…PR agencies claim to be news organisations, seriously…Posted: 2013-11-22
Seriously? Now, really. PR personalities now complain about restrictions on their ‘press coverage’ of the President? The same personalities whose dereliction of duty has made the challenge even greater for the dwindling number of actual news organisations and their dedicated reporters who refuse to join the infotainment predilection of their frivolous but obscenely paid associates. Anita Kumar at McClatchy News spells it out with, White House blocks access to Obama events, news groups say.
The organizations accuse the White House of banning photojournalists from covering Obama at some events, and then later releasing its own photos and videos of the same events.
“Journalists are routinely being denied the right to photograph or videotape the president while he is performing his official duties,” according to a letter the organizations sent to the White House. “As surely as if they were placing a hand over a journalist’s camera lens, officials in this administration are blocking the public from having an independent view of important functions of the executive branch of government.”
The concern of the US President is very understandable. For instance, the photo-op of the Nobel Prize Laureate President with Malala, promoted by the US and the UK for the Nobel Peace Prize. Not bad. Until there was that embarrassing contrast with coverage of Nabila UrRehman and her brother Zubair whose grandmother was murdered by drone while picking okra with them in their village in Pakistan. The presence of only five Members of Congress only made matters worse. The idea is to not cause embarrassment to the PResident.
Better would have been breathless coverage of the president doing things spontaneously. For instance, cameras record the President’s every move as he went on a spell-binding trip to get burgers with his fans all atwitter at the well-orchestrated event. Worthy of Hollywood.
Instead of such neat stuff, there was that CBS which spent extra footage of the President on a basketball court in street clothes, where his much vaunted prowess was on great display, and came up with awkward results, as seen here, The problem was the unnecessary footage that was recorded; viewers should have been dazzled by the president’s exceptional brilliance only from the 1:28 minute mark. The network clearly forgot that it is only the perception that counts, not the performance, not the competence, something they should have known.
Then, again, even without the ever compliant establishment press, coverage is less the problem than perils from the absence of those scripted remarks, a problem that guarantees the Ballon D’or to the unchallenged president for spectacular own goals, as evidenced at, of all things, a Jobs Council, where he uttered one of his classic, flippant ‘blurts’, Obama: Shovel-Ready Not as Shovel-Ready as We Expected. And the unemployment rate in the US then? Or even now? Unemployment among the 99%, that is.
In a real world of a responsible journalism, exposure of just one simple ‘inconvenient truth’ would have put paid to the silly image-creation nonsense. A necessary and sufficient example could have been Bill Bradley. Bradley never walked around in street clothes while a Senator to show off his basketball skills – he did not need to do so. However, though Bradley was a real scholar, regrettably as a politician he sorely lacked the attribute of cliché-ridden rhetoric, of bombast, a quality so beloved of the MSM, absent cowboy ‘swagger’ like George W Bush who was really a president of the US.
And as for the ‘White House Correspondents’, flacks in a flock, there was one journalist, Helen Thomas, routinely ignored for obvious reasons. And she is dead. The charade of that press conference thing really did encourage many an indifferent viewer with some Damascene moment to find things to do other than watching such drivel on TV.
The high level of ignorance of things that do matter on the part of US citizens finds a strong contributing factor in the frivolous jingoism of the US MSM. And for the icing on the cake, soon to come will be momentous events such as the ‘pardoning of the turkey’, the Presidential dog celebrating Christmas or whatever event is the more politically correct. Fortunately, there is the increasing recognition of the value of the blogs, the alternative media. And if tv, then, say, RT and AJE…