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Re: The White house

Berichtdoor Yvonne » za 31 mei 2014, 15:00

Dear Vonnie,

This piece gives a behind-the-scenes
look at how the Obama Administration
has carefully crafted its own image, by
associating the President with respected
figures in pop culture, virtually replacing
the public news media with its own. "The
White House has effectively become a
broadcast company," according to Michael
Shaw, publisher of, a
site dedicated to the analysis of news

Shaw explains how the White House has
taken complete control of the image of
the Obama Presidency and rendered
professional journalist photographers
obsolete by replacing them with his own
crew of official staff of White House
Photographers, led by Peter Souza, whose
heroically composed photos are then
uploaded to social media sites and comprise
the only source of images from which the
news media can draw upon, when reporting
on the Administration. Images used on
the front pages of newspapers around
the world are thus controlled by the
Obama Administration.

On November 2013, a White House Press
Corps Reporter formed a question to White
House Press Secretary Jay Carney, by stating
that any one of her colleagues would agree
that today's journalists have less access to
the President than even during the Bush
(43) Presidency; ironic, considering that one
of Obama's chief promises, as a Presidential
Candidate was that his would be the "Most
transparent in history." She then went on to
ask whether the President might have been
setting himself up for inevitable failure, by
making that promise? Press Secretary
Carney totally blew off the question.

What Carney did NOT expect, in response,
was an Open Letter of Protest to the White
House, signed by 38 Press Organizations,
stating that, "As surely as if they were placing
a hand over a journalist's camera lens, officials
in this Administration are blocking the public
from having an independent view of important
functions of the Executive Branch of

The White House responded by allowing crowds
of journalists in, for a few days, with his own
photographers framing these scenes in such a
way that the President looked completely mobbed
and victimized.

Obama is hardly alone in being a Head of State,
using these new tactics, now available to all
"Dear Leaders", via sites like Instagram and Flikr.
Vladimir Putin and Bashar Al-Assad are among
those who are heavy users of these same social
media tactics.

As the ReasonTV narrator of this piece concludes,
"We may never see our politicians in quite the
same way, again."

(Video: almost 12 minutes):

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Re: The White house

Berichtdoor Yvonne » do 22 jan 2015, 12:43

President Obama Recognizes astronaut Scott Kelly
01/21/2015 11:00 AM EST


NASA astronaut Scott Kelly stands as he is recognized by President Barack Obama, while First Lady Michelle Obama (lower left corner) and other guests applaud. The President recognized Kelly during the State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington on Jan. 20, 2015. This March, Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko will launch to the International Space Station and become the first crewmembers to live and work aboard the orbiting laboratory for a year-long mission. While living on the International Space Station, Kelly, Kornienko and the rest of the crew will carry out hundreds of research experiments and work on cutting-edge technology development that will inspire students here at home in science, technology, engineering and math. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)
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