Monday, March 4, 2013

FOD 2013.03.04

British columnist Nile Gardiner is doing the job American journalists are unable or unwilling to do (with a few notable exceptions).

A nasty, brutish, imperial presidency
Thomas Hobbes wrote that the life of man is “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short.” Today’s White House definitely isn’t poor, lavishly feeding off the wealth of the American taxpayer, and the current presidency certainly isn’t short, with nearly four more years to run. But it is undeniably nasty and brutish, as veteran Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward has found after questioning President Obama’s narrative on the sequester issue.

... Woodward is not alone. Lanny Davis, another liberal columnist and former special counsel to Bill Clinton, who has penned several pieces critical of Obama’s policies, has also spoken out against similar White House tactics.

The threats being dished out to Woodward, Davis and others are extremely disturbing in a free society, and are a reflection of an imperial presidency that acts with impunity and is highly intolerant of dissent. The heavy-arm tactics that Obama’s team have deployed for years against conservatives are now being increasingly implemented as well against liberals questioning the president’s record.

Will American liberals now stand up to the Obama White House and condemn its blatant attempts to suppress criticism and free speech? I doubt it. The Washington Post has provided relatively little coverage of the story, despite the fact that one its own star writers has been targeted. The New York Times is, unsurprisingly, completely silent (with the exception of a small mention in a single blog) on the issue. Ironically, most of the reporting of the White House’s attempts to intimidate liberal critics has come from the conservative press, led by the Drudge Report, which has propelled the story to national prominence...
Gardiner's statements are backed up by at least one U.S. news outlet - The New York Post.
...Even Jonathan Alter — who frequently appears on the Obama-friendly MSNBC — came forward to say he, too, had been treated horribly by the administration for writing something they didn’t like.

“There is a kind of threatening tone that, from time to time — not all the time — comes out of these guys,” Alter said this week. During the 2008 campaign swing through Berlin, Alter said that future White House press secretary Robert Gibbs disinvited him from a dinner between Obama and the press corps over it.

“I was told ‘Don’t come,’ in a fairly abusive e-mail,” he said. “[It] made what Gene Sperling wrote [to Woodward] look like patty-cake.”
The same story offers a counterpoint to the alleged republican 'war on women:'
“I had a young reporter asking tough, important questions of an Obama Cabinet secretary,” says one DC veteran. “She was doing her job, and they were trying to bully her. In an e-mail, they called her the vilest names — bitch, c--t, a--hole.” He complained and was told the matter would be investigated: “They were hemming and hawing, saying, ‘We’ll look into it.’ Nothing happened.”
It's bad enough to have the mainstream media fail to report that the emperor is indeed naked. But it has now reached the point where the emperor is sodomizing the media, and they are bending over, grabbing their ankles, and smiling.

Stifling free speech strikes at the very roots of liberty. There's a reason the First Amendment came first. It is shameful, cowardly, and despicable that the people entrusted with that right are willingly participating in its extinction.


Old NFO said...

Chi-town politics at it's "best"...

CenTexTim said...

Sadly, true...

Toejam said...


It's the old Chicago Daily machine motto: "If you can't beat em, beat 'em down".

I heard Jay Leno is retiring after this season. I wonder if he's seen "the light" via the DHS since some of his comments have been pretty anti-Obama.

CenTexTim said...

I think it was the drones circling overhead that convinced him to retire.