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Obama’s Media Red-Light District June 24, 2009

Erin Bonsteel cartoon, from American Thinker.

Erin Bonsteel cartoon, from American Thinker.

Tonight is the big night for President Barack Obama and ABC who will air exclusive coverage of a town hall style meeting on the president’s health care initiative. Such coverage from the White House is unprecedented in American History. Of course there will be no Republicans present i.e. members of the opposition. ABC also refused to sale air time for advertisements of groups offering challenging viewpoints or alternative solutions to Obama’s health care plans.

CBS NEWS

June 24, 2009 1:14 PM

GOP Criticizes ABC’s Obama “Infomercial”

Posted by Brian Montopoli

This evening President Obama will participate in a town hall forum on health care, which will air exclusively on ABC at 10 p.m. Eastern Time. And Republicans aren’t happy about it.

The Republican National Committee derides the event as an “infomercial.” And a newly-formed group called The Media Fairness Caucus, headed by Texas Republican Congressman Lamar Smith, sent a letter to ABC – one signed by 40 Republican members of Congress – complaining that the network’s decision to air the forum along with accompanying coverage “gives the American people a slanted view” on the health care debate.

“The manner in which the news programming is being presented – at the White House with the President and First Lady and without opposition – is unprofessional and contrary to the journalistic code of ethics to present the news fairly and independently,” the letter says. “This is not a Presidential news conference open to all news outlets. This is an exclusive arrangement from which the President and his viewpoints stand to gain.”

ABC News president David Westin responded with a letter of his own in which he complains that “you have found it appropriate to criticize a program that has not yet aired.”

Cartoon from Townhall.com

Cartoon from Townhall.com

“Contrary to your assertions, this will not be ‘slanted’ in any way – much less a ‘day-long infomercial’ or ‘in-kind free advertising’ as you allege,” writes Westin. “It will be a thoughtful, respectful, and probing discussion of some of the issues raised by the calls for health-care reform. We will include a variety of perspectives coming from private individuals asking the President questions and taking issue with him, as they see fit.”

Crazy things are beginning to happen with this White House and the media so none of this surprises me. Sounds like a snore fest. If you want to see something more thrilling tonight Bill O’reilly will do battle with Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) tonight on the O’Reilly Factor of FOX NEWS. 8PM EST.

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3 Responses to “Obama’s Media Red-Light District”

  1. LJSNAustin Says:

    Well, it’s doubtful that many people here in Austin will watch the snore-fest due to the University of Texas playing in the final game of the College World Series! (Hook ’em!) Knowing this effin’ bunch of obots, though, they will have to get their o-gasm fix.

  2. Marcy Says:

    Afrocity, where did you get that picture of my doctor’s cheerleader drug rep?

    It’s like the media just gets worse and worse to the point that now they’ve even stopped pretending to be anything but worshipful little Obots. “A thoughtful, respectful, and probing discussion” — surely lightning struck Westin after he wrote that. Did he say among the questioners would be the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus and Bigfoot?

  3. realwest Says:

    Afrocity – I don’t know which is worse here: that ABC tanked so OPENLY for President Obama, and wasn’t at all EMBARRASSED by it or that the MSM – usually quick to attack a competitor – kept this from being a “big deal” in their Media Outlets. I surely expected Chrissy Matthews and Keith whateverhisnameis of MSNBC to send up a howl over this manouver by ABC.
    But the reality of it all is that, except for FOX NEWS, ALL the other MSM outlets were strangely non-committal about this. Maybe because they were waiting their turn in line for The One, or maybe, MUCH WORSE, they didn’t see anything wrong or even newsworthy of this informercial by ABC on probably Obama’s central domestic policy issue – and wouldn’t even allow PAID advertisements that contradicted what President Obama said. I’ve often been a critic of The Fair Use Doctrine, but given that the Republicans and conservatives have NO representation at ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, or even CNN is starting to make me re-think my postion.
    ABC should be ashamed of itself for this PANDERING to Obama; that it isn’t, and isn’t criticised by other MSM outlets says something really bad and wrong about America.


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