President Obama’s lapdog media have finally realized that they are back in the USSR. Apparently the board of the White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) has had enough of Obama’s own personal White House media stomping all over them, keeping their members from photographing what goes on in the White House and releasing only what Team Obama wants the public to see.
Here is a glimpse of the WHCA revolt that took place on October 29 as reported in the National Journal by Ron Founier in a piece headlined, “Obama’s Image Machine: Monopolistic Propaganda Funded by You.”
New York Times photographer Doug Mills strode into Jay Carney’s office Oct. 29 with a pile of pictures taken exclusively by President Obama’s official photographer at events the White House press corps was forbidden to cover. ‘This one,’ Mills said, sliding one picture after another off his stack and onto the press secretary’s desk. ‘This one, too – and this one and this one and….’
The red-faced photographer, joined by colleagues on the White House Correspondents’ Association board, finished his 10-minute presentation with a flourish that made Carney, a former Moscow correspondent for Time, wince.
‘You guys,’ Mills said, ‘are just like Tass.’
Tass was, of course, the Russian News Agency of the Soviet Union. According to Wikipedia, it was established on 25 July 1925 by a decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet. After the fall of the USSR in 1992, Tass became ITAR-TASS (The Information Telegraphic Agency of Russia.)
Now ITAR-TASS is best known for releasing photos of Russian President Vladimir Putin hunting wild boar while shirtless.
But I digress.
In order for Doug Mills of the New York Times to accuse Obama’s White House Media operation of being like Tass, the lapdog media had to have been bitten by its favorite big dog.
If you want to know just how badly bitten, here was the official letter the WHCA delivered to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on November 21. The document was signed by 38 major news organizations in alphabetical order, starting with ABC News and ending with Yahoo News.
In the middle of the signer’s list was NBC News, which is quite ironic considering that that network has been the most slobbering media lapdog of them all.
ITAR-TASS was not among the signers because that would have been just too ironic.
But here is the best part: Below is quote from McClatchy News’s Washington Bureau’s report on this filed under the headline “White House blocks access to Obama event, news groups say.”
On Thursday, the presidents of the American Society of News Editors and the Associated Press Media Editors sent a letter to their members urging them to stop using handout photos and video from the White House.
‘We must accept that we, the press, have been enablers,’ the letter says. ‘We urge those of you in news organizations to immediately refrain from publishing any of the photographs or videos released by the White House, just as you would refuse to run verbatim a press release from them.’ [Emphasis added]
Really? Are you sure? Where were you guys on June 4, 2008 after then-Senator Obama captured the Democrat Party nomination for President and famously said, “This was the moment that the rise of the oceans began to slow and the planet began to heal?”
I guess because you all collectively were such enablers back then, you neglected to think that any leader who was capable of making such an absurd statement may be trouble down the road.
If my guess is right, then welcome “Back to the USSR,” because you all earned your way there.
Cross-posted at BizPac Review