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March 04, 2013

Advice To Candy-Ass Reporters On How To Deal With Bullies

Hold on to your pants- this may come as a bit of a shock.

It turns out, unexpectedly, that the Obama administration is a bunch of mean, reporter bullying d-bags. That whole flareup with Bob Woodward last week was a catharsis that made it easier for President Obama's battered girlfriends in the press to pipe up about it.

“I had a young reporter asking tough, important questions of an Obama Cabinet secretary,” says one DC veteran. “She was doing her job, and they were trying to bully her. In an e-mail, they called her the vilest names — bitch, c--t, a--hole.” He complained and was told the matter would be investigated: “They were hemming and hawing, saying, ‘We’ll look into it.’ Nothing happened.”.

"War on Women!" notes Slublog in my email.

This column contains many guffaw-inducing lines, too many to excerpt. It was difficult to read because I was shaking my head the whole time. The hand wringing about their own loss of credibility as an industry -and the concern that Obama's administration has created a "state-run media" on social media- is especially precious.

Once again, like Woodward and Fournier, no one brings any blame to the man himself. Although in any other organization we note that the fish rots from the head, in Obama's blameless presidency, his aides and officials conduct their horrors without his consent or supervision.

If a guy who walls himself up in his house has a brace of vicious dogs guarding his property, do you also assume he doesn't know his dogs bite? Or is it more likely he does know, and that he likes them that way? See where I'm going with this, brave paperboys?

Okay, so here is the cry for help:

None of the White House correspondents who spoke to The Post are hopeful that things will improve. “What’s our recourse?” says one. “How do you force them?”

“The reporters I’ve spoken to who have covered multiple administrations have said this is tighter, more restricted than other administrations,” Munro says. “They don’t like it. They don’t have the power to change it.”

But you do have the power. INVESTIGATE THEM. When they lie to you, or to people on the social media sites, make a public stink about it. Dog them, and they will fear you, and will be nicer to you. It is, after all, your damn job.

It works.
Ask any Republican.

A functioning, healthy press dedicated to finding the truth is so fearsome that it helps prevent as much corruption as it finds. You're afraid of Obama's dogs? Investigate them.

But then, you really can't do that, can you? There's too much of a risk that you'll find Obama culpable for something.

Thanks to Slublog.

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