Friday, April 29, 2011

Obama muzzles reporter who dares report protests against his Administration

At SF Gate (H/T Emptywheel):
White House officials have banished one of the best political reporters in the country from the approved pool of journalists covering presidential visits to the Bay Area for using now-standard multimedia tools to gather the news.

The Chronicle's Carla Marinucci - who, like many contemporary reporters, has a phone with video capabilities on her at all times -shot some protesters interrupting an Obama fundraiser at the St. Regis Hotel.

She was part of a "print pool" - a limited number of journalists at an event who represent their bigger hoard colleagues - which White House press officials still refer to quaintly as "pen and pad" reporting....

What's worse: more than a few journalists familiar with this story are aware of some implied threats from the White House of additional and wider punishment if Carla's spanking became public.
This is positively Nixonian behavior from the usually slick, but thin-skinned Barack Obama, who not that long ago was lashing out at his opponents on the left, as he continued his pro-war, Pentagon-friendly policies. Now he has his own war in Libya.

But then, the Democrats have been pro-war and diddling with CIA assassination policies since Operation Mongoose aimed at assassinating Fidel Castro, and their Vietnam adventure, which killed conservatively over a million Indochinese.

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