Access, bias, herd mentality in Munro incident — the corruption of the White House press corps.
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AUDIENCE: Yes, you can! Yes, you can! Yes, you can! Yes, you can! Yes, you can!
THE PRESIDENT: Believe me — believe me, the idea of doing things on my own is very tempting. (Laughter.) I promise you. Not just on immigration reform. (Laughter.) But that’s not how — that’s not how our system works.
AUDIENCE MEMBER: Change it!
THE PRESIDENT: That’s not how our democracy functions. That’s not how our Constitution is written.”
Got that? “The idea of doing things on my own is very tempting…But that’s not how our democracy functions. That’s not how our Constitution is written.”
And yet — that is exactly what Barack Obama did on Friday as he stood in the Rose Garden on Friday in full view of the White House press corps. He went right ahead and executed the next step in attaining a Post-Constitutional America.
With the exception of Neil Munro of the Daily Caller no one — no one — had a single question.
The rest of the group? They acted not as journalists but as presidential wingmen. Aiding and abetting a Post-Constitutional president as he stepped baldly in front of the cameras to do something he himself admitted was “tempting” but un-constitutional.
What would you expect?
Perhaps this is why even NBC ‘s Tom Brokaw, a former White House correspondent himself, has expressed his concern about the big glitzy White House Correspondent’s Dinner (which, full disclosure, I have attended) and what it has come to represent:
If there’s ever an event that separates the press from the people it’s supposed to serve, symbolically, it’s that one. It is time to rethink it… I don’t think the big press event in Washington should be that kind of glittering event where the whole talk is about Cristal champagne…, who had the best party, who got to meet the most people. That’s another separation between what we’re supposed to be doing and what the people expect us to be doing, and I think the Washington press corps has to look at that.
Think of that Brokaw description (“glittering….the whole talk about Cristal champagne…who had the best party, who got to meet the most people”) and add it to where we began — with President Obama’s joke to members of that same group that “…Most of you covered me. All of you voted for me.”
Then think of how the White House press corps treated Ronald Reagan in that one film clip — and the obsequious silence with which they greeted Barack Obama last Friday.
This is no longer a group devoted to hard journalism. This is a group whose addiction to access, the herd mentality, combined with the prevailing winds of liberal bias effectively radiates a kingdom of insiderdom — a culture of corruption.
Is it any wonder why so many Americans look at the White House press corps not as reporters but as little more than presidential wingmen — flying protectively along at his side as this president tries to rocket this country into a post-Constitutional America?