In Open Letter, (39) Journalist Groups Hit President Obama for ‘Politically Driven Suppression of News’

Information is power and the powerful never like it when the people get information. It creates headaches and makes it hard to set the political agenda. Who wants a bunch of reporters asking a bunch of questions? No one at the White House that’s for sure, they’ve still got 3 years to get through. Who knows what might come out of someone’s mouth, even a reporter the White House thinks it owns. Better to keep them locked away.

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AP: Report, “Obama brings chilling effect on journalism.”

This president and his administration have sought to chill dissent. Like the political correctness fanatics which now run our universities (a movement from which Obama it should be noted emerged) who chill speech at every turn in the name of “tolerance and diversity” this president uses similar newspeak when he calls for transparency and “freedom.”

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DC veteran Doug Wead: What’s really behind the AP and IRS scandals, jilted cronies.

 

The Obama administration overstepped it’s partnership with the establishment media and now the other half of the partnership is flexing is muscles. Doug Wead rightly points out that the AP hasn’t been particularly interested in covering the surveillance of ordinary everyday citizens. That’s not a story. But if the AP is put in the cross hairs, then they care. It’s natural I suppose.

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Wasington Post Reports: Not just the AP, Department of Justice targeted Fox reporter James Rosen

James Rosen, defense reporter for Fox News was tracked by the Department of Justice in 2009. His private emails were read, his comings and goings around Washington DC were monitored.

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Notice how the media always seems to have a coordinated message these days? Here’s where the message comes from.

There’s still some independence in the establishment media, but more often than not, with big national stories, an idea is crafted at Media Matters and then is sent around to newsrooms all over Washington DC and New York. These talking points are picked up by producers and reporters and then repeated. Last year The Daily Caller, a conservative website, charged that Media Matters acted essentially as a ministry of information for the current administration. 

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Jon Stewart hammers Obama on “Enemies List” Scandal, IRS official explains she’s “not good at math.”

It’s just a bit too obvious now. When Jon Stewart is defending the Tea Party folks something has rumbled through the body politic.

If the Associated Press feels concerned enough to call a Democratic president out for intimidation tactics, something weird is going on.

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