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August 5, 2013 - 11:49 am

On Friday, CNN published a major blockbuster on Benghazi. Noah Rothman reports today that reporters not affiliated with getting that scoop now fear that the the White House will cut off their lines of access to punish the network.

“Access is a very serious consideration when it comes to stories that could adversely impact a show, correspondent, or network’s relationship with the administration, a campaign, or any political leader,” one source with insider information told Mediaite.

“I would suggest it’s not an accident that those who have been given a lot of access to the president have generally been AWOL when it comes to stories that might reflect poorly on him,” the source, who did not wish to be identified, continued. “It’s the name of the game. And it’s bad for everyone trying to do this job the right way.”

Yep. Organizations with things to hide tend to behave this way. They’ll come up with some policy or other to justify themselves, but the bottom line is that they’re furthering a cover-up, and lying to do it.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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So CNN, you've sold your soul, but now you want it back?
So you played a game, and were not aware of the rules when you started.

You don't really need access; just do what you've always done and just make up the news. That will work right up until the last airport TV screen is turned off, and your viewership is zero.
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Screw you so-called "reporters" ! You whining simps! You don't need "access" in order to know exactly what to regurgitate from this administration. You can write your stories without getting out of bed in the morning. What you are worried about is access to cocktail parties and power. Whores.
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"Journalists" that trade their souls for ACCESS should be shunned and publicly excoriated as the vile, repugnant traitors of freedom and liberty that they truly are; without a free and HONEST media estate, democracy is on thin ice. These hacks are as much an enemy of freedom and liberty as Stalin's tanks in Budapest and Warsaw.

Remember BENGHAZI!
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CNN:

And 'access' has got you what again, exactly?

I'd rather you be sniffing around - bound to find something...
1 year ago
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They should have played their Saddam playbook to keep access.
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News organizations are more worried about access because the amount of time they're on the air now has deflated the value of any given story or interview. When they only had 30 minutes a night for a politician's facetime, the politicians had to come begging to them. Now it's the other way around.

"I'm sorry, Mr. Williams, but the county roads and bridges superintendent is far too busy for the NBC Nightly News this week. He's been fielding offers from CBS and SyFy since last Thursday."
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Has CNN forgotten how the news game is played in dictatorships? After all, they did suppress lots of facts in Saddam Hussein's Iraq in order to protect their access to the dictator. Eason Jordan admitted that back in the day.

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Gosh! That is such a silly suggestion, who could possibly take it seriously?

Reminds me of that crazy talk that CNN also helped Saddam Hussein cover up his crimes just to preserve "access".

No doubt FOX News is actually behind these despicable notions.
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