Saturday, February 11, 2017

There’s No Butter In This Churn!

In addition to scrutinizing the handshake between President Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe yesterday in the Oval Office the media crybabies continued to beclown themselves over black plastic covering the windows at the private Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, FL where the two world leaders got in a game of golf.  Reporters were not allowed on the course to watch the pair.
Jill Colvin’s tweet was blisteringly trolled by Bobby Zafarnia:
Lassoing the press during Granny’s Fourth of July parade appearance was mock-tastic to be sure, but the deceitful hypocrisy of the press pool and the press in general is egregiously insulting.

Santiago Lyon, Vice President and Director of Photography at The Associated Press, opined in The New York Times in December 2013:
Manifestly undemocratic, in contrast, is the way Mr. Obama’s administration—in hypocritical defiance of the principles of openness and transparency he campaigned on—has systematically tried to bypass the media by releasing a sanitized visual record of his activities through official photographs and videos, at the expense of independent journalistic access. 
The White House-based press corps was prohibited from photographing Mr. Obama on his first day at work in January 2009. Instead, a set of carefully vetted images was released. Since then the press has been allowed to photograph him alone in the Oval Office only twice: in 2009 and in 2010, both times when he was speaking on the phone. Pictures of him at work with his staff in the Oval Office—activities to which previous administrations routinely granted access—have never been allowed. 
Instead, here’s how it’s done these days: An event involving the president discharging his official duties is arbitrarily labeled “private,” with media access prohibited. A little while later an official photo is released on the White House Flickr page, or via Twitter to millions of followers. Private? Hardly. 
These so-called private events include meetings with world leaders and other visitors of major public interest—just the sorts of activities photojournalists should, and used to, have access to. 
In response to these restrictions, 38 of the nation’s largest and most respected media organizations (including The New York Times) delivered a letter to the White House last month protesting photojournalists’ diminished access. 
A deputy press secretary, Josh Earnest, responded by claiming that the White House had released more images of the president at work than any previous administration. It is serving the public perfectly well, he said, through a vibrant stream of behind-the-scenes photographs available on social media.He missed the point entirely.
After four hours at the club, the president tweeted a picture of himself and the prime minister on the golf course to the burning consternation of the press. 

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