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Boston Herald learns not to cross The One

Imagine, for just a moment, if Bush had done this... what do you think the outcry would've been?

The White House Press Office has refused to give the Boston Herald full access to President Obama's Boston fund-raiser today, in e-mails objecting to the newspaper's front page placement of a Mitt Romney op-ed, saying pool reporters are chosen based on whether they cover the news "fairly."

"I tend to consider the degree to which papers have demonstrated to covering the White House regularly and fairly in determining local pool reporters," White House spokesman Matt Lehrich wrote in response to a Herald request for full access to the presidential visit.

"My point about the op-ed was not that you ran it but that it was the full front page, which excluded any coverage of the visit of a sitting US President to Boston. I think that raises a fair question about whether the paper is unbiased in its coverage of the President's visits," Lehrich wrote.

That comes our way via The Anchoress' FB page where she writes pointedly:

Tell me again how Bush was the child/nazi/oblique/punishing/crony-loving suppressor of free speech (remember the uproar when Ari Fleisher said, after 9/11, "be careful what you say?). I will not hold my breath waiting for the usual suspects to carry on about the heavy-handedness of this administration. Seems they only see it when they want to.


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Comments (18)

They banned so-called liber... (Below threshold)
Canuck Chuck:

They banned so-called liberal-biased media outlets like the San Francisco Chronicle so they can be deemed "fair" when they ban Fox News and the right wing conservatively-biased news outlets like the Herald... which, by definition -- neither of which are "news outlets" so much as they are "propaganda outlets".

And the WH should have every right to ban the Herald as well as Fox News and the SF Chronicle. All you have to do is read one of these rags and you can see that it's all biaed - left or right.

Its only natural to want so... (Below threshold)
Sep14:

Its only natural to want some privacy when You fund raise with commies, pinko's and hate America leftist turds.

So? station your reporters ... (Below threshold)
James H:

So? station your reporters and photographers outside the fundraiser and snap shots of folks going in. Shout interview questions at donors. Annoy the press office with FOIA requests. Cover Obama appointees' activities -- in detail -- in the Boston market. (Not at Boston Market). If the Obama administration thinks you're annoying, then give them something to cry about.

"If the Obama administratio... (Below threshold)
Sep14:

"If the Obama administration thinks you're annoying, then give them something to cry about."

In short, hold a Tea Party right outside?

Grand idea James..

The media will run away qui... (Below threshold)
Justrand:

The media will run away quickly (or just ignore in the first place) this story...otherwise THEY will wind on the "Enemies List"

Obama and his handlers are PATHETIC.

Rick, Of course the leftie... (Below threshold)
Kenny:

Rick, Of course the lefties would have howled and screamed if President Bush had done the same thing.

As clearly demonstrated here by james H, the left lives by double-standards. Its perfectly reasonable for President Obama to do this. James even wants people to waste time filing FOIA requests which will continue to be stonewalled and ignored by this administration. But thats OK with hin too, right up until the time when we have a president who is not a Democrat.

The anchoress's last line sums up James H and the lefties pretty well.

"If the Obama administratio... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

"If the Obama administration thinks you're annoying, then give them something to cry about."

Jim H, that is a very reasonable solution. Unfortunately, most of the media doesn't really have the balls to follow through with this.

Well I imagine the reaction... (Below threshold)
warchild:

Well I imagine the reaction would be, he's doing it again. Given that Bush Routinely denied access to those who dared give him unfavorable press.

A better question is what would the far right do if Bush did this? Not a damn thing of course. No article on wizbang certainly.

It's only when Obama does it that it becomes wrong.

Shorter Lehrich: Waaaaa! I... (Below threshold)
Big Mo:

Shorter Lehrich: Waaaaa! If it's not front page, then you're not fair.

Outside of la-la land, what rule claims that the president's visit has to be on the front page -- or that the White House gets to dictate a newspaper's editorial practices?

The state controlled media ... (Below threshold)
Stan:

The state controlled media screamed bloody murder when Nixon was found to have an enemies list. Guess who was on that list? If you all guessed the major players in the state controlled media, go to the head of the line. Isn't Barry doing the same thing as Nixon? One would surly think so, but the state controlled media just shrugs it shoulders and say "Oh well."

I am not surprised. Obamala... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

I am not surprised. Obamalama has shown many times he does not like opposition. He is a petulant child that needs to be stroked all the time. He has no inate toughness. He is a "sissy boy". ww

The ignorance and rote DNC ... (Below threshold)
Jeff:

The ignorance and rote DNC talking points out of WarChild are getting sadder and sadder ...

"The ignorance and rote DNC... (Below threshold)
Sep14:

"The ignorance and rote DNC talking points out of WarChild are getting sadder and sadder ...

12. Posted by Jeff"

Yes, sad to see warfarin's dementia progrees so rapidly.


The Boston Herald is still ... (Below threshold)
Tsar Nicholas II:

The Boston Herald is still being published??

"The ignorance and rote DNC... (Below threshold)
warchild:

"The ignorance and rote DNC talking points out of WarChild are getting sadder and sadder ...

12. Posted by Jeff"

Yes, sad to see warfarin's dementia progrees so rapidly.
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You just say that because you're stupid.

I find it hard to have any ... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

I find it hard to have any sympathy for them. They know they've been Barry's whores. They just don't want to be treated like whores.

Or, to use the quote in par... (Below threshold)
Ryan M.:

Or, to use the quote in paraphrase. .

"You've already established what you are, now we're just haggling over price."

"A better question is what ... (Below threshold)
John:

"A better question is what would the far right do if Bush did this? Not a damn thing of course"

Another fine example of how the most transparent, post partisan, post racial, healer of the earth is compared to Bush. Really I was under the impression that Obama was different he was some how better, he was above all this red state, blue state partisan non sense, here I find out he's not.




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