Friday, July 25, 2014

Fishnet Friday

The White House Soviet Style Control of Media Coverage

Paul Farhi of The Washington Post writes  about a trend at the White House—and throughout journalism—that threatens the quality and credibility of news-gathering: Public-relations "minders" are injecting themselves into our interviews with politicians, CEOs, and other policymakers.

Minder madness joins the surge of "background briefings" and the decline of access to decision-makers as evidence that the White House is manipulating the press. It's that, but it's also something worse: It's evidence that journalists are ceding control when they should be seizing it, accepting canned news rather than breaking it.

Farhi writes: 
"Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial 'senior administration officials' is conducted in the presence of a press staffer, even when the interview is 'on background,' meaning the source will not be identified by name."
Journalists tend to view minders with suspicion, if not outright alarm. A third party can alter any interaction in unforeseen ways. One White House reporter notes with irritation that minders have sometimes cut off contentious questioning or otherwise interrupted the flow of conversation.
More broadly, journalists see it as part of a larger official effort to shape their coverage, similar to demands to approve quotes before they're published or to keep even the most mundane information off the record.
If you have a minder there, it sits in [a source's] brain that they're supposed to stay on message," said Peter Baker, who covers the White House for the New York Times. "They're less likely to share something other than the talking points." Having minders around, Baker says, "is obviously intended to control the message. Let's put it this way: It's not intended to increase candor."
Anonymous sources are a crucial way to uncover news that governments, corporations, and other institutions seek to cover up.  Briefings with anonymous sources ("on background") arranged by these entities can occasionally be revealing. Not all stories require access to a decision-maker, and conducting an interview with a PR "minder" in the room doesn't have to curb the journalistic experience.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Lady, STFU!

Obama Wants to Vet Child Immigrants INSIDE Honduras

Gives new meaning to the phrase "Don't worry about the mule, just load the wagon"

"Hoping to stem the recent surge of migrants at the Southwest border, the Obama administration is considering whether to allow hundreds of minors and young adults from Honduras into the United States without making the dangerous trek through Mexico, according to a draft of the proposal.
If approved, the plan would direct the government to screen thousands of children and youths in Honduras to see if they can enter the United States as refugees or on emergency humanitarian grounds. It would be the first American refugee effort in a nation reachable by land to the United States, the White House said, putting the violence in Honduras on the level of humanitarian emergencies in Haiti and Vietnam, where such programs have been conducted in the past amid war and major crises.
Critics of the plan were quick to pounce, saying it appeared to redefine the legal definition of a refugee and would only increase the flow of migration to the United States...."

Barack the Aloof

"This week the original 9/11 Commission put out an update on global terrorism. The report says the 'complacency' that led to 9/11 'is happening again.'
How, then, to explain someone who claims he can run the country and a troubled world out of his back pocket while he flies from fundraiser to fundraiser? Barack Obama is the most provincial U.S. president in at least a century. The progressive Democrats who displaced the Clinton machine in 2008 and came to power with Mr. Obama have no interest beyond consolidating political and electoral power inside the U.S. Not even the White House of Lyndon Johnson, the ultimate pol, was so purely politicized.
The fundraising is a frantic effort to protect this new Democratic voter machine. The world doesn't vote, so the world doesn't matter. Unless, of course, the American people in November decide that a world defined by events like Flight 17 does matter."Daniel Henninger, The Wall Street Journal

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Sorry I'm a Failure...but Thanks for the Cash

Barack Obama told a group of Democratic 1%s that they’re “chronicling the slow deterioration of Barack Obama” at a Wednesday event in California.

The luncheon, sponsored by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, was hosted by real estate mogul George Marcus at his home in California’s Los Altos Hills. Tickets started at $10,000, with a VIP option available for just $32,400 — the maximum amount an individual can contribute to the DCCC in one year.
“I’ve got so many friends, so many people who have supported me for so long. As I look back, I realize how many of you have pictures of me with no gray hair."  
“...politics doesn’t work in Washington because we have one party that has no agenda other than making government not work; whose primary function, primary purpose right now, if you distill their ideology, comes down to saying no to any efforts to help ordinary families get ahead.”

I find it much easier to get people to work with you when you're not calling them names and blaming them for you own short falls and incompetence. Barack Obama and his party have raised buffoonery to an art form. Every thing they touch turns to mold. Health care insurance, the economy, immigration, the IRS, foreign policy, etc.  

It could not be because he is headlining the most inept corrupt administration to ever cross the Potomac.  Nope, he's a victim. 

John Kerry Flies Headlong Into the Belly of the Beast

Facing down danger as he had many times as a valiant soldier in Vietnam, Secretary of State John Kerry bravely flew headlong into the middle east chaos, flying to Tel Aviv today from Cairo, where he had met Tuesday with Egypt’s president and other high-level officials.  Arriving in Cairo, Kerry and his State Department team were subjected to a humiliating metal detector screening before meeting with President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi at the Egyptian presidential palace. Kerry failed the screening twice before the cause of the alarms were detected.

Kerry released a statement late Wednesday from Tel Aviv saying a major agreement had been sealed with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu giving Kerry assurances that the Walmart store in Gaza will not be hit by his country’s precision bombing. 

LA Street Artist Welcomes Obama

President Obama will be greeted by scathing street art as
he arrives in LA for a $32,000.00 a plate fundraiser
"As President Obama arrives in Los Angeles for his $32,000 per plate fundraiser at the home of Shonda Rhimes this week, a local street artist is pointing out the irony of the producer of the hit TV show Scandal, a show about a Washington public relations firm that specializes in managing political scandals, hosting the producer of such actual scandals as the cover-up surrounding the Benghazi attack, the lost hard-drives of IRS officials targeting conservatives, and the Fast and Furious gun running scheme.
 Posters went up Monday night all over Hollywood around Rhimes's Hancock Park home and the Sunset Gower Studios where Scandal is filmed."

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Why the Left is Wrong on Immigration.......Again.

At the creation of Lyndon Johnson's Great Society, the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act ( also known as the Hart–Celler Act,) was passed and enacted June 30, 1968, with the proponent Sen. Ted Kennedy at the fore front. The immigration act intentionally changed the ethnicity of immigrants to favor those from the Third World, and freeze out people from countries that had traditionally sent us our immigrants. Since the late 1970s, more than 90 percent of the immigrants to America have been from the Third World.

This has led to wider income inequality, a higher crime rate, more unemployment, an internal threat of terrorism and on and on and on.
"In order to convince the American people of the legislation's merits, its proponents assured that passage would not influence America's culture significantly. President Johnson called the bill "not a revolutionary bill. It does not affect the lives of millions",while Secretary of State Dean Rusk estimated only a few thousand Indian immigrants over the next five years, and other politicians, including Senator Ted Kennedy, hastened to reassure the populace that the demographic mix would not be affected; these assertions would later prove grossly inaccurate.
During debate on the Senate floor, Senator Kennedy, speaking of the effects of the act, said, "...our cities will not be flooded with a million immigrants annually.... Secondly, the ethnic mix of this country will not be upset...."The act's supporters not only claimed the law would not change America's ethnic makeup, but that such a change was not desirable." (source) 
Lyndon Johnson signed the bill at the foot of the Statue of Liberty as a symbolic gesture. Once again, the liberals were wrong, unintentionally or not. And they continue to be wrong.

By the 1990s, America's population growth was more than one-third driven by legal immigration and substantially augmented by illegal immigration, primarily from Latin America and other parts of the developing world. Before passage of the Hart-Celler Act, immigration accounted for only ten percent of population increase in the U.S. Ethnic and racial minorities, as defined by the US Census Bureau, rose from 25 percent of the US population during the year 1990 to 30 percent in the year 2000 and to 36.6 percent as measured by the results from the 2010 census.

The legal immigration into the US for traditional immigrant from the northern hemisphere has become a nightmare of thousands of dollars in fees, long waiting periods and tests to become a citizen.

And now the left calls for Amnesty for millions of illegals, in collusion with the Obama administration and supported by radical groups like La Raza. (The Race)

The Oath of Citizenship, given to new Americans rings hollow and meaningless to groups like La Raza and the new low-info left:

Naturalization Oath of Allegiance to the United States of America
"I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God." (source)

Breaking News From Gaza:

by MFNS Mideast Correspondent EARL of TAINT

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