Comment By Bob L.
Nov. 22nd 2013
As days go by these government Agencies are getting closer to taking over control of the American People, first it was Cars and what type of cars you will be allowed to Own and Drive, then it was the Banks, then comes Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act, then wanting to take away your rights to protect your self (from a Government take over), then they controlled the News Media and what the could Print or Say, and now to take it farther with the news media, now it is controlling what Pictures can be taken and when (under the guise of Privacy), and this way you the American people will not see what is going on and see who they are Entertaining behind closed doors, the only thing you will see is what they want you to see or know.
Now that the Democrats have taken full control of the Senate, they will put people in places to farther make sure Obama get what he wants, and that is looking like he wants to be permanent Dictator and Chief and add more to his control, just like Hitler did on his climb to controlling Germany, Poland, and France and others before being taken down, now what Military Organization will come in and set America free from his control, I am afraid to guess or comment on, but we know who he will have to help take control, if you don’t know, then you have your head buried in the Mirror admiring your self.
I have felt along that he was setting up to do something with the help of the Democrats, and with the taking full control of the Senate now, there is Three Years to put in any one he wants to help finish the job, and the first place to start is to have control the Courts, just like he did on Obamacare.
Journalists take White House to task over photo access
By Mark Felsenthal
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Simmering tensions between the Obama administration and the White House press corps spilled into the open on Thursday when news organizations formally protested decisions to bar photojournalists from many presidential events.
The White House Correspondents Association and major news organizations, including Reuters, wrote to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney to complain about being shut out of events that the White House documented with its own photographer.
They urged the White House to provide access for independent photojournalists to all public governmental events in which the president participates.
“The apparent reason for closing certain events to photographers is that these events have been deemed ‘private,‘” the journalists wrote. “That rationale, however, is undermined when the White House contemporaneously releases its own photograph of a so-called private event through social media.”
The evolution of information technology has expanded the ability of the White House to publish photos and video on its website, WhiteHouse.gov, or through widely viewed social media.
Journalists said they had routinely been denied the right to photograph or videotape the president when he is performing his official duties, citing six events that were reported to the public as “read-outs” with an “official” White House photo attached.
Numerous other published pictures of events closed to the press corps have raised hackles among reporters and photographers assigned to cover the president.
One prominent example was in 2012 when Obama was pictured by his official photographer sitting on the bus that civil rights activist Rosa Parks used to protest civil rights laws in 1955.
Another was this past summer when Obama visited the jail cell on Robben Island, South Africa, where Nelson Mandela had been imprisoned.
The restrictions on access to such events interfere with legitimate newsgathering, raise constitutional freedom-of-the-press questions and set a dangerous precedent, the journalists said.
“You are, in effect, replacing independent photojournalism with visual press releases,” the news groups wrote to the press secretary.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said that space restrictions made access to some events difficult, and the administration viewed publication of photos of those events as an expansion of the public’s access to the president’s activities.
He acknowledged, however, that White House pictures were not a substitute for independent access.
“We remain very committed to making sure that independent journalists are documenting what the president is doing,” he told reporters at a briefing. “It’s in our interests to work closely with you to give you access so that the American public clearly understands what it is the president’s doing.”
The White House added to its schedule on Thursday a bill signing that was open to the photographers. Asked if that event had been added in response to journalists’ concerns, Earnest said that access to bill signings “is something that we periodically add to the president’s schedule.”
(Reporting By Mark Felsenthal; Editing by Peter Cooney)