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To be fair, the First Amendment enjoins Congress from restricting freedom of the press. I just never expected to see our legions of wannabe Woodwards and Bernsteins acquiesce so easily to White House censorship.
White House press-pool reports are supposed to be the news media's eyes and ears on the president, an independent chronicle of his public activities. They are written by reporters for other reporters, who incorporate them into news articles about President Obama almost every day.
Sometimes, however, the White House plays an unseen role in shaping the story.
Journalists who cover the White House say Obama's press aides have demanded — and received — changes in press-pool reports before the reports have been disseminated to other journalists. They say the White House has used its unusual role as the distributor of the reports as leverage to steer coverage in a more favorable direction.
The system is set up to incorporate censorship. Reporters send their stories to the White House Press Office, and the White House sends them on to the national and international media.
After careful vetting by the Ministry of Propaganda, of course.
So when Instapundit calls reporters "Democratic Party operatives with bylines" he's hitting pretty close to the mark. The media goes along because everybody is on the same team.
And it's easy to understand why CBS ditched Sharyl Attkisson, because she didn't toe the Obama Administration line on Benghazi. CBS News President David Rhodes has a brother named Ben. Ben Rhodes is Obama's Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communication, ie, Director of the Ministry of Propaganda.
Did you know that it was Ben Rhodes who rewrote the Benghazi "talking points" given to Susan Rice, deleting all references to al Qaeda and to the security warnings in Benghazi prior to the attack?
Gee, I wonder why you never read about that in the papers.
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