Press, Arrogance, and Priveledge.
Posted by Wickedpinto on November 16, 2010
“I knew it must have been an Australian because my folks never say thank you,” Obama said.
I think it was meant as a joke. Unless I see video of him being petulant, I think he was just making a joke. A lame and self serving, and completely unaware one, because the US press corps is like monica lewinsy after their first sample of a cuban cigar. They are VERY thankful, they just don’t use words, while still expressing it with their mouths, there just isn’t any talking.
What gets my grits is this, in the commentary part of MRC/NB’s post.
At first glance, Obama’s comment reeks of arrogance. He seems to think that press access is a privilege, not a right, and that he is under no obligation to even speak to reporters.
Well, It IS arrogant, the US press are Obama’s bitches, and he knows it, why should he lie about something that is clearly true?
But the other arrogant people, are those who believe that press access is a “right.” It’s not, it’s a privilege offered to the press to maintain constant communication to the masses, for the individuals advantage. I would have LOVED! LOVED LOVED! Bush, in the middle of one of Thomas’s tirades turn to ari and say “yank her press credentials.” I know if I were the executive I would have.
The Press is an enterprise, if it wasn’t I DEMAND that they donate all their profits to NPR. If it’s not a profit based enterprise, then donate all the profits to NPR. Reduce the income of your SEVERAL 6 figure employees who are “serving” the nation.
The Press (as in an opportunity to say as you please) is a right, not access. Access IS a privilege, not a right, and smug arrogant self centered people, including those on our side, need to realize, that all people may speak, and others may record them openly, that is different, but being invited, and accepted is not a right.
There is a “right to privacy” in a situation that involves 3 people, but only ONE of them has the right, the other two have no access, (If you don’t know what I’m talking about you don’t know much about cultural conservatism) but the press has a RIGHT to access?
What a stupid statement, and in line with the idea of elitist attitude. MRC/NB should apologize for that wording.
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