Posted: July 30th, 2010 by Militant Libertarian
As early as Sunday, the White House Correspondents’ Association will decide which news organization will be awarded a recently-vacated front-row center seat in the White House briefing room.
The contenders? National Public Radio, Bloomberg News—and Fox.
Yes, Fox—which we all know is actually a tool in the right-wing propaganda machine, not a legitimate news organization. They simply don’t deserve the best seat in the White House briefing room—a seat held for years by journalist Helen Thomas until she retired recently.
So we’re joining our friends at CREDO Action to petition the Correspondents’ Association to award the seat to a real, public news organization: NPR.
Can you sign the petition today? Tell the Correspondents’ Association to give the best seat in the briefing room to NPR, not Fox.
My Call Out the B.S. MoveOn Response:
Hey, MoveOn (there’s nothing to see here but more socialism), I’ve got news for ya.. NPR is just as biased as Fox News. Just because they’re supposedly “free” and “public” doesn’t mean they aren’t biased.
Every news organization is biased. There are no truly neutral ones and never have been. NPR leans left (towards you, but maybe not as far) while Fox leans right (or towards a different kind of left, anyway). Just because Fox doesn’t like Obama and his social(ist) programs and NPR does doesn’t mean one is biased and the other isn’t.
Besides, we all know that if Obama has any say, Fox is out anyway. Expect Bloomberg to get it, since NPR would be too obvious and Obama loves Banksters and Wall Street types.
I have a vote I’d like to make in all this:
How about we have no “White House Press Corps” at all? Why do we need one? Why not just let them have free access to the president and conduct non-filtered, unapproved news reporting instead of the controlled, filtered, cronyism we have as “journalism” now?
After all, aren’t we supposed to have a “free press?” It’s right there in the First Amendment. I say we let them actually be free to operate without having to cow-tow to some group or another or to some politician(s) or another.
Hey, if this causes security problems, that’s the president’s problem, not the press’. Let the decision as to who gets to attend a press event, a briefing, etc. be based only one one, fair, and simple rule: first come, first served. There’s seating for 200 people, so the first 200 to show up get in. The others are SOL.
That’s entirely fair and totally within everyone’s means. It means that a dogged web blogger can get in just as easily as a high-falutin’ ABC camera crew and talking head can.
Wow… true freedom of the press. Wouldn’t want that! If we had that, we might actually find out what the hell’s going on once in a while..