The Chicago Way: Bullying the MSM

From White House Dossier:

President Obama’s conference on bullying Thursday was deeply ironic to some in the White House press corps. That’s because every reporter who regularly covers the place knows that President Obama’s staff has a policy – an actual, pre-conceived policy – of bullying.

It’s a tactic that amount to no less than suppression of speech. By the “openness” administration.

The White House bullies reporters to try to ensure favorable coverage. When White House officials, particularly members of the press office, see a story they don’t like, they often call and verbally abuse the reporter who wrote the piece.

In diatribes often peppered with obscenities, they complain of profound injustice, bias, lack of relevance – anything they can think of to get reporters to back off their story…

Surprised? Of course you aren’t. This is just par for the course – not just from Obama and Co, but from all of the liberal leaders. Liberals don’t like dissent. It infuriates them – and it doubly angers them when the dissent is scoring points.

On the other hand, the MSM pretty much just lays down for this. For the most part, they know their job – slavish devotion to liberalism in general and Obama in particular. The MSM’s task is to spin reality in a manner which makes the continuation of Obama in office seem palatable. But every now and again a story comes up which is both unflattering to Obama and so clearly vital to know that the MSM has to cover it…and that, it seems, is when Obama’s troops go ballistic. And one has to wonder – if you are a White House reporter your whole existence is based upon access to White House personnel…if they are screaming bloody murder at you, you don’t have access. So, the next time a negative story about Obama comes up, what do you do? Risk your career to tell the truth, or suppress the truth so that you can at least report about the White House?

Gangster government is what we get when we fill our Executive branch with people from Chicago…where the ethos of Al Capone still dominates in what amounts to a corrupt, one-party State. This will not change and, indeed, will probably get worse as time goes on. The only cure for it is to ensure that Obama is sitting down and listening the next time someone takes the oath of office.