Obama’s War on the Media

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Since Obama has the support of the national elites who like to think of themselves as “liberal,” his constant attacks and pressure on journalists should be even more disconcerting to freedom-loving people – in America, and worldwide.

This issue reared its ugly head publicly again today during an interview on Fox News with Investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson, who quit CBS News last month, seemingly as the result of her inability to do her job due to “pressures.” The interview focused upon her comments that the Obama administration has had a “chilling effect” on news organizations, and places tremendous pressure upon journalists not to run stories which they don’t approve of. Attkisson claimed, “There is pressure coming to bear on journalists for just doing their job in ways that have never come to bear before.” “But it is particularly aggressive under the Obama administration, and I think it’s a campaign that’s very well organized, that’s designed to have sort of a chilling effect and to some degree has been somewhat successful in getting broadcast producers who don’t really want to deal with the headache of it.” Amazing.

In context, after pressure a few weeks ago, the Obama Administration dropped plans to monitor newsrooms across America. As was reported in The Wall Street Journal, “Last May the FCC proposed an initiative to thrust the federal government into newsrooms across the country. With its ‘Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs,’ or CIN, the agency plans to send researchers to grill reporters, editors and station owners about how they decide which stories to run.” Obama’s America – talk of monitoring newsrooms.

In this administration, journalists at The Associated Press have had their phone records pulled as the government secretly subpoenaed and seized records for telephone lines and switchboards used by more than 100 AP reporters in its Washington bureau and elsewhere. This included work and personal phone lines of multiple reporters, thousands of newsgathering calls on a wide variety of issues. Individual reporters from Fox News have been tracked – and that is just what we know about.

Six government employees have faced felony criminal prosecutions since 2009 under the 1917 Espionage Act for leaking classified information to the press, compared with just three such prosecutions in all previous U.S. administrations. Given the fact that the IRS mis-used its power against conservatives, who knows what else has been done against journalists during the Obama Administration? The Obama administration, which is collecting the phone records of millions of Americans, has published an enemies list – which is political enemies who are all Americans.  Where is the media and those who often speak out about the violation of civil liberties?

I, Ronn Torossian, and many others ask: Is it permissible for the Obama Administration to squelch media opposition?

Last year, the Committee to Protect Journalists, an international media watchdog organization, issued its first report on press freedom in the United States, and in their report, titled “The Obama Administration and the Press,” they report that President Obama has ushered in a paralyzing climate of fear for media.  The report contented that media is being severely pressured, and David Sanger, the chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times said “This is the most closed, control-freak administration I’ve ever covered.”

The CPJ report said “The administration’s war on leaks to the press though the use of secret subpoenas against news organizations, its assertion through prosecution that leaking classified documents to the press is espionage or aiding the enemy; and its increased limitations on access to information that is in the public interest – all thwart a free and open discussion necessary to a democracy.” As they said, “If we consider aggressive press coverage of government activities [as] being at the core of American democracy, this tips the balance heavily in favor of the government.”

New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan wrote that the Obama era is “turning out to be the administration of unprecedented secrecy and unprecedented attacks on a free press.”

Those of us who work in public relations and in the communications industry must stand up and ensure that freedom and liberty are able to thrive in the great United States of America.

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  • CaoMoo

    If anyone was ever a poster child for impeachment

  • sendtheclunkerbacktochicago

    Cowards in the Media – Fox News has a whole boat load of them. They are NOT our friends as they portray themselves. These frauds will praise our military 24/7 and they should be commended for that because all those fine young men and women are willing to take a bullet/shrapnel for their country. While they commend the troops they themselves act like cowards because they are not willing to speak about or write about the fraud and crimes that have been committed by Obama for fear of their jobs. It is going to be so much fun watching all of them (O’Reilly, Baier, Hume, Kelly, Greta, Hannity, Huckabee, etc) attempt to wipe the mud off their sorry faces when Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Lt. Mike Zullo release the evidence that will end this Barry Soetoro nightmare for us. Fox knew the truth and would not report it.

    • antioli

      When will the evidence be released . Is there really any evidence?

  • Mr. W. H. Braden

    His parents and grandparents were communists, his mentor was a communist, he befriended Bill Ayers and communists have been in his administration. A duck is a duck is a duck.

  • bob smith

    Unfortunately Ronn,

    when you attempt, not once but multiple times to force down the throat of the readership your views on Hip Hop and that WE MUST accept it if we are to survive then equally as unfortunate, you have no credibility and ergo, limited to none in so far as readership. I did not even bother reading your article and in fact have avoided doing so with anything bearing your Rhino name.

    However, I did feel it was time to at least speak out as to how I and more than likely numerous others feel. Ironic though how the title of your article bespeaks volumes on the messianic, totalitarian despot you speak of whose ardent and true believers are none other than the hip hop crowd who could care less of anything but his skin colour.

    Your ill conceived argument is predicated upon the fact that this malevolent group in society are financially successful and by extension they are ‘conservative’ by definition and business/free market oriented as a result. Sadly what you missed is that they enshrine their ‘brother’ as their leader at all costs given that that same leader no longer advocates upholding the laws of the land as they relate to drugs, black on white violence, nanny state handouts and dependency; all the while shouting from the White House about them and their ilk getting their ‘fair shot’ ringing resonantly through every ghetto.

    Good luck,

    signed,

    I will NEVER read anything you ever write again.

    • Brave bob

      Brave bob why not say your name
      Ur a racist

      • bob smith

        racist? is that your calling card chicken little?

        • Richie Bob

          You are an ignorant man – and since you don’t read anything he writes why do you keep coming back. Stay away you troll.

          • bob smith

            YOU ARE FULL OF SHI@. GO FK YOURSELF

  • carpe diem 36

    i think we should change the term “liberal” when referring to anti liberty people like BHO. Liberal come from the root Liberty, and what obama is doing is totally against our liberty, so to me the term does not apply to him and should be replaced with anti-liberal.

    • Sniper’s Reasoning

      True term is “Progressive” toward utopian thinking. Driving old Liberal party to the extreme PC side of non-reality thinking.

    • American1969

      Some use the term progressive, but I like the term regressive. That’s more fitting. These idiots want to “regress” us back to the Stone Age while the Elite live like monarchs.

      • peterfsb4

        Yes we need to call them regressive . Their aim is to send us all back to serfs . Working for the elites who than allow you the basics to live.

  • Bandido

    The media cannot defend itself against Obama’s attacks because, as Leftists, they consider themselves guilty when accused by a black Leftist president that they supported and continue to support. When Stalin absurdly accused the Old Bolsheviks who overthrew the Tsar of being counterrevolutionaries, their ideology forced them to agree with him. It is the same with this Leftist media. It has no independent point of view, and can only abjectly grovel before its master.

  • NAHALKIDES

    Torossian is way off the mark here. While it is true that Obama and his gang would like to muzzle the press (and this should be no surprise, because the Left recognizes no rights of any kind), the horrible fact is that they have very little need to do so, since the entire mainstream media apparatus has become the propaganda arm of the Democratic Party. Does he realize the absurdity in suggesting that Obama is somehow “intimidating” NBC News? They would, of course, love to muzzle Fox News and AM talk radio, because those are the only old-media places the Conservative opposition is even heard.

    A small number of government employees are being prosecuted under the Espionage Act, and it’s probably true that Obama’s motivation is entirely self-serving. Nonetheless, the leaking of classified documents is a Federal crime, and unless we’re going to take the point of view that anyone with access to classified information is entitled to “de-classify” it by making it public, it’s hard to fault Obama’s administration on this one. It would probably be more accurate to say they’re doing the right thing for the wrong reason.

    So while Obama would love to control the media, the bigger problem remains that he doesn’t have to – they sacrificed their integrity long ago, and routinely fail to do their jobs to expose his incompetence and his malice toward America.

    • BC1968

      The right recognizes rights? Unless you want to vote of course.

      • American1969

        Asking someone to produce ID to prove who they are and that they are eligible to vote is not voter suppression. That fairy tale is ridiculous. If you need ID for practically everything else, it should not be a hardship to produce for voting.
        Only people that want to commit voter fraud don’t want Voter ID laws.

        • Maynard

          Any who, don’t those who claim they are being suppressed have to show an ID to pick up their food stamps?

          • American1969

            Thank you! If it’s necessary to have an ID for practically everything else, it shouldn’t be a hardship to show one for voting. It’s just a convenient excuse to commit voter fraud.

          • BEN JABO

            You have enough room in your wallet for drivers license,
            credit card. A valid I.D. can be squeezed in with them

      • uleaveuswithnoalternative

        I’m having a colonoscopy of Friday and the doctor’s office told me to bring picture ID.
        Oh, the discrimination!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • uleaveuswithnoalternative

        Some states issue ID cards for free to low income residents and senior citizens. The reasons usually given for not obtaining ID is
        1) the cost, 2) inability/inconvenience getting to the DMV.
        Funny how the same people complaining about the cost or inconvenience of getting ID, usually have the money, time and transportation to buy cigarettes, alcohol and sometimes drugs.

      • NAHALKIDES

        You don’t expect that canard to be taken seriously around here, do you? You want to vote? Prove you’re eligible – that’s not too much to ask.

    • nightspore

      I am forever amazed that people can read text without reading what the text says. Torossian isn’t “suggesting”, he’s quoting! And he doesn’t even mention NBC! Wipe your glasses, for Christ’s sake, and read the article again.

      • NAHALKIDES

        Take you own advice and read what I wrote again. Torossian is suggesting that Obama has somehow intimidated the media; I pointed out that NBC is happy to lick his boots any hour of the day. Torossian didn’t mention NBC, I did to shoot down his thesis.

        You seem to believe that in responding to an article, I should only review such evidence submitted by the author and refrain from introducing any of my own – a very peculiar idea. Imagine a criminal trial in which the defense was prohibited from introducing or discussing any evidence except that presented by the prosecution! I don’t know where you got such a bizarre notion.

    • Maynard

      Amen!

  • American1969

    I believe it to a point, but for the most part the MSM has been a willing accomplice to this administration, being its propaganda arm. I doubt the administration has to put any pressure on anyone (other than an actual reporter)—–they’re more than willing.

  • Maynard

    Why aren’t our senators and congressmen/women taking action to curb the abuses this administration is imposing on the American people? They have the power of impeachment and the power to make and enforce laws but seem to be afraid to use this power. Shame on all of them!

    • jimships

      Because they are more concerned about keeping the power they have been given than using the power they can yield to do the right thing. That would take moral character, and they lack the spine to take a stand for good and uphold the constitution which oath they swore to. The result is we lose liberty and they gain power and wealth.

  • wileyvet

    So grow some balls and do something about it! Oh, that’s right, it would require moral clarity and certainty and an actual love and appreciation for freedom and liberty.