1) Tapper's blockbuster Benghazi story. 2) WH cancels press briefing. 3) Big time terror warning. 4) Press refuses to ask about Benghazi.—
LK (@OrwellForce) August 05, 2013
Ostriches? Or lapdogs?
After White House Press Weasel Jay Carney nixed his daily presser on Friday following CNN’s Benghazi bombshell, many of us were hoping that the press corps would confront him today. After all, it was CNN reporters who broke the story. And CNN is an Obama-approved news outlet, right? Wrong.
As Mediaite conservative Noah Rothman discovered, members of the press corps are concerned that they will lose access to the White House if they dig into stories that could damage the Obama administration’s reputation:
“Access is a very serious consideration when it comes to stories that could adversely impact a show, correspondent, or network’s relationship with the administration, a campaign, or any political leader,” one source with insider information told Mediaite.
“I would suggest it’s not an accident that those who have been given a lot of access to the president have generally been AWOL when it comes to stories that might reflect poorly on him,” the source, who did not wish to be identified, continued. “It’s the name of the game. And it’s bad for everyone trying to do this job the right way.”
Bad? That’s putting it mildly.
The government should not be allowed to dictate the media’s actions, but the press corps is allowing it. Facilitating it. These so-called “journalists” are shirking their responsibility. And it’s pathetic.
It’s as if the more we wish for the media to do their job and hold the administration accountable, the more willing they are to cover for White House corruption.
Enough is enough.
Here’s how the press corps should have approached possible intimidation by the White House: