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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Obama WH controlling topics for local press avails

By: Howard Portnoy

Why is he controlling questions asked by the media?
   Which is sort of what the administration is offering to local media. Keith Koffler at White House Dossier writes:
In interviews with three local TV stations Monday, two from states critical to Obama’s reelection effort, Obama held forth on the possibility of ‘sequestration’ if he and Congress fail to reach a budget deal, allowing him to make his favorite political point that Republicans are willing to cause grievous harm to the economy and jobs in order to protect the rich from tax increases.
   Question about how he plans in his second term to create jobs were off-limits. Reducing the deficit, the GOP’s charges that he is looting Medicare to pay for Obamacare, and much else that matters was also verboten.
   Worse still, at least for the White House, was that the reporters from local venues who got to ask questions made no bones about the fact that the interviews were scripted. “The president invited me to talk about sequestration,” NBC 7 San Diego’s reporter told her audience, Koffler notes, adding, “In the interview, she set Obama up with a perfectly pitched softball the president couldn’t have been more eager to take a swing at,” asking, ” “What do you want individual San Diegans to know about sequestration?”
   For the man who claimed his would be the “most open and transparent administration in history,” Obama seems to be working overtime at controlling the dialog. The question that should be on every voter’s mind is what is hiding, but anyone who has been paying attention already knows the answer.

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