Dear Media: Please Treat Obama Like A Hollywood Star


Seriously, I wish they would.

Ed Driscoll has another good article at PJ Media, titled “Say, Maybe TMZ Could Open Up a Branch in DC“. In it he first talks about the invasive and hostile coverage that Hollywood stars receive from the media. Then he says:

In the 1920s, H.L. Mencken wrote, “It is the prime function of a really first-rate newspaper to serve as a sort of permanent opposition in politics,” a notion that’s long since evaporated, as the New York Times and, to an only slightly lesser extent, the Washington Post effectively distribute press releases for the DNC and the Obama White House. See also Dave Weigel of Slate, and formerly of the Post, serving as a 21st century studio system fixer via his breezy dismissal of Democrat congressional candidate Alex Sink’s foot-in-mouth gaffe in which she said without immigrants — read: illegal immigrants — “where are you going to get people to work to clean our hotel rooms or do our landscaping?” Or the nightly news on CBSABCNBC ignoring the spectacular gaffe yesterday by Harry Reid, their fellow Democrat, that “there’s plenty of [Obamacare] horror stories being told. All of them are untrue.”

These days, if a rival news agency goes against the marching orders of the studio, sorry the White House, then they are cast out – they are not of The Body, to borrow one of James Lileks’ favorite Star Trek references. In the Ricochet podcast quoted above, after Rob Long pointed out the similarity between the White House press corps and show business reportage of the 1930s, Jonah Goldberg mentioned how NBC refused to name Alana Goodman or the Washington Free Beacon after their scoop on Hillary Clinton’s archives.

Washington is generally referred to as “show business for ugly people,” and as John McCain once quipped, “Hollywood is a Washington for the simpleminded.” But at some point, the DC press simply became, as Glenn Reynolds likes to call them, Democrat operatives with bylines.

Will journalists ever return to raking the muck in DC as aggressively as TMZ and other showbiz outlets cover Hollywood? Sure they will — just as soon as Republicans recapture the Senate and, especially, the White House.

Jennifer Lawrence may win her second Oscar this Sunday night. But win or lose, if she were to decide to go topless on a private yacht or isolated beach somewhere, there would be some member of the paparazzi nearby with a telephoto lens trying to snap a few pictures of her golden globes. If he succeeded, the pictures would be worth a small fortune and would soon be posted around the world.

Obama on the other hand can tell the media that “this is off the record” and then confess to murder and the media will guard his secrets. They won’t even ask him hard questions about important public issues at press conferences.

I could give fuck all about Justin Beiber’s latest misadventures. I don’t give a shit if Amanda Bynes and Lindsay Lohan are snorting cocaine off each other’s naked bodies. It makes no difference to me if Britney and Paris are wearing panties or not. I could live happily for the rest of my life without ever seeing or hearing Miley Cyrus again.

I would really like to know exactly where Obama was and what he was doing on the evening of September 11, 2012. I am very interested in seeing his college transcripts. There are several ongoing investigations into official malfeasance, misfeasance and all around misconduct and in each case I would like to find out exactly what Obama knew and when he knew it.

So please, please, please, start treating Obama like a Hollywood star. Better yet, treat him like a Republican.

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107 Responses to Dear Media: Please Treat Obama Like A Hollywood Star

  1. The Klown says:

    There is more to honest reporting than just telling the truth. WHAT you report on (or ignore) is just as important as what you say about it.

    As Robert A. Heinlein said, “The best way to lie is to tell the truth, but not all of it.”

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  4. DeniseVB says:

    hee, hee, thought of you myiq while watching David Corn get creamed on twitter …. twitchy’s got the round up……

    I remember when I was such a fan of his …sigh.

    • Constance says:

      I used to watch and read him too. Did he go off the deep end or did I used to have bad taste and judgement? Of course I used to watch Chris Matthews.

  5. mothy67 says:

    Prepping to be on the phone with insurance company for hours. Paid and approved beginning of February. Still nothing.

    • Constance says:

      Insurance has gotten way, way worse to deal with, about as bed as the cable company. I am down to working 10 hours a week now due to lay offs. So I make less after taxes than they want to charge me for insurance. So I told them to just drop it and I will go on my husbands insurance from Boeing which is $30. a month. Boeing says they won’t add me until I have zero insurance and can prove I was dropped and my job won’t drop me until I have other insurance and can prove it. So now I am lying and bullying to try to get transferred. I would prefer to work my 10 hours a week for something interesting to do and a little bit of money but I may have to just quit and collect unemployment. Also neither group will help me work through what the real requirements are, they just dump big book sized handouts of lawyer blabber and tell me to read it and fill out the forms. I have about 50 coded reasons why I am dropping my coverage with them and none of them fit “I make less money after taxes working 10 hours a week than you want to charge me for insurance so I am switching to the $30. a month Boeing retirement insurance for spouses.”

      • Constance says:

        Hey! If I divorce my husband of 30 years who is the father of my children maybe I can qualify for a government insurance subsidy! He is really holding me back from government payouts.

        • The Klown says:

          If he were to die in an “accident” you could qualify for widow’s benefits, plus you get to keep all the community property and some or all of his separate property.

          Just sayin’

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  7. mothy67 says:

    just got off the phone after three and a half hours of transfers and holds and I still have no insurance. I have a receipt but they have no record of me.

  8. mothy67 says:

    Going to fire off an email to the Dishonorable Harry Reid. Suggestions welcome.

    • DandyTIger says:

      Everything I can think of would probably get the secret service involved. Be firm and stick to facts. Don’t even say obamacare is evil, just where things are and any help would be appreciated. Just another brick in the wall.

    • DeniseVB says:

      What DT said. You may want to start with your Congressman. Reid’s ebox is probably full anyhow. If that fails, call your local investigative news reporter, preferably from a Fox affiliate 😉

      • mothy67 says:

        Thanks. Need to give myself a few hours to cool down before I vent. Ten hours this week I have spent on the phone. I have no immediate need for care but if I did I would be screwed. I imagine being sick and dealing with this shit

        • Constance says:

          Don’t have a melt down in front of them, they seem to enjoy it.

        • Constance says:

          They’ve got you by the balls (nads) and they know it. They have a regulation written in full lawyer gobbledygook to frustrate every circumstance you could possibly experience and they are hoping you die of stress induced heart attack at home so they don’t have to pay out. Or better yet have a stroke and lose your ability to write or speak but still live so they can extort premiums for a few months while you waste away.

  9. The Klown says:


    Ukraine and Our Useless Outrage
    The history of Obama’s foreign-policy posturing bodes ill for the future of Ukraine.

    Don’t step over the line and re-militarize the Rhineland. Absorbing Austria would cross a red line. Breaking up Czechoslovakia is unacceptable. Get out of Poland by the announced deadline. The rest was history.

    Don’t dare blow up another American military barracks overseas. Don’t even consider another attack on the World Trade Center. Don’t even try blowing up one more American embassy in East Africa. Don’t ever put a hole in a U.S. warship again. The rest was history.

    President Obama issued yet another one of those sorts of warnings to stop the violence to Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych just before protesters drove Yanukovych out of office. “There will be consequences if people step over the line,” Obama threatened.

    Ben Rhodes, Obama’s deputy national-security adviser, amplified that veiled warning. He called the Ukrainian government’s repression “completely outrageous” — as opposed to just outrageous or completely, completely outrageous.

    Secretary of State John Kerry joined the chorus of condemnation by hinting at economic sanctions if Yanukovych didn’t stop his violent crackdown on protesters.

    Why does this rhetorical assault sound familiar?

    Over the last five years, Obama has issued serial deadlines to Iran to cease and desist from its ongoing enrichment of uranium. All the while, more Iranian centrifuges went on line.

    Later, Obama turned from deadlines to red lines. He threatened Syrian president Bashar Assad with one about using chemical weapons. “A red line for us,” the president warned, “is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized.”

    Assad moved over that American red line, using chemical weapons to gas his own people, and is now winning the war against the Syrian insurgents. In the end, an embarrassed Obama was reduced to denying that he had ever issued a red line in the first place: “I didn’t set a red line. The world set a red line.”

    The administration’s latest cry of “outrageous” does not seem so absolute either. Remember, the president himself used that exact adjective to condemn the IRS scandal when it was revealed that the tax agency was inordinately focusing on conservative groups.

    Later, after various key IRS officials had invoked the Fifth Amendment, resigned, or abruptly retired, Obama brushed off the scandal. It was, he said, mostly a media event conjured up by “outraged” journalists. Somehow, a scandal that the president once decried as institutional abuse ended up as a media melodrama perpetrated by unduly outraged reporters.

    Will the Ukrainian mess now abate due to Kerry’s hints at sanctions?

    Given Kerry’s loud global-warming sermonizing and the administration’s serial threats, bad actors abroad probably believe that burning too much coal is more likely to anger the U.S. than shooting protesters or gassing enemies.

    After the Obama administration finally assembled a coalition of allies to impose tough sanctions against Iran, and after the trade embargoes began to bite the theocracy, Obama, without warning his coalition, abruptly relaxed those embargoes and entered into talks with the Iranians.

    The message? Imposing sanctions is a difficult business. When they finally work, they are likely to be abruptly lifted if the squeezed nation sends out a few peace feelers and wants to feign appearing reasonable.

    The U.S. has now shot so many rhetorical arrows that its quiver of indignation is empty — and the world’s troublemakers may know it. An administration that ignores almost all of its own Obamacare deadlines surely cannot expect others to abide by any timetables it sets abroad.

    There may be no viable solutions to the violence in Syria or Ukraine. The messes in Egypt and Libya, the Chinese provocations to their neighbors, the North Korean lunacy, and the spiraling violence in Venezuela certainly have no easy answers. But not knowing quite what to do is not the same as knowing certainly what not to do.

    Although the U.S. alone seems to honor its promised deadlines of withdrawal from Afghanistan and Iraq, the world’s aggressors sense that the Obama administration’s bluster will be followed by more bluster. Therefore, they have decided to risk aggrandizements while they can. In the mind of Vladimir Putin, today Ukraine, tomorrow the Baltic States or Eastern Europe. In the minds of the Iranian theocrats, if chemical WMD are okay in Syria, why not nuclear WMD in Iran? In China’s view, when Japan backs off, why shouldn’t Taiwan, South Korea, or the Philippines?

    Such a seemingly insignificant loss of deterrence is how wars often start — when an aggressive nation bets that loud words signal that consequences will never follow. So it is emboldened to up the ante to try something even riskier.

    America’s step-over line/deadline/red line outrage is long past monotonous and empty — and the result has been an ever scarier world.

    • The Klown says:

      Look at this from Putin’s point of view – why shouldn’t he do whatever he wants? If he invades Ukraine, does anybody really expect NATO or Obama to do anything about it? If he acts decisively, Obama will dither.

      If he waits, we might elect someone with a real balls, like Hillary.

      • The Klown says:

        I gotta feeling that Hagel’s plan to shrink our military is about to get shelved indefinitely.

      • DandyTIger says:

        I agree. It would be smart for Putin to act now if he ever is going to. A window of opportunity while the US has no leader is too good to pass up.

      • Constance says:

        And what ever Putin is he is sane and predictable so count on an invasion.

        • The Klown says:

          He is one of the most agreeable and dependable dictators we have ever dealt with. He is cold-blooded and ruthless, and he is no friend of America. But he isn’t necessarily our enemy either. He is a smart man and he is doing what he thinks is best for Russia. He is probably one hell of a poker player.

          He has Obama completely outclassed.

      • wmcb says:

        For all of Russia’s faults and sometimes belligerence, if you look at what NATO has done in Europe, Putin is right to be nervous. I think that if, let’s say, China, was entering military alliance deals with Canada and Mexico, we’d get a little freaky as well.

        • The Klown says:

          Western Europe has invaded Russia more than once. The Black Sea is Russia’s only western access to a warm weather port that remains open all year round.

          • wmcb says:

            Yep. It’s not paranoia when it has happened repeatedly. We always talk here in the USA about defending our real legitimate national interests. Guess what? Other countries have those too. Russia cannot allow herself to be cut off from the Black Sea, period.

          • The Klown says:

            It’s been so long since sea lanes have been threatened that people have forgotten the importance of a strong navy. England is a fairly small island nation, but thanks to their navy they built a huge empire. It was their control of the seas that helped them defeat Germany in two world wars and beat the colonial empires of France and Spain.

            Our navy allows us to project force anywhere and everywhere. When is the last time you heard of piracy? It was in the Indian ocean and it was Somali pirates, but we put a quick stop to that. The British pretty much ended piracy everywhere in the world with a zero-tolerance policy of “find them and hang them from the yardarm.” If you threatened British ships they would send warships and end the threat.

  10. fif says:

    Not gunna happen.

  11. DeniseVB says:

    LOL, this is why I don’t unsubscribe to panicky Dem fundraising pleas. This is from Kay Hagan’s camp (NC for Senator). They crossed a sacred line…….what, am I 14 ?

    Dear Denise,

    The Koch brothers and their special interest pals remind me a little bit of the Empire in Star Wars. Americans for Prosperity is their Death Star. Their greatest weapon? Millions of dollars in attack ads and smears.

    And they’re targeting us in North Carolina.

    You and I — we’re the rebels. We’re fighting back against the special interests in support of Kay. And tonight is our big strike.

  12. mothy67 says:

    Fuck. Fuck Fuck.
    Tried to buy tickets for Son of God for my dad(was once studying to be deacon) Paid and printed but the date is for June. I selected tonight. Do not have the energy to call and argue. Anyone plan on being in Pittsburgh last week of June?

  13. helenk3 says:

    Is anyone else sick of this greedy, grasping twit?
    first the young are knuckleheads.
    now moms are confused and bewildered and defeated by grocery shopping.

    I do not know how I worked and raised and fed four kids and a husband before this affirmative action unlicensed lawyer told me how I should live.

    • mothy67 says:

      And yet they will not allow any limitations on what can be bought with food stamps. I admit give me a little booze and a hit of weed and I will eat 10 Salisbury steak one dollar meals, so cheap so good so bad( I once bought 48- every last one in the store). I think they should give an option 100 dollars do what you want or 150 you can only buy these things.

    • piper says:

      Boo hoo hoo – my feelings of pity are overflowing
      All from a twit who has had a chef cooking their meals for many years, never packed a school lunch according to her, and a live-in mother who took over the actual parenting of the daughters and household chores.

    • wmcb says:

      Oh for fuck’s sake. For the record, at 19 years old I had TWO children – a 15 month old and a newborn. I figured out how to grocery shop and feed them and my husband and myself. And that was loooong before internet and online recipes and nutrition info and stuff.

      I did have family and other help, though, I confess. Protip: Even if you have zero interest in religion, joining a family-oriented church or synagogue when your babies are small is a great way to get that “extended older female family” for advice, babysitting, support, etc. if you don’t have one naturally.

      • swanspirit says:

        Yeah , those extreme couponing moms have no clue either . ( I am so jealous of them !)

      • The Klown says:

        Even if you have zero interest in religion, joining a family-oriented church or synagogue when your babies are small is a great way to get that “extended older female family” for advice, babysitting, support, etc. if you don’t have one naturally.

        Which is one of the practical reasons why religion has endured thru the ages. Church services were a good reason for the community to get together at least once a week.

        • wmcb says:

          Yep. It’s one of the reasons why even my atheist husband is of the opinion that religion is an overall societal good. Builds a sense of community.

          • The Klown says:

            FYI: The Mormons are very family-oriented and they are very social. They are expected to do more than just show up on Sundays, and I’m not just talking about religious activities. They have all sorts of sports, crafts and recreational activities.

            That is one of the reasons they have such a strong church.

            If I ever start going to church again (unlikely) I might try the Mormons.

          • wmcb says:

            Correct. I think their theology is weird. But every Mormon I’ve been aquainted with was one of the nicest, kindest, most wholesome and ordinary and cheery people I’ve ever known.

    • DeniseVB says:

      The latest MOTUS and her commenters really blast the MO’s intrusions. I just found out that a regular size can of Chef Boy Ardee ravioli is TWO servings. No way !

  14. The Klown says:


    It’s raining again for the second time this week! I’m beginning to understand how Noah felt.

    I wonder if there is still time to build an ark?

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  16. helenk3 says:

    backtrack bills taxpayer &7.3 million in air force one costs for just two vacations and jay leno appearance

    screwed priorities maybe?

  17. SHV says:

    “piper says:
    February 28, 2014 at 7:14 am

    Wishing you the best. It’s so frustrating. I’m at the other end getting medicare but inundated with sundry supplemental plans.”
    IMHO, “advantage” plans are a scam. I’ve been on regular Medicare for 5 years and it has been great. Went out of state for medical care 6 months ago; no hassle, just made an appointment and went. Ended up with $85,000 in medical bills and out of pocked cost was less than $800.
    Recently needed a new drug plan and the insurance companies really pushed the “advantage” plans. These plans are basically HMOs and if had been in one, all of my doctors would have been “out of network”. Be careful.

  18. wmcb says:

  19. Mr.Barack Hussein Obama and his First Lady Michell broke every record by appearing on comedy shows.Narcissism and hunger for attention and feeling unloved is a deadly virus.By the way Barack in Arabic means Lightening .Obama means in Africa many mysterious things its also an Arabic name.

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    • The Klown says:

      Perhaps a framework for understanding the truth-avoiding goat rodeo the media participated in is in order. Here’s one provided by Jon Swerens, which he calls the “OOOOOPSI” model:

      Opportunity: First, we need a hot-button event that is a proper catalyst for the cycle. Recent examples were supplied by Chick-fil-A, Hobby Lobby, Susan G. Komen, and now, Arizona’s proposed law.
      Outrage: Next, those on the opposite side of the culture wars make a lot of noise about “fairness” and “bigotry” and “tolerance.” Maybe they have a point, or maybe not, but it’s an important step in the news cycle.
      Opposition: Then, the national media by and large adopts the definitions brought to them by the outraged. For example, in this week’s Arizona story, the media labeled the bill “anti-gay,” without the scare quotes. Such labeling was a tremendous victory for the outraged.
      Oversimplification: As a part of its coverage, the media fails to add any nuance to the debate or closely examine the actual facts of what’s being argued, preferring to cover the horse race of two competing interests beating each other up.
      Overreach: At some point, a mainline media outlet gets too cocky and goes a step too far in its boosterism. Other media momentarily shrink back in embarrassment.
      Pendulum: Prompted by this misstep, a few media commentators rub their chins and publish thoughtful analysis pieces that ask if everyone is being a little too hard on the accused. The accused is still wrong, mind you, but we can be nicer about it.
      Silence: After this, coverage ceases as the nation’s attention runs elsewhere.
      Introspection: Finally, months later, on a Sunday news program, journalists will gather and ruminate about how they unfairly overstated one side of the debate. They pledge to do better next time.

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  23. helenk3 says:

    on TV today the topic was backtrack and biden in a workout video. this was to help meeeeschele’s lets move campaign.
    well nutty nancy was working out before meeeschele

  24. wmcb says:

  25. helenk3 says:

    breaking news
    UN to have emergency meeting on Ukraine.

    Russian forces on move in Criminea

  26. DeniseVB says:

    This is a joy to behold, via Treacher.

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  28. helenk3 says:

    got this from a commenter at No Quarter

    good site for latest info on Ukraine

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