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txradioguy
05-31-2011, 08:58 AM
A little more than a week ago, Vice President Joe Biden traveled to fundraisers in two battleground-state cities, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati.

Neither stop included the White House press corps; requests by local media to cover the events were denied by the vice president's press office. The Democratic National Committee arranged the events for the Obama Victory Fund.

A number of seasoned political reporters and former White House press-office staffers consider that lack of coverage a dangerous precedent.

"It would behoove the Obama administration to keep its promise of transparency even with fundraisers," agrees Jeff Brauer, a political history professor at Keystone College. "The United States is a democracy, after all."

Having press coverage of fundraising events that feature the president or vice president matters for at least two reasons, Brauer explains.

"One, large amounts of taxpayer dollars are being used for personal security at such events. As with all tax dollars, they should be spent with accountability.

"Two, it is important for the public to know what the president and vice president are saying to donors. Is it the same message they are saying to the electorate at large?"

Such knowledge helps citizens judge officeholders' authenticity and integrity.

The White House press office earlier this month rejected a request by the Boston Herald, a conservative-leaning newspaper, to cover an Obama fundraiser. The press office's publicly "outed" e-mail said so-called pool reporters are chosen based on whether they cover the news "fairly."

Several former and current White House correspondents see presidents choosing who covers them as a nightmare scenario. The correspondents also are agitated by Biden's refusal to be covered by local media, even if that means reporters cooling their heels outside an invitation-only fundraiser.

"What if something happened to him?" is the question they raise.

All administrations want to bask in a warm glow. All members of the press want to protect democracy by keeping the public informed and holding administrations accountable.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2011/05/30/dangerous_precedent_for_press_110031.html

megimoo
05-31-2011, 12:20 PM
A little more than a week ago, Vice President Joe Biden traveled to fundraisers in two battleground-state cities, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati.

Neither stop included the White House press corps; requests by local media to cover the events were denied by the vice president's press office. The Democratic National Committee arranged the events for the Obama Victory Fund.

A number of seasoned political reporters and former White House press-office staffers consider that lack of coverage a dangerous precedent.

"It would behoove the Obama administration to keep its promise of transparency even with fundraisers," agrees Jeff Brauer, a political history professor at Keystone College. "The United States is a democracy, after all."

Having press coverage of fundraising events that feature the president or vice president matters for at least two reasons, Brauer explains.

"One, large amounts of taxpayer dollars are being used for personal security at such events. As with all tax dollars, they should be spent with accountability.

"Two, it is important for the public to know what the president and vice president are saying to donors. Is it the same message they are saying to the electorate at large?"

Such knowledge helps citizens judge officeholders' authenticity and integrity.

The White House press office earlier this month rejected a request by the Boston Herald, a conservative-leaning newspaper, to cover an Obama fundraiser. The press office's publicly "outed" e-mail said so-called pool reporters are chosen based on whether they cover the news "fairly."

Several former and current White House correspondents see presidents choosing who covers them as a nightmare scenario. The correspondents also are agitated by Biden's refusal to be covered by local media, even if that means reporters cooling their heels outside an invitation-only fundraiser.

"What if something happened to him?" is the question they raise.

All administrations want to bask in a warm glow. All members of the press want to protect democracy by keeping the public informed and holding administrations accountable.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2011/05/30/dangerous_precedent_for_press_110031.htmlStandard Paranoaia stuff....Obama against America..Everyone is our enemy ,everyone is against us .

Is it Paranoia Or is it Schizophrenia ?
The DNC 'Junkyard dog' Hypocrite, Debbie Wasserman-Shrill Yenta-Schultz. The Katie Couric of the DNC. runs her big mouth hoping to poison the American political mind,such as it is,against all things Conservative.

The very fact that they chose such a big mouthed Yenta to run the party tells it all. They fear the American voting publics Righteous wrath to come and so promote this shrieking bag of bones in the hopes of at least recapturintg the New York Transplanted Florida Jewish voters after Obamas Israeli Faux Pas .