Barack Obama Slammed By The New York Times And 37 Other Media Organizations

As McClatchy news service reported, “The nation’s largest news organizations lodged a complaint Thursday against the White House for imposing unprecedented limitations on photojournalists covering President Barack Obama, which they say have harmed the public’s ability to monitor its own government.”

More details in the video. What’s fascinating about this: 1) these are major cable news networks, broadcast companies, and even The New York Times speaking out against the administration — and criticizing themselves.

“We must accept that we, the press, have been enablers,” the joint letter reportedly states. “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.”

  • InfvoCuernos

    Just goes to show how hard it is to do seemingly simple things like tell the Truth.

  • Juan

    Wait a minute; I thought all of these “journalists” simply reprinted White House and Pentagon press releases and photos. Isn’t that what they do? I don’t see what the big deal is.

    • http://pneumerology.com/ pneumerology

      Yep. This is the insincere mea culpa phase of the news cycle. It is a professional requirement for pols and shills and other suit-wearing assholes. It clears the boards so the next mass of bullshit will look fresh.

  • swabby429

    Kerfuffle alert. Politicos have been doing these kinds of things for years. We’re a PR nation.

    • http://singedrac.livejournal.com Singe

      Why won’t Obama let photographers come into his bedroom at night and record him spontaneously in his bed!?!?! SCANDAL!

  • Haystack

    They’re mad that they can’t get photos of the president scratching his ass behind the curtains of a ribbon-cutting ceremony, when they should be asking questions about drone warfare and unconstitutional mass-surveillance.

  • kowalityjesus

    Isn’t this exactly what they did for GWB? Kick him in the ass on the way out, and unload on him a wider spectrum of blame than he could personally ever possibly merit, in lieu of accusations towards more poignant parties.

    Don’t get me wrong, I am pretty sure Bush did everything he possibly could to destroy America, but was clearly too stupid to do it himself.

  • Frank Shortt

    where does the shirt finish and the face begin??? pink on pink… wow brave choice.

  • Sean

    I’m wary of the true intentions of this joint letter. But….on the surface, I think it’s a much needed and long overdue example of the Press exercising their rights and saying no to the absurdity of curtailing them in any way.

    It would be nice if this sort of thing was a regular occurrence. But I’m glad they’re at least speaking up and fighting back for a change.

  • http://singedrac.livejournal.com Singe

    I’m not Obama’s biggest fan, but that whole thing of “no administration has ever done this before” is a bit disingenuous. I seem to recall FDR wasn’t pretty big on letting people photograph him in his wheelchair. Photography of the president in presidential situations has always been a staged sort of thing, not spontaneous. Maybe it’s bad that it’s not spontaneous, but it’s been this way since photography was invented.

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