There has been a lot of chatter about the blockbuster report at the Daily Caller revealing the extent to which the self-proclaimed “media watchdog” outfit Media Matters for America is joined at the hip with the White House. Many are shocked at just how much Obama is seemingly programming the media with the supposedly independent Media Matters acting as its pipeline to the Old Media.
Shockingly, Daily Caller notes that MMFA is even holding teleconference briefings with members of Obama’s administration and the subsequent salting of the results of those meetings among the Old Media’s coverage seems to be a weekly occurrence. If true this is in contravention to MMFA’s tax-exempt status, too.
The report points out that at least up until last fall, an Obama administration official participated in weekly strategy sessions to plan out what the Old Media should know about the Obama agenda. Daily Caller notes that Obama’s recently resigned com director Jen Psaki was “a frequent participant” on those strategy calls.
Back in 2009, the feud between the Fox News Channel and President Barack Obama’s administration had reached its heights. There were public on-air attacks from then-White House Communications Director Anita Dunn on one side and the antics of former Fox News host Glenn Beck, who was able to spearhead an effort that resulted in the resignation of White House “green jobs czar” Van Jones.
Later that dust-up led to rumblings from the White House about excluding Fox News from the White House press pool, which the Obama administration promptly backed away from. But in the lead-up, the White House had some choice words for “Special Report” host Bret Baier. According to a press release from the watchdog group Judicial Watch, emails they obtained reveal then-Deputy White House Communications Director Jennifer Psaki, threatened to put dead fish in “the fox cubby” and also reveal ed Psaki calling Baier a lunatic:
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