Wednesday, May 18, 2011

                                                                  PRESS  Held In Contempt

Today’s Boston Fundraisers Provide Just The Latest Evidence Of Obama’s Contempt For The Media
“President Obama Is Scheduled To Sweep Through Boston Today For The Second Time In Three Months…” (Donovan Slack, “Cash Brings Obama Back To Town,” The Boston Globe, 5/18/11)


Obama’s White House “Has A Special Place For Perceived ‘Unfair’ Media — At Least 500 Feet Away.” “But apparently this White House has a different view. It has a special place for perceived “unfair” media — at least 500 feet away.”(Joe Battenfeld, Op-Ed, “Obama Off The Deep End,” The Boston Herald, 5/18/11)

Obama Heads To Two Boston Fundraisers Tonight. “Obama plans to attend a fund-raiser this afternoon at the Boston Center for the Arts in the South End and then another at the Brookline residence of advertising mogul Jack Connors, where supporters will pay up to $35,800 per couple to dine on poached shrimp and beef tenderloin with the president.”(Donovan Slack, “Cash Brings Obama Back To Town,” The Boston Globe, 5/18/1

But The White House Has Blackballed A Boston Herald Reporter Because They Felt Obama Wasn’t Being Treated “Fairly” By The Newspaper. “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.’” (Hillary Chabot, “White House Shuts Out Herald Scribe,” The Boston Herald, 5/18/11)
·        The White House Spokesman Said They Considered How Reporters Treat The White House Before Allowing Them Access. “‘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.” (Hillary Chabot, “White House Shuts Out Herald Scribe,” The Boston Herald, 5/18/11
Just Last Month, The San Francisco Chronicle’s Carla Marinucci Was Threatened WithBanishment For Taking A Video Of Protestors At Obama’s Fundraiser.
 “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.” (Phil Bronstein, “Chronicle Responds After Obama Administration Punishes Reporter For Using Multimedia, Then Claims They Didn't,” The San Francisco Chronicle’s “Bronstein At Large” Blog, 4/28/11)
“‘Newspapers Don’t Have To Be Unbiased To Get Access. You Can’t Just Let Only The Newspapers You Want In,’ Said Boston University Journalism Professor Fred Bayles.” (Hillary Chabot, “White House Shuts Out Herald Scribe,” The Boston Herald, 5/18/11)
Source: Republican National Committee Research,