6.25.2009

They Planted a Gay Whore in Bush's Press Conferences

Nico Pitney has been up day & night for the past week reporting on the Iranian Protests in a way the corp. media can only dream of. And when the White House saw he was taking questions from Iranian readers - just in case he got called on - they contacted him to let him know that they might just do that.

There were NO planted questions, but the subject would obviously be on Iran.

Well, the beltway blowhards - the very reason for MSM's demise - went apoplectic claiming Huff Po & Nico were plants and that that if this were Bush's Press conference, the left would be hysterical.

Never mind the fact that the President explained why he was calling on Nico right there in front of everyone which shoudl have made it quite obvious he wasn't planting anything - but some went so far as to try and claim the Bush never did this - at least no one could never prove it.

Really?



From DKos' and FireDogLake's emptywheel:

I'm going to get to what it means that the AP--purportedly the most neutral source of "news" out there--is harping on the Nico Pitney question. But first, check out what this "news" entity claims in paragraph nine of their story--presumably to meet the AP's requirement for false equivalency.

Grumblings about favored reporters are not unique to the Obama White House. There were suspicions — never proved — that President George W. Bush's press operations often planted friendly questions in his news conferences.

Never proved?!?!

They not only planted friendly questions in their news conferences, they brought in their very own gay prostitute to ask those questions. Not to mention paying people like Armstrong Williams to push their policies and flying their favorite Generals around so they'd pitch the Administration line on teevee....

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It's bad enough that Fox and Politico are--predictably--bitching about this. For the AP to consider this "news" at all just shows how far gone the press is in protecting their privilege over embracing the spirit of journalism. Once again, the White House took this question because:

  1. Nico's reporting and the role of Twitter in the Iranian crisis are signature moments showing how technology can foster democracy (which is pretty much Obama's schtick, anyway)
  2. That same technology offered average people on the other side of the world--the people actually involved in this historic event--a way to pose the President of the United States a question about their actions

And you know what? Those average people actually engaged in history asked one of the toughest questions of the press conference!

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