Outstanding reporter Sharyl Attkisson has been on The Teri O’Brien Show several times (check out one interview here). We admire her for her determination to commit journalism in the Orwellian age of Obama.
Here, in an appearance from last Sunday’s “Media Buzz,” on Fox News channel hosted by Howard Kurtz (at ~3:40) Sharyl Attkisson explains that she’s never seen the media so willing to “step over the line,” abandoning even the pretense of objectivity to go after Donald Trump because they all agree that he is “dangerous.”
They began the interview by discussing Donald Trump’s decision to revoke the Washington Post’s press credentials after a headline he considered unfair because it suggested that he said Barack Obama was complicit in the Orlando terror attack. You’ve no doubt heard a lot of the harumphing from the media about Mr. Trump’s refusal to allow the LSM to dump all over him without any consequence. The WaPo’s editor Marty Baron was in high dudgeon, stating
“Donald Trump’s decision to revoke The Washington Post’s press credentials is nothing less than a repudiation of the role of a free and independent press,” Baron wrote in a statement. “When coverage doesn’t correspond to what the candidate wants it to be, then a news organization is banished. The Post will continue to cover Donald Trump as it has all along – honorably, honestly, accurately, energetically, and unflinchingly. We’re proud of our coverage, and we’re going to keep at it.”
by Sharyl Attkisson [Harper]
What a brave, crusading truth seeker! One problem with that, and I know that you will be stunned to hear what I’m about to tell you, Mr. Baron’s outrage is selective, as Mediaite reminds us.
The year was 2008. The candidate had a big lead in the polls going into election day. And in a preview of how petulant he would be act as Commander-in-Chief as it pertains to his treatment of the press, Barack Obama decided he didn’t like what three newspapers were writing about him, so he kicked its reporters off his campaign plane.
But instead of simply owning up to not agreeing with the way the Dallas Morning News, New York Post and Washington Times were doing their respective jobs, the president’s team played dumb in insulting everyone’s intelligence in claiming it was simply a matter of suddenly having a limited number of seats on said plane.
“Unfortunately, demand for seats on the plane during this final weekend has far exceeded supply, and because of logistical issues we made the decision not to add a second plane,” said Obama campaign senior adviser Anita Dunn. (Editor’s note: yes, this is the woman who infamously stated her admiration for murderous commie dictator Mao.)
Uh-huh. And you’ll never guess which publications somehow still made the seat cut:
Glamour, Jet and Ebony.
Eight years ago, there wasn’t the kind of collective gasps from the media like we’re seeing this week when Donald Trump was equally as childish in stripping the Washington Post of its press credentials. In fact, there was barely a peep about it in 2008. The Obama Administration would go on to be called in many media circles — and this includes both the conservative and liberal variety — as the least transparent in history by setting a record of withholding more Freedom of Information Act requests than any other ever in power (AP, March 2016).
I don’t exactly think I’m breaking news here by telling you about how much the media despises Donald Trump. I suspect that’s a reason a lot of you like him.