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Earthquake: Did Carney Presser End MSM Monolith?

Left-leaning reporters could always count on each other’s support. Did that just change with one conference? Also read: Carney Scrubs His Way Through Another Press Briefing

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David Steinberg

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May 10, 2013 - 2:51 pm

The most notable takeaway from Jay Carney’s incomprehensible Friday appearance had little to do with his Klingon grammar. Carney does not represent the historical value of the event – you should be wise to forget his performance, and instead take note that he was flanked by the entire room, without exception.

Do not underestimate the significance: the Obama administration has not faced such an onslaught of truth-seeking since he took office in 2008, and further, no Democratic administration has been charged from all sides like this in recent memory.

That press conference was unthinkable just days ago.

For a left-leaning reporter – as surveys have confirmed most are – watching the WH Press Corps attack a Democratic administration regarding a scandal that could very well topple it must objectively represent a career-turning event.

Just hours earlier, many lefty journalists still felt exceedingly comfortable advancing the administration talking points, offering denigrating coverage of the whistleblowers, the “wingnut conspiracy theorists,” and conservatives in general. Professionally, this meant offering subpar commentary with little chance of notable criticism penetrating the MSM bubble.

But now?

Again, it was the entire room.

Can they still feel safe trashing political enemies without getting justly reamed by their employers and colleagues? Can they still offer work that hasn’t been bulletproofed and sourced without embarrassment? Can they wink-wink, nudge-nudge with their friends anymore?

Heck, do they even know who their friends are anymore?

Watch their Twitter timelines, their future articles, because I think the MSM just went Mad Max, every man for himself.

If it continues, this would of course be a wonderful development for the American citizen, the restoration of the press and its check on government corruption. Is the decades-late media audit, the return of professionalism and honor, finally underway this evening?

I don’t have the highest hopes of a full recovery, but a monumental change did just occur, and there will be fallout, and likely no return to the monolith of the past five years.

Also read: Carney Scrubs His Way Through Another Press Briefing

David Steinberg is the New York City Editor of PJ Media. Follow his tweets at @DavidSPJM.

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Wow! Maybe the LA Times will finally release the infamous tape that is rumored to be so very damaging to Obama.

And maybe the MSM will finally come around to doing the job the Founding Fathers saw them performing - keeping the government honest.

I'm not holding my breath waiting to see any of this happen. A momentary flash of due diligence on the part of WH reporters is exactly that - a flash and nothing more. A few repeat performances would be refreshing after all these years of attacking republicans and coddling democrats.

Media bias is so easy to prove - if only the progressives would agree to one thing - reporting that they find 'just right' is very often reporting that I find objectionable. Apparently that flies right over their little noggins.
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The New York Times had a big story on Pigford.

Which prompted some really amazing pushback from liberal columnists. In The New Yorker magazine, they asked whether a certain amount of fraud and abuse is the price we pay for helping black people.

I'm not making this up.
Believe me, I'm not making this up.
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STEVE HAYES AND ABC NEWS: BENGHAZIGATE'S WOODWARD AND BERNSTEIN?


Could it be that Steve Hayes (a Conservative columnist for The Weekly Standard and Fox News contributor) and Liberal mainstream media ABC News (as represented by reporter Jonathan Karl) are the new Bob Woodward and Karl Bernstein blowing the lid off of Obama's Watergate-his incompetence, malfeasance and cover-up on Benghazi? It's certainly beginning to look that way as the administration has been caught red handed in a huge distressing lie about lacking foreknowledge of a planned, imminent Al Qaida attack on the Benghazi consulate on 9/11. They knew. They did nothing and people died. Read about it here

BTW

Steve Hayes, the principle source of this devastating story, was born in 1974: the year Richard Nixon resigned his presidency because of Watergate.

Google ApolloSpeaks at Townhall.com for more on this subject.
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Watching that press conference, I was hoping (against hope) that at least ONE of those 'reporters' would just stand up and say "i'm outta here until you quit lying". JUST ONE is all it would take to completely blow Jay Carney out of the water (and cause a meltdown in the White House). No cajones on display anywhere in that room. They just let him tap dance away!
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I hope the MSM comes to it's senses; but, in reality I feel they will resort to the 'only following orders' (we know who gives those orders) and fight to their demise to cover for, and protect Dear Leader in whom they have invested so much. Credibility is on the line now. We'll see if they have character and integrity. As it is now, all 3 are sadly lacking in today's MSM. Credibility. Character. Integrity.
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"Well, I saw a lot of the Friday press conference. The press corps was actually acting like press. They were dogged in going after Jay "Carney-Barker" Carney. He was squirming for 2 hours. Delightful. He was outright lying to the Press, and they were not liking the transparency of his lies.

(Ha! The most transparent Presidency in history? The most transparently lying Presidency in history!)

They are used to having to wipe this administration's a**, but they rebel against having to use their tongues to do it.

So, they had a special, private briefing afterwards for select members of the press. I guess that was to mollify them... and to give them their propaganda-marching orders. "
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The administration underestimated the Butthurt Effect Being left out of the cool kids' table conclave at the "Deep Background" presser motivated a lot of reporters to ask- What the hell are you hiding....from me? More importantly, what am I, chopped liver? Also, who died and made you king? Oh...we did.
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Even Bob Woodward who, after a few bold statements, has quieted down and gone along with "The Narrative".
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Over the past few days it appeared like CBS (through a connection with the rat bama administration) was about ready to OFF Sharyl Attkisson.
Now the dam has broken and she should be safe from retribution for telling the truth. We should salute Sharyl for being a journalists is a sea of cowards.

These were such provably blatant lies from the beginning that all media continuing the charade would appear as total fools. There was a time when bold faced lies would have been challenged long before this. So much for tin foil hat conspiracy talk and the rest.

Perhaps the idea of the secret meeting at the WH with key media personnel wasn't so well received.
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Was this before or after the PRIVATE news briefing that was by invitation only? Guess which reporters were not invited? Easy, all the reporters who have dared to try to question ANYTHING Obama or the White House has done!!
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Steve Hayes made this happen, the epitome of the dogged, intrepid journalist of old. His work on this story reminded the others of what their jobs used to be about and it seems that some of them are starting to revive the ideals that drew them to journalism in the first place. And of course there's a heavy dose of narcissism in their make-up as well - sometimes the only way to get attention is to look for the truth. Will it last? Will they continue to expose the lies of this administration? Maybe. Perhaps they just got sick of being taken for granted by a president they all know by now isn't as smart as they are.
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Jake Tapper -- Introduced his interview with a (mother?) of one of the slain 4 at the Consulate -- with words to the effect that "This has all been a huge political ploy -- on both sides -- but mostly by the GOP -- but, Mrs. X, why do you think they refused to send in help to the attacked Consulate personnel, and then lied about it?" (Something like that.)

He then prefaced several questions with, "Although we know this is all highly politicized, mostly by the GOP ... but ...."

Amazing.

(Odd, I don't recall any introductory statements like that during "news" reports about what Democrats were saying about the "lies" of Bush. I.e., "This is all a Democrat political ploy, but ... they say GWB lied.")

But what happened to the JournOlistas? Could it be that our current Admin has finally gone too far? Could it be their llies and other borderline crimnal acts -- their cold, ruthless grabs for power -- have finally caused a tiny twang in the tummies of our ... I hate to call them -- "media."

It mystifies me that they are going after this in a seemingly honest manner. How can they sleep at night?

Will it continue? (I doubt it.)


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"If it continues, this would of course be a wonderful development for the American citizen, the restoration of the press and its check on government corruption. Is the decades-late media audit, the return of professionalism and honor, finally underway this evening?"

They'll return to the collective hive pretty quickly.
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Yea, like those tent caterpillars in the spring returning to the web at night.
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