Scandals & the media
How did they cover the stories?
- Duration 5:05
- Date Apr 21, 2012
How did they cover the stories?
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We're here on behalf.
And then that means that we conduct ourselves -- With the utmost.
Dignity and probity.
And obviously what's been reported.
Doesn't match up -- standards.
I think -- wait until the full investigation is completed before.
I passed final judgment.
That of course the president reacting to the news about US Secret Service agents.
The elite force assigned to protect the president and is finally caught up in a scandal involving prostitutes and access to their hotel in Columbia.
And of course because the media love salacious scandals the story making big news as did the Colombian escort.
Who ignited the scandal there she is I -- Jim what happens in Colombia doesn't stay there.
Right and also as a sign of how the media operate he's now that nowadays.
Some of the evidence here for both GSA in the Secret Service story came from social media.
-- the wife of the GSA regional administrator.
Apparently posted photographs on Google+ and one of these Secret Service agents apparently.
Court of the Washington Post on Friday posted some of his stuff on FaceBook so is sort of astonishing how moon he could be so.
Careless as to do that but also those how the media worked our good reporter would be to give us this deadly -- -- is social media website to see what we can find.
Judy the president engaging in little media criticism.
Something they were doing here today saying that the media.
Was focusing on the flashy prostitution scandal rather than the substance.
Of his south American summit what did the president expect.
Not that I'm saying yes yes OK if you offer as we've been talking about meet -- cotton -- everybody goes to the -- He knew this is -- happen I'm sure it's very frustrating for the president because.
This is this was a big deal and trade -- if Latin America has gone up under his watch and he wanted to highlight this and along comes this person -- little story that everybody loves.
It's frustrating but come on he's a he's a grown up he knows it's gonna.
So Andrea -- the media go overboard and -- the Secret Service which is really sort of the last.
-- tarnished a group of civil servants I think in government can they ever regain their stature and reputation.
Sure I think they can but I don't think that the media went overboard.
The -- the secret service's job is to protect the security of the president I understand that the president was being sensitive.
Two days he didn't want to blow this up and I I do give them credit for that because he doesn't want to embarrass our country but they -- blackmailed.
These process is kind of blackmail BC Secret Service agents his security was in jeopardy so I do think this is a huge story and it is getting the appropriate amount of coverage.
Hello what about the president's larger point about flash over substance.
In the way the media handles stories like this compared to other well meaty issues per.
I absolutely think that the president has a good point here and the daily beat beast said that we were a sleaze addicted media and public.
And and I think that's you know if it's if it bleeds it leads if it's sex it's -- I think that there were other issues that certainly came up.
I around trade around drugs around other kinds of and it was like blanked out.
Judy then there's the GSE story which NBC.
Didn't cover for about a week and a half after the story originally broke.
You know certainly no one in the American and America really held the GSA and such I think people in that and America didn't even know the GSA -- Existed but what about the coverage of that story.
I don't think they knew when it -- I think this is a story that was slow to get off the ground and it was promoted by fox and others and I think here again.
Because when you -- Spending excessive spending like this in a time when the president.
And his administration asking all of us to tighten our belts and these guys your calling off and in turn related suppose in training missions with glasses -- -- not yeah okay we're not blaming Obama personally but we're saying.
What's going line in the administration.
How did it happen and these are the questions journalists are supposed to.
Ask Jim real quick ten seconds is this rub off on the president and others three stories -- GS AC -- and Panetta's travel and so three stories makes a mean.
And that is travel -- involves his traveling back home to no alligator actually -- illegality however a million dollars in private air airfare.
So the -- is bad manager because that's what I would expect -- mean little who's who's who's watching what's happening in the government media never covered what the GSA and actually at times she opened arms news service -- it.
That at they save.
But millions and millions and millions of dollars actually look at it -- -- -- daily budget they'll have an -- wait a minute on a negotiating airlines I mean nobody -- Okay I -- budget increases your -- Yeah where President Obama they're not saving Fannie Mae Allen both say they're saving that's one of the things congress' track and investigate and we should be -- I think -- and nobody.