Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Obama's state run media

"The administration has narrowed access by the mainstream media to an unprecedented extent,"

"They're opening the door to kicking the press out of historic events, and opening the door to having a very filtered format for which they give the American public information that doesn't have any criticism allowed,"

These observations about the Obama administration did not come from Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity or anyone else at Fox. The first quote came from long-time ABC news White House corespondent, Ann Compton and the second came from Heather LaMarre, a journalism professor at the University of Minnesota (I don't know anything about Ms. LaMarre, but the U. of MN is not known for its conservatism)!

Obama apologists will no doubt quickly dismiss this pointing out that Obama is certainly not the first President to want to filter or limit what goes out in the press. That's true, but I believe Ann Compton has been a White House correspondent for more than 35 years and she is no conservative. So when she says this administration "has narrowed access by the mainstream media to an unprecedented extent" I would guess that "unprecedented" means "unprecedented." 

In other words, not even Nixon was this bad! In fact, a journalism professor at the University of Iowa said that if Nixon had done something similar the public would be screaming that "this is like Communist Russian state media." 

Read the whole article, "Obama's Media Machine: State Run Media 2.0" on ABC News.

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