White House Communications Director Anita Dunn admitted in a speech in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic that the Obama administration had actively worked to control the media, rather than allow reporters genuine access to the president, David Ploufe and other administration officials.
Here’s an excerpt from her speech:
“Very rarely did we communicate through the press anything that we didn’t absolutely control. One of the reasons we did so many of the David Plouffe videos was not just for our supporters, but also because it was a way for us to get our message out without having to actually talk to reporters,” said Dunn, referring to Plouffe, who was Obama’s chief campaign manager. We just put that out there and made them write what Plouffe had said as opposed to Plouffe doing an interview with a reporter. So it was very much we controlled it as opposed to the press controlled it. Whether it was a David Plouffe video or an Obama speech, a huge part of our press strategy was focused on making the media cover what Obama was actually saying as opposed to why the campaign was saying it, what the tactic was. … Making the press cover what we were saying.”
Such brash arrogance can only be displayed outside of American soil, though the day is coming when that will change, too, I’m sure. For now, President Obama sits in comfortable modern furniture in the White House, but if the press is honest with itself at all… even they will eventually turn on Obama.