“Not even Nixon tried to control the press like Obama”
Geriatric old school liberal reporter Helen Thomas recently joined CBS’s Chip Reid in taking on Press Secretary Robert Gibbs at a White House Press Conference, challenging the Obama White House’s policy of controlled, programmed and pre-arranged questioning at the upcoming promised Town Hall meeting on Health Care.
Following a testy exchange during Wednesdayâ€™s briefing with White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas told CNSNews.com that not even Richard Nixon tried to control the press the way President Obama is trying to control the press.
â€œNixon didnâ€™t try to do that,â€ Thomas said. â€œThey couldnâ€™t control (the media). They didnâ€™t try.
â€œWhat the hell do they think we are, puppets?â€ Thomas said. â€œTheyâ€™re supposed to stay out of our business. They are our public servants. We pay them.â€
Thomas said she was especially concerned about the arrangement between the Obama Administration and a writer from the liberal Huffington Post Web site. The writer was invited by the White House to President Obamaâ€™s press conference last week on the understanding that he would ask Obama a question about Iran from among questions that had been sent to him by people in Iran.
â€œWhen you call the reporter the night before you know damn well what they are going to ask to control you,â€ Thomas said.
â€œIâ€™m not saying there has never been managed news before, but this is carried to fare-thee-well–for the town halls, for the press conferences,â€ she said. â€œItâ€™s blatant. They donâ€™t give a damn if you know it or not. They ought to be hanging their heads in shame.â€