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MSM Confused As To Why Obama Would Call On The Little Minority Publications

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Perhaps the best part of last night’s press conference (although there were so many!…??) was that Obama didn’t call on the Washington Post, perhaps because the Post reporter’s question about Alex Rodriguez’s fancy drugs at the last presser was a real toughy. He also didn’t call on the NYT, the WSJ, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, or USA Today, which is of course an Outrage — especially since he did call on black- and illegal-Mexican-oriented publications, as well as Al Gore’s military newsletter! To annoying people such as CNN’s John King, this was a “curious” move, calling on the blacks and stuff, proving that Obama is JUST ANOTHER POLITICIAN and, presumably, The Honeymoon Is Over.

John King is, as our tipster wrote, “insufferable,” much like the marauding caravan of teevee anuses to whom Obama gave most of his answers. His network colleague Ed Henry, for example — complete anus. Watch him being an anus here, bragging about his “tough” questioning last night — he’s got some tips for you journalism students! — and even mentioning the controversial TelePrompTer, a basic means of delivering prepared remarks at the outset of a press conference:

They will probably give him a CNN teevee show or something for this, because he got the President to call him a retard.

Anyway, John King, writing the INSTA-ANALYSIS for, pickin’ apart the motherfucker and examining the important policy aspects of his answers what words he did and did not say and what it all means for his Political Capital.

Ignore the stuff after “That’s a deliberate choice by the White House to reach out politically,” although it too is funny (Obama did not say certain words so he wants us to be killed by the muslins, etc.) Can this man, John King, be any more smug? Yes, obviously Obama makes evil political calculations like, you know, calling on publications or networks read by his constituencies. And as we may infer from John King, black people and Mexicans will all obviously love Obama even more if they see “their” outlets (they each only have one, and they aren’t allowed to read the white newspapers) getting to ask one dumb question on a special teevee show. As for Star and Stripes, well, maybe the military will be so flattered that it will delay the coup a few more months.

Black people and Mexicans make up 25-30% of the country’s population. “They” got to ask 2 out of 13 questions, or ~15%. So maybe the DELIBERATE POLITICAL CHOICE Obama was actually making here was to “reach out politically” to the 43-year-old white male douchebag demographic.

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  • iwillsavethispatient

    This is paving the way for the little blog. I can imagine it now:

    Obama: Err.. Jim Newell, Wonkette. Is Jim here?
    Newell: Hello Mr President. How many TruckNutz will the bailout buy?
    Obama: err…
    Newell: And I have a follow-up. Butsecks!

  • tunamelt

    I regret to inform you as a minority female, I can’t actually read. I just kind of guess what the subject of something is based on the picture and then copy-paste what ever talking points I think are relevant.

    It’s like trolling.

  • S.Luggo

    The reporter for “Horse and Hound” was ignored, also. What’s with this Barry guy? Whitey wants to know.

  • Internally valid

    Yes, John King, he spoke for 40 plus minutes on the ECONOMY and didn’t mention Iraq or Afghanistan. Interesting, yet Crazy! Amazing! Outrageous evenenen! This is 115% his fault, also, because he asked all of the questions himself using his TelePromTer.

  • tunamelt

    Honestly though, I truly enjoy watching how pissy and snobby the MSM is, with their white tie dinners and their angst over Univision getting called on, THE HORROR, THE HORROR.

  • shanemacgowan

    The PUMA’s are pissed off that Barry did not call on Lifetime.

  • user-of-owls

    Are you kidding? Blacks and Mexicans (or Dominicans, Puerto Ricans, and other types of Mexicans) ARE the U.S. military. Stars and Stripes is just Jet and Sabado Gigante with guns and uniforms.

  • sarcasticusername

    CNN is hilarious, they’ve been spinning so hard to try and distract folks from the giant hand print the president left on ed henry’s face, and the best they can come up with is “why is the president taking questions from these brown people like they matter?” genius.

  • SemiCharmedQuark

    ZOMG, Barry called on the newzpaper of my peoples!

  • Botswana Meat Commission FC

    I was watching a litle CNN this morning and they kept teasing this “story” by making it sound like Barry Hussein called on The Al Aqsa Martyrs Bridge Daily Enquirer and Furries Monthly.

    Then when the story did finally arive they made a point to say “some people know it as oooo-neeee-veee-zeee-YONE.”

    Gah, white people are just awful.

  • norbizness

    I have a feeling most Politico/CNN meetings are like the fake white Eddie Murphy at the bank back in the day “Ha ha ha! Silly negro!”

  • Come here a minute

    He did mention putting the two wars back on the books though, in context of the ECONOMY. HMMMMM…..STRIKING.

  • norbizness

    P.S. John King had a terrible accident when he was 12 that led to most of a large vulcanized rubber tire to be fused with his face, hence his extreme reactionary stupidity and bitterness.

  • V572625694

    So John King gives Cheney a free ride on the death squads, but wants to know why nobody asked Obama about teh Iraq? Come on!

  • Noodle Salad

    “Sea change” is a phrase used exclusively by douchebags. Also, thanks, media, for letting us know that the most important difference between George W Bush and Barack Obama is not policies, but in how the two interact with the media. “Tone, tenor, and lexicon.” We need a King-sized bag of dicks over here.

  • Snarxon’s Holler

    I don’t unnerstan why all the fuss over the TelePrompter.

    The Repubs have one too, only they call it a RushLimbaugh.

  • tunamelt

    [re=273092]Botswana Meat Commission FC[/re]: Yes. Yes you are.

    But no racism any more… black preznit.

  • V572625694

    Having tried every other imaginable cheapening of their product to catch up with Fox News, CNN is now going “conservative,” it would seem. I’d rather have the inescapable orangeness of Connie Chung’s evening show come back.

  • Kev-O-Tron

    My demographic was totally snubbed. The High Times correspondent had a really good question too. Something about Pink Floyd’s “the Wall” and The Who’s “Tommy”.

  • One Yield Regular

    “The tone, the tenor, and the lexicon…” He left out: “the competence, the intelligence, and the ability to answer a question without committing murderous, malapropistic mayhem to the English language.”

    By the way, is Les Kinsolving gone, or is Obama ignoring him too? An affirmative answer to either question will suit me fine.

  • WadISay

    What is with this whole “flash of temper/anger” meme? Obama was smiling while he listened to the question and he gave his answer in a measured way. To hear the talkers, he exploded like the Hulk, kicked the podium into the first row and called a vile pox down Ed Henry. Talk about a bunch of pussy-assed babies.

  • Custerwolf

    I’m pissed that they cropped Barry’s picture instead of just cutting off AC’s shoulder.

  • cranky

    i wonder if barry is one of those calm people who walks away from a scene like last night and just stands in a room with eyes closed murmuring all the dirty words he knows until he feels better.

    or maybe he is the sort to climb into Rahm’s arms and cry?

    i like both ideas.

  • Yes You Can Own A Piece of History

    So Ed Henry didn’t get in his question about the kid farting on the school bus?

  • V572625694

    [re=273106]WadISay[/re]: “called a vile pox down Ed Henry” — ’tis a consumation devoutly to be wished.

  • ManchuCandidate

    Note to the twits/twatters of the MSM:

    Hopey don’t play that game.

  • Vanity Smurf

    Given this apparent “ask a stupid question, get shut out next time” policy I look forward to Chuck Todd pouting after he is passed over at the next presser. Why is Chuck Todd the red headed step-child of the WH press corps?

  • CaliforniaMike

    Everybody know teh newspaper is dead.

  • Tra

    OK. I tried to watch that, and could not get past “He dodged that question, but in dodging it, he kind of answered it, didn’t he?”

    Sigh, another head-shaped hole in the wall. My office looks like Swiss cheese.

  • Hooray For Anything

    Shorter Ed Henry- I decided asked a dumb question and the President refused to answer it so- ergo, ipso factor- my pulitzer should be in the mail any day now.

    Shorter MSM- we ask really dumb questions so Obama decides to take questions from people who aren’t us and don’t ask dumb questions, thus proving that they’re really tough probing questions and that he is afraid of us– so much so he uses a teleprompter. As this is the greatest issue facing the country, we will endlessly discuss this issue over and over again.

  • BitterDwarf

    [re=273080]S.Luggo[/re]: Holy shit!?!?! Is this a Notting Hill reference or have you just been banging Divine Brown in the ass?

  • sarcasticusername

    [re=273106]WadISay[/re]: as he told Ed last night, barry is fond of this whole thinking thing; and everyone knows that when black people do that it’s terribly scary and threatening.

  • Mr Blifil


  • Servo
  • Mr Blifil

    [re=273088]sarcasticusername[/re]: Meanwhile where was the “dodge?” The question was “why did it take so long to formulate an answer?” The answer to that question is “I like to take some time so I know what I’m talking about.” He had already made his statements on AIG. Days ago. Look ’em up Anderson, Ed. What is this fucking “dodge” bullshit? THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN TEH GHEYZ TAKE OVER THE NOOZ

  • shortsshortsshorts

    The President has every right to avoid questions from the MAIN STREAM MEDIA that has an obvious bias of getting him elected, all the time. Are Limbaugh and Hannity the only people who understand this? WAKE UP SHEEPLE!!!!1!!

  • Serolf Divad

    “Stars & Stripes” AKA the news organ of the Communist Party USA!!!

  • Kev-O-Tron

    [re=273121]shortsshortsshorts[/re]: Actually the wingnuts are coming down on him for this too. Bizarre. Well, they won’t ever be happy about anything. Not even if Obama started wearing white make up and sucking cocks in airports.

  • Schadenfried

    [re=273080]S.Luggo[/re]: but Barry did to “Furries Night Life;” talk about preferential treatment!

  • freakishlystrong

    I wonder when Hopey’s going to start getting annoyed with these asshats
    and start giving tham all fratty nicknames; “Your question Limpnutz CNN Douchbag?”

  • Hooray For Anything

    God, if only we had cable news and pundits in earlier history, so we could hear such fascinating pundit critiques such as:

    Lincoln’s Gettyburgh Address- shouldn’t have said “four score and seven years ago” as most people don’t know what a score is
    Kennedy’s Inaguration Speech- might have trouble inspiring people to do for things for the country because of his obviously elitist accent
    FDR’s Fireside Chats- why is FDR circumventing the press? Pussy.
    William Wallace’s “but they’ll never take… OUR FREEDOM” speech- great speech but probably lost it’s effectiveness due to half white/half blue makeup job

  • wickedlittledoll

    He was probably just punch drunk again. Crazy Barry.

  • AngryBlakGuy

    …I cant wait to see Barack Obama’s interview in “The Source” and “Lowrider” magazines!!!

  • user-of-owls

    [re=273132]Hooray For Anything[/re]: “In terms of its tone and tenor, Dr. King’s speech yesterday at the Lincoln Memorial was certainly striking. But we want to know what you think. Are the American people demanding something more substantive than hollow rhetoric about ‘dreams’? Call or text your opinions to now! When we come back, I’ll ask our panel of washed up speechwriters, third-tier political has-beens and sociopathic radio talk show hosts if they think Martin Luther King’s obsession with dreams is evidence of a serious mental illness.”

  • nestor

    So will he be calling on the World Net Daily reporter next time? If only Pajamas Media could have held out for a few more months.

  • AngryBlakGuy

    [re=273134]wickedlittledoll[/re]: …I was “punch drunk” once! But the second time the bouncer punched me I sobered up!

  • imissopus

    Maybe he never mentioned Iraq because NO ONE FUCKING ASKED HIM ABOUT IT???!!! Because the only foreign policy question he got was about Israel and the Palestinians and that was asked by a Brit?

    If reporters in Russia were this dumb Putin would not bother shooting them. He’d just do what we do: give them hours upon hours upon hours of time in front of a camera.

  • Hooray For Anything

    [re=273145]user-of-owls[/re]: Don’t forget that in an effort to appear unbiased, they’d have to have George Wallace and/or the leader of the KKK to offer their rebuttal to King’s speech.

  • Mr Blifil

    [re=273145]user-of-owls[/re]: √√√

  • gurukalehuru

    [re=273106]WadISay[/re]: I would have liked to have seen that.

  • DirkLeisure

    [re=273112]Vanity Smurf[/re]: Throw in Jake Tapper too after his repeated insistent questions about whether Obama would “sign the budget” even though presidents don’t sign budget resolutions.

    At least Bernanke would have told Tapper it was a stupid question. Hopey just didn’t want to make Tap-tap-tapper feel bad.

  • CaliforniaMike

    Teh media am dead.

  • CampbellBrown&#39

    As a reporter for Black Belt magazine who was rudely overlooked, I found Obama’s silence on the Nunchuck gap with China galling.

  • hockeymom

    [re=273111]ManchuCandidate[/re]: You should have seen the twitter traffic on this. George Stephanoopalis kept twitting about Ebony getting a question. David Gregory proclaimed that since no-one asked a question about AIG after the 30 minute mark, it meant the country is fine with the policy. And the guy from Nightline declared the whole thing boring and went to bed.

    (and via Twitter I learned that AMC, the original Wonkette, would pretty much do Rahm in front of the entire press corp, if he should so ask. Or maybe that was Newell. I can’t remember.)

  • assistant/atlas

    Wow Jon King…maybe the reason he didn’t talk about Iraq, Osama or anything relevant is that someone forgot to ask him relevant questions. You know, someone like the douchebags at CNN.

    [re=273078]iwillsavethispatient[/re]: Still better than 90% of the questions that were asked.

  • Holding Out for a Hero

    [re=273108]cranky[/re]: Every night Rahm sneaks into the first bedroom and whispers in Barry’s ear, “get angry, get angry”. One of these days it’s going to work and then there will be hell to pay.

    Personally I can’t wait to see the President rip Chip Reid’s arms out of their sockets.

  • Mustang

    I had to turn to Jeopardy immediately, because the comentators last night were really putting the anal in analysis. If I wanted someone to tell me what was said by the president and why it was said, I would just skip the press conference, and turn right to their blah blah blah.

  • assistant/atlas

    [re=273104]Kev-O-Tron[/re]: I know!! I feel so disconnected from Our Barry now. And I really want to know if he’s ever listened to Dark Side while watching the Wizard of Oz.

  • smackbot

    The best part of course, is that John King is not only a dick, he’s factually wrong. Transcript sez…

    Obama: Blah blah procurement blah “And that’s why it was so important for us to acknowledge the true costs of the Iraq war and the Afghan war, because if those costs are somehow off the books and we’re not thinking about them, then it’s hard for us to make some of the tough choices that need to be made. ”

    So, uh, yeah. Suck a nut, CNN.

  • President Beeblebrox

    I, for one, welcome our new minority overlords.

    Also, teleoprmtros.


  • SomeNYGuy

    I can never remember — is John King the Saluki or the Russian Wolfhound?

  • Senile Agitation

    O: Yes, um, Goo–?
    G: Hey, Mr. President, Goofus from Highlights Magazine. Why do you call on the brown people reporters first? Is it because they ask you the questions for the answers on your reading machine? Also, is it ok if I stay with your family for a few days?
    O: Ha ha.
    G: What’s so funny? We’re at war with the economy! Why won’t you answer!
    O: Well, I like to know what I’m talking about. It would be cool if you knew what you were talking about, too.
    G: Okay, Mr. Knowitall. How much wood could a woodhchuck chu–
    O: Heh, good one. I think that’s enough. Maybe we can call on your colleague Gallant next time.
    G: F you, Hope Along!

  • WadISay

    [re=273186]gurukalehuru[/re]: And heard him bellow: “This question ANGER Barak! Barak go think about it!!!”

  • Fear of a Black Reagan

    The upstart Negro reporter had a better grasp of the national mood, and therefore asked a better question, than all of those white dudes combined. What’d we have, like 6 “buhbuhbut…DEFICITS!!!” plus the race lady, the stem cell Looney Tune, the CNN a-hole and Chuck Todd’s stirring call to a National Greatness Sacrifice 9/11 Death Cult.

    Nice job, Ebony.

  • Fear of a Black Reagan

    [re=273081]Internally valid[/re]: John King is just mad because at no point did Barack suck off Dick Cheney.

  • Senhor Tambor

    [re=273103]V572625694[/re]: I’m with you, there. Come back to me, Connie. I love you. Dump that Povich bum.

  • Fear of a Black Reagan

    [re=273120]Mr Blifil[/re]: “Dodge” means “he done kick me squar’ in the nuts on that one.”

  • Schadenfried

    [re=273143]AngryBlakGuy[/re]: Pfft! Those busted mags? Real g’s interview with Don Diva.

  • doxastic

    Re: no mention of Iraq and Afghanistan

    If only there had been someone from King’s network with the opportunity to ask the president about such an important topic….oh…really?….he asked about what instead?…but why would he…?…oh….right.

  • jagorev

    Oh, the humanity! When will the oppression of the white male end?

  • bitchincamaro

    [re=273145]user-of-owls[/re]: +++

  • helzapoppn

    [re=273081]Internally valid[/re]: Obama mentioned Iraq and Afghanistan, both in reference to making sure the full cost of both wars are included in Pentagon budgets, and acknowledging the sacrifice of our servicemembers over there (and the need for better veteran’s care and services to cover such things as PTSD and TBI).

    John King is a tool with poor listening skills. Or he heard everything just fine and chose to be an asshat.

  • rocktonsammy

    I ‘m sacrifice Tuck Chod, wif cheeper gin,baftub gin.

  • Min

    [re=273078]iwillsavethispatient[/re]: You, sir, are a winner.

  • Zadig

    Oddly enough, it seemed like the reporter most surprised to be called on was the ABC lady. I mean, she didn’t even have real a question ready.

    “Tell me about race”

    And if Obama was really feeling like sassing the press, he would have said: “Seriously? Tell ya what. We’ll let you think about that question for a few minutes, and come back to you.”

  • sezme

    “43-year-old white male douchebag demographic.” Hey, I resemble that remark!

  • sezme

    “The words ‘Iraq’ were never spoken.” Do they teach counting in journalism school?

  • sezme

    [re=273220]President Beeblebrox[/re]: In the near future, they will be referred to as teleprompteros.

  • threeb

    I guess there wouldn’t be as much outrage if the President had called on Pajamas Media or Talon News.

  • Bearbloke

    [re=273087]user-of-owls[/re]: and ‘Monster-Truck Monthly’…

  • Bearbloke

    [re=273145]user-of-owls[/re]: win!

  • June Cleaver 2.0

    [re=273097]V572625694[/re]: Even Condi wants Vlad to shut up. Plus, she secretly voted for Obama.

  • tiedupinabrooklynbasement

    [re=273087]user-of-owls[/re]: (or Dominicans, Puerto Ricans, and other types of Mexicans)???

    WTF? learn some geography potna! I bet u wouldn’t pop that shit to PRican…

  • momus

    So BO and his loyal retainer, Bob, have begun to reveal that they will not suffer fools gladly, and the fools are outraged, demanding to be taken seriously!

  • tiedupinabrooklynbasement

    Why does Ed Henry’s face look like he’s going to start crying like a little bitch when he asks a question. He looks like a kid asking his moms why he cant have it…

  • heathenish

    where the fuck was this guy during the last 8 years of terribleness or what ever you would call that clusterfuck

  • hobospacejungle

    the 43-year-old white male douchebag demographic

    That is me exactly. Minus the douchebag, depending upon whom you ask.


    Time to put my tinfoil hat back on. Wonkette is reading my brainz waves.


    Proud to be a 40 something white male douchebag, right down to the pick-em-up truck,

    I had wondered what to spend my 18 ObamaDollar a week raise on, and now I know:

    TruckNutz and AnalEze.


  • HomoPolitico

    [re=273108]cranky[/re]: Excuse me while I go masturbate and troll 4chan for hardcore Barry-on-Rahm fanfic and yaoi.

  • Cranky Old Batt

    I keep picturing Barry with a huge box of shoes next to him from which he pulls one and hurls it with a vengeance at the anus who asks a lame-assed question. Toward the end of this reverie said anuses are cowering behind each other and stuttering to get the next question out while those that Barry’s aim was spot on writhe in pain and possibly bleed a little on the floor.

    (Oh Will Ferrell, please realize this vision.)

  • bynrdskynrd

    All these asshats have to do is use before tehy asq theirz ?uestions…

    Now I know why they call TV an idiot box…

    Truknutz on my S-10!

  • bricks

    Anderson looks quite Gumpish in that picture-

    I look at it and all I can think is “Bubba, noooo…”

  • smellyal8r

    I’m a bit late to this party, but I was impressed, nay, doubly-impressed that he left the NYT and the WaPo out of the questions and called on Agencie France Presse or whatever it is (and I know they are money sucking devils from past websites of editors of our beloved Wonkette). I mean Ann Compton had to take a wadded up question out of her pocket from January, but Stars and Stripes? Wow. And he looked like a guy who worked for Stars and Stripes. I saw today that the WAPo and NYT are not “offended” that they were passed over (ha, now they also get to be humiliated with a 5 percent pay cut at the Times) and were happy that “others got to ask questions”. I imagine theirs would have been the fifth and sixth, respectively, iteration of “where’s the AIG outrage?”

    I also think if Hopey has one of these a month, the press will stop showing up since it makes them look so stupid.

  • smellyal8r

    [re=273132]Hooray For Anything[/re]: Up next, Candy Crowley thinks it inappropriate of Mr. Jennings Bryan to refer to the Cross in such a way or even compare himself to Jesus Christ for suggesting he or others have been “crucified on a Cross of Gold.”

  • smellyal8r

    [re=274707]Cranky Old Batt[/re]: Win!