San Francisco Chronicle Video Prompts White House Threat

Friday, April 29, 2011

In a move worthy of Nixon or Bush, the White House threatened to banish The San Francisco Chronicle from pooled political coverage of its events in the Bay Area after the paper posted a video of a protest at a fundraiser for King President Obama last week, Chronicle Editor Ward Bushee said. Bushee says the newspaper was within its rights to film the protest and post the video.

The cowardly White House press office refused to speak on the record about the matter.

Chronicle senior political reporter Carla Marinucci was invited by the White House to cover the Obama fundraiser on April 21 on the condition that she send her written report to the White House to distribute to other reporters who did not attend. Such “pool reports” are routinely used for press coverage at White House events that are not open to the entire press corps.

What angered King President Obama was video footage showing 200 donors paying $5,000 to $38,500 each to attend the event at the hoity-toity  St. Regis Hotel in the city, a day after Obama visited Facebook headquarters in Silicon Valley touting the proliferation of “new media” breaking the confines of traditional journalism.

At the St. Regis event, a group of protesters who collectively paid $76,000 to attend the fundraiser dared to interrupted King President Obama with a song complaining about the administration’s sheepish treatment of Pfc. Bradley Manning, the soldier who allegedly leaked U.S. classified documents to the WikiLeaks website.

As part of a “print-only pool,” Marinucci was limited by White House guidelines to provide a print-only report, but Marinucci also took a video of the protest, which she posted in her written story on the online edition of The Chronicle at and on its politics blog after she sent her written pool report.

Chronicle Editor Ward Bushee also said the White House rules are “not in the spirit of what the Obama administration is trying to project” in its claims to be the most transparent administration ever.

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12 Responses to San Francisco Chronicle Video Prompts White House Threat

  1. Joe in Colorado says:

    Barack Obama is an asshole. A petty, nefarious asshole, who ran as a Democrat but governs like a dictator. Especially, now that his approval numbers are in the upper 30’s and 2/3rd of the American public disapprove of his handling of the economy. I don’t care if he has $1 billion to squander on reelection or not. I think he’s a one-termer.

  2. TOM339 says:

    Obama is no different from his predecessors when it concerns the press.

    The Nixon tapes showed Nixon railing about the “New York Jews at the New York Times” being out to get him. George W. Bush just refused to acknowledge the media’s existence. I have to say, Reagan handled the press brilliantly. His B-actor chops came in handy and he gave them the most empty-headed answers imaginable yet people like Tom Brokaw swallowed it hook, line and sinker.

    I would like to see the list of reporters and newspapers on Obama’s enemies list. My guess is the list is much larger than anyone previously thought. So much for his commitment to access and transparency.

  3. Debbie Banuelos says:

    Thanks for reporting this outrageous attack on a free media.

    99% of the MSM ignored this White House attack on one of their own for fear they might have their access pulled and 75% of bloggers would prefer to post snotty drivel about Obama being a victim of the birthers.

    I first became away of Obama’s duplicitous behavior during the healthcare debate. Virtually all of the WH meetings with the heads of the insurance industry and Big Pharma took place behind closed doors. The minutes of those meetings were never made public and the MSM didn’t ask for or pressure Obama to release them.

    It’s abundantly clear to me that this president — more than any other in memory, harbors contempt for not only the media but the American people. What amazes me is, his supporters continue to tolerate it.

  4. The O-bots still swoon over Obama and refer to him as “elegant and cool.”

    Of course, fully awake, sane people know better. Just ask the lowly Dallas political reporter, Brad Watson (I reported the exchange HERE) if his thinks Obama is “elegant and cool” or rather a thin-skinned, not-ready-for-primetime president, who can barely contain his rage over being held accountable by the media.

  5. Brigadoon says:

    Cool and elegant? More like angry and depraved. I see it in Obama’s eyes.

  6. Massagatto says:

    I am not the least surprised Barry Soetoro is threatening Carla Marinucci and the SF Chronicle newspaper. You see, Soetoro has become increasingly paranoid for good reasons.

    Why would this charmer, America’s “first black president” is worried? After all, he walks on water. Or, so we’re told by the Zombies on MSNBC and in the New York Times.

    But what Soetoro fears is investigative journalists are finally snooping into his past and the straw man controversy he created around his birth certificate is no longer available to distract and Oprah is retiring in 20-odd more shows.

    The journalist Wayne Madsen have recently completed an exhaustive investigative report using declassified documents and numerous FOIA requests which links Obama and the CIA. Madsen published his findings and reported a couple of weeks ago he received a credible threat from the White House.

    He is planning to relocate, possibly out of the USA.

  7. Rachel says:

    Since the topic is fraud, I just wanted to share what I saw this morning. The 76 gas station had regular for $4.32 a gallon. Seriously, I can’t afford this bullshit much more and instead of appointing another do-nothing, presidential panel to “investigate” the price of gas, O-Bummer might consider saying Adios to Libya and Afghanistan, since the military gets first dibs on American oil.

  8. Bill Hussein O'Reilly says:

    Rachel – Stop yer bitchin.’ Obama says we should all run out and buy $45,000 electric cars ASAP. This is his answer. The guy has his head up his rear end – no small feat looking at the size of those ears.

    $5 gas will be here by Memorial Day.

  9. Smooch says:

    Barry’s become paranoid. It’s a stunning decline.

  10. Rachel,

    Open a Costco account. We did and they have the cheapest gas in the area.

    In fact, most days, people are so desperate that the lines at the Costco pumps resemble a border crossing. Once, I counted the cars and there were 10 cars in front of me and 8 behind me.

    Welcome to Obamaland.

  11. Adirondacky says:

    I think we can all agree now that Barack Obama is a hypocrite.

  12. feminazi says:

    The behavior of the Obama White House is becoming increasingly paranoid in its dealings with the media and it reminds me much of the Nixon White House. I wonder if living inside the “Beltway” is just so unnatural for these presidents that they grow to be out of touch with reality?

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