Media “troubled” by Obama campaign’s secret meeting with Clinton
This past Thursday evening, Barak Obama wanted to have a meeting with Hillary Clinton and he wanted to do so without any pesky reporters bugging him. Members of his campaign reportedly got all of the reporters traveling with the Senator to board the campaign jet and then had the plane take off without Obama on board, effectively detaining the reporters while Obama had his meeting.
The Washington bureau chiefs from FOX News, ABC News, CBS News, NBC News and CNN, along with the acting bureau chief from The Associated Press, penned a joint letter of protest Friday to Obama’s campaign manager and chief spokesman.
Brian Wilson, FOX News’ Washington bureau chief, described the missive as “strongly worded” and said it addresses the actions of the Obama campaign as “troubling.”
The letter was not made public, but Wilson said it complains that campaign officials declined to reveal Obama’s whereabouts despite objections from the press corps as they were about to take off for Chicago.
The letter details three instances in which the bureau chiefs felt their reporters were misled by the campaign. The letter also suggests that the news organizations — which pay thousands for their reporters to fly on the private jets of candidates — will review whether to decline to reimburse the Obama campaign for the Thursday flight.
I have an open question to the media on this one: do you think your prophet of change candidate will get better about things like this if he’s elected or worse? And to the rest of my fellow Americans – particularly those who are actually considering electing him to the Presidency – if he’ll pull a stunt like this on reporters whose job it is to stay as informed on his actions as possible, how much thought do you think he’ll put into not doing the same thing to you, who are just one of the little people he need never actually face?
If Obama wants to meet with someone without the press taking pictures and recording every word, he should simply say so and hold the closed meeting. That’s what adult professionals would do. Instead, he pulls some grade-school “Hey look over there!” deception so he could… what? Have a meeting in private? Weak, really weak.