Jeremy W. Peters of the New York Times has revealed the truth about the media that we all knew… that the media is reporting on the news through a filter. They will only report what the boss in charge aka Obama wants them to report.
The reason they agree to it is because they want access to the President.
The quotations come back redacted, stripped of colorful metaphors, colloquial language and anything even mildly provocative.
They are sent by e-mail from the Obama headquarters in Chicago to reporters who have interviewed campaign officials under one major condition: the press office has veto power over what statements can be quoted and attributed by name.
Under President Obama, the insistence on blanket anonymity has grown to new levels.
The White House’s latest innovation is a variation of the background briefing called the “deep-background briefing,” which it holds for groups of reporters, sometimes several dozen at a time. Reporters may paraphrase what senior administration officials say, but they are forbidden to put anything in quotation marks or identify the speakers.
The White House held such a briefing after the Supreme Court’s health care ruling last month with officials including Mr. Plouffe, Mr. Carney and Dan Pfeiffer, the communications director. But when reporters asked to quote part of the conversation, even anonymously, they were told no. Even the spokesmen were off limits.
I applaud Peters for speaking out. It is not going to be friendly territory at the NY Times for him for a while…
Back in January, the Washington Post ombudsman admitted Liberal bias favoring Obama heading into the 2008 election.