Associated Press Bigwig Outlines The Eight Ways Obama is Blocking Information

From nearly the dawn of the Obama administration, journalists have criticized this president for being one of the most closed-off, private leaders this country has had in decades. This problem is only compounded by the fact that he promised early on that he would run a White House more open to the public than the last one. He would right all of Bush’s wrongs, throwing open the doors to criticism and debate.

Well, none of that has transpired. Instead, Obama has gone to painstaking lengths to hide from the press.

Associated Press Washington Bureau Chief Sally Buzbee has had enough of the obstruction. Having grown tired of being turned away and intimidated, she outlined the eight ways the Obama administration is blocking information from the public.

Among other failures of transparency, she cites the lack of coverage coming out of the U.S. fight against ISIS in the Middle East. She accuses the administration of keeping the press out of meetings with foreign leaders abroad. She notes that doors are closed to the press in Guantanamo, shutting the American people out of the trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his co-conspirators.

She says that “day-to-day intimidation of sources is chilling.”

This is the White House of transparency.

Buzbee certainly isn’t the first journalist to speak out against this president’s contentious relationship with the media. New York Times reporter James Risen made headlines earlier this year, calling Barack Obama the “greatest enemy of press freedom in a generation.”

In some ways, this is nothing new. Presidents have had trouble with the press as far back as the Kennedy administration (at least.) But journalists covering Washington have noted that Obama seems particularly keen on avoiding them whenever possible. Maybe it has something to do with the growth of right-wing media. Fox News, Breitbart, Drudge Report…these media outlets aren’t brand new out of the oven, but they have grown in both size and influence since Obama took office. Even liberal outlets like Politico aren’t shy about lambasting the president when his policies are too wonky to support.

But very few presidents have seen respected members of the (largely liberal) press call them out so viciously. Only a few weeks ago, Greta Van Susteren of Fox News told a story of administration intimidation that would be hard to believe were it not for the chorus of similar stories:

“It’s been more like pulling teeth to get answers from the Obama administration. The Obama administration’s behavior post Benghazi has been weird. Like they’re trying to hide something. I got a weird call from the Obama administration trying to pressure me to get [Fox news reporter] Jennifer Griffin to back down on her report. I thought the call from the Obama administration was dirty. Incidentally, I don’t control my colleagues and they don’t control me.”

Not only do stories like that increase the suspicion that something deceitful is going on behind the White House doors, they illustrate an attack on America’s freedom of the press. Of course, if there’s anything this president is good at, it’s trampling freedoms.

 

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  1. Well??? We could start with MSNBC. Ask them why they continue to shield him? Why they play the race card at every opportunity?? The press will not remain free if they continue to lie for him. He should be impeached, but the current crop of cowards in DC won’t do anything to jeopardize their gravy train.

  2. Obama deserves PRISON. here is no getting around the fact that he is guilty of treason.

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      Mike I agree 100%! Yet neither Republicans or Democrats will take him to task on anything he has done. It is my belief that he’s not even a native born American. Ask yourself why not? It is my belief that they have the same objective. We need to vote for anyone but someone from these two parties or we will end up with more of the same!

      • He wasborn in KENYA, he even admitted to it as well as MOOOOOOCHELLE said it! His B C is wrote on brown paper with all the pertinent info and his foot print not the blue crap they tried to shove down our throats!

  3. It’s not “Maybe” It’s for sure, Benghazi and others need to be exposed, we, the Citizens of this Country deserve to know the truth, I knew more about WWII, growing up. newsreels showed stuff in Movie theaters, and Ike, Patton or Mac Arthur, didn’t broadcast their plans to the enemy like Obama does, this POS is not an American and is determined to destroy what mine and others ancestor stood for at Lexington, Concord and Trenton, other sites as well, I know one site was Yorktown. Many patriots were Minutemen and even tea Party participants, let us ALL make sure they didn’t fight and some die in vain.

  4. Well We Learnt nothing from this Report. Nada, Zilch,

    • We, who are paying attention, did not learn anything, but hopefully some other people will take notice given the author. I forwarded the article to my local paper, if everyone who reads this would do the same maybe a few would publish it and get some exposure.

  5. Beelzebub Obama don’t answer no damn questions, Cracka!!!

  6. Are you FINALLY realizing Obama is a liar? a narcissist? About time..don’t cha think?

  7. and the press enjoys being at his service. Either they are paid too well or are ignorant dreamers/bleeding hearts or fanatics, like the muslims. Is idiocy or perversion, or both.

  8. HIS MUSLIM BOTHERHOOD HANDLERS do not want him to talk till they have gone over what to say, and he will notlet pepole in on those meeting like the one,s in cuba so they can talk freely about what they are going to do next. but oboma and the brother,s had to figure how to get 5 scumbag,s out and back to the war. what they figured out was they were going to kidnap ambassador stevens and trade him for the scumbag,s ,.well it went bad that why he used bridel and took the crap he got. the brotherhood has been running the white house for maybe ten years maybe more. all we can do right now is vote rep across the board for midterms and then hope people will start to fight back and clean out every person that so much has had any thing to do with the brotherhood in the gov and the army

  9. Well, Well, Well, now you in the liberal press are finally getting some of your own medicine. Don’t like it, well, that’s just too bad. You started this when you went all-in with the tyrant in chief Obama. The public was on you people all the time for not taking Obama to task when you wouldn’t report on Obama-care, IRS, FAST AND FURIOUS, BENGHAZI, and other things he has been shielding you and the citizens from. This is supposed to be Freedom of the Press and you have dropped the ball and we do’t read or listen to you anymore.

  10. While the co-conspirators in the Senate and House let him get away with it even making themselves look bad.,

  11. Its time for US to take on the media since there’s nobody else. We can boycott advertisers . Write letter to ad agency’s, find out addresses of advertisers, visit the media and tell them what’s on your mind .boycott the
    Newspapers, TV stations, it’s time for action and it’s up to us….real. Americans!!

  12. Mike, Bobby-o, and Joe, I agree with you all. Obama’s goal since day one is and has been to destroy America. He has almost accomplished that mission. Voters need to vote the current representatives OUT of office. They are NOT representing the people. Americans MUST let representative know that we WILL NOT stand by and let them stay in office unless they do the will of their constituency. They are bowing to Obama. WHY? Has everyone forgotten Obama is half black, half white? Bobby-o, I agree , NO DEMOCRATS, NO REPUBLICANS!!! It’s time to clean house, these folks have been there so-o long they have forgotten WHY they were elected. They think their job is to take vacations , get paid and retire with “FANTASTIC” benefits. WE NEED TERM LIMITS!

  13. Obama became president and even the Associated Press knew that some group had gotten injunctions against delving into his past in every state and before anyone even thought he was a possible candidate. No news oragnization posted these facts, and only the so called “birthers” got out the news.

    It has been obvious from the start of his presidency that Obama is not prepared for the office that leads our post WWII world. The powers behind him rushed credentials to fill lapses, like getting him the Nobel prize for Peace when he had done nothing to gain that award except get elected as our President. His gaffes after that are too numerous to recount but the most grievous were his bow to the Saudi King on his first visit abroad, followed by the gift of his disced speeches to the Queen of England on his so called state visit there!

    Obama is maintained by a cabal from both of our parties, the Dems and the Reps, so there is not much any of us can do about the travesty.

  14. it would not surprise me to learn that obama is passing meltary secre to isis he dont wont his buddy to be hurt how else are they learing thing about us

  15. Well, if the so called journalists had a pair, they would find and release all the info Obama has been hiding about his past. They have a duty to America to out him on every single thing he has been hiding.

    • Well said! They need to do a bit of “investigative” reporting for a change–instead of spouting what they have been told to say.

  16. CATCH ME IF YOU CAN,MYSTERY MAN,YOU VOTED FOR A RINGER,SUFFER IDIOTS,NEXT TIME YOU VOTE VOTE FOR AMERICA NOT A PARTY,THEY ARE CORRUPT,PAY THE PRICE FOR A CON MAN

  17. Obama is the most deceitful president in American history! He promised so much that would have been good for America, but has delivered the opposite. I wrote in a column to a newspaper not long ago, stating that Obama had delivered nothing of consequence as he had promised. The editor responded that he most certainly had, citing the healthcare system now know euphemistically as “Obamacare.” I responded that the so-called healthcare was travesty on America, and each individual who would be forced to subsidize millions of others.
    And then there is astronomical bailouts given to the car industry’ also the millions given to alternative heating industries and then seeing them declare bankruptcy or go completely out of business. the enormous windmills erected in various locations around the country which are monuments to and over zealous man who could not understand that the climate change, which was once known as climate warming, was not going to be accepted by Americans until and unless we run out of oil and gas. And then, of course, there are the multitude of casualties that are blocked and hidden by Obama and his minions, accompanied by an astonishing amount of lies and the egregious lies that have transpired during the current administration. Whatever happened to the “most transparent White House ever”?
    I hope and pray that we can last until Obama’s term are over, but another two years of his administration could be the death of America as we have known in the past/
    I agree with the senior news commentator who said that what is wrong is that “We have a community organizer for a president and he doesn’t have a clue about how to be president!”

  18. Since the idiot in chief and his administration are so closed mouth, even to the liberal media, Why the love affair?

  19. The media are a big part of the problem, fawning over this faux POTUS as if he was the 2nd Coming of Jesus. Boycotting the big 4 would get their attention, esp. if consumers quit buying from their advertisers. Get on board, folks, it’s time to run the scum out of DC in November, and arrest the Usurper and charge him with treason to the United States of America!

  20. When the Liberal news begins to awaken to the America they cover’d six years ago and the America they cover now, a sudden awakening will follow. But it will be nearly too late. They will be told how to report the news and how to spin against truth reporting. News will be the final warning that this is no longer the land of the free and home of the brave. The America Giant will awaken and the Communist will be tried by the Constitution of the peoples of the United States of America. Communism and Sharia will not live in the U.S.A. They will fail and fall again. God Bless America. God will not be silenced. Nor will his followers fear Atheists anymore because of a chicken crap government. I pray some Liberal reporters remain Christians and will know their God will call them to do what is right.

  21. Oh by the way, Republicans. Take a soda and a couple snickers with you to the voting line, cause a lot of Republicans will be in line. And tell your kids the good news. Good ol food will soon and once again return to their schools. We have so much work to do to bring back America, but we will do it.

  22. I’m SO Very Tired Of This CRAP…

    A Country Founded by Geniuses but Run by Idiots!

    If you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but

    not for entering and remaining in the country illegally — you might

    live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

    If you have to get your parents’ permission to go on a field trip or

    to take an aspirin in school, but not to get an abortion — you might

    live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

    If you MUST show your identification to board an airplane, cash a

    check, buy liquor, or check out a library book and rent a video, but not

    to vote for who runs the government — you might live in a nation that

    was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

    If the government wants to prevent stable, law-abiding citizens from

    owning gun magazines that hold more than ten rounds, but gives twenty

    F-16 fighter jets to the crazy new leaders in Egypt — you might live in a

    nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

    If, in the nation’s largest city, you can buy two 16-ounce sodas, but

    not one 24-ounce soda, because 24-ounces of a sugary drink might make

    you fat — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is

    run by idiots.

    If an 80-year-old woman or a three-year-old girl who is confined to a

    wheelchair can be strip-searched by the TSA at the airport, but a woman

    in a burka or a hijab is only subject to having her neck and head

    searched — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but

    is run by idiots.

    If your government believes that the best way to eradicate trillions

    of dollars of debt is to spend trillions more — you might live in a

    nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

    If a seven-year-old boy can be thrown out of school for saying his

    teacher is “cute,” but hosting a sexual exploration or diversity class

    in grade school is perfectly acceptable — you might live in a nation

    that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

    If hard work and success are met with higher taxes and more

    government regulation and intrusion, while not working is rewarded with

    Food Stamps, WIC checks, Medicaid benefits, subsidized housing, and free

    cell phones — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses

    but is run by idiots.

    If the government’s plan for getting people back to work is to

    provide incentives for not working, by granting 99 weeks of unemployment

    checks, without any requirement to prove that gainful employment was

    diligently sought, but couldn’t be found — you might live in a nation

    that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

    If you pay your mortgage faithfully, denying yourself the newest

    big-screen TV, while your neighbor buys iPhones, time shares, a

    wall-sized do-it-all plasma screen TV and new cars, and the government

    forgives his debt when he defaults on his mortgage — you might live in a

    nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

    If being stripped of your Constitutional right to defend yourself

    makes you more “safe” according to the government — you might live in a

    nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

    If the media panders to your openly socialist leader while the IRS targets groups with dissenting views— you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

    If your government ‘cracks down’ on legal gun sales to law abiding citizens while secretly supplying illegal guns to Mexican drug cartels— you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

    If your local government (Chicago) outlawed gun ownership for ‘the safety of its citizens’ and now boasts the worst murder rate in the country — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

    What a country!

    How about we give God a reason to continue blessing America?

    This was borrowed from another blog, please spread it far and wide!

  23. I’m glad I didn’t vote for him either time; it is time to clean out Washington, it has turned into a pit of vile, ruthless, inhumane, sickos: all the house and senate seem to be able to accomplish is setting by the way side and watching the entire American lifestyle go down the sewer; don’t they realize their own life and that of their families and friends are on the line!

  24. Do you mean they finally figured out that Obama is their worst enemy?

    Google “Two Minute Conservative” for some fun in politics.

  25. Obama like Hitler was installed by international bankers to transform the world into a Fascist one world government, Same group of Evil doers different Asshole.

  26. Once Diablo leaves the White House. he’ll return to his homeland and that is ‘Hell’….

  27. When one is guilty of something —- they try to hide it… much like when a rapist is trying to cover his tracks or a thief of dusting everything he has touched. This is Obama, he hides everything he has touched or done and instructs those under him to do the same. Therefore, no traces of any thing left behind for the people of this country to see his evil doings. Wonder what he can blame on Geo Bush now…
    Obama is the evil of all evils…. Its really sad the people who hang on to his every word are blind as a bat or either they don’t want to admit they made a mistake in being so loyal to him. They remind me of a dog who is devoted to his master no matter how many beatings he will get …. he is still loyal…. so this is the kind the lapdogs of Obama’s followers are…. ‘blind’ loyalty.

  28. None of this would be possible without the tacit approval of our corrupt and complicit congress.

  29. Transparency? There’s so much illegal activity going on in that administration our heads would reel if we knew half of it. We have no leaders anymore, just politicians. We have no say in matters, just more lobbyists bribing away our voice. We no longer have a Republic when the elected officials are more influenced by private interests instead of the will of the people. America will go down in history, if we even have a history that survives, as a great idea that failed due to greed and corruption; a torrent of moral decay; the breakdown of marriage and family; a trend away from religion; and a corrupt government. If this sounds familiar, the fall of the Roman Empire was for the very same reasons. I’m sure our original founders hoped we’d last longer than just a couple of centuries. It’s heartbreaking watching all this go on and be helpless to stop it.

  30. High Treason and the punishment? Firing squad or hung by the neck until dead! I believe we need a lot of rope!

  31. the first clue was when every part and parcel of his personal information was sealed…things don’t get sealed in order to further transparency…the media, in large, has been his lapdog…good to see SOMEONE is finally fed up with the coalmine that is 0bama and his administration

  32. Mike, I agree with you on Obama, however, if we don’t put pressure on our elected members of Congress, they are going to go along to get along. We have very few members that are doing the job they were elected for, they seem to vote without realizing what we elected them for.

  33. Only eight? I thought Obama was supposed to be thorough!

    Google “Two Minute Conservative” and have some fun sharpening your mind.

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