Boston-based media analyst Dan Kennedy has this post on how Willard Romney’s handlers kicked journalists out of a Romney event held at the “Newseum,” a “journalism museum” which makes the First Amendment a priority. The members of the press were allowed in to cover the event, but they were made to leave when it came time for Q&A. Granted, it was a private event and held in a private meeting place. But the Willard team could’ve used better judgment in throwing out journalists in a museum devoted to news journalism with a four-story-high panel showing the entire First Amendment along the outside of the building. It may have been a wiser move to hold the event at Holiday Inn.
The Romney team’s judgment notwithstanding, just the act of removing the press so they couldn’t hear or report on Q&A (even though plenty of event attendees probably recorded that on their cell phones) is typical of today’s politicians, contemptuous of those who seek the truth and the facts about what they are up to. It turns out that Obama did the same thing at the same building in March. (Cenk Uygur has his reaction to the Romney Newseum fiasco.) The pols just want to tell the voters and their favored special interest groups what they want the voters and special interest groups to hear, and the pols don’t want to be challenged or asked by more objective people for further elaboration on the issues.
This Politico article about Hermione Gingrich’s schmoozing with reporters notes the contrast between Gingrich and Romney, who, the article notes, doesn’t make small talk with reporters about the news of the day. “No one gets close enough.” At one campaign stop, Politico tells us,
Romney (was) stopped at a BBQ joint to shake hands and approached a family with a basket full of hush puppies. When a Washington Post reporter innocuously asked Romney if he planned to try one, the staff cut him off, insisting it was an off-the-record stop.
When the press tweeted about the incident, angry emails were dispatched from the former Massachusetts governor’s staff to offending reporters.
Another time, Willard became nasty when he was questioned by a voter about the “1%” vs. the “99%.” Another time, he snapped at and argued with then-AP reporter Glen Johnson regarding lobbyists with the ’08 Romney campaign. And when he was asked by Brett Baier about insurance mandates, Willard complained that such questioning was “uncalled for” and “overly aggressive.”
One thing that the aforementioned Cenk Uygur observed was how the reporters who were kicked out of the Newseum didn’t seem to make any waves, didn’t seem to write about it or find it newsworthy. You see, many reporters, newscasters, writers and editors today are so enmeshed with the State and its apparatchiks, their obedience has become sickening to those of us who value open and honest discussions and disclosures of the criminality of the State and its daily offenses.
Willard can’t wait to get on top of the federal government. Being governor of just one state was his gateway drug. But if Romney becomes President, God forbid, he will appreciate the news media’s symbiosis with the State.
For examples of such sickening symbiosis, Glenn Greenwald is probably one of the best writers out there on not just uncovering and communicating the crimes of our government, but the sick obedience and subservience that many of today’s “journalists” have to the government, and to politicians.
Most recently, Greenwald has written about Scott Pelley’s profile of Defense Sec. Leon Panetta, as “13 uninterrupted minutes of drooling propaganda.” “As pure as propaganda gets.” And Greenwald recently wrote about a “repulsive” video produced by Newsweek/Daily Beast glorifying Obama’s drone strikes and murders of innocent civilians abroad.
In February, Greenwald wrote about the U.S. media’s propaganda on behalf of the neocon-Obama warmongers to promote war with Iran and how Diane Sawyer and Brian Ross belong in a fear-mongering museum, and how Erin Burnett was the “worst of the worst” in exaggerating the “Iranian threat,” and is a spokesperson for Wall Street.
Here is Greenwald on the Washington Post and transparency: total strangers, on Jeffrey Goldberg as “so representative of the American media because the more discredited his journalism becomes, the more blatant propaganda he spews, the more he thrives in our media culture,” and on the universality of war propaganda.
But one thing that politicians probably shouldn’t count on is any subservience-to-State by many in the alternative media, particularly the Internet news writers, bloggers, researchers, historical revisionists and citizen journalists. We need them now more than ever, because the American people can no longer count on the “professional” journalists to tell us what is really going on, what our elected and appointed government bureaucrats are doing to us.
An example of such an alternative journalist’s attempt at getting answers out of a politician was when Luke Rudkowski tried to ask Rand Paul about the Bilderberg Group and Romney (whom Rand had just endorsed) having made an appearance at the Bilderberg meeting just recently. Now, granted Rand Paul suggested that Luke “make an appointment” because apparently Rand was discussing things with his staffer. But should politicians, on their way from one decrepit government building to another, really suggest to a reporter (or just a citizen who is asking a question) to “make an appointment” to give a simple non-rehearsed answer to an honest question?
Here is the exchange, with Luke replaced by Abby Martin to try to get answers.
Now, Rand Paul has been in Washington for a long time now. Not just as a U.S. Senator since elected in November 2010, but he’s been there at various times with his father, Congressman Ron Paul, who has been in Congress (on and off) since the 1970s. Rand should know by now that, unless he wants to make more people more cynical about how Washington’s politicians operate, he should be open with the media (just as his father has been). And it’s not like he’s unfamiliar with Internet or alternative media, as those very alternative media and organizations and the Internet were very much responsible for getting him elected. In this instance, all he had to do was say something like, “No, I’m not familiar with the Bilderberg Group,” or, if he is familiar with them, just say what he knows about them, or about Romney’s possible involvement with Bilderberg. (However, it is possible that Rand felt uncomfortable because Bilderberg is quite “controversial,” to say the least.)
As Gary North wrote in today’s LewRockwell.com, because politics is different from the private sector, many people, when they get into politics, get bitten by the political bug. “The political bug, when it bites, seems to transmit a disease that is close to incurable. People keep coming back to be bitten again and again. The ambition that is transmitted by the political bug is such that people seem to be afflicted with it all of their lives.” Except for Ron Paul, of course. I happen to believe that Rand most certainly (and unfortunately) has been bitten by the political bug.
The bug-bitten pols constantly make more and more legislation and executive-branch policies that are increasingly intrusive and harmful to everyone else in society. Or they disguise it as a false “privatization,” as Becky Akers writes today about Sen. Rand Paul’s bills regarding the notorious pervs and molesters of the TSA.
However, Ron Paul has submitted bill after bill that would repeal a lot of these intrusions, and dismantle a lot of those intrusive agencies and departments. But unlike the bug-bitten pols, who want more government power for them and less freedom for us, Ron Paul wants less government power for them and more freedom for us.
And the news “journalists” of today have merged themselves with these bug-bitten bureaucrats in Washington, and they propagandize on the pols’ behalf, and on behalf of the State. To remind you of how bad they are now, here is Jon Stewart showing example after example of the national news media’s ignoring Ron Paul, despite his high numbers in pols.
Speaking of Ron Paul, Willard Romney, and Rand Paul and Rand’s endorsement of Romney, economist Walter Block had this article also on LewRockwell.com this week regarding whether or not Ron Paul should endorse Romney and what all this means for the liberty movement. Another economist, Robert Wenzel, has this reaction to Block. Here is my reaction: No, of course Ron Paul should not endorse Romney, not after 40 years of conscientious work, writing and speeches, research and educating people on the principles of liberty. Willard Romney is the opposite of liberty. Willard represents the State, its aggressions and its criminality.
As I have mentioned before, Ron Paul should get out of the Republican Party, a party of the State, one half of the Government Party, and he should run for President as a third-party Independent. All this that’s going on now is futile, with delegates and that no-good convention in August. As Lew Rockwell advised, the Ron Paul delegates would be safer just not going. It will be a police state in Tampa.
Here is another reason why they should not even bother with Tampa, and why Ron Paul should run third-party: the use of NATO military exercises in Tampa. Like they are expecting some kind of terrorism there for the convention? Or a war in Tampa? No, it’s because anti-Romney, anti-bankster, anti-Wall Street, anti-war activists and protesters will not be tolerated. They are the real enemy of the State, and, in the end, so are the journalists as well.
I can’t believe the people of Florida or Tampa are ALLOWING this kind of foreign invasion to occur! NATO troops? In America? For a political convention? Yech!