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Do you think todays white house reporters are kowtowing to the president?

I agree with this article. However, I think it is due more to the fact that the MSM is so far left, they do not want to ask the hard questions and expose Obama for the failure that many of us already realize his presidency is.

Several veteran and prize-winning journalists who covered presidents from John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush say that the current crop of White House correspondents are too timid and deferential and have played a role in killing the impact of presidential news conferences.

"If you watch an Obama news conference, and watched a Bush news conference previous to that, where correspondents sit in their seats with their hands folded on their laps, [it's] as if they are in the room with a monarch and they have to wait to be recognized by the president," says Sid Davis, the former NBC Washington bureau chief who covered nine presidents. "It looks like they are watching a funeral service at [Washington funeral firm] Joseph Gawler's and it shouldn't be that way." [See photos of the Obamas behind the scenes.]

Adds Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter Haynes Johnson, "It's all very stale, very structured, very pale."

And longtime NBC and ABC reporter Sander Vanocur: "You want to know what's wrong with the press? The press is what's wrong with the press."

They and others anchored a media panel Monday night organized by the White House Historical Association to herald the 50th anniversary of the first live televised news conference, conducted by JFK. Former Clinton press secretary Mike McCurry moderated the discussion from the very same State Department Dean Acheson Auditorium where Kennedy eventually conducted 60 televised news conferences with ease and humor. [See who has been visiting the White House.]

Each of the journalists attended the press conferences and were blunt on JFK's style and honesty.

When the topic turn to today's White House press corps, the grizzled veterans were dismissive, calling them weak imitations of their Cold War predecessors.

Davis says "I don't like today's news conferences" with the president. Kennedy's, he says, were "thoroughly unrehearsed, natural and they worked to a large extent." Today's versions, he adds, "look like they are rehearsed." [See editorial cartoons about Obama.]

Worse, he says, reporters look like stenographers. "I think democracy is noisy. The news conferences should get to back to what they were even if people are going to raise their voices."

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Asked by Carpy at 12:01 PM on May. 18, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (23)
  • I think they know that they will be "unwelcome" at future events if they ask tough questions.

    Answer by SuperChicken at 12:12 PM on May. 18, 2011

  • Ha ha ha! What should they expect when it is either shut up or get pushed out.


    Answer by yourspecialkid at 12:39 PM on May. 18, 2011

  • yes, I think they do.

    Answer by QuinnMae at 12:45 PM on May. 18, 2011

  • Of course they are! This administration has made it clear if you don't report how we like, your access will be limited or terminated. The thing that makes me the maddest is that they are getting away with this.

    Answer by DSamuels at 1:19 PM on May. 18, 2011

  • Sieg Heil! Obama administration

    Answer by tnmomofive at 1:20 PM on May. 18, 2011

  • – collapse

    Not like the one that Bush had that waslying about who he was to give good press to the POTUS


    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 1:27 PM on May. 18, 2011 (hidden) + expand

  • The White House faced fresh accusations of a clandestine propaganda campaign yesterday after it emerged it granted regular access to a rightwing blogger with a habit of asking President Bush easy questions.

    Jeff Gannon, who represented a rightwing site owned by a Texas-based Republican activist, had been a regular at White House briefings since 2003 but aroused reporters' suspicions after posing ideologically loaded questions.



    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 1:29 PM on May. 18, 2011

  • Gannon's unmasking comes only weeks after the Bush administration admitted paying handsome sums to three conservative commentators to promote its social programmes in print, radio and TV, and has led to calls from Democrats for an explanation.



    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 1:30 PM on May. 18, 2011

  • Funny, there seems to be some confusion.  Is this question about Obama's administration, or Bush's?


    Answer by QuinnMae at 1:38 PM on May. 18, 2011

  • Tough to say ~

    Answer by tasches at 1:42 PM on May. 18, 2011

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