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Left-Wing Liberal Blogs To Destroy Sanctity Of White House Pool Reports

Peter Baker scans the HuffPo for biasThe most challenging investigative task a prominent Washington journalist could ever face in his or her career is to cover the White House Pool Report beat, where our greatest reporters take turns following the President during off-hours — just in case anything like a sex affair or juicy “gaffe” happens — and then share the vital journalism information with each other for common use. (This is a form of Communism.) The rotation has traditionally been composed of reporters from the Washington bureaus of the top 30-ish newspapers and magazines, and the average fare usually features three or four muckraking sentences about how a deputy press secretary made a funny joke about another reporter who every reporter knows to have a wacky reputation for the exact thing the deputy press secretary made a joke about… oh you wouldn’t get it, ha ha ha. But this is all over now, due to the recent addition of two left-wing bloggers into the rotation.

It’s allllways the New York Times guy to fire the opening salvo of snobbery:

And in this transition, there will inevitably be some friction as online news organizations, which may or may not be bound by the same professed standards of objectivity, begin taking on the responsibilities of long-standing print publications.

That’s been apparent this week, as White House reporters have privately discussed and debated the recent addition of sites like Talking Points Memo and Huffington Post to the White House in-town press pool. It’s not that reporters are criticizing the work of either Christina Bellantoni or Sam Stein, but some have expressed concerns about pool reports coming from left- or right-leaning news organizations that will then be used by the rest of the press corps.

“This is really troubling,” said New York Times reporter Peter Baker in an e-mail to POLITICO. “We’re blurring the line between news and punditry even further and opening ourselves to legitimate questions among readers about where the White House press corps gets its information.”

Baker said he has no problem with outlets like Huffington Post, which he described “an important part of the marketplace of ideas.” But the site, he said, has a mission “to produce pieces with strongly argued points of view” and that puts the Times — or other nonpartisan news organizations — “in a position of relying on overtly ideological or opinionated organizations as our surrogate news gatherers.”

Oh man, we love this stuff. It is of the gravest national security concern to America, right now, that these two commie cyberfarts (each of whom has a fine background in reportorial work) not be allowed to taint the integrity of a modest daily briefing that’s usually about how Mike Allen saw a bunch of people he knows telling funny jokes about other reporters at the president’s closed-off Fourth of July barbecue.

Anyway, to the point of this post: WHITE HOUSE WHITE HOUSE CAN WONKETTE PLEEEEEEEASE JOIN THE ROTATION PLEEEEEASSSSEE??? We’ll be good. If the President takes a shit, we’ll dutifully note it, objectively, without bias. NO THAT WAS A JOKE we want to do this so badly. (Mostly just to watch “Peter Baker” literally die when he hears the news!) THAT WAS A JOKE TOO Peter Baker is a responsible tool journalist. POOL JOURNALIST, honestly, just a typo there, not “tool” journalist, that would be preposterous.

(…psst Josh Marshall wears girl’s underwear pass it on…) Whoa did you guys hear that Josh Marshall wears girl’s underwear and should probably be replaced in the pool rotation with the less idiosyncratic Wonkette?

New W.H. pool rotation sparks debate [Mike Calderone]

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Jim Newell is Wonkette's beloved Capitol Hill Typing Demon. He joined Wonkette.com in 2007, left for some other dumb job in 2010, and proudly returned in 2012 as our "Senior Editor at Large." He lives in Washington and also writes for things such as The Guardian, the Manchester paper of liberals.

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82 comments

  1. memzilla

    If this comes to pass, will we Wonkette commenters also have to pass a backround check?

    Cuz if so, then FAIL. In Kenyan.

  2. frumious_bandersnatch

    Wonkette has *earned* a place in the press pool! You guys *aced* the Noonington competition, after all. How ’bout you gay-marry some other blog, and then claim discrimination if they don’t let you in?

  3. Gopherit

    professed standards of objectivity

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!SNORT!HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

    Yeah, political reporters are always about objectivity and integrity.

  4. Gopherit

    Also, if you get this opportunity, you should hire shorts to do it. Because that twat Peter Baker really deserves it.

  5. V572625694

    And which reliable and unbiased element of the “New Media” or maybe “multimedia” reports this important breaking news? Politico! Ho ho! Not that they’re nervous or anything.

  6. dum librul

    Suggestion to snobby NY Times guy: if your place of employment currently retains a litany of reporters who helped “report” us into an unnecessary war, that might be your cue not to complain about who gets to join your elite little club of White House stenographers. xoxo D.L.

  7. finland

    gruuuh, link to politico? didn’t gawker have a perfectly fine thing on this you could’ve linked to? anyway, instead of voting for the webbies or whatever, can we just have open voting for the press pool? i’ll go ahead and nominate wonkette right now (and a token nominate for gawker too).

  8. Extemporanus

    Jim, is Wonkette’s basement even big enough for the entire White House press corps?

    I mean, it’s not like you’re gonna get rid of Wonkette’s flotilla of Cheetoh-and-Mountain Dew-and-feces-smeared Freedom Trays to make room for the likes of Chip, Chuck, and Major, are you? And what about Helen Thomas? Last I heard, crawl spaces were not ADA-compliant.

    You need to take some more time to think this thing through. And to get your mom Sara’s permission.

  9. V572625694

    Here’s Colbert talking to these august personnages:

    As excited as I am to be here with the president, I am appalled to be surrounded by the liberal media that is destroying America, with the exception of Fox News. Fox News gives you both sides of every story: the president’s side, and the vice president’s side.

    But the rest of you, what are you thinking, reporting on NSA wiretapping or secret prisons in eastern Europe? Those things are secret for a very important reason: they’re super-depressing. And if that’s your goal, well, misery accomplished.

    Over the last five years you people were so good — over tax cuts, WMD intelligence, the effect of global warming. We Americans didn’t want to know, and you had the courtesy not to try to find out. Those were good times, as far as we knew.

    But, listen, let’s review the rules. Here’s how it works: the president makes decisions. He’s the Decider. The press secretary announces those decisions, and you people of the press type those decisions down. Make, announce, type. Just put ‘em through a spell check and go home. Get to know your family again. Make love to your wife. Write that novel you got kicking around in your head. You know, the one about the intrepid Washington reporter with the courage to stand up to the administration. You know – fiction!


  10. Post author
    Jim Newell

    [re=471350]finland[/re]: we link to calderone and smith pretty freely. some people are bitching about calderone’s article, but i don’t see the problem on his side… he’s a media reporter for a beltway publication, this would be a pretty common story, it’s not in bad faith.

  11. Nigerian Business Executive

    We’re blurring the line between news and punditry even further and opening ourselves to legitimate questions among readers about where the White House press corps gets its information.

    That made me snicker into my 17th martini of the evening. You’re talking like this blurring is a new thing, stupid journalism major person!

    Martinis are yummy!

  12. Lascauxcaveman

    Peter Baker is a responsible tool journalist. POOL JOURNALIST, honestly, just a typo there

    What would’ve been an even funnier typo would be if you called him a “cool journalist.”

  13. finland

    [re=471354]Jim Newell[/re]: it’s ok, then. i forgive you. can we still have a webbies for the pool house party though? (i already nominated wonkette… :()

  14. Aflac Shrugged

    Every time I’m terrified that news might be viewed through an entirely-too-partisan lens, the first thing I do is shoot an email to POLITICO.

  15. Sharkey

    “Whoa did you guys hear that Josh Marshall wears girl’s underwear and should probably be replaced in the pool rotation with the less idiosyncratic Wonkette?”

    Except, hey, doesn’t Wonkette wear men’s underwear? Oh wait, right, you go commando.

  16. grevillea

    [re=471360]Bearbloke[/re]: Huh? Thought you were a Yank living in Oz? And what’s this Kiwi blog? Stink as, bro.

  17. 4tehlulz

    >but some have expressed concerns about pool reports coming from left- or right-leaning news organizations that will then be used by the rest of the press corps.

    Jeff Gannon motherfucker. Remember him? Where were the “concerns” then?

    Fuck the New York Times. With Politico. In the ass.

  18. Salahi, Ltd.

    Jim, if you ever need a celebrity assist, we are all about journalistic integrity.
    EVERYBODY IN THE POOL.

  19. user-of-owls

    [re=471344]S.Luggo[/re]: Bitch better watch her shins. She’s just asking for a swift kick from some demented middle schooler.

  20. Neilist

    Jim: How DARE you post my picture without MY PERMISSION?????

    Although, you did get my good side.

    (Okay, I know, I know: Neilist is an asshole. BAN HIM!

    The SEXY devil!]

  21. bago

    Today the president deliberatly walked, placing his left foot down, and the his right, followed by his left foot, and again followed by his right. Subsequently his left foot trod the earth once more, the right echoing it moments later. His other foot repeated the gesture, whereupon the right mimiced it in response. In a gesticular cascade of recursive footsteps the president strolled to the bathroom door, where the sound of no feet walking echoed through the hall. He raised his hand…

  22. I_KILL_ZOMBIES_ALSO

    1)

    “expressed concerns about pool reports coming from left- or right-leaning news organizations that will then be used by the rest of the press corps.”

    How long has Faux News been a part of the press corps?

    2) Which one of you bastards has been stalking me and taking pictures of me at my home? I mean, come on, I didn’t trim my beard the day this pic was taken. If you wanted a pic, all you had to do was ask.

  23. NYNYNY

    It’s a mystery why the white house would show respect to a non-dieing form of journalism. Another great mystery can be found within the pages of my new book The Atlantis Code. It’s like the Da Vinci Code, with water. Costner is said to be entusiastic about the script.

  24. Jim89048

    [re=471391]Neilist[/re]: Banning Neilist from a warblog for exhibiting war-like tendencies sounds kinda lame, don’t it? Besides, if that’s really you in that pic, you could conceal one hell of an arsenal in those rolls and I for one wouldn’t want to piss you off, especially now during a worldwide ammo shortage.

  25. Sharkey

    [re=471395]bago[/re]: His breath smelled of honey and lemon, with hints of chocolate, tobacco, and sherry. The daily ritual sacrifice of unborn fetuses was about to begin. His lean, muscular frame hovered over the lovely pregnant woman, in his hand a shining scimitar. A Secret Service agent, newly instated, pisses his pants. Today is going to be a good day.

  26. Tundra Grifter

    [re=471389]Lionel Hutz Esq.[/re]: Today we all COULD be Jeff Gannon.

    Hey – one couple crashing a state dinner is a HUGE deal. The Bush Administration didn’t let an uncredited “newsperson” into the White House day after day for weeks and weeks…did it?

  27. CanadianBacon

    “in a position of relying on overtly ideological or opinionated organizations as our surrogate news gatherers.”
    Does this mean ” relying on organizations with an idea or an opinion to carry our lovechild created by gathering news”?
    “We’re blurring the line between news and punditry even further and opening ourselves to legitimate questions among readers about where the White House press corps gets its information.”
    Do you know what will happen if the public asks legitimate questions about where news comes from? It would be the end of the world as we know it.
    “But the site, he said, has a mission “to produce pieces with strongly argued points of view”.
    We are so much better off when the media repeats lame talking points without questioning them.
    The traditional media today is a lot like a dinosaur thinking those little furry creatures don’t have a chance.

  28. saggyboobedhag

    Let it be Democratic. Let the American people vote (online of course) on who gets to be in the White House pool. Go Wonkette! (and Jeff Gannon, I work both sides of the “aisle.”

    And btw, can the people who chased down Lady Di be assigned to Dick Cheney?

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  30. MGBYG

    The clipart of Santa donning his spring hair and googlin’ for elf porn has got to be retired, it makes the children cry.

    What was this post about??…the tears are blurring up my vision.

  31. shadowMark

    [re=471442]coolforsale144[/re]: God damn it, HAL, open the fucking pod bay doors or I swear to God I’m going to kill this kitten!

  32. Mahousu

    Wait a sec, Wonkette absolutely murdered TPM in the Weblog awards last year. So how come TPM gets to jump to the head of the press pool queue like this? Don’t these Web awards mean anything any more?

  33. hoosiermama

    [re=471391]Neilist[/re] [re=471406]I_KILL_ZOMBIES_ALSO[/re] [re=471480]Barrelhse[/re]: All I’ve got to say is, you all need to me more careful about posting your pics on the Internet, okay? This is for your own good. And no Facebook account until you’re 16. Or you stop being Santa.

  34. Scooter

    [re=471480]Barrelhse[/re]: Oh, that’s you? I always figured that was Jim Newell’s publicity still or something.

    So does Obama ever have the pool reporters watch him take a bath, like LBJ made Bob Pierpoint do?

  35. DoctorCulturae

    Looks like someone swallowed the entire WH pool. Guess he’s just another Jenny Craig candidate.

  36. Sharkey

    [re=471499]DoctorCulturae[/re]: Another Meg “Mac” McCain wannabe. Gene Poole reporting from London, back to you, Dr.

  37. desertwind

    Peter Baker and Politico sittin’ in a tree.

    K I S S I N G

    First comes love. Then comes marriage.

    Then comes a big fat turd in a baby carriage.

  38. zhubajie

    NYT and Wash Post are like Pravda and Izvestiya in the old days: if you read between the lines carefully, you can learn something true! (From Gore Vidal).

  39. LowerdPeninsula

    “but some have expressed”

    When any paragraph contains “some have”, you have to call bullshit, instantly. Any group that includes Jake Tapper and Chip Reid (among others) whining about journalistic integrity and this and that, should be laughed at and spit upon.

  40. vladster

    [re=471690]Valentin1982[/re]: Service is our lift? Hey, this is a family site! Are in the wash and press corpse?

  41. crapshooter102

    Is this the same group of assholes who sat like Robots when Bush started a War in Iraq. No Valentin1982 I do not want any of that cheap knock-off Chinese Junk.

  42. Neilist

    [re=471495]hoosiermama[/re]: On behalf of Pervy Old Men Everywhere, I resent the implications of the last 10 seconds of the PSA.

    :::HehHehHeh/Flupflupflup:::

  43. lawrenceofthedesert

    Why stop at Wonkette? Until TMZ is in regular rotation, the press will not be truly free.

  44. Custersdeadhorse

    If Wonkette were in the press pool we definitely would see some buttfucking! Faux News, bend over! It’s OK, they will give it to you fair and balanced, or was that flair and bounced? They’ll report; you decide.

  45. I_KILL_ZOMBIES_ALSO

    [re=471495]hoosiermama[/re]: Ah, so now I’m a seventeen year old girl that creepy fifty-year old men fwap it to, eh?

    This could take some getting used to. Maybe I’ll have to get “Just breathe” tattooed on my tit to cope.

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