My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Obama = Nixon?

The San Francisco Chronicle compares Obama's White House to Nixon's:

If anything, there is almost a Nixonian quality to the level of control, paranoia - and lack of credibility - this White House has demonstrated on the issue of media access to President Obama's fundraisers.

Bay Area reporters will not be allowed inside the W Hotel today when the president meets with hundreds of contributors paying $7,500 or more to attend. Only Washington-based journalists were allowed in the pool - continuing a disturbing trend by this White House to severely limit access to fundraisers. Even former President George W. Bush, hardly a champion of transparency, allowed local reporters to cover his fundraising events.

Fundraisers are not private events in this post-Watergate era. Contributions are a matter of public record, and the public has a right to know what is being said to and by the president. Local journalists are better positioned than their Beltway brethren to recognize who is there - and why.

At PJMedia, Bryan Preston adds a few comments of his own:

This White House has come to fear and loathe local reporters, ever since Dallas reporter Brad Watson queried the president about his rocky relationship with Texas. In that episode, note that the local reporter (Watson) asked some tough questions, tough enough to get a rise out of Obama, and then USA Today rode to the president’s aid and criticized Watson for doing his job. After that, the WH implied that reporters with enough gumption to ask tough questions of The One will get the freeze out. And back in May, the Obama White House went after a tiny local CA newspaper and got it to scrub a story about FLOTUS that was barely negative.


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