The final litmus test for the media

Posted: March 27, 2011 in media, opinion/news
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One of the signs of an abusive relationship is the willingness of the person on the recipient end to take it until they reach a breaking point.

For the media and the Obama administration this should be it.

Reporter Scott Powers was the designated “pool reporter” for the vice president’s Wednesday visit to the massive Winter Park, Fla., home of developer and philanthropist Alan Ginsburg. The veep hadn’t arrived yet but most of the 150 guests (minimum $500 donation) had. They were busy noshing on caprese crostini with oven-dried mozzarella and basil, rosemary flatbread with grapes honey and gorgonzola cheese and bacon deviled eggs, before a lunch of grilled chicken Caesar and garden vegetable wraps.

Not so for Powers. A “low-level staffer” put Powers in a storage closet and then stood guard outside the door, Powers told the DRUDGE REPORT. “When I’d stick my head out, they’d say, ‘Not yet. We’ll let you know when you can come out.'”

It was first reported by PJ Tattler (at least that’s where I first saw it) but they had not confirmed it at the time and put it up with a caveat. Drudge confirmed and the London Daily Mail is on it:

The White House website proudly says ‘President Obama is committed to creating the most open and accessible administration in American history.’

But try telling Vice President Joe Biden’s staff that, after they held a local reporter in a closet for hours after he was invited to cover a Florida political fundraiser because they did not want him talking with the guests.

During the last election the press pool was so fawning of candidate Obama as to defy belief. Their promises of open access during this administration has proven empty. If the mainstream media doesn’t treat the locking up of one of their own as it is, an affront to the first amendment and freedom of the press and act accordingly then they are simply abused spouses whose obsessive hatred of all things conservative (particularly all things Palin and Bachmann) is so great that they will pay any price to keep them down.

I predict that they will use the e-mailed apology from Biden’s office to ignore or dismiss it as a “news you can’t use” segment making themselves just an unsponsored version of media matters. It would be really good for the country and the constitution if they prove me wrong.

Comments
  1. Communication Breakdown

    Our Christian duty calls us
    To say a little prayer,
    For those who have bad fortune
    Or need the good Lord’s care.

    So bow your heads a moment
    And say a prayer sincere,
    For Biden’s lowly staffer
    Who’s ruined his career.

    The VP threw a party
    (For five-hundred a head)
    At Alan Ginsburg’s mansion,
    Inviting those well bred.

    But prior to his entrance
    From D.C. word came down,
    To separate the VP
    From media in town.

    And so it was the staffer,
    Who follows orders well,
    Detained the pool reporter
    Within a closet cell.

    He did not break out shackles
    Or means to that effect,
    But that lone pool reporter
    Would not with Joe connect.

    I’m sad to say that staffer
    Was put out on the street,
    For he could not be trusted
    In matters most discreet.

    For Washington’s strict orders
    The staffer had misread,
    Were not to cage reporters:
    ’Twas Biden’s cell instead!

    Epilogue:
    I’m well aware this poem
    Is factually incorrect.
    But don’t you think with Biden
    It’s true in some respect?

    thebardofmurdock.blogspot.com

  2. Don says:

    You have more faith than I do. The media has become the hyphenated media in the same way that we have hyphenated Americans. Their self-identity and collective angst come before both their integrity and responsibility.

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    Linked at the Conservative Hideout.

    I can only imagine the reaction if one of Cheny’s staffer had done this.

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  8. Bigol says:

    Your post inspired me:
    http://herbegerenews.wordpress.com/2011/03/28/obama-must-be-held-accountable/

    I truly believe that the media will fail this test, and now with another pow/troop scandal in the works I’m sure we’ll see little to no coverage.

    Eh… the truth is getting out there.