In a previous post, I discussed the Obama administration’s deliberate attempts to control the media through what I described as an unofficial Soviet style Department of Agitation and Propaganda. Such efforts at tightly manipulating the media are the hallmark of dictators as “state run media” in
To my great surprise, this event was the subject of a dustup between Chip Reid of CBS News, Helen Thomas, and White House spokesman Robert Gibbs as the reporters grilled Gibbs on the “pre-selected” nature of this town hall meeting. Helen Thomas went as far to say that this was “shocking” and something she had never seen before. Gibbs’ snarky obfuscation and haughty attempts at humor were appalling. I am sure that Gibbs, accustomed to getting the kid glove treatment from the White House press corps, was taken aback that anyone in the MSM would dare question the Dear Leader. After all, the ends justifies the mean – do they not?
As an aside, this Breitbart show, “The B-Cast”, discusses this incident and runs a clip from the town hall in which Obama hugs a sobbing uninsured cancer patient – an image which made national headlines.