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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Society of Professional Journalists: Mr. President, You recently expressed concern that frustration in the country is breeding cynicism about democratic government. You need look no further than your own administration for a major source of that frustration -- politically driven suppression of news and information about federal agencies. We call on you to take a stand to stop the spin and let the sunshine in. Over the past two decades, public agencies have increasingly prohibited staff from communicating with journalists unless they go through public affairs offices or through political appointees. This trend has been especially pronounced in the federal government. We consider these restrictions a form of censorship -- an attempt to control what the public is allowed to see and hear.

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Most. Transparent. Administration. Ever.

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Journalists are also lazy. Now they just beg the Admin to spoon-feed them the story.

#1 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2014-07-09 02:23 PM | Reply | Flag:

Nothing says I am a serious bonafide professional quite like a free yahoo email account.

Does this "journalist" also have a cardboard computer in his parent's basement?

#3 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2014-07-09 02:31 PM | Reply | Flag:

"38 different groups of journalists"

Is that similar to the 1000 plus groups on yahoo that like fat girls?

#4 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2014-07-09 02:34 PM | Reply | Flag:

"38 different groups of journalists"

I can find you 40 groups that endorse sex with trees. Whopty–do!

#5 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2014-07-09 02:37 PM | Reply | Flag:

#3 Oh, Christ, a new #1 worst attempt! From dismissal to deflection.

Using the magic Google machine:

David Cuillier, Ph.D., is director and associate professor at the University of Arizona School of Journalism, where he teaches computer-assisted reporting, public affairs reporting and access to public records. He was a government reporter and editor at daily newspapers for a dozen years in the Pacific Northwest, was the Society of Professional Journalists Freedom of Information Committee chairman for four years, and has been an SPJ newsroom trainer since 2005.

Do either of you actually condone the way the Obama administration has restricted press access?

#6 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2014-07-09 02:39 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Do either of you actually condone the way the Obama administration has restricted press access"

Yawn. Your claim has about as much validity as the pretense that "Christians" are being persecuted in the USA.

it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

#7 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2014-07-09 02:49 PM | Reply | Flag:

#7 I'll put you down for a "yes". I hope the cave you live in is clean and dry.

www.huffingtonpost.com
www.nytimes.com
www.politico.com
www.aim.org
www.sfgate.com
abcnews.go.com
www.presstv.com

#8 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2014-07-09 03:08 PM | Reply | Flag:

"I'll put you down for a "yes"."

Why? I don't live in your world where sensationalized infotainment is "news" and public displays of your inflamed hiney is manly.

#9 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2014-07-09 03:43 PM | Reply | Flag:

Wow.

So a bunch of journalists got together and wrote a letter?

Bully for them.

This will last a day and they'll go right back to carrying water for this administration.

This letter wasn't about the administration's lack of transparency. It was about these journalists pretending to be bothered by it as a way of trying to salvage their credibility.

#10 | Posted by JeffJ at 2014-07-09 06:21 PM | Reply | Flag:

From the article:

SPJ's Cuillier told Secrets, "I feel this excessive message management and information control are caused by the professionalization of PR in the bureaucracy -- in all levels of government."

And, he added, "It is up to journalists -- and citizens -- to push back against this force. Hard!"


Then, why aren't you doing it?

During Bush we had wall-to-wall coverage of Abu Graihb, warrantless wiretaps, Hurricane Katrina, no WMDs in Iraq, etc and etc.

It was ALL relentless and highly skeptical of those in power within our government.

Relentless.

Think about that word for a moment. Does anybody honestly believe that professional journalists will band together and relentlessly challenge this administration on anything?

It's NEVER going to happen. Well, let me qualify that a bit:

Our media will turn on Team Obama if, and only if, news that they tried to hide continually comes to light to a point whereby association with the Obama administration hurts the Dems chances in '16.

#11 | Posted by JeffJ at 2014-07-10 12:45 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Don't the know that they can be called racist for doing this?

#12 | Posted by shirtsbyeric at 2014-07-10 12:19 PM | Reply | Flag:

Nothing says I am a serious bonafide professional quite like a free yahoo email account.

You're being silly. He's the president of SPJ, one of the oldest and most important organizations of journalists in the United States. It has 9,000 members and 300 chapters around the country. It doesn't matter what his email address is.

#13 | Posted by rcade at 2014-07-10 01:18 PM | Reply | Flag:

I have a feeling that the interest in federal government transparency will vanish among a lot of right wingers if a Republican is ever president again.

But the lack of transparency is a serious problem -- under Obama, under Bush 43, Clinton, Bush 41 and on and on. All Americans should be demanding more transparency from our government, even when your side is in power.

#14 | Posted by rcade at 2014-07-10 01:20 PM | Reply | Flag:

#14..."I have a feeling that the interest in federal government transparency will vanish among a lot of right wingers if a Republican is ever president again."

I don't think so. Many of the electorate are beyond acceptance of partisan corruption and incompetent government because of politics. We've learned that reality from Bush2 and Obama. I voted for Obama twice and now I realize that Obama was mostly all talk instead of action and hope and change. Many of my friends who voted Bush understand the same with their guy.

As a society we need to up-end the corrupt 2 Party system that gives us the lesser of two evils all the time. Throw them out and in their place demand competence and honesty. Register Independent for starters. They will not take you for granted.

#15 | Posted by Robson at 2014-07-10 08:22 PM | Reply | Flag:

Eddie Bernays represents the root of the propaganda PR evil that permeates the politicians, media and government, and yet there are many who would claim his work deserves a Nobel prize.

We've allowed society to be over run by media propagandist/marketing that produces nothing of real worth except obscene compensation for the club that partakes and benefits.

#16 | Posted by Robson at 2014-07-10 08:26 PM | Reply | Flag:

But the lack of transparency is a serious problem

Absolutely it is.

Screw these journalist groups. The MSM has covered for this administration, protected this administration and has spread administration talking points as if they are stenographers.

This is a half-hearted attempt to try and save a little face.

With very few exceptions, almost all of these so-called journalists will be carrying Obama's water tomorrow and for the rest of his term.

Through gross acts of commission, and more importantly omission, this administration will get complete cover from the MSM, just as they always have.

#17 | Posted by JeffJ at 2014-07-11 12:05 AM | Reply | Flag:

Its to late this should have been done before the election.

The only have themselves to bl aim. This is the most illegal president in history and its the press fault for helping him get elected.

#18 | Posted by tmaster at 2014-07-11 10:22 AM | Reply | Flag:

Political posturing in the fascist media to help hillary pretend to be different than obama.

#19 | Posted by Shawn at 2014-07-11 01:55 PM | Reply | Flag:

... I voted for Obama twice and now I realize that Obama was mostly all talk ...As a society we need to

#15 | Posted by Robson

Admits to being a fool twice over a 5 year period, then expects people to listen to his suggestions on how to make the world better.

Yea, go ahead, we are all listening.

#20 | Posted by Marty at 2014-07-11 04:04 PM | Reply | Flag:

TRUE. He promised it, and failed. Put that in the Guantanamo prison closing promise, "if you like your health care, you can keep it," and many others!

#21 | Posted by e1g1 at 2014-07-12 08:53 AM | Reply | Flag:

Marty:
and you voted for Dumbya twice, right?

#22 | Posted by e1g1 at 2014-07-12 08:54 AM | Reply | Flag:

Nothing is what it appears to be. War is a Racket. If you aren't a cynic you aren't paying attention, but you might live longer.

#23 | Posted by nutcase at 2014-07-12 10:03 AM | Reply | Flag:

"Think about that word for a moment. Does anybody honestly believe that professional journalists will band together and relentlessly challenge this administration on anything?"

JUst because you pretend the don't doesn't prove they don't. YOu are very paranoid. BTW, when Bush invaded Iraq under false pretenses it cost 4000 American soldier's lives and tens of thousands of horribly wounded who will have to live with their injuries for the rest of their lives. Puhleeeeeze do not pollute any thread by pretending Bush/Cheney were, in any way, victims.

#24 | Posted by danni at 2014-07-12 10:26 AM | Reply | Flag:

I voted for Obama twice and I'm still glad I did. Is he perfect? Is anyone perfect? Is he a criminal who took us to war for his own personal ambitions? Answer those questions honestly and I don't really believe he can be put into the same category of human being as Bush/Cheney. Many here will anyway, they know they are being dishonest so I don't worry too much about their opinions.

#25 | Posted by danni at 2014-07-12 10:29 AM | Reply | Flag:

Or we yours, Danni...

#26 | Posted by drsoul at 2014-07-12 05:40 PM | Reply | Flag:

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