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January 20, 2014

'New Yorker' Profile Reveals Obama Admits to Trying to Control Media

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Revealed in David Remnick's gushing piece in the New Yorker in which he profiles President Barack Obama, is the fact that Obama admits to trying to control the media coverage of his administration. In the interview Obama soft pedals his administration's Maoist-style approach to the media, which includes spying on and threatening reporters and their families as well as coordinating campaigns targeting perceived opponents in talk radio and the media, specifically the Fox News Channel (Hat tip - . Kristinn Taylor):

" ... And so a lot of the tensions that have existed between my White House and the press are inherent in the institution. The press always wants more, and every White House, including ours, is trying to make sure that the things that we care most about are what's being reported on, and that we're not on any given day chasing after fifteen story lines."
Cue Fox News' Greta Van Susteren who wrote at Gretawire this week that the Obama administration tried to block the network's reporting on the September 11, 2012 terror attack in Benghazi, Libya that killed four Americans. And as for Obama's claim that 'everybody does it', that's belied by Van Susteren who noted: "In 20 plus years, I have never received a call to try and shut down a colleague -- not that I even could -- this from a friend in the Obama administration was a first:
"I remembered a disturbing phone call from a good friend in the Obama Administration. I have known this friend for years. The call was a short time after 9/11 (maybe Oct. 2012?) In the call, my friend told me that my colleague Jennifer Griffin, who was aggressively reporting on Benghazi, was wrong and that, as a favor to me, my friend in the Administration was telling me so that I could tell Jennifer so that she did not ruin her career. My friend was telling me to tell Jennifer (Griffin) to stop her reporting. Ruin her career?"
Related coverage: NewsBusters - Greta: 'Obama Administration Tried Very Hard to Discourage Fox News From Reporting Benghazi'

Posted by Hyscience at January 20, 2014 8:45 AM

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