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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-22-13 08:26 AM
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Another stake in the heart of the First Amendment
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Edited on Fri Nov-22-13 08:32 AM by No Elephants
Let's see.

We had the White House suggest to MSNBC that certain of its show hosts were too critical of Obama. Later, said show hosts lost their shows rather than knuckle under.

We had an AP reporter's phone and email spied on in hopes of finding out who his source was.

We have the D of J, the Administration and DiFi claiming that the First Amendment protects only "real" journalists and "real" publishers. Apparently, this also means that the First Amendment also empowers government to decide was a "real" journalist and a "real" publisher is.

And now this;

Obama holds off-record meeting with MSNBC hosts, liberal pundits

By DYLAN BYERS |
11/21/13 5:27 PM EST

President Obama held an off-the-record meeting with MSNBC hosts and liberal pundits on Thursday, POLITICO has learned.

Present at the meeting: MSNBC's Ed Schultz and Lawrence O'Donnell, Washington Post economics blogger Ezra Klein, Mother Jones Washington bureau chief David Corn, Talking Points Memo editor and publisher Josh Marshall, ThinkProgress editor-in-chief Judd Legum, Atlantic senior editor Garance Franke-Ruta, Salon political writer Brian Beutler and Fox News contributor Juan Williams.

The participants agreed to an off-the-record classification for the meeting, though sources familiar with President Obama's remarks said that Williams later appeared on Fox News and cited some of the president's remarks, which he attributed to administration officials.

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As I reported earlier this month, Obama has held several meetings with thought leaders from across the political spectrum during his presidency. The liberal confabs are seen by the White House as an opportunity to shape talking points and shore up support from the base -- something that has grown all the more important for the administration as Obama's approval ratings hit record lows.


http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2013/11/obama-holds...

And you thought I was kidding when I called the msm the propaganda arm of government.

At least with Pravda, there was no secrecy about the source of the talking points were coming from.




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