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Obama’s White House Press Corps: Jeff Gannons All?

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 7:36 pm - January 12, 2009.
Filed under: Blogging,Liberal Hypocrisy,Media Bias,Obama Watch

Remember how upset the left-wing blogosophere got when they “exposed” then-White House correspondent Jeff Gannon as a “shill” for a conservative website/news agency?  They were upset because this supposedly closeted gay man was excessively deferential when asking questions during White House press briefings.

They just didn’t like he like he tossed softballs at the president. As if no reporters were asking tough questions of the president and his team.

With the election of Barack Obama, it seems the press has become a corps of Jeff Gannons.  The president-elect’s news conferences have become “scriptedaffairs:

As ferociously as we [the press] march like villagers with torches against Blagojevich, we have been, in the true spirit of the Bizarro universe, the polar opposite with the president-elect. Deferential, eager to please, prepared to keep a careful distance.

The Obama news conferences tell that story, making one yearn for the return of the always-irritating Sam Donaldson to awaken the slumbering press to the notion that decorum isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

The press corps, most of us, don’t even bother raising our hands any more to ask questions because Obama always has before him a list of correspondents who’ve been advised they will be called upon that day.

We reporters have earned our own membership in the Bizarro universe.

Who are we, after all? The ones rapid-firing at Rod Blagojevich with tough questions until we drive him from the room? Or the Miss Manners crowd, silent until called upon, quietly accepting that only a handful of questions will be taken at a time?

Deferential, eager to please? Doesn’t that sound like the criticism left-wing bloggers leveled against Gannon’s tenure on the White House presss corps? And he was just one among many. Now, they all seem to be deferential and eager to please. And it’s primarily the conservative (& libertarian) bloggers who take notice.

I guess deference and eagerness to please are only a problem when addressing a Republican president.  They couldn’t tolerate just one reporter deferential to President Bush, yet remain largely silent as the entire press crops bows and scrapes to the incoming Democratic president.

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39 Comments

  1. Oh my gosh, I was thinking the same thing! Yes, that’s EXACTLY what they are, and they should have their noses rubbed in it MERCILESSLY! It would drive them nuts. Perhaps even Jeff Gannon awards for the most puffball questions. (Even though it wouldnt really be fair to Jeff, who was the only reporter in the entire pool trying actually let the White House tell it’s side, whereas we now have an entire press pool gobbling up whatever Obama feeds them and saying thank you to boot)

    Comment by American Elephant — January 12, 2009 @ 7:59 pm - January 12, 2009

  2. With the election of Barack Obama, it seems the press has become a corps of Jeff Gannons Obama’s news conferences have become “scripted” affairs

    This is truly the measure of our decline. Obama is an intellectual non-entity away from the scriptwriters, more than Bush ever was. Yet the hypocritical dolts in our media bark and drool and lick his rear end.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — January 12, 2009 @ 8:25 pm - January 12, 2009

  3. Soon, the left will be telling us that dissent is unpatriotic.

    Comment by V the K — January 12, 2009 @ 10:37 pm - January 12, 2009

  4. perhaps we could send all the chief WH correspondents little paper Jeff Gannon masks

    Comment by American Elephant — January 12, 2009 @ 11:54 pm - January 12, 2009

  5. Maybe my memory’s fuzzy or I wasn’t paying attention. Have previous presidents held daily press conferences before being sworn it?

    Soon, the left will be telling us that dissent is unpatriotic.

    They already have, you racst bigot.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — January 13, 2009 @ 12:19 am - January 13, 2009

  6. These “journalists” fear asking Obama a question he can’t answer without a few thousand uhs and ums. Embarrassing Obama would make one a pariah at the DC watering holes.

    I certainly think that the press should maintain some level of decorum and respect for the office but the old Soviet Pravda model is a bit much.

    Comment by SoCalRobert — January 13, 2009 @ 12:34 am - January 13, 2009

  7. Children in a public school form human mosaic of the Dear One. Not in North Korea… in Chicago. So much for the separation of cult and state.

    Comment by V the K — January 13, 2009 @ 7:09 am - January 13, 2009

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  9. Virginial Postrel’s felicitous phrase — “the fresh young prince onto whom Democrats project their hopes and dreams” — comes to mind.

    Comment by Sissy Willis — January 13, 2009 @ 10:18 am - January 13, 2009

  10. Love Lost…

    Want one more reason why the public holds such little regard for journalism and journalists today? Dan Blatt at Gay Patriot will let you know. Remember how upset the left-wing blogosophere got when they “exposed” then-White House correspondent Jeff Gan…

    Trackback by what if? — January 13, 2009 @ 10:28 am - January 13, 2009

  11. [...] Gay Patriot wrote yesterday: I guess deference and eagerness to please are only a problem when addressing a Republican [...]

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  12. [...] Gay Patriot wrote yesterday: I guess deference and eagerness to please are only a problem when addressing a Republican [...]

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  13. Darn it. I was really looking forward to finally being able to be part of that whole “dissent is the highest form of patriotism” thing.

    Comment by tsj017 — January 13, 2009 @ 10:32 am - January 13, 2009

  14. I suppose Joe the plumber couldn’t get Office of the President Elect credentials. He isn’t a trained and skilled journalist, you know. Not that President Elect would call on him or anything. Just wondering.

    Comment by heliotrope — January 13, 2009 @ 10:34 am - January 13, 2009

  15. Point well made, but I don’t want Sam Donaldson to return. The MSM is still suffering from the disaster of Watergate: they all want to be Woodward and/or Bernstein. I’ve no great love for our government leaders and bureaucrats, all sucking at our collective teat, but just shouting garbage questions at them does no good at all.

    Press conferences are photo-opps anyway. Be realistic.

    Comment by Just Some Guy — January 13, 2009 @ 11:04 am - January 13, 2009

  16. Now you’ve gone and said it.

    Let’s see if SNL has it on this Saturday.

    Comment by Neo — January 13, 2009 @ 11:06 am - January 13, 2009

  17. You really have to ask if all reporters have a “conflict of interest” when asking questions. Softballs begets more questions, hardballs begets silence. I’ve seen this before and the name “Hussein” was involved then too.

    Comment by Neo — January 13, 2009 @ 11:14 am - January 13, 2009

  18. Actually press conferences are not suppose to be photo opps. It is the one time when it should be unscripted. Obamas conferences so far are scripted acting. the journalist is right, if not chosen before hand the other 90% of journalists might as well not shown up. That has to change. For no other President would the 5th estate have stood for this kind of treatment. They are assuming from day one that the Obama Admin is going to be perfect with no corruption, no mistakes, no bumbles that they will need to be called on. Hogwash. We the people depend on the press to keep the powerful honest and called to account. With all the practice they’ve had during the Bush 43 years, I doubt it will take them long to get tired of the Pravda treatment. However I’ve said for going on 20 years now that I dispise the press more than the Democrats. Simply because of the double standards. If they are going to be Obama sicophants, you dont need 90% of them. There will be lots of job losses in the journalistic community if all they are going to do is puff pieces.

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — January 13, 2009 @ 11:22 am - January 13, 2009

  19. Gad, where did I read that Geo Stephanopolous took a question from Obama’s daughters to ask during the show? Talk about the ultimate softball….

    Comment by Jim,MtnViewCA,USA — January 13, 2009 @ 11:29 am - January 13, 2009

  20. Bush gets shoes thrown at him and Obama gets undies. Go figure.

    Comment by Ignatius — January 13, 2009 @ 11:35 am - January 13, 2009

  21. [...] GayPatriotWest identifies a severe case of Jeff Gannon Disease among the Obama press corps organs. [...]

    Pingback by No Runny Eggs » Blog Archive » The Morning Scramble - 1/13/2009 — January 13, 2009 @ 11:39 am - January 13, 2009

  22. These are the kids of the 60s radicals and Haight Street flower children bearing fruit for their parents.

    I’m old enough to recall pundits predicting this day

    Comment by John Gillmartin — January 13, 2009 @ 11:44 am - January 13, 2009

  23. Boy, would I love to see The Snob taking questions from Joe the Plumber, Michelle Malkin, Ann Coulter, Dick Morris, BRUCE AND DAN (!) as well as responsible journalists like Adam Housely or Phil Keating.

    And just for kicks and giggles, I’d like to see one of the above take on that old Arab dragon, Helen Thomas, and boot her decrepit rear end out of the WH briefing room.

    Ah, one can dream…

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — January 13, 2009 @ 12:08 pm - January 13, 2009

  24. I was disgusted by the paucity of applause given to President Bush yesterday at the end of his final press conference. The man has earned and well deserved a standing ovation. Hat tip to those who applauded. A pox on those who did not. Have you no respect for the office when held by someone from other than your poitical party?

    Comment by omvi — January 13, 2009 @ 12:12 pm - January 13, 2009

  25. Peter, the Dear One is a hothouse flower. He will never take on tough questioning even in the relatively limited way Bush did. Even Bill O’Reilly had to suck up to the Dear One.

    Comment by V the K — January 13, 2009 @ 12:43 pm - January 13, 2009

  26. So….

    who are the worst “Jeff Gannons” so far?

    Comment by American Elephant — January 13, 2009 @ 2:10 pm - January 13, 2009

  27. #24 – The entire cast of MSNBC, hands-down.

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — January 13, 2009 @ 2:36 pm - January 13, 2009

  28. So the man Obama picked as his new Treasury Sec is a tax scofflaw. Yep, dummies and crooks. Their excuse, a misunderstanding, an oversight. In otherwords, he’s not a crook, just dumb. Gosh. Bet the MSM take will be, “he’s so qualified, Obama picked him, he must be great, we’ll overlook this”. If it was a regular American, we’d be getting lawyered up to battle the IRS to stay out of jail. So this fabulous transition team…..this flawless performance by the chosen one and his team have given us Richardson, accused of pay for play and has to crawl back to NM. He’s gives us Timmy Geithner, Treasury Sec who can’t figure his taxes properly. And now today Hillary Clinton for Sec State who has conflicts from here to Saudi on why she shouldn’t be head of the State Dept. Joy. Crooks and dummies.

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — January 13, 2009 @ 5:11 pm - January 13, 2009

  29. I just searched Google Images for Jeff Gannon. He’s kinda hot for an old guy.

    Comment by Ignatius — January 13, 2009 @ 6:25 pm - January 13, 2009

  30. #29 – Iggy, you should have seen the twinkle in Chris Matthews’ eyes when he was constantly referring to Jeff Gannon’s previous experience as a webmaster for HotMilitaryStuds.com.

    Now you know why he gets a tingle up his legs when he sees The Snob.

    I swear Chris Matthews is more in the closet than Anderson Cooper.

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — January 13, 2009 @ 7:10 pm - January 13, 2009

  31. Hey, whatever happened to that guy who complained that Comrade Obama’s plane stinks?

    Their excuse, a misunderstanding, an oversight.

    Only liberals would call skipping out on their taxes for 3 years an “oversight”. Taxes are only for chumps, the rich (anybody with an income) who actually EARNED their money and anybody who doesn’t have a slum lord sugar daddy.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — January 14, 2009 @ 4:18 am - January 14, 2009

  32. Surely there is room for Madoff at the SEC. After all, St. Franklin of Roosevelt picked Joe Kennedy for the same job. He said a crook like Kennedy would turn pious and ruthless.

    Comment by heliotrope — January 14, 2009 @ 8:57 am - January 14, 2009

  33. #31 – Wasn’t it billionaire hotel queen Leona Helmsley who famously declared in 1988 that “(w)e don’t pay taxes. Only the little people pay taxes.”

    Enough said.

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — January 14, 2009 @ 3:12 pm - January 14, 2009

  34. “Soon, the left will be telling us that dissent is unpatriotic.”
    - V the K
    January 12, 2009

    There is nothing patriotic about hating your country, or pretending that you can love your country but despise your government.

    -Bill Clinton
    May 5, 1995 (Michigan State University)

    So if somebody believes someone who is working for the government has mistreated them, take it to the appropriate authority, make it public if you want to, but be specific. But do not condemn people who work for the government. That’s the kind of mentality that produced Oklahoma City.

    -Bill Clinton
    June 1, 1995 (Billings, Montana)

    We recognized, once again, that we can’t love our country and hate our government.

    -Bill Clinton
    December 30, 1995 (Weekly Radio Address)

    Comment by anonymous — January 14, 2009 @ 11:39 pm - January 14, 2009

  35. #34 – Yeah, nonny, funny how the libtard left forgot about these little pearls of wisdom from Slick Willie these past 8 years, huh?

    Try again.

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — January 15, 2009 @ 2:10 pm - January 15, 2009

  36. I just hope the WH Press Room buys new kneepads for all those MSM’ers who reverently approach to service The Snob.

    UGH – horrible thought – Helen Thomas on kneepads.

    AAAAAAAUUUGGGHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — January 15, 2009 @ 2:43 pm - January 15, 2009

  37. “Soon, the left will be telling us that dissent is unpatriotic.”

    This from the lunatics who accuse anyone who questions US policies of being traitors, treasonous, hating America etc. Some on the left may try to do exactly what you’ve (conservatives) been doing since the 1960s and probably before, that only makes them just as disgusting. But you are in no position to throw stones. You’ve just raised yourselves to a new level of hypocrisy!

    Comment by a different Dave — January 15, 2009 @ 10:49 pm - January 15, 2009

  38. [...] one reporter, Jeff Gannon, who asked such questions in the previous administration? Seems we have a herd of Gannons in the current president’s press [...]

    Pingback by GayPatriot » Gannonization of Obama’s White House Press Corps — January 30, 2009 @ 12:09 pm - January 30, 2009

  39. Hey Bruce, or whoever.. thanks for suppressing my comment last week. I don’t know what I was doing… Just calling out someone’s personal attack. So much for your commenting policy. I guess personal attacks are allowed as long it’s aimed at someone on the left or someone with a contrary POV.

    Comment by Inlookout — February 1, 2009 @ 7:06 pm - February 1, 2009

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