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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Apparently Even the Foreign Press Is Under Orders From Obama

ATTENTION LEFT WING HATERS: The following story is NOT about President Obama sending his 13 year-old daughter to Mexico for Spring Break. It is about the manipulation of the media to hide the optics of the story during an election year. All hateful comments accusing me otherwise will be laughed at.

I could care less where the Obama's send their kid on vacation, except for two things:
  1. Be upfront about the costs you're expecting me to incur
  2. Don't tell the media to pull the story when government assets are involved
On the John Gambling (New York City) show this morning I heard a brief bit about President and Michelle Obama sending thirteen-year-old Malia off to Oxaca, Mexico, for spring break with 12 of her school mates. Because she is the president's daughter she was also acoompanied by 25 Secret Service agents and presumably other chaperones. Malia and a friend stayed in a hotel separate from the rest of the group.

I heard this story nowhere else until The Blaze broke a piece about how the Obama Administration has admitted that it instructed the media to pull the story on Malia's trip. (White House Admits To Asking Media To Pull Malia Obama Vacation Story)

Ostensibly, the Obama's are asking the media to pull the story for the following reason:
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. - Kristina Schake, Communications Director to the First Lady
This is utter non-sense. We have American assets in place to protect Malia (as we should) and we have a right to know how our assets are being deployed. An administration that operates under secrecy -- regardless of the reason -- cannot be trusted. In reality, the Obama's realize that the optics of this trip would be incredibly negative in an election year. This has nothing to do with privacy, or the picture of the Obama's escorting daughter Sasha from church on Sunday (sans Malia) would have been stricken from publication as well. The website Black Celeb Kids dot Com has posted pictures of the Obamas leaving church as well as Malia enjoying some "r&r with 12 friends" in Mexico.

Because the media in the United States is so completely unreliable when it comes to proper reporting of our own government, I have been forced to find information for this blog from publications like Al-Jazeera and the UK Guardian and Daily Mail. I did a Google search on "Malia Mexico" and the top return was from the Daily Mail. I hit the link and this is what I got in return:

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This also happened on some other "legitmate" news sites I use on a regular basis.

Nothing is more dangerous than a press that operates at the behest of the government. With 25 Secret Service agents on the case, I highly doubt that keeping the story quiet had anything to do with personal safety. This is about letting the American people know just enough to keep the Obama's in office without having to sacrifice the perks of the office (as the Obama's see them).

A government that can get away with manipulating the media cannot be trusted to serve with the public's best interests in mind. Period.

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