Obama’s White House Continues to Abuse, Threaten And Bully the Press

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This White House’s bullying of the media is an attempt to commandeer and manipulate the news. From sequester to the IRS scandal to Benghazi, the White House has had their hand in controlling what the public hears and sees. They manage the press and have all but eliminated any threats from potential whistleblowers.

The DOJ spied on Fox News reporter James Rosen and even named him as a co-conspirator in a leak case for the purpose of obtaining a secret court order to spy on him and his family.

The White House was able to spy on the AP by misusing a subpoena. The spying had the effect of drying up many of the AP reporters’ sources.

There is also the James Risen case. The Obama Administration is attempting to force him to name his sources in yet another whistleblower case. Mr. Obama doesn’t care about our civil liberties.

This White House has investigated more whistleblower cases than all previous administrations combined. No one crosses them, no American that is.

Jennifer Rubin at The Washington Post referenced several stories of bullying by the White House in one of her columns. Rubin wrote that reporters Woodward, Founier, and others were all beaten down with verbal threats and abusive language by White House officials. She mentioned one case that concerned Lanny Davis.

Lanny Davis, a serious liberal, wrote something in The Washington Times that displeased the Obama Administration. John Solomon, the editor at the Washington Times, received a phone call threatening to remove the newspaper’s White House credentials unless Lanny Davis’ column was discontinued.”

Others were threatened, including the White House press corps. “This is a warning shot over the bow of the White House press corps. ‘Don’t screw with us. Look what we are doing to your God, Woodward. Imagine what we’ll do to you.’”

The reference to Woodward followed Woodward’s assertion in his book The Price of Politics and in the Washington Post that Obama admitted sequester was his idea. This was at a time when Jay Carney was claiming that it was not Obama’s idea.

A very senior official threatened Woodward. “It was said very clearly, you will regret doing this,” Woodward said.

The Washington Post, which took on the issue of White House bullying. They shoot first and ask questions later,” said reporter Julie Mason. “In one of the e-mails that reporters have dubbed “nasty grams,” White House press secretary Jay Carney branded one of Mason’s stories ‘partisan, inflammatory and tendentious.’”

And there is this from Carl Cannon:

Carl Cannon, a longtime political journalist who is the Washington editor of the Web site Real Clear Politics, says he recently got zinged. After his site posted a headline and video of President Obama promoting a political fundraising raffle at the White House in June — which Republicans said could be a violation of campaign-finance law — Cannon heard about it in no uncertain terms. A deputy press official let loose “a screaming, profane diatribe that lasted two or three phone calls,” Cannon recalled. “It hurt my ear.”

The White House even bullied Ford Motor Company into removing an ad that was critical of competitors who took the bailout money. Detroit News reporter Daniel Howes said, “You’re not allowed, in Obama’s America, to disparage the auto bailout, or — indirectly — Obama. Especially during the election cycle.”

Bob Beckel, another very serious liberal, who once served as Jimmy Carter’s Chief of Staff, told Bill Hemmer on Fox News back in October that someone in the White House told him to stop talking about delaying the implementation of Obamacare.

Beckel: “The other day on The Five I called for a delay for the implementation of this for five months or six months to a year. And I got a call from somebody at the White House who absolutely bludgeoned me over it…

This is the exchange:

A White House official even bullied a prolific conservative Twitter user named  Kevin Eder, who in 2011, was caught in the sights of Jesse Lee who made Eder the object of his Progressive discontent. Eder was baffled by it and said, referring to himself, that he was quite literally “a nobody.”

The latest case of White House bullying is particularly reprehensible. The White House tried to bully Fox News into not reporting on Benghazi according to Greta Van Susteren writing in a post on her website Thursday.

Greta Van Susteren, Gretawire:

After Benghazi on 9/11/2012, the Obama administration tried very hard to discourage Fox News Channel from reporting on it.  The effort was obstruction – pure and simple.

They tried to prevent the truth from coming out and the Administration tried just about everything to discourage Fox from investigating and reporting.

All the American people wanted, and all I ever wanted, was just the facts – why did 4 Americans die?  What happened?

The Obama Administration put out that phony video story — but who could not have been suspicious of the Administration after hearing that?   Frankly, if they had been candid on day 1, the Benghazi story would have been over in short order.  It would not be to the point we are now: with a Senate Bi Partisan Intelligence Committee report with the very painful conclusion that the murders at Benghazi could have been prevented.

So let’s take a little walk in history…just a sample of how the Obama Administration tried to shut Fox News Channel’s reporting down:

In the early days after Benghazi, the State Department omitted only Fox News Channel from its conference call to all the media when it claimed to be answering questions about Benghazi for the media.  Our friends in other media outlets were scandalized that Fox was not included and  told us all about it.  They were suspicious of State Department forgetting us/Fox and courageous to tip us off.   The State Department claimed it was accident and not intentional.

And then shortly thereafter, there was the CIA briefing about Benghazi at the CIA for all the networks – except one: Fox News Channel.  The CIA would not let Fox News Channel attend.

Then we had to listen to all the silliness about a video….what was with that?   Did anyone ever really think that was legitimate?

And there were many times in the months and years since September 2012 when Obama Administration officials would make comments to suggest that Fox was just doing the Benghazi reporting for political reasons.  The Administration was doing what it could to deter and demean the Fox News Channel investigation.  They did not want to give us the facts — so their strategy was to attempt to belittle and demean our reporting.

As an aside, does the Obama Administration think politics is the reason theDemocratically led Senate Intelligence Committee opened its investigation?  Obviously not.

It is also interesting to note that The New York Times, thought by many to be the gold standard in journalism, recently reported that it was not Al Qaeda.  According to the bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee report, the NY Times reporting is wrong.  (Yes, the same New York Times that reported there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.  That was wrong, too.)

And then as I was sitting at my desk thinking about the reporting since September 2012, I thought about the weirdest of all and the worst of all for me personally!  I remembered a disturbing phone call from a good friend in the Obama Administration.  I have known this friend for years.  The call was a short time after 9/11 (maybe Oct. 2012?) In the call, my friend told me that my colleague Jennifer Griffin, who was aggressively reporting on Benghazi, was wrong and that, as a favor to me, my friend in the Administration was telling me so that I could tell Jennifer so that she did not ruin her career.   My friend was telling me to tell Jennifer to stop her reporting.  Ruin her career?

In 20 plus years, I have never received a call to try and shut down a colleague – not that I even could – this was a first.   Here is what I know:  Jennifer is a class act….experienced..and a very responsible journalist.  One of the absolute best in the business – no axe to grind, she just wants the facts.

I told my friend before I go to Jennifer telling her she is wrong,  I need proof she is wrong, strong proof and you need to be specific  – what are you saying she is getting wrong?  We went around and around — including the statement again that this was just a call as a favor to Jennifer and me to save Jennifer’s career from reporting incorrect information.  I got no proof.  Zero.   I smelled a rat.  Favor to me?  Hardly.  My friend was trying to use me.   I feel bad that a friend did that to me, tried to use me for a dirty reason.   I knew then — and it is now confirmed by  BIPARTISAN Senate Intelligence Committee — Jennifer was getting her facts right.   I think it is really low for the Administration to stoop this low.  

Many in this same press corps that are bullied and threatened also protect Barack Obama. Maybe they have Stockholm Syndrome. They sure aren’t looking out for us.

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