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From the New York Post

Beat the press
Reporters reveal how the Obama administration threatens and controls the media

Last Updated: 1:17 AM, March 3, 2013
Posted: 10:30 PM, March 2, 2013

Maureen Callahan

As coverage of last weeks flare-up between Bob Woodward and the White House devolved into the granular parsing of words and implications and extrapolations and possible intent, the larger point was roundly missed: the increasing pressure that White House correspondents feel when dealing with the Obama administration to follow their narrative, to be properly deferential (!), to react to push-back by politely sitting down and shutting up.

The whole Woodward thing doesnt surprise me at all, says David Brody, chief political correspondent for CBN News. I can tell you categorically that theres always been, right from the get-go of this administration, an overzealous sensitivity to any push-back from any media outlet.

A brief recap: After the Washington Post ran a Woodward op-ed in which he claimed that the administration was moving the goalposts on the eve of the potential sequester, the veteran journalist went on to assert that economic adviser Gene Sperling said, in an e-mail, I think you will regret staking out this claim.

While Woodward spent a lot of the week on cable news going back and forth on whether that was a threat, few reporters, if any, asked why a high-level administration official spent so much time Sperling admittedly shouted at Woodward during a 30-minute phone call, followed by that e-mail attempting to control an opinion expressed in a newspaper.

The answer, say former and current White House correspondents, is simple: This administration is more skilled and disciplined than any other in controlling the narrative, using social media to circumnavigate the press. On the flip side, our YouTube culture means even the slightest gaffe can be devastating, and so you have an army of aides and staffers helicoptering over reporters.

Finally, this week, reporters are pushing back. Even Jonathan Alter who frequently appears on the Obama-friendly MSNBC came forward to say he, too, had been treated horribly by the administration for writing something they didnt like.

There is a kind of threatening tone that, from time to time not all the time comes out of these guys, Alter said this week. During the 2008 campaign swing through Berlin, Alter said that future White House press secretary Robert Gibbs disinvited him from a dinner between Obama and the press corps over it.

I was told Dont come, in a fairly abusive e-mail, he said. [It] made what Gene Sperling wrote [to Woodward] look like patty-cake.

I had a young reporter asking tough, important questions of an Obama Cabinet secretary, says one DC veteran. She was doing her job, and they were trying to bully her. In an e-mail, they called her the vilest names .., c--t, a--hole. He complained and was told the matter would be investigated: They were hemming and hawing, saying, Well look into it. Nothing happened.


From the Weekly Standard

Senator: Obama's Golf Weekend With Tiger Cost As Much As 341 Federal Workers Furloughed
"There is nothing just or virtuous about protecting a stale welfare state that is failing the people it is supposed to help."
1:52 PM, Mar 1, 2013 By DANIEL HALPER

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In a sharply written statement, Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama blasts President Obama for campaigning and not governing. He calls Obama's response to the sequestration "the most cynical behavior I have seen during my time in Washington."

Adds the senator, "Replacing the sequester would require the President to save $85 billion out of a $3,500 billion federal budget. One would think that any President would leap at the opportunity to make government more effective and responsive. But what does the President do instead? He says Republicans are cutting vital services for children in order to benefit the well-off and well-connected. This has been the strategy now for years: block any attempt to reform the government and then relentlessly attack the reformers. Does any lawmaker, reporter, or citizen believe that the only way to save taxpayer dollars is to hurt children, that every government program is effective and helpful and not one penny is wasted?"

Sessions is the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee.

"While the White House operatives may think this attack is clever, it betrays an astonishing elitism: the federal government is perfect and requires no reform. That is why they have no plan to make our government leaner and more efficient. The President had 18 months to develop reforms to improve the government, but instead he announced furloughs of federal workers as a political cudgel. Yet, his golf weekend at the yacht club with Tiger Woods cost taxpayers over a million dollarsenough money to save 341 federal workers from furlough," Sessions writes.

"These workers know firsthand how much waste and inefficiency exists in the government. Our Budget Committee office will look for a way to solicit federal employees to send suggestions for how to save money in their departments, agencies, and divisions. What is better? To furlough someone or to empower them to make their office more efficient?
- See more at: http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/senator-obamas-golf-weekend-tiger-cost-much-341-federal-workers-furloughed_704915.html#sthash.8ASS5rKB.dpuf


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I used to care, but I take a pill for that now.

Pushing buttons sure can be fun.

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Paddle faster, I hear banjos.
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Remember just a short time ago when Woodward was the all knowing all seeing guy to go to on any political subject according to the libs. After all he got Nixon but now of course he dare expose THE ONE the lefts lord and savior and he has been banned. To funny and so telling. Laughing Laughing

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