President Obama before the taping of a weekly Radio Address in the Roosevelt Room of the White House.
At yesterday’s White House briefing, CBS’s Chip Reid and Hearst Newspapers columnist Helen Thomas confronted Press Secretary Robert Gibbs over how "very tightly controlled" the media are by the Obama Administration. After the briefing, CNSNews.com reports that many members of the press corps went out of their way to thank Thomas for making her stand.In a subsequent interview with CNSNews.com, Thomas again articulated her outrage at how the media are being controlled. "Nixon didn’t try to do that.
<p>Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Washington Times commentary section editor <a href="http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/jun/29/pulitzer-laureate-mary-l... target="_blank">Mary Lou Forbes</a> passed away last Saturday.
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For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: meet the eight Republicans that voted for what will likely be the largest tax increase in American history --
Mary Bono Mack (Calif.), Mike Castle (Del.), Mark Steven Kirk (Ill.), Leonard Lance (NJ), Frank LoBiondo (NJ), John McHugh (NY), Dave Reichert (Washington), Chris Smith (NJ).
With a final vote of 219 to 212, Republicans could have killed this disgusting cap and trade bill. After all, 44 Democrats voted NO! If the GOP held together, this nightmare would have been over.Thoughts?
<p> <img border="0" vspace="3" align="absMiddle" width="600" src="http://media.eyeblast.org/newsbusters/static/2009/06/Gibbs_Robert_dunked... hspace="3" height="319" /></p><p>"Wearing his gym clothes and talking a little smack, press secretary Robert Gibbs was sent into the dunk tank at the White House luau ...by members of the press corps," <a target="_blank" href="http://www.politico.com/politico44/perm/0609/gibbs_gets_dunked_db5ef52d-... Politico.com</a>. </p><p>"In agreement initiated by FOX News's Wendell Goler, each member of the press corps will return the favor by kicking in $5 to a <a target="undefined" href="http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0609/24210.html#" id="KonaLink0">pool</a> of money going to charity." [<a target="_blank" href="http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0609/24210.html">see videos</a> below page break] </p>
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: cap and trade would be the biggest tax hike in American history!
Topics in today's show: Obama's health care plan, Obama's own doctor comes out against his health care plan, Scientists create petition against cap and trade, and Joy Behar gets her own CNN Headline News talk show. Love the show? Then help spread the word by embedding it on your blog or telling your friends on Myspace and Facebook. Think you're funny? Send your (short) jokes to newsbusted at dialognewmedia.com.
<p>"ABC News has more than earned the title of the All Barack Channel, they have recklessly fought to achieve it," Media Research Center President Brent Bozell stated in a press release today.</p><p>The network had promised to deliver a health care presentation that would "not be ‘slanted' in any way - much less a ‘day-long infomercial' or ‘in-kind free advertising'," but not a single expert was offered to counter President Obama's plan to nationalize the nation's health care industry. </p><p>Instead, ABC News "balanced" itself this morning by having Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on today's "Good Morning America" to discuss his health care ideas - for a 3 minute 5 second segment. Ryan got less than 2 minutes (1 minute, 47 seconds) to respond to questions. Obama received 25 times that much time last night.</p>
<p>On Capitol Hill today, the Media Research Center along with Americans for Tax Reform and the Health Care Freedom Coalition sponsored an event showcasing Sen. Jim DeMint, Rep. Tom Price and key health care experts who discussed the alternatives to and the pitfalls of President Obama's health care proposal. </p><p>Sen. DeMint explained what he would have said if he had been invited by ABC to participate in this evening's health care special:</p><blockquote>
<div style="float: right"><object width="240" height="194"><param name="movie" value="http://www.eyeblast.tv/public/eyeblast.swf?v=Gd4zvkIr4z&c1=0xCE4717&... name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><embed src="http://www.eyeblast.tv/public/eyeblast.swf?v=Gd4zvkIr4z&c1=0xCE4717&... allowfullscreen="true" width="240" height="194"></embed></object></div>While network news anchors such as <a href="/blogs/mark-finkelstein/2009/06/23/smiths-truth-power-obama-whats-bo" target="_blank">CBS's Harry Smith</a> are still gooey in love with President Obama, the White House correspondents for the networks are a little tougher on the chief executive, MRC's Tim Graham told Fox News's Bill O'Reilly on his June 23 program. [audio <a href="http://media.eyeblast.org/newsbusters/static/2009/06/2009-06-23-FNC-ORei... target="_blank">available here</a>]<blockquote><p>TIM GRAHAM: I think there's always been a difference between the guys in the White House press room who are trying to nail down the inconsistencies in what Obama is saying, trying to nail down his campaign promises, and the Harry Smiths and the Brian Williamses and the Diane Saywers. </p><p>There's really a disconnect, really, between the White House reporters who, for the most part are a little tougher on a daily basis and then the anchors who have been just yeah, beyond the, just [having] that dreamy look.</p><p>BILL O'REILLY: I agree with that. The anchors are obviously pro-Obama almost across the board. </p></blockquote>
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: Liz Cheney discusses Obama's position on Iran.