Thursday, October 22, 2009

The chosen one chooses

No matter what you think of FOX News or Barack-star, this administration's attempts to marginalize the most-watched cable news channel reek of over-reaching for control, intimidation, and manipulation of what should be a free press. It also indicates we've elected a rather thin-skinned president who prefers to be hailed over being challenged.

From Just One Minute:
October 22, 2009
Who Else Has Obama Endorsed?

To whom can America turn in these troubled times, as Hope and Change appear to be foundering? We can turn to Obama for answers!

Having explained to us that Fox News cannot be trusted, Obama has taken the additional and important step of endorsing certain pundits, opinion leaders, and "journalists" as President Approved. Who is on the honor roll:

Here's a curious turn in the White House vs. Fox News fight.

On Monday, MSNBC's Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow were among several people who attended an off-the-record briefing with Pres. Obama at the White House. Sources tell us other attendees at the two-and-a-half hour chat included Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post, Maureen Dowd of the New York Times, Gwen Ifill of PBS and Gloria Borger of CNN. Perhaps not surprisingly, no one from Fox News was in the room.

...Update: The White House has sent TVNewser the complete list of those who attended the off-the-record briefing Monday: Eugene Robinson, E.J. Dionne, Ron Brownstein, John Dickerson, Rachel Maddow, Frank Rich, Jerry Seib, Maureen Dowd, Keith Olbermann, Bob Herbert, Gloria Borger, and Gwen Ifill. Several members of the staff also attended.

There you have it. Now we know where to look for President Approved Punditry.

It must have been exciting for Ron Brownstein to meet heavy journalistic talents like Maddow and Olbermann.


Interestingly, Barack-star's team cried foul on FOX News specifically for its prime-time opinion program hosts (Beck, Hannity, O'Reilly)...but willingly held a secret 2-1/2 hour meeting with MSNBC's left wing opinionators (Maddow and Olbermann) and other like-minded journalists.

There really should be some outrage about the executive branch of government trying to muzzle the press simply because they don't like what's being said.

Remember the First Amendment to our constitution? Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

In the words of great Americans:
"Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.” Thomas Jefferson

“The freedom of the press works in such a way that there is not much freedom from it.” Grace Kelly

And, finally, ponder this:

North Korea: No independent journalists; televisions and radios locked on government-approved frequencies. All news re: Kim Jong Il is positive

Libya: No independent broadcast or print media

Burma: Citizens risk arrest for listening to the BBC

Cuba: The Cuban constitution grants the Communist Party the right to control the press; it recognizes “freedom of speech and the press in accordance with the goals of the socialist society.” The government owns and controls all media outlets and restricts Internet access.

Syria: The media is under heavy state control and influence. Despite efforts to privatize the press, newspapers that overstep the mark in their criticism are shut down or their editions confiscated.

Singapore: The Singapore media is a mouthpiece for the government. Criticisms of government leaders and policies are unheard of in the mainstream media.

China: Restrictions on the press were tightened in China last year. More journalists are imprisoned for their work in China than any other country in the world.

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