Sequestration fears and blame
Media pushing White House agenda?
- Duration 7:19
- Date Mar 2, 2013
Media pushing White House agenda?
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President Obama -- on Friday -- -- surprise appearance in front of the white house press corps.
After his meeting with congressional leaders over the sequestration.
It ended a week of more doom and gloom forecasts.
Obama claims will be a result of the automatic spending cuts.
A theme parenthood by the press members of congress and members of the president's cabinet.
Some of the stuff happens earlier some stuff happens this fall -- what it does it creates tremendous instability and there are literally teachers now we're getting pink slips would be notices.
They can't come back this fall.
Well that statement was totally wrong in fact the Washington Post gave -- education secretary for Pinocchio nose for the phony claim.
-- Jim the media has been pushing the doom and built gloom theme all week we heard about.
Let's see Obama didn't and Barack -- as a result of of all of this and yet Friday came and Wynton.
The world is still turn -- so far are still alive.
Right I think actually.
The White House have that template of the 198596.
Shut down with Gingrich and and present President Clinton back then.
And they might have got to get got a little ahead -- their skis on this in terms of pushing out Arnie Duncan the education secretary and also getting off Honolulu the allegedly unbeknownst to her was -- -- -- prisoners go -- -- that.
But I think -- beat the content that alternative media the conservative mediated pretty good job in this case of sort of set it up.
Our conference Jim Garrity national review writes -- a morning thing that goes out.
Said that this morning thing will be 2% shorter because of because of this and then he.
Proceeded to have under the hash tag sequester -- a whole bunch of very funny tweets including one from Jonah Goldberg -- who said.
In joking now.
It wasn't until late my neighbors pancreas that I realized the president was right about the sequester that kind of mockery I think has pushed it back pretty well be so far is that why the president decided to appear appeared from the white house press -- I think -- you know when the Washington Post calls.
-- media treatment of this the fiscal equivalent of being hit clubbing a baby seal.
You know you prevent pat perhaps a bit of overkill look a lot of static for the president he has basically sad.
I'm going to blame the Republicans for events and they -- going to take the political heat and that's going to help me and 2014 and I think but -- I haven't seen enough.
Is media writing about the political.
Repercussion business and we know about the fiscal repercussions but not who's gonna win and who's gonna -- -- Noonan wrote in the Wall Street Journal that the president.
-- -- -- -- Taking a real.
Risk here that that this thing is going to blow back on him despite his attempts I think he is taking a risk I think actually what went around the talk media circuit as well some of the conservative is that.
He was at -- he was -- afford to sequester is sequestration before he was against it.
And that was sort of a line that I heard repeated throughout the week from some of the alternatives -- says media he's in -- news conference he mentions specifically.
He's -- talking to our television audience now let me explain what the continuing resolution is he clearly knew he had the native.
He did but if you listen to some of the questions not all of them -- some of them and typical sympathetic questions there was one I don't remember who the woman was if you work -- -- Mr.
President why can't you just invite those Republicans down and put them in a room and and and and you know win this issue that.
What is that and he says well I'm not a dictator well he's certainly is behaving like one.
The media continue to be in the tank they continue as Richard Bennett on the road a former White House correspondent US news a for USA today.
The media megaphone distorts the budget cut battle they won't get into the specifics.
Of what is being reduced in the in the a level of spending they only get into the battle that's what they're more interest in him.
Most of the most of -- real careful analysis I saw was from.
Something like National Journal.
But they that was only underpaid contact so if you really want and something that was a little more in depth you had to pay for the content.
There was the blame game amplified this week when Bob Woodward the famous journalist who was involved in uncovering the Watergate scandal.
Wrote a column last week claiming that the sequestration plan was the president's charging that the president actually moved the goal posts.
In asking for more revenue.
As part of the sequestration.
Now that article led to a call by the president's economic czar Gene Sperling.
First screaming at Woodward and then sending an email apologizing.
For the -- the warning I think you'll regret staking out that claim.
Woodward talked about it earlier this week.
The problem I have with the Gene Sperling.
Memo and email and this comes after a shouting match now you know lets people shouted at me.
And he says I'm gonna regret.
You know -- -- -- That goes into the coded to you know you can.
You better watch out the problem is they're all kinds of reporters.
Who were much less experienced -- -- younger.
In if they're -- -- get roughed up in this way.
And even I flooded with emails from people in the press saying this is exactly the -- hit the White House.
Works they're trying to control and they don't want to be.
Or cross fair to say Jim that every White House tries to control the message and if they know somebody's working on a piece they don't like -- pummel that that messenger.
The interesting thing was the backlash from the media to right right -- Worked into houses and I can tell you I've heard.
-- screaming matches.
It was reporters and then you know Gene Sperling is not an aggressive nasty guy at all what but.
Woodward obviously referring to was the way the media reacted to him it -- the White House reaction was immediate reaction.
John Nolte had it right part of a long list of -- times Politico is CNBC's late.
Andrew Sullivan wrote a headline Bob Woodward quote demonstrable liar -- that's pushed back not from the White House but from the press.
I thought it was interest -- Judy that take in the New York Post on Friday the editorial read it the story isn't whether Bob Woodward was right when he said he interpreted the words of the White House email as a threat.
It's whether he was right when he reported that the president isn't telling the truth about his role in the sequester and is behaving badly.
As his actions on national security show America is still waiting for the white house press corps to take up that story.
The issue of whether or not Woodward was right.
In asserting that tax revenues were never on part of the original sequester.
Is really very very important and we've seen all too little discussion about in the media.
And much too much about whether or not.
The threat was a kind of Karl Rove the end you're gonna be sorry because you are wrong or whether or not it was.
Here's a horse head in the bag kind of threat.
Has been -- Joseph Pesci movie that's a press focused on not what -- actually had all right next on news.