Video- Obama Administration Bans Reporter for Using Camera to Record Anti-Obama Protesters

Is this really that big of a surprise?  A reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle recorded several anti-Obama protesters who disrupted an Obama fundraiser.  In other words, she was reporting the news.  The Administration's response:  the reporter, Carla Marinucci, was "removed as a [press] pool reporter."

Here's the video:

Not really much, but the Administration found it worthy to take away Ms. Marinucci's privileges.

The SF Gate provides addition details:
The hip, transparent and social media-loving Obama administration is showing its analog roots. And maybe even some hypocrisy highlights.

White House officials have banished one of the best political reporters in the country from the approved pool of journalists covering presidential visits to the Bay Area for using now-standard multimedia tools to gather the news.

The Chronicle's Carla Marinucci - who, like many contemporary reporters, has a phone with video capabilities on her at all times - pulled out a small video camera last week and shot some protesters interrupting an Obama fundraiser at the St. Regis Hotel.
Even more scary are these details:
Other sources confirmed that Carla was vanquished, including Chronicle editor Ward Bushee, who said he was "informed that Carla was removed as a pool reporter." Which shouldn't be a secret in any case because it's a fact that affects the newsgathering of our largest regional paper (and sfgate)and how local citizens get their information.

What's worse: more than a few journalists familiar with this story are aware of some implied threats from the White House of additional and wider punishment if Carla's spanking became public.
Take that freedom of the press!

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24 comments: Leave Your Comments

  1. Most thin skinned President ever

  2. Transparency!

    The only thing transparent about this administration is that Obama is an empty suit.

  3. Chronicle today, Constitution tomorrow.

  4. But they'll STILL vote to re-elect him. They deserve to get slapped around.

  5. pour encourager les autres. http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Candide

  6. I just received word from the Ministry of Transparency that this did not actually happen. It is such a relief.We do still live in a free country with a free press. They said so.

  7. He *is* the most transparent president ever. I can see right through him.

  8. "They told me that if I voted Republican in 2008..." Aw, you know the rest.

  9. Miss GWB? Hell, this make me miss RMN!

  10. The administration is just making it clear that the require 100% compliance during the campaign which has now started. It really is a blatant attempt at intimidating the press to toe the line. Any dissenters will be punished, not with bullets but with lack of access. Which means they can't do their jobs.

  11. This will not stand. The press will do the right thing and stand up for freedom of speech......

    Ha ha ha ha ha ...ahhh I crack myself up. yeah, that's gonna happen.

  12. How's that Hope & <> working out for ya'll?

  13. Hmmmm.
    Did GW Bush banish reporters?

    Seriously, I'm too lazy to google this sh*t but I bet "no."

    All those who "spoke truth to power" didn't have a clue.

    Obama is everything they accused Bush of being and I watch from the Great White North with a glass of whiskey in hand and a wry grin for the stupid f*cks on the left.

    A resident of America's Hat

  14. Remember when the head guy at CNN said that his network slanted its coverage of Saddam Hussein in order to have access to Iraq?

    We've got another Hussein here in the USA playing the same game.

    How's that hopey-changey stuff working for you, America?

  15. San Francisco and SFGate are not exactly right-wing terrorists.

    Maybe now, the Legions of the Left will see what a monster they've hatched.

  16. Any decent journalist would resign from the reporting pool to protest this treatment of Ms. Marinucci, until Marinucci is reinstated. Obama is controlling the news and is controlling them.

    Any decent journalist would resign from the reporting pool to protest this treatment of Ms. Marinucci, until Marinucci is reinstated. Obama is controlling the news and is controlling them.

    Any reporter still in the reporting pool is declaring him/herself to be an unpaid employee of the administration. Do they have personal ethics? Why should anyone trust their reporting after this?


  17. If the press really wanted to defend the first amendment, they'd boycott the white house press conferences until the administration cut that shit out. Deprive a politician of his propaganda outlet, and he'll feel the pain. Those bastards live for attention.

  18. Look, the President has the right to fire anyone from his campaign. ;-)

  19. When everything is outrageous, nothing is outrageous. This man is capable of some great things, to bad not a one of them will benefit freedom in the US.

  20. And how many of the rest of the pool reporters joined the "We Are Carla" movement? Doesn't look like any did? Are these people media whores or what? No wonder the audience of the MSM is drifting away.

  21. With behavior like this, and guys like Gibbs and now Carney, you just have to wonder why the press, by and large, supports Obama and will say or do anything to make him look good.

  22. And like a kicked dog they come back meekly for more. The MSM will never recover their reputation after this presidency.