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THE O-PRESS: WHO IS “ALLOWED TO SPEAK” & WHO ISN’T

275wde_o-press_obamapresspass There was noticable “controlled applause” when Barack Obama made his first appearance on a “President-Elect Press Conference” stage after his entering-into the theatre of D.C. following his hazy, humid, beach parades in the lazy weeks amidst the Hawaiian ices and luxurious strand with the nation under guard from his Birth Certificate.

The applause, to my ear, was noticably theatrical: obligated, too loud, too organized to be natural hand-clapping in a smallish room: it started, then crescendo-immediate, and it ended: was this an audio tract? Of course not (so it’s now assumed) but tract or not, the event competed with the best of tracts from any audio collection. Now we know why: it was, in fact, a theatrical production — the press in appearance were indeed performing, the room was cast, those present were players, all. The rejected were assigned to silence in the back rows, forbidden to raise hands in prearranged cast-offs; in other words, the lepers among the Os, certainly the Conservatives or sincerely intellectual curious, as good as leprous, or, in the new O-press terms, as shunned as that.

Via Newsbusters, this report about the dark side:

Sun-Times: Journalists Being Shut Out by Obama
By Warner Todd Huston
January 12, 2009 – 21:43 ET

According to Sun-Times columnist and long-time Chicago journalist, Carol Marin, journalists at Barack Obama news conferences have come to realize that Obama has pre-picked those journalists whom he will allow to ask him questions at the conference and many of them now “don’t even bother raising” their hands to be called upon.

One wonders why journalists are allowing this corralling of the press? Would they have allowed George W. Bush to pre-pick journalists like that? Would they meekly sit by and allow themselves to be systematically ignored, their freedom to ask questions silenced by any Republican? Would journalists so eagerly vie with one another for the favor of Bush like they are Obama’s?

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