Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Most Transparent Administration Ever Described as 'Communist Russian state media' By... ABC

Methinks legacy media has grown a bit tired with the tactics of the Chavez administration.

...Over the past few months, as White House cameras have been granted free reign behind the scenes, officials have blocked broadcast news outlets from events traditionally open to coverage and limited opportunities to publicly question the president himself...

"The administration has narrowed access by the mainstream media to an unprecedented extent," said ABC News White House correspondent Ann Compton, who has covered seven administrations. "Access here has shriveled."

...Members of the press have always had quibbles with White House media strategies, calling cut-backs in access an affront to transparency, even as administration officials insist they're simply taking advantage of new technologies.

But some say the current dynamic is different, and dangerous.

"They're opening the door to kicking the press out of historic events, and opening the door to having a very filtered format for which they give the American public information that doesn't have any criticism allowed," said University of Minnesota journalism professor and political communication analyst Heather LaMarre.

..."If Nixon had announced he was going to start the 'Nixon channel' and said they were only going to put up stuff he approved of, people would have said, 'Oh my God, this is like Communist Russian state media,'" said David Perlmutter, director of the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication...

Oh, I'm sure TNC (The Nixon Channel) would have gotten rave reviews from the big three networks during Watergate, don't you?


The_Bad said...

Doug - do you suggest that an administration currently being held in contempt of court would be knowingly dishonest with the American people? I'm shocked.

Anonymous said...

The only surprise is that the MSM was so blind as to not know that this was going to happen.

davod said...

After the 2008 election, I listened to chief campaign strategist David Ploufe explain how they treated the media like crap and used video and one on one interviews to control the message.

Seems awfully like what is happening now. David Ploufe is working in the White House.

It is not enough to watch what they do. not what they say.

The facts need to get past the media and government propaganda spin and into the little grey cells of even the most hardened Kennedy Democrat.