Obama’s continuing control of the media

The Washington Examiner reports that Department Of Labor will begin forcing media to use government computers.

“For years, journalists participating in the lockups have shown up at DOL at the appointed time, then entered a limited-access area to receive the new data and prepare news stories for release as soon as official embargoes end.

The system insures that major news organizations get the data as soon as possible and allows journalists covering the release get a jump on providing analyses and opinion about the data.

But Carl Fillichio, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis’ top communications advisor, circulated a memo earlier this week to interested media informing them that everybody is being required to re-submit their credentials requests.

He also offered a one-sentence assurance that ‘the department will not consider editorial or political viewpoints in making credentialing decisions.’

Bullshit!  Don’t believe for a minute that a politically-appointed member of the Obama Administration won’t consider “editorial or political viewpoints in making credentialing decisions.” because that is precisely what they will do.  It is the entire purpose of the new plan.  The number of slots is limited.  They will use that to give an edge to those news organizations which favor them.  Granted, that is most news organizations already, but still…  They already do this with favorable treatment during press conferences.  If you don’t toe the line you’re out.

This is a Presidential election year.  Obama is desperate to keep his job.  One of his primary problems with re-election is the miserable state of employment.  Spinning employment statistics is critical and the first news releases are the ones remembered.  This sounds exactly like a scheme Rahm would come up with to make it sound like Obama is doing well, when in fact, the number of unemployed is disgraceful.  And the groups with the highest unemployment are Obama’s political base.  So basically the message he will send to his supporters through his favored news agencies is that everything is wonderful and if they don’t have jobs, its only a matter of a short time before they will.

 

 


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