WH Press Corps joins an "Obama 4th' party

Rick Moran
"Whores" is not a word I use lightly. But it certainly is an apt description of the White House press corps - 30 of whom attended a White House party on the 4th of July, hanging around with Obama and the White House staff, and drinking and eating on the White House tab.

Did I mention the party was "off the record?

John Cook at Gawker has the  nauseating details:

Reporters from roughly 30 television networks, newspapers, magazines, and web sites celebrated the Fourth of July with Barack Obama at the White House last weekend. Why didn't you know that? Because they were sworn to secrecy. We reported yesterday that Politico's Mike Allen was spotted milling about as a guest at the White House's "backyard bash" by the pool reporter, who was allowed into the event for 40 minutes and kept in a pen before being ushered out. When Allen quoted from the pool report in his Playbook column the next day, he deleted a reference to his own name and didn't bother to tell his readers that he was actually at the party.

Well, he wasn't alone. Gawker has learned that the White House gave tickets to virtually every major news organization that covers the president-the New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, Time, ABC News, NBC News, CNN, CBS News, and so on, about 30 in all. The reporters were invited to attend on the following condition:

"You are being invited to attend this event as a guest. Blogging, Twittering or otherwise reporting on this event is not permitted. If you feel that you cannot agree to abide by these ground rules, please don't claim a ticket."

We haven't seen this kind of press prostitution since JFK was running around the White House, sleeping with anything in a skirt while the White House press corps - fully aware of the president's dalliances - kept their mouths shut and the scandal out of the newspaper for their buddy JFK. After all, if you got the president mad, you wouldn't be invited to those exclusive touch football games in Hyannisport with the Kennedy family and all the other sycophants who hung on their every action.

Wonder when that slimeball Eric Boehlert of Media Matters will write a book on the press and Obama. His book "Lapdogs: How The Press Rolled Over for Bush," was a bestseller and began the liberal fantasy narrative that the press was in George Bush's pocket.

No word yet from Mr. Boehlert about this little soiree. Maybe he was there.






"Whores" is not a word I use lightly. But it certainly is an apt description of the White House press corps - 30 of whom attended a White House party on the 4th of July, hanging around with Obama and the White House staff, and drinking and eating on the White House tab.

Did I mention the party was "off the record?

John Cook at Gawker has the  nauseating details:

Reporters from roughly 30 television networks, newspapers, magazines, and web sites celebrated the Fourth of July with Barack Obama at the White House last weekend. Why didn't you know that? Because they were sworn to secrecy. We reported yesterday that Politico's Mike Allen was spotted milling about as a guest at the White House's "backyard bash" by the pool reporter, who was allowed into the event for 40 minutes and kept in a pen before being ushered out. When Allen quoted from the pool report in his Playbook column the next day, he deleted a reference to his own name and didn't bother to tell his readers that he was actually at the party.

Well, he wasn't alone. Gawker has learned that the White House gave tickets to virtually every major news organization that covers the president-the New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, Time, ABC News, NBC News, CNN, CBS News, and so on, about 30 in all. The reporters were invited to attend on the following condition:

"You are being invited to attend this event as a guest. Blogging, Twittering or otherwise reporting on this event is not permitted. If you feel that you cannot agree to abide by these ground rules, please don't claim a ticket."

We haven't seen this kind of press prostitution since JFK was running around the White House, sleeping with anything in a skirt while the White House press corps - fully aware of the president's dalliances - kept their mouths shut and the scandal out of the newspaper for their buddy JFK. After all, if you got the president mad, you wouldn't be invited to those exclusive touch football games in Hyannisport with the Kennedy family and all the other sycophants who hung on their every action.

Wonder when that slimeball Eric Boehlert of Media Matters will write a book on the press and Obama. His book "Lapdogs: How The Press Rolled Over for Bush," was a bestseller and began the liberal fantasy narrative that the press was in George Bush's pocket.

No word yet from Mr. Boehlert about this little soiree. Maybe he was there.