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    These are very interesting:

    Sun-Times: Journalists Being Shut Out by Obama
    By Warner Todd Huston (Bio | Archive)
    January 12, 2009 - 21:43 ET

    According to Sun-Times columnist and long-time Chicago journalist, Carol Marin, journalists at Barack Obama news conferences have come to realize that Obama has pre-picked those journalists whom he will allow to ask him questions at the conference and many of them now "don't even bother raising" their hands to be called upon.

    One wonders why journalists are allowing this corralling of the press? Would they have allowed George W. Bush to pre-pick journalists like that? Would they meekly sit by and allow themselves to be systematically ignored, their freedom to ask questions silenced by any Republican? Would journalists so eagerly vie with one another for the favor of Bush like they are Obama's?



    For her part, it seems that Carol Marin is starting to wonder at the "bizarro world" that is being invented by the pliant and smitten Obama loving press corps.

    As ferociously as we march like villagers with torches against Blagojevich, we have been, in the true spirit of the Bizarro universe, the polar opposite with the president-elect. Deferential, eager to please, prepared to keep a careful distance.

    The Obama news conferences tell that story, making one yearn for the return of the always-irritating Sam Donaldson to awaken the slumbering press to the notion that decorum isn't all it's cracked up to be.

    The press corps, most of us, don't even bother raising our hands any more to ask questions because Obama always has before him a list of correspondents who've been advised they will be called upon that day.


    Will the rest of the press retake their manhood and again become the tough guys they have always claimed to be or are they going to stay so smitten by Obama and their love for The One that they will allow themselves to continue being forced into a subservient role?

    One has a sinking suspicion that the press is allowing itself to become Obama's lapdog extraordinaire.

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    Democrats seek criminal probe of Bush 'abuses'

    Jan 13 03:32 PM US/Eastern
    By LARRY MARGASAK
    Associated Press Writer 106 Comments

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The incoming Obama administration should launch a criminal investigation of Bush administration officials to see whether they broke the law in the name of national security, a House Democratic report said Tuesday. President-elect Barack Obama has been more cautious on the issue and has not endorsed such a recommendation.
    Along with the criminal probe, the report called for a Sept. 11-style commission with subpoena power, to gather facts and make recommendations on preventing misuse of power, according to the report by the Democratic staff of the House Judiciary Committee.

    The report covers Bush administration policies that Democrats have protested for some time. Among them: interrogation of foreign detainees, warrantless wiretaps, retribution against critics, manipulation of intelligence and political dismissals of U.S. attorneys.

    The White House was asked for comment on the report Tuesday, but did not immediately respond.

    However, in an interview this month with The Associated Press, Vice President Dick Cheney said, "I can't speak for everybody in the administration, but my view would be that the people who carried out that program—intelligence surveillance program, the enhanced interrogation program, with respect to al Qaeda captives—in fact were authorized to do what they did ... ."

    Cheney said legal opinions supported the officials.

    "And I believe they followed those legal opinions and I don't have any reason to believe that they did anything wrong or inappropriate," the vice president said.

    Obama said last week in a television interview, "We're still evaluating how we're going to approach the whole issue of interrogations, detentions and so forth. And obviously we're going to be looking at past practices and I don't believe that anybody is above the law. On the other hand I also have a belief that we need to look forward as opposed to looking backwards."

    Obama said intelligence officials were "extraordinarily talented people who are working very hard to keep Americans safe. I don't want them to suddenly feel like they've got to spend all their time looking over their shoulders and lawyering."

    Obama said he has not made a final decision about a Sept. 11-type commission.

    The criminal probe may need a special prosecutor named by the attorney general, the report said.

    An alternative would be expansion of an existing investigation into the CIA's alleged destruction of a tape or tapes showing harsh interrogation methods against a prisoner.

    The criminal investigation would include issues apart from national security, such as whether laws were violated in the politically inspired firing of U.S. attorneys.

    Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said his staff has met with the Obama transition officials on the report. The president-elect's transition team has not endorsed it.

    The congressionally appointed commission should have subpoena power, the report said. It suggested the new president order "full cooperation by all present and past federal employees with requests for information."
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    lol. Big surprise.

    Do not ask Our Dear Leader questions for which he must be accountable, silly goose.

    He's surrounded himself with "yes men" his whole life. Why should it be any different when he's leading the MOST POWERFUL COUNTRY IN THE WORLD?
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    • #3
      Thats one reason of many it's irritating to hear prominent people on my side of the political spectrum say they wish Obama success. They can't even have an honest press conference. Why do republicans have to always be the one's who try to be gracious when they never get it in return. I remember back when Clintons people left the executive branch, they didn't cooperate with the incoming Bush administration and many computers were sabotaged and vandalized.
      The liberal politician has the only job where they go to the office to work for everyone but those who pay their salary.

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      • #4
        I nothing else, Tony, it's called being the better man. Or woman. Or American.

        Kinda like turning the other cheek for us Christians. Let them be the lowly gutter snipes they are - we need to rise above them.

        That's why we're the ones to be gracious. Because we are, the better Americans.
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        • #5
          Hmmm. I really dont like this mistreatment of the press. As a left-wing nutjob, I believe adamantly in the utmost unrestricted freedom of the press. Tsk Tsk.
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          • #6
            Uhm, not to spark a "Bush v. Obama" thread, but this was an issue with Bush during the begining of the Iraq war. For people to think that government agencies and politicans don't plug their favored journalists in crowds is rather idiotic.
            Journalistic integrity and ethical practices are often thought low. A new and upcoming jounralist wants to make it big so they write favorably on one side or the other to boost their career. Essentially, its one hand washing the other.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Arkansas Red View Post
              Uhm, not to spark a "Bush v. Obama" thread, but this was an issue with Bush during the begining of the Iraq war. For people to think that government agencies and politicans don't plug their favored journalists in crowds is rather idiotic.
              Journalistic integrity and ethical practices are often thought low. A new and upcoming jounralist wants to make it big so they write favorably on one side or the other to boost their career. Essentially, its one hand washing the other.
              Arkansas..... COME ON.

              Can you honestly sit there and tell me that those few "selected" journalists of Bush helped him? Can you honestly say you saw all kinds of good articles and news pieces on him? That be the difference, my friend.
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                Originally posted by Arkansas Red View Post
                Uhm, not to spark a "Bush v. Obama" thread, but this was an issue with Bush during the begining of the Iraq war. For people to think that government agencies and politicans don't plug their favored journalists in crowds is rather idiotic.
                Journalistic integrity and ethical practices are often thought low. A new and upcoming jounralist wants to make it big so they write favorably on one side or the other to boost their career. Essentially, its one hand washing the other.
                Not the same....those journalists voluntarily wrote what they wrote did what they did. The mistake they made was not in following up on the info they were given.

                BHO is handpicking who gets to ask questions. Do you think he is going to pick a person who asks a "tough" question? Nope, and if you don't play ball, no more questions from you!!!
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Chit2001 View Post
                  Arkansas..... COME ON.

                  Can you honestly sit there and tell me that those few "selected" journalists of Bush helped him? Can you honestly say you saw all kinds of good articles and news pieces on him? That be the difference, my friend.

                  You are correct sir. Bush by no means received favorable treatment from the media.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Chit2001 View Post
                    Arkansas..... COME ON.

                    Can you honestly sit there and tell me that those few "selected" journalists of Bush helped him? Can you honestly say you saw all kinds of good articles and news pieces on him? That be the difference, my friend.

                    Dude, for one regardless of whether it helped him or not the point. The point is that we are allowing elected officals to get away with planting journalists.

                    And yes I do recall quite a few news sources that were praising Bush almost to the point of being sycophantic.
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                    • #11
                      I'm just wondering if the FoxNN journalist is one of the "chosen ones"? Anybody know or want to guess.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Arkansas Red View Post
                        Dude, for one regardless of whether it helped him or not the point. The point is that we are allowing elected officals to get away with planting journalists.

                        And yes I do recall quite a few news sources that were praising Bush almost to the point of being sycophantic.
                        Okay dude! Gotcha!
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by 1042 Trooper View Post
                          I nothing else, Tony, it's called being the better man. Or woman. Or American.

                          Kinda like turning the other cheek for us Christians. Let them be the lowly gutter snipes they are - we need to rise above them.

                          That's why we're the ones to be gracious. Because we are, the better Americans.
                          Because even we only have 2 cheeks to turn.....both have been slapped over and over and over by the socialists.....

                          I, for one, am done with turning the cheek any longer.....

                          If the left wants anything but my complete and utter comtempt, then elect someone to the right of Lenin next time......
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                          • #14
                            but LA DEP, that doesn't fit in with the dems overall plan of the perfect new world order, or whatever they call it this week.
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                            • #15
                              but LA DEP, that doesn't fit in with the dems overall plan of the perfect new world order, or whatever they call it this week.
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