Media Wrap Up: November 25, 2013

One thing that continues to challenge my logic pathways. Why have none of the liberal cable networks figured out they are getting their butts kicked because they are super biased. Beyond biased. They drank the Kool-Aid. And this is the result.

So, as usual, we have another week where the mainstream media proves that they really could care less about a liberal power grab in DC, unless of course it directly affects them in some way.

FEATURE STORY: A scorned press biting back.
This week, the news hit that a Washington Times reporter, along with the Times, are suing the US government for documents seized beyond the bounds of a warrant being served, against her husband for, get this, a fire arm related investigation. But the warrant was executed by the Coast Guard. I think I need an explanation on that one. Why is the Coast Guard leading a search and seizure activity, on a land based residence, for what should be an ATF investigation. None was offered.

State Police were present. This, like so many other of our stories, has been completely ignored by the mainstream media. Even the Associated Press seems to have no comment on this event. Really? I guess they think they are safe? Surely they have learned better by now.

Top Story – Martin Bashir shows the left’s true colors
Sarah Palin attacked by MSNBC Thug
Surely you have heard the story of Martin Bashir’s disgusting remarks about Sarah Palin. The story here is not the difference in the coverage; not much way to put a positive spin on this story. The story here is that Bashir has not been disciplined, suspended, or even chastised publicly by his network. Proving once again that you can say whatever you want, as long as you say it about a conservative. But not all media are buying it. The Baltimore Sun sees the damage to the media mega-brand.

Ignored by the Mainstream
Knock out game
If we had written this story last Monday, we would have noted how every network other than Fox News was completely ignoring this story. Then, over the weekend, they shockingly began to cover it. But why? Maybe it was the way that Fox continued to point out on air that the other networks were not covering the story. Well, that did not make the Daily Beast very happy, especially considering the black on white nature of the crime. They decided to put a new spin on the story, basically calling all the other networks “alarmists” for covering it, accusing them of causing panic. Way to dig yourself even deeper into that “state run media” hole, Daily Beast.

The Today Show finally covered it this morning. Calling them random attacks, not racial attacks – FALSE!

So, just so I understand, when a white man attacks a black man, it’s racially motivated. But when dozens of black youth attack whites, it’s just a random act of violence? Okay, sure, that makes perfect sense.

Navigator Nightmares
With the mainstream media’s love for protecting this president and his policies, and politics – it’s no wonder that the stories of Obamacare navigator nightmares caught on tape is not being covered. Of course it’s not. It’s just more evidence of how they do business, and who at the major networks is going to cover that. Forget that these stories have been ongoing for weeks. But hey are nowhere to be found in the mainstream media.
Fox News
The Blaze

Distorted
The nuclear option
There has been no greater assault on our legislative rules of order in 100 years than the new procedure that was passed last week by Harry Reid’s Senate. The so called ‘nuclear option’ has become the Reid Rule, and it is fitting that Harry Reid’s name will forever be carried into history attached to this enormous breach of our constitution. But what was the distortion, what was the difference in the coverage. While the more balanced and conservative media attempted to point out that the rule change put the democratic process at risk, removing – yet again – checks that were put on the executive quite intentionally, the mainstream only asked – wasn’t it really the best thing for everyoneor focused on how it will impact the Democrats in 2014.

Proof some folks never learn
The last, but certainly not the least, of our stories for this week just broke over the weekend, but has the entire press up in arms. To say they are unhappy regarding the Public Relations wall the Obama Administration has constructed around itself would be an understatement – like saying the Weathermen were ‘unhappy’ with Richard Nixon and John Mitchell. And they said so, in a letter signed by 38 news outlets and associations.

Though some of the left leaning coverage was bland, at best, the mainstream coverage was pretty scathing. Check out the full letter below.
Huffington Post
Politico – yeah, that’s right. I hope you all were sitting down for that one.
Fox News
Associated Press
New York Daily News
Voice of Russian – hope you were sitting down for that one too.

Here is how they really feel – letter to the White House:

November 21, 2013
Jay Carney
Press Secretary
The White House

VIA HAND DELIVERY

Dear Mr. Carney:
We write to protest the limits on access currently barring photographers who cover the White House. We hope this letter will serve as the first step in removing these restrictions and, therefore, we also request a meeting with you to discuss this critical issue further. Journalists are routinely being denied the right to photograph or videotape the President while he is performing his official duties. As surely as if they were placing a hand over a journalist’s camera lens, officials in this administration are blocking the public from having an independent view of important functions of the Executive Branch of government. To be clear, we are talking about Presidential activities of a fundamentally public nature. To be equally clear, we are not talking about open access to the residence or to areas restricted, for example, for national security purposes.

The apparent reason for closing certain events to photographers is that these events have been deemed “private.” That rationale, however, is undermined when the White House contemporaneously releases its own photograph of a so-called private event through social media. The restrictions imposed by the White House on photographers covering these events, followed by the routine release by the White House of photographs made by government employees of these same events, is an arbitrary restraint and unwarranted interference on legitimate newsgathering activities. You are, in effect, replacing independent photojournalism with visual press releases.

All of the following events, with the exception of the McCain-Graham meeting, were reported as “read-outs” by the White House with “official” White House photo(s) attached. They illustrate the troubling breadth of the restrictions placed upon news-gathering by the White House to record governmental activity of undisputed and wide public interest:

  • On July 10, 2013, the President met with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
  • On July 11, 2013, the President met with the Co-Chairs of the U.S. – China Strategic and Economic Dialogue.
  • On July 29, 2013, the President met with former Secretary of State Clinton (White House photo also distributed via Twitter).
  • On July 30, 2013, the President and Vice President met with Israeli and Palestinian negotiators.
  • On August 26, 2013, the President met with African-American Faith Leaders.
  • On September 2, 2013, the President met with Senators McCain and Graham.
  • On October. 11, 2013, the President and family members met with Pakistani human rights activist Malala Yousafzai, a person of great public interest.

While certain of these events may appear “private” in nature, the decision of the White House to release its own contemporaneous photograph(s) suggests that the White House believes these events are, in fact, newsworthy and not private.

The right of journalists to gather the news is most critical when covering government officials acting in their official capacities. Previous administrations have recognized this, and have granted press access to visually cover precisely these types of events, thus creating government transparency. It is clear that the restrictions imposed by your office on photographers undercut the President’s stated desire to continue and broaden that tradition. To exclude the press from these functions is a major break from how previous administrations have worked with the press.

Moreover, these restrictions raise constitutional concerns. As the Supreme Court has stated, the First Amendment protects “the public and the press from abridgment of their rights of access to information about the operation of their government,” Richmond Newspapers Inc. v. Virginia, 448 U.S. 555, 584 (1980). The fact that there is no access whatsoever only heightens those concerns. As one court has noted in considering a similar restriction: “The total exclusion of television representatives from White House pool coverage denies the public and the press their limited right of access, guaranteed by the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States.” Cable News Network, Inc. v. American Broadcasting Companies, Inc., et al. 518 F.Supp. 1238, 1245 (N.D. GA 1981).

The organizations and individuals signing this letter strongly believe that imposing limits on press access, as your office has done, represents a troubling precedent with a direct and adverse impact on the public’s ability to independently monitor and see what its government is doing.

We consider this a most serious matter and urge you to provide appropriate access for independent photojournalists to all public governmental events in which the President  participates. Again, we see this letter as the first step toward restoring full press access to these events. Accordingly, we request an immediate meeting with you in order to resolve this very serious situation. We ask that you contact Steve Thomma, President of the White House Correspondents’ Association, and Sam Feist, current television pool chair, to set up the meeting.

Thank you.
ABC News
Agence France-Presse
American Society of News Editors
American Society of Media Photographers
Associated Press
Associated Press Media Editors
Associated Press Photo Managers
Association of Alternative Newsmedia
Association of Opinion Journalists
Bloomberg News
CBS News
CNN
Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
Fox News Channel
Gannett Co., Inc.
Getty Images
Lee Enterprises, Incorporated
The McClatchy Company
McClatchy-Tribune Information Services
National Press Club
National Press Photographers Association
NBC News
New England First Amendment Coalition
News Media Coalition
Newspaper Association of America
The New York Times Company
Online News Association
Professional Photographers of America
Radio Television Digital News Association
Regional Reporters Association
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
Reuters
Society of Professional Journalists
Tribune Company
The Washington Post
White House Correspondents’ Association
White House News Photographers Association
Yahoo! Inc.

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