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LWW
12-31-2011, 03:50 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Over the past five months, the Republican presidential candidates participated in 13 debates where they fielded dozens of penetrating questions on every major issue facing the nation, and some not so major.

The nationally televised and/or Internet-streamed forums each drew an average of 5 million to 6 million viewers, along with breathless wall-to-wall coverage, commentary and criticism from the news media, radio and TV talk shows, Internet blogs and partisan websites.

Indeed, the GOP hopefuls have been thoroughly queried on a laundry list of issues ranging from immigration problems to the faltering economy, Iran’s nuclear program to trade deficits with China, the intricacies of climate change to strategies to combat terrorism, exploding government regulations to skyrocketing public debt, plus some uncomfortable questions about their pasts and their personal lives.

<span style='font-size: 11pt'>Yet, during all that time, the man they hope to defeat next November has rarely been asked by news reporters about many of these issues. Since August, President Obama has held only one formal White House news conference. That came on Oct. 6, nearly three months ago. It lasted 74 minutes, shorter than any single Republican debate, and the president was asked 17 questions, most of them softballs on the economy and his latest legislative proposals to create jobs.</span>

<span style='font-size: 14pt'>No questions on immigration, no questions on Iran or Iraq or Afghanistan or Israel or North Korea -- global trouble spots the GOP candidates have been queried about repeatedly. Moreover, he was not asked about what spending cuts he would make to reduce the deficit, nothing about Medicare and Social Security reform or his health care law, all familiar questions for the Republicans seeking his job.</span>

<span style='font-size: 11pt'>Obama’s ability to avoid tough questions, skate above the fray and look presidential while his potential successors appear to be futilely flailing is not by accident.</span> <span style='font-size: 17pt'>It is by White House design, abetted by a press corps that seems content with being shut out by the president and being spoon-fed the message of the day</span><span style='font-size: 11pt'>, rather than clamoring for more chances to ask him questions during this critical time.</span>

Just over the last couple of weeks, several major world events cried out for presidential comment, but little was forthcoming other than a few statements, some of which were attributed not to the president but to administration officials, named and unnamed. Among these events were:

- The Russian elections. It was left to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to publicly question whether they were fraudulent. And while she was clearly speaking for the president, it was Clinton, not Obama, who drew fire from Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who accused her of encouraging protesters. So as it appears in the news media, Russia is Clinton’s problem, not Obama’s.

- Iran’s recent threat to block oil shipments in the Strait of Hormuz if sanctions are imposed on its oil exports. No word, so far, from the vacationing president. However, an unnamed administration official did accuse Iran of “saber-rattling.”

- The rash of bombings in Iraq, in the wake of the U.S. troop withdrawal there, has not produced a statement from Obama, nor have reporters been able to ask him if he now feels the full draw-down might have been a bit premature. No chance, either, to question the president on recent unrest in Syria.

- The death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il and what it might mean for U.S. relations with that troubled country has not drawn presidential comment. Clinton, speaking for the administration, said, “We reiterate our hope for improved relations with the people of North Korea.” And White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the U.S. has “no new concerns” about North Korea’s nuclear arsenal.

In sum, the news we get from the White House is the news that administration press handlers want to give us, much of which provides the president with comfortable distance from foreign policy hot spots. From Hawaii this week, we get nice reports about presidential golf and snorkeling, the release of green sea turtles by the First Family, a visit with U.S. Marines and a baby putting her fingers in the president’s mouth.

No wonder the GOP candidates look so bad. It’s time for reporters to start smoking the president out and call for him, not his surrogates, to answer questions on a regular basis. </div></div>
And the O-cult looked upon the spoon feeding and claimed that it was good. (http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2011/12/30/media_abet_obamas_aloofness_on_tough_issues_112576 .html)

Soflasnapper
12-31-2011, 01:02 PM
Waaah!

So, the GOP field is covered by the press in their thousand or so debates. But the press refuses to cover all the Democratic side debates?

Oh, wait. There was no primary challenger to Obama, there will be no seriously contested primaries or caucuses, and so there are no debates for the press corps to cover. Wow, news flash! Somebody tell this poor retired reporter! Apparently a bit past his prime, and perhaps in mental deterioration, he hasn't noticed this?

But no! What about Obama 'only' taking reporters' questions for a measly 74 minutes, far shorter than any single GOP debate? You know, those debates with 7 people in them, with rapid fire 1-2-3 minute responses, no followups? Where only a carefully crafted sidestep spin non-response response is required? Ask the reporter this one: did any of the GOP debates last 510 minutes or more, which would allow each of the 7 candidates enough time to be asked questions and answer them at length as Obama did?

Here we make the ex-reporter, possibly a man who was fired or who quit out of incompetency and under pressure, go waaah! once again! Cause HE cannot be bothered to even do this retired job for longer months at a time than he complains about Obama. A couple of articles in August, then nothing until late December? Why can't his employers get this man to work any more?

A man who has been working, and supplying all the administration answers to all these myriad questions, is Jay Carney, and before him, other presidential spokespersons. The press corps asks HIM these questions about administration policy every day. Note, this ex-reporter doesn't say CARNEY has been unavailable since August, except for one 'brief' 74-minute press conference.

And how SHOULD the WH press corps 'smoke out' the president to make him show up for their questions? Boycott Carney's briefings? Yeah, that'll show 'em and pressure them-- not.

So, in conclusion, waah! Waah! Waah!

LWW
01-01-2012, 01:44 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Soflasnapper</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><s>Waaah!

So, the GOP field is covered by the press in their thousand or so debates. But the press refuses to cover all the Democratic side debates?

Oh, wait. There was no primary challenger to Obama, there will be no seriously contested primaries or caucuses, and so there are no debates for the press corps to cover. Wow, news flash! Somebody tell this poor retired reporter! Apparently a bit past his prime, and perhaps in mental deterioration, he hasn't noticed this?

But no! What about Obama 'only' taking reporters' questions for a measly 74 minutes, far shorter than any single GOP debate? You know, those debates with 7 people in them, with rapid fire 1-2-3 minute responses, no followups? Where only a carefully crafted sidestep spin non-response response is required? Ask the reporter this one: did any of the GOP debates last 510 minutes or more, which would allow each of the 7 candidates enough time to be asked questions and answer them at length as Obama did?

Here we make the ex-reporter, possibly a man who was fired or who quit out of incompetency and under pressure, go waaah! once again! Cause HE cannot be bothered to even do this retired job for longer months at a time than he complains about Obama. A couple of articles in August, then nothing until late December? Why can't his employers get this man to work any more?

A man who has been working, and supplying all the administration answers to all these myriad questions, is Jay Carney, and before him, other presidential spokespersons. The press corps asks HIM these questions about administration policy every day. Note, this ex-reporter doesn't say CARNEY has been unavailable since August, except for one 'brief' 74-minute press conference.

And how SHOULD the WH press corps 'smoke out' the president to make him show up for their questions? Boycott Carney's briefings? Yeah, that'll show 'em and pressure them-- not.

So, in conclusion, waah! Waah! Waah!</s> </div></div>

TRANSLATED:

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Soflasnapper</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Dear leader is above question. Thinking that dear leader might be held accountable to mere proletariat drones is borderline criminal.</div></div>

Soflasnapper
01-09-2012, 03:50 PM
Your calling my at-length responses special pleading is itself special pleading, and now an entirely boring repetitious response.

What point does this man have, according to you? I say, no point, and no action plan. (C'mon, the PRESS is going to make the president do WHAT, and HOW???)

The guy who has really been ducking the press is Romney, who barely just had one sit-down with a Sunday news host only recently, and no press conferences, just these minute to half-minute responses, which reveal basically nothing, per their design, with 7 or 8 on the stage.

Does this man seriously argue that Romney has had greater scrutiny than Obama over the relevant time frame? And THAT'S why Romney trails a little or in some national polls and some states is doing better than Obama, because of all the supposed press advantages Obama allegedly enjoys?

That's why some have now dropped out of the race, that Obama is getting a pass, which makes them look worse????

If only Obama had been getting worse press treatment, we'd still have Michele Bachman and Herman Caine in the race, since their only problem was over-covered saturation press attention?

Ridiculous. Obama has received very negative coverage, and a review of the news will prove exactly that. The WH press corps is a small slice of that coverage, no more. And it wasn't that the GOPrs were looked at too much, just that they got looked at, at all, that did them in. First glances told the story, and all were brought down from the weight of their own inadequacies, and/or the attacks from their fellow hopefuls.

LWW
01-09-2012, 05:44 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Soflasnapper</div><div class="ubbcode-body">The guy who has really been ducking the press is Romney, who barely just had one sit-down with a Sunday news host only recently, and no press conferences, just these minute to half-minute responses, which reveal basically nothing, per their design, with 7 or 8 on the stage.</div></div>

Actually it's the Obamedia avoiding Romney.

He is the candidate they want to face dear leader, one because he's easier to beat and two because he's the most like Obama on policy if he wins.

If Romney gets the nomination, the Obamedia will turn on him like the pack of jackals they are.

Soflasnapper
01-13-2012, 06:31 PM
When even Chris Wallace was complaining that Fox couldn't get Romney to come on, your claims are ridiculous.

Unless you now want to say Fox is also part of the Obamedia.

There is no showing that Mitt wanted to be on the networks, and they kept him off. And obviously that never happened.

LWW
01-14-2012, 06:50 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Soflasnapper</div><div class="ubbcode-body">When even Chris Wallace was complaining that Fox couldn't get Romney to come on, your claims are ridiculous.

Unless you now want to say Fox is also part of the Obamedia.

There is no showing that Mitt wanted to be on the networks, and they kept him off. And obviously that never happened. </div></div>

Fox has been covering Romney, the Obamedia largely has not ... and won't until the nomination is pretty well his.

As to statists avoiding FOX ... nothing new there.