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(Daily Mail)   Obama's family is always photogenic, first dog Bo is always well-behaved and the vegetables in the South Lawn garden always seem succulent. How Obama is blocking out reporters so he can exercise ultimate control of his public image   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 167
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2013-04-02 12:21:38 PM
Right, and every other President before him was as transparent as a Klingon Bird of Prey.
 
2013-04-02 12:32:54 PM
So it was that when defeated presidential candidate Mitt Romney met with Obama for lunch at the White House after the 2012 election, there was no press access. The only photo was a White House handout that showed the two men talking in the Oval Office, clearly the president's turf.

The rest of the White House was clearly Romney's turf, or neutral at best. It's just that one room that Obama would've felt comfortable in.

When the president got complaints that his live-streamed meeting with his export council was open to just one reporter, Press Secretary Jay Carney responded: 'Everyone in America with electricity and a computer could see it.'

That's true, but the lone White House camera offered just one view.


WORLD'S GREATEST MONSTER! There should be at least 6 different cameras. Because... something.

And while plenty of news organizations cover the president's State of the Union address, the commentary that accompanies the White House's 'enhanced' version is more one-sided.

When viewers choose the White House as their news source, 'what people are being exposed to is highly selective,' says Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg Public Policy Center.

'They're not getting the balance of the alternative points of view. They're not getting the criticism that asks, "Is this accurate?" It's not being put in historical context.'


Wait, the White House tries to put the President in the best light? They're not actively giving publicity to his detractors? FASCISTS!

This is weak sauce. But I have a feeling there's going to be the usual suspects in this thread with a mix between "where's the transparency, 0bummer?" and "H0pe and change! LOLZ!"
 
2013-04-02 12:33:58 PM
In his first term, Obama engaged in 107 short question-and-answer sessions with reporters during events in the Oval Office, the Cabinet Room and similar settings. President George W. Bush, by contrast, had 354.


Well, maybe they have a point here.


By the same token, though, Obama held twice as many solo press conferences as Bush: 36 compared to 17. And in the first term Obama did 674 interviews - TV, radio, Internet, print - compared to 217 for Bush and 191 for Clinton.


Wait, nevermind.
 
2013-04-02 12:38:20 PM
It's called "controlling the message."  He's just using the tools very effectively.
 
2013-04-02 12:39:11 PM

Car_Ramrod: In his first term, Obama engaged in 107 short question-and-answer sessions with reporters during events in the Oval Office, the Cabinet Room and similar settings. President George W. Bush, by contrast, had 354.


Well, maybe they have a point here.


By the same token, though, Obama held twice as many solo press conferences as Bush: 36 compared to 17. And in the first term Obama did 674 interviews - TV, radio, Internet, print - compared to 217 for Bush and 191 for Clinton.


Wait, nevermind.


I love that they seem to think Obama should be emulating W to a greater degree.
 
2013-04-02 12:39:31 PM
"Mainstream media" - anyone that uses this term can't be taken serious.
 
2013-04-02 12:40:40 PM
It doesn't matter how "effectively" he controls the message, his detractors will grab anything no matter how inane to paint him as the worst non-President President ever.

/See: Arugala, mustard, Easter egg hunts, lapel pins
 
2013-04-02 12:40:44 PM

JusticeandIndependence: "Mainstream media" - anyone that uses this term can't be taken serious.


Correct.  Everyone knows that it's "Liberal Lamestream MSM."
 
2013-04-02 12:40:48 PM
The hell you say.
 
2013-04-02 12:42:11 PM
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-04-02 12:42:59 PM
Three days later, it was no laughing matter when the White House live-streamed on the Internet Obama's meeting with his export council and allowed just one reporter in the room.
 So how on earth is providing open access to the raw footage bad?
 
2013-04-02 12:43:07 PM

Jackson Herring: [2.bp.blogspot.com image 850x567]


perfect response.  just perfect.
 
2013-04-02 12:43:35 PM
3.bp.blogspot.com

Leslie
 
2013-04-02 12:45:05 PM
Clearly we need more depraved paparazzi following the first family. Be careful getting out of the limo, Michelle, that guy's camera is down low for a reason.
 
2013-04-02 12:45:07 PM
For some people the lack of a sin is sinful, the absence of scandal scandalous.
 
2013-04-02 12:46:43 PM
The lamestream drive-by MSM mainstream media information complex just won't tell it like it is!

www.comicsbeat.com
 
2013-04-02 12:46:48 PM
Could we please get this guy some ointment to rub on his massively hurt butt?
 
2013-04-02 12:46:53 PM
Is this an outrage?
 
2013-04-02 12:47:13 PM
Tfa poses fair questions, but I suppose this is going to be the new normal from now on. You have to be media savvy these days just to get the damn job, and once you're there you'll be torn to pieces by the loyal opposition if you don't stage-manage everything to an extraordinary degree.

That this phenomenon hasn't been written about all that much in the last 4 years (at least by the non-right wing media) is pretty remarkable. I think it's a combination of Obama and his team being geniuses at this, even exceeding Reagan's competence IMO, plus maybe a little resignation in the press that this is just the way things work these days.


/yeah, as a former Obama campaign volunteer maybe I'm a little biased, but I promise a little public outrage if he ever hires a male prostitute to play fake reporter, okay??
 
2013-04-02 12:47:24 PM
I love it when the press whines about not being able to do their insipid puff pieces.
 
2013-04-02 12:47:40 PM

Jackson Herring: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 337x600]

Leslie


Only King to ever be President of the United States.
 
2013-04-02 12:47:48 PM

thurstonxhowell: Be careful getting out of the limo, Michelle, that guy's camera is down low for a reason.


It's a gay black camera?
 
2013-04-02 12:48:31 PM

zerkalo: Is this an outrage?


images.sodahead.com
 
2013-04-02 12:49:05 PM
They're mad that Obama is really good at not looking like a jackass from day to day. Got it.
 
2013-04-02 12:50:44 PM
with so many words in that screed, why not throw one more into the headline?
 
2013-04-02 12:51:38 PM

JusticeandIndependence: "Mainstream media" - anyone that uses this term can't be taken serious.


Hey, you've got the give the Daily Fail credit here.  This article is head and shoulders above their usual drivel.  At this rate of improvement they may become as credible a news source as Foxnews in a few decades.
 
2013-04-02 12:53:47 PM
Jesus, the right wing and pseudo media is really digging deep for some scandal, aren't they? What's next, the story that Obama actually breaths Oxygen?
 
2013-04-02 12:54:12 PM

Car_Ramrod: In his first term, Obama engaged in 107 short question-and-answer sessions with reporters during events in the Oval Office, the Cabinet Room and similar settings. President George W. Bush, by contrast, had 354.


Well, maybe they have a point here.


By the same token, though, Obama held twice as many solo press conferences as Bush: 36 compared to 17. And in the first term Obama did 674 interviews - TV, radio, Internet, print - compared to 217 for Bush and 191 for Clinton.


Wait, nevermind.


Answering pre-scripted softball questions in an interview from the mainstream media does not count.

Try again.
 
2013-04-02 12:56:00 PM

Philip Francis Queeg: Three days later, it was no laughing matter when the White House live-streamed on the Internet Obama's meeting with his export council and allowed just one reporter in the room.

 So how on earth is providing open access to the raw footage bad?


That "point" confused me more than almost anything I've read thus far this week.
 
2013-04-02 12:56:36 PM
Obama, always the innovator. Now he's being careful about what he says in press conferences. Too bad for the 43 preceding him that they never learned to watch what they said in public.
 
2013-04-02 12:57:32 PM

TIKIMAN87: Car_Ramrod: In his first term, Obama engaged in 107 short question-and-answer sessions with reporters during events in the Oval Office, the Cabinet Room and similar settings. President George W. Bush, by contrast, had 354.

Well, maybe they have a point here.

By the same token, though, Obama held twice as many solo press conferences as Bush: 36 compared to 17. And in the first term Obama did 674 interviews - TV, radio, Internet, print - compared to 217 for Bush and 191 for Clinton.

Wait, nevermind.

Answering pre-scripted softball questions in an interview from the mainstream media does not count.

Try again.


MORE INTERVIEWS BY BREITBART, HOT AIR, AND WORLD NET DAILY!

Their tough, in your face, take no prisoners questioning might finally track down that birth certificate once and for all!
 
2013-04-02 12:57:35 PM

TIKIMAN87: Car_Ramrod: In his first term, Obama engaged in 107 short question-and-answer sessions with reporters during events in the Oval Office, the Cabinet Room and similar settings. President George W. Bush, by contrast, had 354.


Well, maybe they have a point here.


By the same token, though, Obama held twice as many solo press conferences as Bush: 36 compared to 17. And in the first term Obama did 674 interviews - TV, radio, Internet, print - compared to 217 for Bush and 191 for Clinton.


Wait, nevermind.

Answering pre-scripted softball questions in an interview from the mainstream media does not count.

Try again.


That's all you've got?   I'm embarassed for you, try again.
 
2013-04-02 12:57:38 PM
But what about Benghazi??!!!???!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!?
 
2013-04-02 12:58:31 PM

TIKIMAN87: mainstream media


booooo
 
2013-04-02 12:58:56 PM
ccit300-f06.wikispaces.com
 
2013-04-02 01:00:01 PM

Mugato: Right, and every other President before him was as transparent as a Klingon Bird of Prey.


Not many of the Presidents before him have claimed to have "the most transparent administration in history".
 
2013-04-02 01:00:12 PM

Mikey1969: But what about Benghazi??!!!???!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!?


why don't we ever see Obama & Benghazi in the same place at the same time?

/I've said too much.
 
2013-04-02 01:01:40 PM
So, the problem is that Obama limits exposure for everyone, compared to the Bush White House, which weeded out those in the press pool?

One might almost think that the man had better things to do with his time than head out on vacation and take photo ops of him fighting bushes and brambles...

It's the Presidency. Not Judge Judy. Get over yourselves. No, you're not going to get photos of Obama picking his nose and wiping it on the underside of his desk. You don't get to follow him into meetings and poke around his underwear drawer. That GW limited his exposure was well documented--with getting rid of folks in the press pool that he thought were "hostile" to the message--but that was OK, for some. In this case, the President has an actively hostile press, and they still have access, that might tell you something...
 
2013-04-02 01:01:44 PM
Never forget: Obango Hussain Fartbama  started the  media blackout of war casualties at Dover Air Force Base   to control his image!
 
2013-04-02 01:04:39 PM

hubiestubert: So, the problem is that Obama limits exposure for everyone, compared to the Bush White House, which weeded out those in the press pool?


And added their own.

media.salon.com
 
2013-04-02 01:05:27 PM
"Now watch this drive."
 
2013-04-02 01:05:31 PM

Isitoveryet: Mikey1969: But what about Benghazi??!!!???!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!?

why don't we ever see Obama & Benghazi in the same place at the same time?

/I've said too much.


Well, it's been nice knowing you... Let us know how life is in the FEMA camps if you can make it to a computer...
 
2013-04-02 01:06:24 PM

theorellior: The lamestream drive-by MSM mainstream media information complex just won't tell it like it is!

[www.comicsbeat.com image 500x690]


Show me a funny conservative and I will show you um.....,uh, er, ........huh.
 
2013-04-02 01:07:17 PM
I really don't understand what they want from him.
 
2013-04-02 01:07:25 PM
I'll only believe if he tweets pics of his colonoscopy.
 
2013-04-02 01:08:38 PM

medieval: TIKIMAN87: Car_Ramrod: In his first term, Obama engaged in 107 short question-and-answer sessions with reporters during events in the Oval Office, the Cabinet Room and similar settings. President George W. Bush, by contrast, had 354.


Well, maybe they have a point here.


By the same token, though, Obama held twice as many solo press conferences as Bush: 36 compared to 17. And in the first term Obama did 674 interviews - TV, radio, Internet, print - compared to 217 for Bush and 191 for Clinton.


Wait, nevermind.

Answering pre-scripted softball questions in an interview from the mainstream media does not count.

Try again.

That's all you've got?   I'm embarassed for you, try again.


Thats all I need.
 
2013-04-02 01:08:46 PM

trotsky: Jesus, the right wing and pseudo media is really digging deep for some scandal, aren't they? What's next, the story that Obama actually breaths Oxygen?


Not really. I mean--Obama has done an amazing job using the press and social media to his advantage. It's a huge part of the reason he managed to win--he made himself look like a golden child even after the first debate compared to the out of whack, weirdly smirking Mormon guy with the likeability of a burnt out Zenith. He does do his best, as all presidents do, to control the image.

The real derp here is that the citations of that fact are really more formulated around the "WHAT IS HE HIDING??!!?!?!" idea--which isn't a far cry from the whole "He wasn't born here", "He isn't one of us", "He's a Muslim Socialist Kenyan" narrative right wing loonies have been trying to stick to him since he was first a candidate in '07.
 
2013-04-02 01:08:55 PM
Lest we forget:

manolomen.com

2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-04-02 01:08:59 PM
press.take88.comtheniteranter.com
 
2013-04-02 01:09:52 PM
So it was that when defeated presidential candidate Mitt Romney met with Obama for lunch at the White House after the 2012 election, there was no press access. The only photo was a White House handout that showed the two men talking in the Oval Office, clearly the president's turf.


Yeah, why didn't they get access to the White House restroom where Romney was giving Obama a swirlie? Completely lopsided coverage.
 
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