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WH press kittens obey Obama at all costs

The White House again spanked a local newspaper for “bias” by excluding a Boston Herald reporter from the pool of reporters covering Obama’s Boston visit.  (It’s fairly common practice to put a hometown reporter in the pool.)  You couldn’t ask for a better trained group of puppies… or kittens.

White House official Matt Lehrich admitted openly that the decision was made because of the Boston Herald’s decision to give a Mitt Romney story front page placement.

“I tend to consider the degree to which papers have demonstrated to covering the White House regularly and fairly in determining local pool reporters,” White House spokesman Matt Lehrich wrote in response to a Herald request for full access to the presidential visit.  “My point about the op-ed was not that you ran it but that it was the full front page, which excluded any coverage of the visit of a sitting US President to Boston. I think that raises a fair question about whether the paper is unbiased in its coverage of the President’s visits,” Lehrich wrote.

Read the full story – it’s well worth it.  Over at Hot Air, they’re calling it censorship.

Today’s WH reporters don’t seem to know what reporters of the past knew all to well:  access works both ways.   Reporters (and editors) of the past knew that they could either withhold access to headlines or toughen their questions considerably if they suspected they were being manipulated by the WH press staff.  Todays reporters obviously don’t have the stones to do that.  They’ll go along to get along.

At least the Boston Herald isn’t afraid to ask Obama directly: “What are you afraid of, Mr. President?”

Just days earlier, the Pleasanton Weekly honored a WH request to change a story because it might make Michelle seem just a bit snooty.  Earlier, Biden’s staff  locked a pool reporter in a closet during a fundraiser.  The San Francisco Chronicle responded firmly when the WH threatened to bar a reporter for shooting video of Obama-lovers protesting at an Obama fundraising event.

Grizzled old press veterans who covered JFK in the first ever televised press conferences dismiss today’s reporters as too timid.

Enough is enough.  It’s time to show the White House the obverse side of the access coin.

It’s time to taunt WH press members until their spines stiffen just a bit.

A few of my own tweets to the WH press folk:

Access works both ways.  When will you get tough on Obama? #softball

If you roll a little further, you’ll never be excluded from the pool. #softball

(I suggest the #softball hash tag for a little added fun)

Exit question: what’s the best twaunt you can author?  Post the link to your best taunting tweet in the comments below so others can retweet you!  (Register to comment and post public Dispatches here)

Here are some  WH press Twitter ids for your taunting pleasure:

@bfeller1
@mikeallen
@SpecialReport
@AnnCompton
@martharaddatz
@AprilDRyan
@markknoller
@petermaercbs
@mikeallen
@linda_feldmann
@georgecondon
@edhenrycnn
@SuzanneMalveaux
@toddgillman
@SpecialReport
@wgoler
@juliemason
@johngizzi
@latimesNeuman
@DonGonyea
@Ari_Shapiro
@ByronYork
@chucktodd
@bazmaniandevil
@sherylstolberg
@tobyzakaria
@johndickerson
@ellenratner
@DanEggenWPost
@jonward11

Ron Robinsonhttp://www.procinct.net
Ron Robinson (Alhambra, CA) is founder of PROCINCT.net, a national internet platform that broke the party Voter Vault/PDI monopoly and delivered precinct walk lists in the 2010 election for over 16 million voters in wards in 20 US states. PROCINCT.net added Precinct Committeeman (PC) Strategy support in Dec of 2010 and is rapidly emerging as a premier online Precinct Strategy resource having worked directly with party and election officials in states to remove local obstacles to becoming a Precinct Committeeman. He is GOP Chair for the AD49 GOP Central Committee, a member of the Los Angeles County GOP Central Committee and a member of the LA GOP Technology Committee. Robinson worked as New Media Director for the John Colbert campaign for US Congress. He is an expert in social media and internet security and an outspoken advocate of precinct committee work, GOTV work, and transparency in party governance.

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