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The Press Officially Abdicates Its Role

And turn into de facto administration advisers.

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Tom Blumer

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February 27, 2013 - 8:01 pm
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Or what about the recent run-up in gas prices? In his State of the Union speech, Obama claimed that “We buy … less foreign oil than we have in 20.” It took a British publication, the Financial Times, to point to the disingenuousness of that claim, and to note that the situation has serious potential for bad economic and geopolitical consequences:

By the end of November the US had already imported more than 450m (million) barrels of crude from Saudi Arabia, more than it imported from Riyadh in the whole of 2009, 2010 or 2011, according to figures from the US energy department. For the first time since 2003, Saudi imports accounted for more than 15 per cent of total US oil imports. The Gulf as a whole accounted for more than 25 per cent, a nine-year high. Other Gulf exporters are also seeing unusually strong US demand. By the end of November, Kuwait had shipped more oil to the US than in any year since 1998.

Last time I checked, these countries were not automatically inclined to be our friends, especially given how the “Arab Spring” is devolving into a tyranny of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and potentially elsewhere. Meanwhile, oil production in the Gulf of Mexico is still 15 percent below where it was when the Deepwater Horizon oil spill occurred, thanks almost entirely to the Obama administration’s deliberately slow permit approval process. If U.S. production were higher, the barrel price of oil and gas prices at the pump, both very inelastic goods, would be significantly lower.

Getting back to legalities and ethics, what about the offensive shenanigans at OFA? The outfit has turned into a presidential access toll booth for leftist high-rollers. According to the Obama-worshiping New York Times:

Giving or raising $500,000 or more (to OFA) puts donors on a national advisory board for Mr. Obama’s group and the privilege of attending quarterly meetings with the president, along with other meetings at the White House. Moreover, the new cash demands on Mr. Obama’s top donors and bundlers come as many of them are angling for appointments to administration jobs or ambassadorships.

OFA has also engaged in astroturfing, up to and including “astro-tweeting” with bogus Twitter accounts. It’s become such an execrable cesspool that even the liberal outfit Common Cause has called for its abolition.

That takes me to the Washington press corp’s presidential advisory role, one which will apparently endure for Obama’s entire second term. Right now, it appears to be telling Obama that he’s overreaching in his insistence that sequestration without even more in the way of tax increases will be the end of the world as we know it. The Washington Post warns that “some White House allies worry the slow-moving sequester may fail to live up to the hype.” The front-page New York Times item about OFA mentioned above is also best seen as a warning, as in: “Look, guys, there’s only so much you can get away with. Cool your jets at least for the time being, okay?”

With rare exceptions, it would appear until further notice that we’ll have to rely on the center-right blogosphere and its social media, its pundits, and its few friends in the establishment press to expose anything the Obama administration would rather the world not see or know, and then figure out how to get it out there for low-information voters to see.

Let’s get to work, people.

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Along with having a decades-long career in accounting, finance, training and development, Tom Blumer has written for several national online publications primarily on business, economics, politics and media bias. He has had his own blog, BizzyBlog.com, since 2005, and has been a PJM contributor since 2008.

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Where the heck are the Benghazi survivors? More than 5 months since 4 Americans died, not a single interview, video or print. When will the media ask about the Benghazi survivors?
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No mention of Dan Rather? If that wasn't the end for me, it was the beginning of the end proper.
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Gee, didn't Pat Cadell (a democrat), complain that the MSM is now basically the enemy of the people for abdicating its role and taking on an advocate role for the President?
That was 60 days before the election. We rolled over to O's messaging judurnaut - Now Tom is awake!! After the fact.
No offense Tom, it is just that many of us think Benghazi was the last straw.
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Someone asked about the Benghazi survivors. What makes us think that we haven't had our very own Katyn Forest. Should we assume that they are never going to appear----until the bodies are found?
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After the administration just put Bob Woodward on its hit list, I am starting to think that history is repeating itself -- as it always does. Obama is now today's version of Richard Nixon. Bob's just become a member of Obama's Enemies List. Bob hasn't taken good notes on sequestration and bowed to His Majesty, as Obama's handlers have gotten all the Mainstream Media to do. Woodward better hire some good lawyers soon. I see an IRS tax audit in his future.
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I say let the White House shut the MSM out completely and issue all their own communications and messages.

A few enlightened members of the media may see that as grounds/cover to breakaway from serving as mouthpieces for Obama and begin more objective reporting.
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It would really send a message if 2 minutes before the start of the next presser...the entire WH press core just walked out and blew off Carney for an entire week. That would scare the shiite out of team O. It would probably get results too.
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I sure hope so.

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Obama's media hasn't "reported" news in over four years. It isn't "news" when all you do is take dictation.

DePravda is the Charlie McCarthy to Obama's Edgar Bergen. Charlie doesn't like it if Bergen's lips move. It ruins the act. The difference is, Charlie gets off Edgar's lap once in a while.
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Helloooooooooooo, Mr. Blumer. The MSM has been Dem/Lib cheerleaders for decades. It's just that they finally stopped bothering to even try and pretend they weren't the propaganda wing of the Democrat party about 6 years ago with the advent of Messiah Barky. That's the only difference. Nice of you to notice finally.
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Great article, Mr Blumer. Gotta get a groundswell going to expose the craven decadence of the tiresome, O-worshipping MSM..

I blame, and therefore loathe, the corrupt media for so much of the damage to our culture and our country. Just the media and this administration has raced to a new bottom, brazen and sickening. Scary that it is new media, but media nonetheless, that may be the only entity able to tear down that monolith and patch up the country.
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Zeke1, the Founders gave the press a specific freedom under the First Amendment. Perhaps you've read it: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press ..."

The word I used was "anticipated," not "envisioned." The press received a First Amendment freedom because the Founders anticipated that it would be on the whole used responsibly, not abdicated based on who's in the White House.

There was also the broader point made by John Adams: "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."
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A pox on all their houses.
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