SF newspaper to White House: Liar, liar

There’s something especially delicious about all of this. Maybe because San Francisco is the epicenter of liberalism? Journalists. San Francisco. Discover Obama and his minions are liars. Heh.

Editor-at-large Phil Bronstein:

In a pants-on-fire moment, the White House press office today denied anyone there had issued threats to remove Carla Marinucci and possibly other Hearst reporters from the press pool covering the President in the Bay Area.

Chronicle editor Ward Bushee called the press office on its fib:

Sadly, we expected the White House to respond in this manner based on our experiences yesterday. It is not a truthful response. It follows a day of off-the-record exchanges with key people in the White House communications office who told us they would remove our reporter, then threatened retaliation to Chronicle and Hearst reporters if we reported on the ban, and then recanted to say our reporter might not be removed after all.

The Chronicle’s report is accurate.

If the White House has indeed decided not to ban our reporter, we would like an on-the-record notice that she will remain the San Francisco print pool reporter.

I was on some of those calls and can confirm Ward’s statement.

Messy ball now firmly in White House court.

Another gem:

The hip, transparent and social media-loving Obama administration is showing its analog roots. And maybe even some hypocrisy highlights.

If the media were capable of performing its true function–inform, not obfuscate–that would be one thing. But the idea of the fourth estate turning on The One they helped elect is too much for me this morning. Of course they’ll make amends: there is, after all, an agenda to advance.

 Doesn’t make this any less fun, though, does it?

 

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3 Responses

  1. I know this isn’t your newest post but it’s an important story (I think) that keeps getting pushed aside for big news events. So, I’ve linked to this post in
    Best of the Week in the Blogroll . 🙂

  2. This White house is turning Nixonian. The held that birth certificate for over two years knowing it would put the issue to rest and didn’t. They repeatedly denigrate Fox news, and now this. I think they sense they are behind in the polls and likely not get re-elected.

    Oh if you or any of your readers want to see a really heart-warming pro-life video, I posted it in my bolg, titled, “For Every Little miracle.”

  3. I don’t know if you had a chance to look at this report by Zombie:
    http://pajamasmedia.com/zombie/2011/04/23/obama-visits-the-slush-fund-bay-area/?singlepage=true
    Obama failed to sell out the biggest (in terms of attendance) SF fundraiser.

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