You don’t hear much about it in the liberal branch of mainstream media – that is, most of it – but the investigation into the IRS targeting of conservative groups is continuing, and progress is being made. The Wall Street Journal today reports that the House Ways and Means Committee has dug up emails between Lois Lerner – who took the Fifth, and possibly for
Aides to Vice President Biden edited press pool reports during Vice President Biden’s two day trip to Virginia this week, an unheard-of practice that amounts to censorship of the press. The pool reports are entirely the property of the press. They are written by reporters who are on hand at presidential or vice presidential events where access for the press corps is limited. The reports
The Daily Caller White House reporter Neil Munro interrupted President Obama today in the Rose Garden as Obama was describing his new immigration policy. This is a pretty big breach of protocol. I’ve actually never seen anyone do this. But Munro, who asked about the effect of Obama’s policy on American workers, says he thought Obama was finishing and did not mean to interrupt him.
White House press Secretary Jay Carney today lectured reporters how to do their jobs, suggesting they had failed to place in the proper context President’s Obama’s remarks Friday about the private sector “doing fine.” Carney was answering a question by Ben Feller of the Associated Press, not normally known as a bomb thrower. This testiness will get him nowhere with the press, which is still
In a striking breach of protocol, President Obama today abandoned the press, and his whereabouts were unknown for a some period of time. According to the pool report, Obama left the Andrews Air Force Base golf course without the press vans that accompany him everywhere. The vans proceeded back to the White House on their own. From the pool report: The pool does not know
I thought he was pretty good. Maybe I had had too much to drink at that point. But I thought he was funny. Interesting to me that he is so aware of the criticisms leveled at him. But clearly, he dismisses it or doesn’t care. I also recoiled at all the pious stuff at the end about the important role of the press. At this
Mitt Romney won a crushing victory Tuesday, winning twice as many states as Rick Santorum and more that two and half times as many delegates, but his triumph is being portrayed in headlines across the nation as sign of weakness and failure. According to the Wall Street Journal, Romney picked up 211 delegates while taking six states, bringing his total delegate count to 415. Santorum
I do love journalism. It’s my chosen profession. And despite the condemnation on the right of the mainstream media, I think many regular reporters do excellent work. But a liberal bias exists. And conservatives are right to be angry about it, and their hostility to the press is understandable. While most reporters I know try to surpress their political opinions and do honest work, the
The openness administration says it has the right to limit the access of the Boston Herald to the press pool covering President Obama’s trip to the city today because it regards its reporting as unfair, the Herald writes. From today’s Herald piece: “I tend to consider the degree to which papers have demonstrated to covering the White House regularly and fairly in determining local pool
President Obama’s conference on bullying Thursday was deeply ironic to some in the White House press corps. That’s because every reporter who regularly covers the place knows that President Obama’s staff has a policy – an actual, pre-conceived policy – of bullying. It’s a tactic that amount to no less than suppression of speech. By the “openness” administration. The White House bullies reporters to try
Now that everyone knows he’s leaving, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs is the subject of numerous articles people were afraid to write only weeks ago about how awful relations are between the press office and the White House, how Gibbs doesn’t return calls, how he’d rather be in meetings, and so on. BECAUSE WHEN PEOPLE NEED YOU IN WASHINGTON, THEY ARE AT YOUR KNEES.