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White House Trying To Intimidate Journalist With Veiled Threats

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Any attempt to intimidate a journalist into silence – no matter how veiled it may be – is a form of censorship. That’s why Bob Woodward’s exposure story is so important. It’s happened many times before,

Veteran reporter Bob Woodward has
said in interviews with Politico and CNN that a White House official warned him
he would “regret” publishing a story reporting that the sequestration
was President Obama’s idea. Read the e-mails HERE

Similarly, former Bill Clinton
aide Lanny Davis, an Obama supporter, said that a White House official once
threatened to revokeThe
Washington Times
‘ White House credentials over columns Davis had written
for the paper. “I couldn’t imagine why this call was made,” said
Davis.

These accounts of White House
press intimidation are nothing new. White House’s war on Fox News Channel,
including Obama’s snubbing the network by refusing to call on Fox reporters at
his press conferences.

White House was upset withThe Washington Post for running
an op-ed from a Republican politician decrying Obama’s 32 czars without
challenging it, the White House, according toTimemagazine, developed a new strategy to
attack pundits. “The White House decided it would become a player, issuing
biting attacks on those pundits, politicians and outlets that make what the
White House believes to be misleading or simply false claims.” Further,
“Obama, fresh from his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, cheered on the
effort, telling his aides he wanted to ‘call ‘em out.’”

White House press secretary,
Robert Gibbs, who said: “The only way to get somebody to stop crowding the
plate is to throw a fastball at them. They move.”

The White House also reportedly
banished theBoston Heraldfrom an Obama event in Boston as
punishment for printing a front-page op-ed by GOP presidential candidate Mitt
Romney.

When White House press secretary
Jay Carney personally called MSNBC to object to certain comments political
analyst Mark Halperin had made about Obama, MSNBC immediately suspended
Halperin indefinitely, according to The Daily Caller.

The White House blacklistedSan Francisco Chroniclereporter Carla Marinucci for posting
to the Internet a cellphone video of protesters at an Obama fundraiser in the
Bay Area. Characteristically, the White House denied it had threatened the
banishment, but theChronicle‘s
editor, Ward Bushee, stood by the story. Phil Bronstein, anotherChroniclereporter, corroborated Bushee’s story.
Also, numerous other journalists confirmed that the White House had issued
implied threats of additional punishment if the story of its banishment of
Marinucci became public. Excerpts

Related:

o   Obama-Administrations-History-Of-Obstructing-The-Press



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