Anyone in the White House ever heard of Leni Riefenstahl?
I thought not.
The Associated Press continues to express its utter disgust with the Obama White House. Which happens to be the first administration in American history to run its own news operation. Because **** you.
Editors of The Associated Press condemned the White House’s refusal to give photojournalists real access to President Obama, who prefers to circulate press release-style pictures taken by his own paid photographers.
These official photographs are little more than propaganda, according to AP director of photography Santiago Lyon.
The AP has only been permitted to photograph the president alone in the Oval Office on two occasions–both in his first term–and has never been allowed to photograph the president with his staff in the office…
…Previous administrations were less strict about photos, undermining Obama’s frequent claim that he strives to run “the most transparent administration” in history.
Lyon made his remarks at the AP Media Editors national conference in Indianapolis on Wednesday.
AP executive editor Kathleen Carroll echoed Lyon’s concerns.
…Carroll advised newspaper editors who were present to stop using the White House’s preferred photos in their own stories, according to Lail and other attendees.
I commend the AP, and CNN, and CBS News — to name but a few — that have finally decided to begin speaking truth to power.
Hat tips: Poor Richard and BadBlue News.
Doug Ross @ Journal
I don’t know where these photos came from (they were emailed to me without attribution), but my guess is they don’t do what they’re supposed to do. That is, if the intent was to strike fear into the hearts of imperialistic running-dog lackeys otherwise known as Americans.
“So if you hit the asteroid with one of your missiles, it breaks apart like this.”
“I’ll be damned! It is David Hasselhoff!”
“Hey, schmucks: does the lack of tread-marks anywhere on this field mean what I think it does?”
“So I sang, ‘Stop — in the name of love’, and then I shot her for calling me husky.”
“Pssst. Who’s gonna tell fattie he needs to sit in the middle?”
“Really? Really? Rodman stole my nets and left a dump on the court?”
“This way to our heavily fortified sand-fort, Dear Leader!”
“A stainless steel AK-47 with collapsible stock? Chuck Schumer just wet his pants!”
“Your excellency, your drool is interfering with the operation of the sensor.”
“Damn, good work, Lester. I didn’t know there were five overstuffed babes left in the DPRK!”
“Sarah Palin was right. I really can see Russia from here.”
“It’s called Viagra, can you believe it?”
“Seriously, after I took the blue pill it was like this long.”
“Does it bother any of you that I’m literally twice as fat as anyone here?Because it’s not that I eat anything I want, it’s just that I’m big-boned.”
“So long, and thanks for all the fish!”
Doug Ross @ Journal