’s new gig on CNN yesterday for the first time – the 1:00 pm time slot here on the Left Coast is not convenient even for the most ardent fans. That said, it was almost like watching a beautiful Bengal tiger in captivity at the Bronx zoo. While the Azerbijian story is yet another example of a govt. gone wild, I hope Tapper’s claws will remain intact. He was poetry in motion at the WH briefings….the biggest thorn in BHO’s side.

  7. While Jake Tapper is doing good work lately, there are those of us who have worked unpaid for endless hours, been ridiculed and threatened with our lives to expose the biggest fraud in American history: Barack Hussein Obama.

    As I type this, Cold Case Posse lead investigator Michael Zullo is presenting evidence of crimes committed by as-yet unknown individuals in regard to Obama, the forgery of his long-form birth certificate, and possible identity fraud. There are congressmen, sheriffs and elected officials there who will hear and see the evidence which those of us in the research community have been seeking for more than four years.

    Zullo has also worked for 20 months as a volunteer to find and report the facts which NO mainstream reporter will touch. However, soon they will have to…and the American people will know just how damaging the media has been over the past several decades, but especially in its lack of vetting of Obama.

    That includes Jake Tapper.

    • Sharon, thank for this info. I was unaware of Mr. Zullo’s work but I plan to look into it now that you brought it up. I’ve found Tapper to be clear and, basically, unbiased when I started following him a few years ago. I won’t deny that he could have been a Kool Aid(tm) drinker for career purposes originally but he seems to have seen the light, the need for truth where BO is concerned much as Keith has.

    • We know Obama wasn’t vetted. This is old news Sharon. Stop sounding like a whiner….please !! Keep doing your job and stay true and karma will come back to you. TY for all you have done.

  8. Keith’s article was about Jake Tapper. I respect his opinion and am glad there are a few “rogue” journalists who are trying to report the real news and as in his case, bucking the mainstream…good on you Jake !!

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