#rsrh White House Uppity Reporter Suppression Update.

Background here: short version, the White House allegedly told the San Francisco Chronicle that one of their pool reporters was persona non grata after she committed the heinous crime of recording and reproducing a bunch of activists embarrassing themselves and the President via some bad choral singing.  This offended the Chronicle… particularly when the White House (again allegedly) then started threatening the paper if they talked about this.

Which is, by the way, a stupid threat to make to a newspaper.

Anyway, now the Chronicle reports that the White House is in full “Who, us?  Threat?  Somebody made a threat to the paper?  That doesn’t sound like something that we’d do” mode on the threat, which suggests that a grown-up finally noticed what the kids were doing in the back seat.  Or that the Executive branch staff is about to implode from sheer incompetence.  Seven-five odds and pick ’em.

Moe Lane

PS: Remember: these are the same people who we’re trusting with our nuclear arsenal.  Have a nice day!

White House Bans Uppity San Francisco Journalist.

You no doubt remember the brouhaha last week when several activists at a San Francisco embarrassed themselves and the President by (badly) singing a whining complaint about the administration’s treatment of Bradley Manning. At the time, it was widely assumed that the White House would simply shrug off said whining complaint: after all (and as the singers themselves had made clear), the President could still count on the protesters’ money, time, energy, and votes. In fact, given the general triviality of the situation, President Obama would need to have a very, very, very thin skin indeed in order to make plausible a scenario where he lashed out at somebody for the embarrassment.

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