Liberal Media Turning on White House After Reporter Bullying Incident

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Last week’s dust-up between the press and the White House following the coverage of a fundraising event in San Francisco may be a turning point in the media’s relationship with the Obama White House.

The chronology of events is as follows:
  1. The President attends a Democratic Party fundraising event in San Francisco.
  2. Print Pool reporters (a small, pre-approved group of newspaper journalists that simultaneously feed their coverage to all outlets) are in attendance.
  3. A protest erupts and one of the pool reporters catches it on video. (Citizens in attendance recorded this as well)
  4. The reporter posts the video online.
  5. The White House bans the reporter from future pool coverage, threatens to ban affiliated reporters if the ban is exposed
  6. The ban is exposed.
  7. The White House denies banning reporter, denies threatening other reporters, and apparently reinstates the reporter.
The video that triggered this kerfuffle can be seen here:

That brief clip seems relatively harmless. The President is seen reacting calmly to a short protest message delivered in harmonious fashion. So why did the White House take exception to this clip being posted and expel or threaten expulsion of the Chronicle’s Carla Marinucci? The answer remains foggy, and the Chronicle appears to be dug in on the issue and is defending their actions as well as questioning the actions and motives of the White House.

San Francisco Chronicle editor Ward Bushee called out the White House for not telling the truth;
Sadly, we expected the White House to respond in this manner based on our experiences yesterday. It is not a truthful response. It follows a day of off-the-record exchanges with key people in the White House communications office who told us they would remove our reporter, then threatened retaliation to Chronicle and Hearst reporters if we reported on the ban, and then recanted to say our reporter might not be removed after all.
The Chronicle’s report is accurate.

If the White House has indeed decided not to ban our reporter, we would like an on-the-record notice that she will remain the San Francisco print pool reporter.
But the story does not end with the statement from the editor. Chronicle publisher Phil Bronstein, seeing the obvious abuse of power here, weighed in;
The President and his staffers deftly used social media like Twitter and Facebook in his election campaign and continue to extol the virtues and value. Except, apparently, when it comes to the press.

So what’s up with the White House? We can’t say because neither Press Secretary Jay Carney nor anyone from his staff would speak on the record.

Other sources confirmed that Carla was vanquished, including Chronicle editor Ward Bushee, who said he was “informed that Carla was removed as a pool reporter.” Which shouldn‘t be a secret in any case because it’s a fact that affects the newsgathering of our largest regional paper (and sfgate)and how local citizens get their information.

What’s worse: more than a few journalists familiar with this story are aware of some implied threats from the White House of additional and wider punishment if Carla’s spanking became public. Really? That’s a heavy hand usually reserved for places other than the land of the free.
But bravery is a challenge, in particular for White House correspondents, most of whom are seasoned and capable journalists. They live a little bit in a gilded cage where they have access to the most powerful man in the world but must obey the rules whether they make sense or not.
CBS News reporter, Mark Knoller, has publicly protested the limited press access to Obama fundraisers, calling the policy “inconsistent.“ ”It’s no way to do business,” wrote Politico’s Julie Mason, “especially [for] a candidate who prides himself on transparency.”

2009 blog by the White House Director of New Media states that “President Obama is committed to making his administration the most open and transparent in history.”
Not last week.
Bronstein closes his piece by leaving some wiggle room for the White House;
Late today, there were hints that the White House might be backing off the Carla Fatwa.
Barack Obama sold himself successfully as a fresh wind for the 21st century. In important matters of communication, technology, openness and the press, it’s not too late for him to demonstrate that.
 [Read more on the article at The Blaze]

Coca-Cola Pressured Law Firm Out Of DOMA Defense

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

( "When the Atlanta-based law firm King & Spalding announced on April 18 that it would represent the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, it apparently didn't realize what a mess it had made for itself."...

In the intervening week, a series of public and behind-the-scenes developments made it clear that the firm would suffer recriminations for defending what many of its top clients and future recruits -- not to mention gay rights advocates -- consider to be an anti-gay law.

Sources with knowledge of the backlash confirm that one of King & Spalding's top clients, Coca Cola, also based in Atlanta, directly intervened to press the firm to extricate itself from the case.

A Coca Cola spokesman declined to comment on or off the record for this story, but pointed TPM to the company's long public history of support for equality and diversity.

Who else pressured them out of the case?? Coca-Cola boasts about their "commitment to diversity" for gay "rights":

For five consecutive years, we have received a top rating of 100% from the human rights campaign for our performance regarding workplace policies for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender associates. The HRC's Corporate Equality Index measures the extent to which employers promote workplace fairness for their GLBT employees, measuring factors like non-discrimination policies, diversity training and benefits.

Coca-Cola doesn't mind that their law firm represent Gitmo terrorist suspects, pro bono! So now Coke thinks Islamic terrorism is morally acceptable, but not traditional marriage!!

VIDEO: Why the Media is So Liberal

Saturday, April 23, 2011

On Friday night, the Fox News Channel debuted a Hannity special, ‘Behind the Bias: The History of Liberal Media.’ The promo declared: “Double standards? Groundless attacks? Blatant bias? Sean calls out the mainstream media! Don’t miss Behind the Bias: The History of Liberal Media.”
The Media Research Center made available to Fox News Channel producers video clips from our archive going back more than 20 years and they are scattered throughout the hour – as are soundbites from MRC President Brent Bozell.
Here is the opening segment:

This segment focuses on concerns about the coverage of The New York Times:

This third segment is called, “The Invisible Narrative”:

Prices at LDS canneries show inflation for food up between 11 and 49%

Friday, April 22, 2011

Price inceases on April 4th at the LDS canneries show inflation up between 11 and 49% for many basic food staples.  These rise in prices are a strong barometer for the overall economy since the LDS facilities are usually the last to raise prices for their communities, which provides food in bulk that they can collect through their vast networking operations.

According to the new price list from April 4th, many food staples have increased by more than 20% since the last price list came out just 3 months ago on January 3rd.

Beans. Black 13.69%
Beans, Pinto 12.13%
Beans, White 11.88%
Milk, Non Fat Dry 25.00%
Rice 38.99%
Sugar 33.81%
Wheat, Red/White 44.54%
Apple Slices 24.53%
Carrots 21.31%
Macaroni 40.25%
Oats, Quick 48.90%
Oats, Regular 49.19%
Onions 21.60%
Potato Flakes 33.33%
Spaghetti 38.99%
Beans, Refried 27.72%
Cocoa Mix 40.69%
Flour 29.70%
Fruit Drink Mix 26.20%

LDS churches and organizations have long been at the forefront in preparedness for families and communities.  As one of the wealthiest corporations in the world, their network of companies and church affiliations allow them access to cheaper food sources, and the capacity to store them for long periods of time through their canning facilities.

As the government and Federal Reserve continues to tell the American people that inflation is low, and contained by their monetary policies, the real barometer of inflation in the economy comes from the grocers, markets, and institutions that deal with food sales and production, and must monitor prices daily as commodities continue to climb.

The LDS's raising food prices at their canneries by 11 to 49% in just three months should be a serious wakeup call to all Americans on the true inflationary conditions that exist in our economy, and that we need to constantly look outside government reports for the true data affecting our spending and finances.

Source: Prices at LDS canneries show inflation for food up between 11 and 49% - National Finance Examiner

CA Senate Passes Bill Mandating Gay History in Public Schools

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Are they crazy?!!  California schools are FAILING their students and they want to spend more time ON GAY HISTORY?!!!
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The state Senate has approved legislation that would require California’s public schools to include gay history in social studies lessons.

Supporters say the move is needed to counter anti-gay stereotypes and beliefs that make gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender children vulnerable to bullying and suicide.

Opponents said it would burden an already crowded curriculum and expose students to a subject that some parents find objectionable.

The bill, sponsored by Democratic Sen. Mark Leno of San Francisco, passed Thursday on a 23-14 vote. The measure now goes to the Assembly.

It leaves it up to local school districts to decide what to include in the lessons and at what grade students would receive them.

Hypocrite Obama Racially Profiles Libyans In America

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

FBI questions Libyans in America

( "The Federal Bureau of Investigation has begun questioning Libyans living in the U.S., part of an effort to identify any Libyan-backed spies or terrorists, and collect any information that might help allied military operations.

The move reflects concerns among U.S. officials—in the wake of an allied bombing campaign that established a no-fly zone over Libya to prevent the massacre of antigovernment rebels—that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi might try to orchestrate revenge attacks against U.S. citizens.

U.S. counterterrorism officials believe that the threat of Libyan-backed terrorism is slightly higher for Europe than for the U.S. Officials on both sides of the Atlantic are searching for signs of nascent terror plots directed or encouraged from Tripoli."
You may recall Obama called police "stupid" for allegedly racially profiling a black man who resisted arrest. He said this "disproportionate" behavior against Blacks and Latinos is wrong. So which is it? Racial profiling or no?

Obama Announces Re-election Campaign For 2012

Sunday, April 3, 2011

April 3 will be a national day of mourning!


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