Earlier this week, First Lady Michelle Obama went to Milwaukee to make a speech on behalf of Mary Pratt, the Democrat gubernatorial candidate challenging Scott Walker.
Prior to the event, aides for both the White House and the Pratt campaign told reporters they could not interview anyone in the crowd. This angered veteran Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Meg Kissinger who said she was “creeped out” by this behavior on her Facebook page.
The next time the Obama White House does this to reporters, they should tell them to fold it five ways and stick it where the moon don’t shine. They should then proceed to interview people. This puts the ball in the White House’s court. If an Obama aide tells reporters to cease interviewing people then the reporters should ask, “And what if we don’t? What are you going to do? Arrest us?”
The spectacle of the Obama Administration arresting reporters for exercising their rights under the First Amendment would not only further erode their credibility with a public that has grown tired of their antics, but would do them irrevocable damage with an institution that has not only given this President the benefit of the doubt, but has been effusive in their praise of him. Should this come to pass then the Obama Administration will have lost the mainstream media.
This isn’t to say that the mainstream media will start to gush over Ted Cruz. They won’t. Instead, they’ll likely embrace Elizabeth Warren or some other emerging progressive hero and give that candidate the Obama treatment circa 2007-2013. Arresting a reporter would be a sin the mainstream media would never forgive. If Obama loses the mainstream media, his presidency is effectively over.
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