Saturday, October 25, 2008

Obama Camp Cancels FL TV Interview over Tough Questions

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Unpleasant Media Questions:
Obama Campaign Cancels Interview with Florida TV Station

Paul Joseph Goebbels was a German politician and Reich Minister of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda in Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945. He was one of German dictator Adolf Hitler's closest associates and most devout followers.
Joseph Goebbels

Joseph Goebbels was famous for controlling the flow of information and news in Nazi Germany. To be clear: we are not saying the Obama campaign is a Nazi organization--though comparisons between Bush and Hitler have been a favorite staple of leftie blogs for most of the Bush administration.

We're just saying: Herr Goebbels would recognize the Obama campaign's cutting media access off to those who ask unpleasant questions.

Here's a tip to the media, in case they didn't already know it: if you ask any questions of Barack Obama or Joe Biden that aren't of the "softball" variety, you can forget getting anymore access.

From Obama campaign cuts off WFTV after interview with Joe Biden:

Biden so disliked West's line of questioning that the Obama campaign canceled a WFTV interview with Jill Biden, the candidate's wife.

"This cancellation is non-negotiable, and further opportunities for your station to interview with this campaign are unlikely, at best for the duration of the remaining days until the election," wrote Laura K. McGinnis, Central Florida communications director for the Obama campaign.

McGinnis said the Biden cancellation was "a result of her husband's experience yesterday during the satellite interview with Barbara West."

Here's a link to the interview:

WFTV news director Bob Jordan said, "When you get a shot to ask these candidates, you want to make the most of it. They usually give you five minutes."

Jordan said political campaigns in general pick and choose the stations they like. And stations often pose softball questions during the satellite interviews.

"Mr. Biden didn't like the questions," Jordan said. "We choose not to ask softball questions."

Jordan added, "I'm crying foul on this one."

Ours may be labeled a "partisan" view. The charge will likely come from many of the same people who delighted in posting "Bushitler" images on the Internet. Campaigns do try to control the flow of news and Obama's is no different.

We just note the lack of 'outrage' from those same quarters that raised a fuss over all things George Bush.

Meanwhile, Big Media can heave a sigh of relief: there's no chance of the Obama campaign canceling any interviews with ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, The New York Times, LA Times or MSNBC.

There's also no chance of Americans learning anything from those "news" outlets--except perhaps, Barack Obama or Joe Biden's favorite color.

by Mondo
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