First, the Fluke/Limbaugh debacle and now this. Apparently, the First Amendment only applies to Dems. Ladies and gents, I give you the “most transparent administration in U.S. history.”
Yesterday, I posted a story from the Daily Mail on our site Times247 about how 13-year-old Malia Obama, her 12 closest friends and 25 taxpayer-funded Secret Service escorts jet-setted to Oaxaca, Mexico for a week-long springbreak vake. Well, after the story was starting to go viral, we noticed all of our links were starting to die. The Daily Mail, the London Telegraph, the Agence France Presse — all news outlets with the original story started to delete them from the Web. (Important to note here that the only news organizations to cover this story in the States was the liberal Huffington Post. Kudos to them.) No outlet gave an explanation. No redirection. No transparency. Just a sea of 404 error pages.
Today, the White House gave a statement, basically stating it had used thug tactics on silencing the story in the free press.
Kristina Schake, Communications Director to the First Lady, emails to confirm this was a White House effort:
From the beginning of the administration, the White House has asked news outlets not to report on or photograph the Obama children when they are not with their parents and there is no vital news interest. We have reminded outlets of this request in order to protect the privacy and security of these girls.
First off, this story was not about the kid, it was about taxpayer-funded waste in a dying economy. Second, this president flaunts his two daughters out for campaign photo-ops on a consistent basis and even invoked Malia and Sasha’s names during his pathetic attempt to silence Limbaugh and further perpetuate his desperation for votes in the contraception debate. But the most important question here is: How does this administration have the power to silence foreign press in sovereign countries?
This man is the reason I decided to make journalism my career. Freedom of the press is the freedom of information. Nothing, absolutely NOTHING is to be off limits. Keep fighting for the truth, patriots. This year is going to be harder than we thought.
*UPDATE* This is pure insanity, folks. I’m speechless.