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Tue Feb 19, 2013, 12:10 PM

When Crybaby Interviewed the President

from Greg Mitchell


A lot of outrage, and not-so-gentle mockery, this morning over a classic Politico piece by editor Jim VandeHei and chief reporter Mike Allen complaining about President Obama manipulating the press, or just ignoring them, or shutting them out, or something. In any case, Obama is the "Puppet Master." They seem to feel this is unprecedented and a turning point for the Republic!

So John Cook, editor of Gawker, just performed a public service by posting on Twitter every question Allen chose to ask President Bush when he did get full access back in 2008. You may remember 2008--the economy was about to collapse and we were still in a full shooting war in Iraq. Go to his feed @JohnJCook for all of the Qs (a few are even serious), but these below catch the spirit. Keep in mind that Allen wrote today that Obama avoids Politico reporters in part because they "ask tough, unpredictable questions." And don't miss Charles P. Pierce's full, fun, autopsy here.

All right. Mr. President, who does the better impression, Will Ferrell of you, or Dana Carvey of your father?

- Mr. President, I know you're going to hate this, but I'm hoping that we may twist your arm and talk about baseball for just a moment.

- Now, Mr. President, I wonder if you think that Major League Baseball is doing enough to combat steroids use?

- Now, Mr. President, you and the First Lady appeared on American Idol's charity show, "Idol Gives Back." And I wonder who do you think is going to win? Syesha, David Cook, or David Archuleta . . . ?


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Tue Feb 19, 2013, 12:18 PM

1. Tough questions ..............

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 12:49 PM

2. Investigative Reporting At Its Best

Remember how pissed the White House Press Corps was when Stephen Colbert mocked the living shit out of them during the 2006 Correspondents Dinner? It was an absolutely brilliant and spot on take-down of these overpaid dictation monkeys.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 01:02 PM

3. They have freedom of the press under the 1st Amendment

What they do not have a 1st Amendment right to is access. That is more of a privilege, given out of the good graces of the White House at their discretion.

Publish and say whatever you like, but don't expect daily presidential press conferences and exclusive interviews when your coverage is snotty, inaccurate and disrespectful.

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Tue Feb 19, 2013, 01:35 PM

4. kick

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