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Governor Palin Posts on Obama’s Crackdown On the Media

Govennor Palin posted the following earlier today. Via Facebook:

What? Lamestream calls for empathy, even outrage, for a First Amendment violation that’s on par with all the abuse we’ve brought to your attention as Obama stomps on our Constitution. You’ve IGNORED us, you’ve marginalized us, you’ve left us for "destroyed." But when Obama’s boot is on YOUR neck you finally wake the h*ll up and cry foul? Good Lord.

Here’s an excerpt from Ben Shapiro’s excellent piece:

Last week, Reporters Without Borders dropped America in the World Press Freedom Index 2014 from 33rd to 46th. James Risen of The New York Times rightly explained, “I think 2013 will go down in history as the worst year for press freedom in the United States’ modern history.” And he’s right. The violation of press freedoms has been egregious under this administration, even as the press fetes President Obama as an honest and effective commander-in-chief.

Selective Access. President Obama has regularly granted special access to reporters who give him preferential coverage. CBS’ Steve Kroft admitted as much after a late-2012 interview with the President during which CBS clipped Obama’s explicit refusal to label Benghazi an act of terror: “(Obama) knows that we’re not going to play ‘gotcha’ with him, that we’re not going to go out of our way to make him look bad or stupid.”

Michael Lewis, author of Moneyball, got special access for a profile of Obama for Vanity Fair – but Obama insisted on redlining his quotes. Lewis explained that “the White House insisted on signing off on the quotes that would appear.” A reporter from the San Francisco Chronicle was threatened for covering an anti-Obama protest. As early as 2008, candidate Obama was kicking dissenters off planes after their outlets endorsed John McCain.

Targeting Reporters. In May 2013, the Associated Press dropped the bombshell that the Department of Justice had grabbed phone records for its reporters and editors of the course of two months. Records for 20 telephone lines belonging to the AP and reporters for it were seized between April and May of 2012. Those seizures affected over 100 journalists.

The AP’s President and CEO Gary Pruitt stated, “There can be no possible justification for such an overbroad collection of the telephone communications of The Associated Press and its reporters.” Fox News’ James Rosen was also targeted by the DOJ after running a story about North Korea nuclear development. His State Department visits were tracked and his movements were followed. His parents’ phone records were even grabbed.

Placing FCC Monitors in Newsrooms. Last week, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai revealed in the pages of the Wall Street Journal that the FCC will be sending employees into media workplaces to monitor how and what stories are chosen. The goal: to “ferret out information from television and radio broadcasters” concerning “the process by which stories are selected.”

Pai explained, the FCC “plans to ask station managers, news directors, journalists, television anchors and on-air reporters to tell the government about their ‘news philosophy’ and how the station ensures that the community gets critical information.” Reporters will also be asked whether their stories were killed by management in an effort to elicit “specifics about how editorial discretion is exercised, as well as the reasoning behind the decision.”

Refusing to Answer Questions. President Obama held fewer press conferences than any president since Reagan. He held ten less than George W. Bush, 54 less than President Clinton, and 64 less than George H.W. Bush. And during those press conferences, questions were largely scripted and chosen. He held just 107 Q&As with the press during his first term, as compared with 354 by George W. Bush. In fact, Obama considers tough questions “unfair,” as he told Bill O’Reilly during his pre-Super Bowl interview.

Refusing to Comply With Freedom of Information Act Requests. According to Bloomberg News, Freedom of Information Act compliance under the Obama administration has been abysmal. Bloomberg reported that “19 of 20 federal agencies did not comply within 20 days to a request for travel expenses made under the Freedom of Information Act.” Obama’s record on FOIA requests in his first two years was worse than George W. Bush’s in his last three – an odd pattern, given that administrations tend to tighten up on transparency as time goes on. When Obama was given an award for open government, it was not open to the press.

Here are Obama’s stats: 38.4% denied in 2009, 37.7% denied in 2010, 35.3% denied in 2011. In his last three years, Bush’s stats were 23.5%, 24%, and 40.6%. In 2009, the Obama administration asked Judicial Watch to praise the administration’s transparency, but then refused to hand over Secret Service logs Judicial Watch requested. The Obama administration has said that documents about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are not subject to FOIA.

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  • carolhaka

    Amen Sister! I pray you are planning your platform. It will be the best day in a long time!

    • RebinTexas

      Double DITTO!! I am praying too….and ready to move forward…

  • myfairlady

    I like how she said "you’ve left us for ‘destroyed’ ", which makes me think she must have seen BOR’s skit the other night. I think he said that the media had "destroyed" her. So that’s a slap back at him.

    • RebinTexas

      Good catch on that…..also just read that bor called bho a patriot….that’s even worse than all that made me stop watching him years ago – since back in 08 to be exact…

      • friskyness

        he kisses up to Obama, because he doesn’t want to get audited and he wants interviews! He’s a #1 hypocrite!

  • 1776er

    The hypocrisy of the LSM is boundless. Has anybody seen any great hullabaloo from the LSM over IRS targetting of Conservatives and the TEA Party?

    No. no. Nothing to see there.

    A "survey of how the media decides what to cover?"


    Hell, I’d like to know how the media decides what to cover. You go for it little Marxists at the FCC. You go ahead and survey your slave propaganda arm.

    While you’re at FOX doing your survey ask them how they decide when and where to air Sarah Palin. And when you’re at the Washington Compost drop by the Mud, Sleaze and Character Assassination Branch and ask them how they target Conservatives for destruction.

    And when you’re gone we’ll do a little survey of our own.

  • Jon Kelly

    We are led by Dem and GOP cynics who are so "smart" they’re stupid. A united 3rd force in Congress with 20% – 25% of the members can control legislation by either supporting legislative votes or not. Also, who says that all members of a 3rd force have to be Republican? There are a lot of Democrats whose party has left them out. IT IS TIME TO REMEMBER "WE ARE ALL AMERICANS"!!!!!!!

    • conservativemama

      "who are so "smart" they’re stupid"……………………Amen to that!

  • MaMcGriz

    Here’s a little nugget from a commenter named kevin over at NRO, who does a really good job of showing how things really work and just how insanely disingenious this FCC proposal actually is.

    "I work in a commercial radio newsroom, and have worked in the
    broadcasting business at the local level for 40 years. The FCC has NO
    RIGHT WHATSOEVER to be asking these questions or interfering in newsroom operations. They set up the rules. They know darned good and well that we do "community ascertainments" with members of the community from all political sides to determine a "quarterly issues list" which, by law,
    must be placed in the station’s public file each quarter. We tailor our
    news coverage based on the community problems and issues contained in
    that list. At license renewal time, we present documentation of programs
    we aired to address those issues. What disturbs me is they wanted to go
    into local newsrooms and ask about coverage of national issues. Why
    were they not also going to the networks, since many of us use their
    coverage for national news? Our job…the one that determines our
    license concerns local news…i.e. are we serving our public’s
    "interest, convenience and necessity"? I am also disturbed that they
    planned to go into newspaper newsrooms to ask similar questions. The FCC
    has no jurisdiction over newspapers! This was overreaching beyond a
    scope never before seen. And I can’t help but think that politics was
    the goal."

  • M_Minnesota

    Gov. Palin tells it like it is!!

    Not only does the Lamestream Media ignore, they create groups called "JourNOlisters set out to destroy Palin.

    When the Government asks a news organization what are it’s priorities are and how it decides to run a story, It’s kinda like the IRS asking Christian groups "What the content of their prayers are.

    The Lamestream Media ignore this FCC story cuz they are of the same Demon om-ination as the Regime.

    "Please to Meet you!! Hope you guess my name!!! -Rolling Stones

    "No one believes in Me anymore" -Keith Green

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