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March 21, 2009

Obama’s transparency not so transparent

Filed under: Political — chrishuntsblog @ 5:08 pm
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Or transparent indeed.



  1. Just a quick question. Considering that the story that he is getting the award and who it’s from is out, what more story is there that might be gotten if the ceremony were open to reporters?

    Comment by djcnor — March 21, 2009 @ 5:21 pm | Reply

    • But the story is not out. Did you hear about the story on any of the mainstream news sites or television? Do a few Google searches and you’ll find out. The largest site I found it on was LA Times Blog. Can you imagine if President Bush barred the press from any award ceremony, let alone a controversial one? You’d see front page headlines everywhere.

      But no matter. This is why the new media is taking over and the old are going bankrupt.

      Comment by chrishuntsblog — March 23, 2009 @ 11:16 pm | Reply

  2. Apparently major media had what it judged to be more important things to cover. Can you name something that should have been dropped in favor of this story?

    Comment by djcnor — March 24, 2009 @ 3:47 am | Reply

    • Yeah, something like the bogus AIG bonus scandal which the Prez himself had just signed into law–you know, the law he didn’t read which actually allowed those bonuses to be paid out. Jeez, all major media have been practically covering that non-scandal almost 24/7.

      Look, it’s healthy to have skepticism when it comes to the media. I’m ultra-conservative, but I often have problems with FoxNews; I also disagree with Rush Limbaugh from time to time. These outlets (and other conservative ones) suggest thinking for yourself. Things become more and more clear when you realize that every news outlet and opiner has their own slant, and usually their own agenda.

      BTW, do you have a blog?

      Comment by chrishuntsblog — March 24, 2009 @ 12:15 pm | Reply

  3. You aren’t saying they should have covered the award instead of the AIG thing, are you? Remember, I asked for something they should have replaced with this story.

    Yes, I do have a blog. It’s on whatever I feel like writing about on a particular day. Politics a good deal, but any number of other things as well. And I’m what the US calls ultraliberal, but for Europe, where I am (though I’m an American), it’s pretty much mainstream.

    It’s http://www.djcnor.wordpress.com.

    Comment by djcnor — March 24, 2009 @ 12:46 pm | Reply

    • As I said, the AIG thing is a non-story. It’s fraudulent. There’s all of this so-called outrage from the White House and Dems in congress when instead they should be apologizing to all of us for putting language in the bill which they KNEW would allow the AIG bonuses to get through. So what does the press do? They play along and act outraged as well instead of calling the WH & the Dems out on their s***. In this the press is very disingenuous. They know the story and aren’t reporting it

      To respond to your question: we live in a time when we are so inundated with news–24/7 on the cable networks. So much of the same junk is the same recycled crap. I see it on Fox News all the time. From one program to the next, they just regurgitate the exact same story. I’ve actually sort of tuned out during the last 4-5 days. Don’t you think the press could easily take time to report that the president barred them (the press) from a ceremony in which he was receiving an award?

      BTW, thank you for commenting on my blog and when I get a moment I’ll take a look at yours. Thanks again.

      Comment by chrishuntsblog — March 24, 2009 @ 9:37 pm | Reply

  4. Well, in that case, I seriously disagree. The role of the press is not only to report but to second guess the government at every turn. There have been big changes in Congress since the bail-out bill was passed. The new Congress hadn’t been seated yet. This one was willing to tax the bonuses back basically nullifying them. But in the end, the Press did the job for them by intimidating the bonus receivers into returning them. I think getting that done one way or another was definitely more important than covering that little award ceremony.

    Comment by djcnor — March 25, 2009 @ 2:40 am | Reply

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