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#1 Panthers_Lover

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Posted 12 February 2009 - 10:17 AM

From the Wall Street Journal:

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About half-way through President Obama's press conference Monday night, he had an unscripted question of his own. "All, Chuck Todd," the President said, referring to NBC's White House correspondent. "Where's Chuck?" He had the same strange question about Fox News's Major Garrett: "Where's Major?"

The problem wasn't the lighting in the East Room. The President was running down a list of reporters preselected to ask questions. The White House had decided in advance who would be allowed to question the President and who was left out.
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Presidents are free to conduct press conferences however they like, but the decision to preselect questioners is an odd one, especially for a White House famously pledged to openness. We doubt that President Bush, who was notorious for being parsimonious with follow-ups, would have gotten away with prescreening his interlocutors. Mr. Obama can more than handle his own, so our guess is that this is an attempt to discipline reporters who aren't White House favorites.

Few accounts of Monday night's event even mentioned the curious fact that the White House had picked its speakers in advance. We hope that omission wasn't out of fear of being left off the list the next time.


http://online.wsj.co...8276770899.html

#2 JakeFlake

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Posted 12 February 2009 - 10:18 AM

I did think that was a little strange.

#3 Matt Foley

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Posted 12 February 2009 - 10:22 AM

Betcha he doesn't field any more questions from Garrett any time soon. Any takers?

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Posted 12 February 2009 - 10:50 AM

molehill, thou art hereby promoted to Mountain

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Posted 12 February 2009 - 10:55 AM

molehill, thou art hereby promoted to Mountain


Seems to be the general attitude of liberals when it comes to the liberal president ....

#6 Inimicus

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Posted 12 February 2009 - 11:11 AM

Seems to be the general attitude of liberals when it comes to the liberal president ....

Whats funny about that statement is I'm a long way from a liberal.

So in retort to your comment Ill say:
Typical response from a Ralph Reed worshiping right wing nutjob who drank the Neocon Kool-Aid and cant see that the Right is so far wrong these days that they are doing more harm than good.

#7 Matt Foley

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Posted 12 February 2009 - 11:23 AM

Whats funny about that statement is I'm a long way from a liberal.

So in retort to your comment Ill say:
Typical response from a Ralph Reed worshiping right wing nutjob who drank the Neocon Kool-Aid and cant see that the Right is so far wrong these days that they are doing more harm than good.


That's funny. The right aren't in power any more, Don Quixote.

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Posted 12 February 2009 - 11:35 AM

Next they will be reporting that presidents also sign bills into law.

#9 Inimicus

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Posted 12 February 2009 - 11:38 AM

That's funny. The right aren't in power any more, Don Quixote.

Is your contention that they must be in power to do harm?

What about the harm they do by eroding the relative balance of the two party system by constantly creeping further and further right until those of us that have long supported the GOP find that they can no longer support the move to a Christian Theocracy that the Right seems to be embracing?




I don't know if I'm more entertained or dismayed by the "You're either with us or you're a bleeding heart left wing commie ***" of today's Republican party.

#10 Matt Foley

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Posted 12 February 2009 - 11:39 AM

Next they will be reporting that presidents also sign bills into law.


Or that Obama is just as full of poo as Bush and Clinton before him. Oh wait, that WON'T get reported. Carry on...

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Posted 12 February 2009 - 11:39 AM

Next they will be reporting that presidents also sign bills into law.


:eek:

#12 Matt Foley

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Posted 12 February 2009 - 11:40 AM

Is your contention that they must be in power to do harm?


Uh. Yeah.

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Posted 12 February 2009 - 11:40 AM

Uh. Yeah.


Wrong.

#14 Matt Foley

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Posted 12 February 2009 - 11:47 AM

Wrong.


Do a poll on this board. See how many people who call themselves conservative support a "theocracy".

It's fun to tilt at windmills, I guess.

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Posted 12 February 2009 - 12:45 PM

Wasn't it common knowledge that all presidents in the TV age have done this during big press conferences?

If not, that friggin President Morgan Freeman in Deep Impact has some splainin to do.


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