Past performance is no guarantee of future results:
“Increasingly, the Obama White House has become so brittle, and so controlling of the message, that people are afraid to respond to me,” said Kimberly Dozier, a former Associated Press reporter. She was one of the journalists whose phone records were obtained by the Department of Justice last spring during its investigation into a leak of classified information about a failed Al-Qaeda plot. The scope of that investigation, some critics said, was unprecedented overreach.
According to ProPublica, the Obama administration has filed eight cases under the Espionage Act, which criminalizes disclosing information harmful to national security. Before the Obama administration, only three known cases had ever been charged under the act.
—“Bloggers, Surveillance and Obama’s Orwellian State,” Time magazine, yesterday.
Until last month when it was spun-off as an independent entity (hopefully headed for a fate worse than Newsweek), Time magazine was part of the Time-Warner-CNN-HBO empire, which collectively portrayed Barack Obama on the cover of Time magazine as the second coming of FDR immediately after winning election in November of 2008, presented a cake on-air in February of 2010 to celebrate the the one year anniversary of the generational wealth theft that was administration’s “stimulus” program, invited children on-air as human shields to sing the joys of Obamacare, lied about the nature of the program, and allowed its anchors to share an on-air “fist bump” in Fearless Leader’s honor. Not to mention paved the way for the administration in mid-2008 by declaring their TV “news” network to be a “Wright-Free Zone”:
We’ll flash-forward to this week, and watch as the hits just keep on coming, right after the page break.
Given all of the past cheerleading for Obama at Time-Warner-CNN-HBO, it should come as little surprise that, as The Hill reported on Wednesday, “First lady to fundraise with HBO exec”:
First lady Michelle Obama will headline a fundraiser next week at the Los Angeles home of HBO’s president of programming, Michael Lombardo, according to a report Wednesday in the Hollywood Reporter.
Lombardo, a longtime Obama fundraiser, was named by the president to the board of trustees at the Kennedy Center. In 2012, Lombardo hosted a similar event for President Obama’s reelection campaign at his home.
The White House has increasingly leaned on Hollywood to raise cash ahead of the November midterm elections, with Democrats scrambling to retain control of the Senate.
On Wednesday, the president will attend a fundraiser at the home of director Robert Rodriguez, with actors including Jessica Alba, Demi Lovato, and Danny Trejo expected to make an appearance. Later this month, the president will also head to Los Angeles for an event hosted by “Scandal” creator Shonda Rhimes and actress Kerry Washington.
Tickets to the first lady’s event, billed as a roundtable discussion, will run $5,000 per person and benefit the Democratic National Committee.
In other words, Obama’s Orwellian (and corporatist) State: brought to you — and joyously approved by — Time-Warner-CNN-HBO.