Obama Hires Negative News Squasher
(The New American) -- by Raven Clabough --
As if the White House did not already have the mainstream media in its back pocket, the Obama administration decided to create a position that ultimately counters any news story regarding the Obama administration that has anything less than a positive spin, adding yet another government job to the payroll.
The Huffington Post explains the position further: “The Obama administration has created and staffed a new position tucked inside their communications shop for helping coordinate rapid response to unfavorable stories and fostering and improving relations with the progressive online community.”
The position has apparently been designated for Jesse Lee, according to the Huffington Post. An internal memo from Communications Director David Pfeiffer states:
This week, Jesse Lee will move from the new media department into a role in the communications department as Director of Progressive Media & Online Response. For the last two years, Jesse has worn two hats working in new media and serving as the White House’s liaison with the progressive media and online community. Starting this week, Jesse will take on the second role full time working on outreach, strategy and response....The creation of the media position is reminiscent of President Obama’s progressive predecessors like Woodrow Wilson, who hired journalist Walter Lippman and psychologist Edward Bernays to sway popular opinion and control the media. It was Lippman and Bernays who ran the war propaganda campaign that swayed American public opinion to be in favor of entering World War I.
In his 1928 book Propaganda, Bernays wrote:
The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.Meanwhile, the notion that President Obama requires a new position to control the message in the media seems to wholly ignore the effective ways in which all opposition to this administration has been treated, most notably, Fox News. Fox News has been targeted by MSNBC, NBC, ABC, CBS, and CNN, as well as by Joe Klein of Time magazine, and a number of other media sources that attempt to paint Fox News as an illegitimate news source.
For example, Rahm Emanuel, former White House Chief of Staff, in an appearance on CNN’s State of the Union, said of Fox News, “It’s not a news organization.”
George Soros-funded Media Matters has openly admitted to engaging in a “war on Fox.” Media Matters founder David Brock stated that he has launched a “strategy of containment” against Fox, a $10 million plan that utilized “guerilla warfare and sabotage” against the news station.
Leftist George Soros has utilized his wealth to control the media and target conservative voices. Soros’ Open Society Institute donated $1.8 billion to National Public Radio, interestingly during the same week that Juan Williams was fired from NPR for his appearance on Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor. NPR used the funds to hire 100 new journalists.
Soros’ Open Society Institute funds Free Press, which started a campaign to “end hate speech,” i.e., conservative speech on talk radio. It also funds the Huffington Post.
Additionally, George Soros donated $1 million to TeaPartyTracker.org, a website created by the NAACP to help combat alleged Tea Party racism.
The Obama administration and those on the Left have already targeted the presence of oppositional voices to the current administration. For example, civil rights activist Al Sharpton has called for the removal of conservatives like Rush Limbaugh from the airwaves. Similarly, the Federal Communications Commision has proposed a number of measures that clearly indicate an effort to silence opposition...MORE...LINK