Remember this? Well somebody must have turned very red! And then he got a little angry:

White House officials have banished one of the best political reporters in the country from the approved pool of journalists covering presidential visits to the Bay Area for using now-standard multimedia tools to gather the news.

The Chronicle’s Carla Marinucci – who, like many contemporary reporters, has a phone with video capabilities on her at all times -shot some protesters interrupting an Obama fundraiser at the St. Regis Hotel.

Oh no! The mean reporter reported something that happened! How dare she! She must be punished.

In the name of transparency, though, she will be allowed to read wire reports to do her reporting. See, everything’s fine. [San Francisco Chronicle]

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  • nounverb911

    At least the protesters were polite.

  • nounverb911

    "The mean reporter reported something that happened!"
    It's good to live in the USA, Stalin would have sent her to the Gulag.

    • Arken

      Come on, Trump isn't president yet!

    • HistoriCat

      But she can still use the Fox News method and just make shit up right?

  • harry_palmer

    Did she film them leaving the free speech zone? Cause if they got close enough to foul the air that the donors were breathing, that would be news.

    • V572..whatever

      You mean the First Amendment Cage, don't you?

  • SayItWithWookies

    President Obama is just reaching out to the Republicans — you'll recall that every time Dubya did something newsworthy, it was a crime scene too.

  • user-of-owls

    Alles klar mein Kommisar.

  • MinAgain

    Maybe now she can get a real job. Like helping people move their stuff out of the nuclear danger zone in Japan. I'm sure she already has a truck or something.

  • Schmannnity

    Barack Millhouse Obama.

  • Callyson

    one of the best political reporters in the country
    HAHAHAHAHA…not if this person works for the Chronicle, also known as The Shame of the Bay Area…

    • Guppy06

      I'd say, since this only happened because she was the only one in the press pool doing any actual reporting, that makes her the best political reporter in the country by default.

  • Gopherit

    Also, professional political hacks acting like professional political hacks. Color me shocked. Rahm would have had her practicing her diving off the Bay Bridge.

  • glamourdammerung

    What a coincidence. When someone breaks rules to be an annoying jerk, I do not invite them back for events either.

    • user-of-owls

      Au contraire! It is a well known fact that targets of up-skirt and hidden toilet videos eventually date or marry their beloved voyeurs.

    • I agree. Occasionally disallowing film or photography is not a major deal. Just don't make it a habit.

      • glamourdammerung

        I think there should be the same policy for the "interviewers" that try to speak over the president as well.

        And furthermore, I have yet to see where she is banned. There was a statement that was pretty clear that she was not banned, but had to follow the same rules as the rest of the press corps pool. So this whole mess is dishonest, and the reporter is at best whining that they should somehow merit special treatment.

        • iburl

          Reporters should only remove the ball gag and blindfold when instructed to by their royal highness, er, the president.

  • This is exactly the kind of behavior I was looking forward to when I cast my vote for Obama in 2008.

    lol jk.

    • harry_palmer

      Change we can be grieved in!

    • Bonzos_Bed_Time

      Are you writing that on post-it notes now?

  • user-of-owls

    'Contemporary' reporters are crass and vulgar, barely a step above 'Country Casual' reporters. My taste runs much more to either Dada or Bauhaus reporters.

    • RadioSuperman

      We all knew the Obama administration was an urban outfit.

      • RavenRant

        Very, VERY Urban.

    • Limeylizzie

      Meine Eule, stop with all the German , you know what it does to me.

      • And after all this Haus Windsor stuff today. At least our feathered friend when speaking of Dada was most likely talking about Max Ernst and Marcel Duchamp et al and not Idi Amin.

        • Limeylizzie

          That was my assumption although one never knows mit Owls.

      • Was ist los mit Deutsch?

        • Limeylizzie

          I have a bit of a thing for the uniforms and a rich fantasy life involving me as a French/British spy dropped behind enemy lines,it's evident if you scroll through my posts or just ask anyone.

          • RavenRant

            Rich fantasy lives are essential.

  • charlesdegoal

    Steals a page from Bashar al Assad. Softens it a bit, for now at least.

  • Guppy06

    What about what's-his-face from the Times of India? Is he still OK?

  • Extemporanus

    Well, I guess now we know where Newell's long lost banhammer ended up.

  • Hatrabbit

    I have no sympathy, she was clearly warned that Obama's phantom knee was NOT available for interviews.

  • Hatrabbit

    Did the embarrassing video have anything to do with a 'certain President' handing his ass to the Republican party in exchange for a handful of magic beans?

    • RavenRant

      So, can I put you down in the "NOT a brilliant eleventy-dimentional chess move" column?

  • iburl

    Reporters covering our leaders have a sacred duty to cover up and hide information. What was she thinking? Does she want to be tortured like Bradley Manning?

    • RavenRant

      There's a vacant cell in Quantico…

  • ttommyunger

    For the kind of money Barry raked in he should have allowed cameras in the lavatory with a close-up of him taking a deuce, fer Chrissakes!

    • Rotundo_

      Long form "Birth Certificate" or GTFO.

      • ttommyunger

        Metamucil required to produce the long form.

  • Barry, Barry. What the fuck, man? Since when did you become George Bush Junior, Jr.?

    • LetUsBray

      Oh, balls. For starters, Shrub would have had the reporter arrested.

      • Negropolis

        Brutalized – on camera, no less – and only then arrested.

  • Ooh, Downfisty Troll on the loose!

    • BarackMyWorld

      He probably doesn't realize he's downfisting comments criticizing Obama and/or doesn't know how to read.

      • DahBoner


  • BarackMyWorld
    • DahBoner

      Another tempest in a teapot…

    • ShaveTheWhales

      If you read the story, it appears that the WH is upset because the "pool" reporter failed to follow the "agreed-on guidelines", which apparently includes the guideline that you can't report that a protest exists.

      Well, isn't that just fucking full of transparency?

      And I'm still gonna vote for this in 2012, because it's much better than the alternative.

      I'm beginning to think it would have been a better plan to be childless.

      • finallyhappy

        I don't get it as I heard about this protest in detail -this can't be the only person who reported on it?

        • glamourdammerung

          No one cared about the reporting on it. Videotaping it with a camera phone was the apparent issue. If someone is going to be invited to a function to cover it, I simply can not see what all the gnashing of teeth over making them follow certain rules is causing.

  • iburl

    Shooting a cell phone video of a bunch of protesters singing is in no way disruptive. Sorry, but I'll side with a newspaper over a White House press secretary almost every time:

    from the SF Chron:
    Update: In a pants-on-fire moment, the White House press office today denied anyone there had issued threats to remove Carla Marinucci and possibly other Hearst reporters from the press pool covering the President in the Bay Area.

    Chronicle editor Ward Bushee called the press office on its fib:

    Sadly, we expected the White House to respond in this manner based on our experiences yesterday. It is not a truthful response. It follows a day of off-the-record exchanges with key people in the White House communications office who told us they would remove our reporter, then threatened retaliation to Chronicle and Hearst reporters if we reported on the ban, and then recanted to say our reporter might not be removed after all.

    The Chronicle's report is accurate.

    If the White House has indeed decided not to ban our reporter, we would like an on-the-record notice that she will remain the San Francisco print pool reporter.

    I was on some of those calls and can confirm Ward's statement.

    Messy ball now firmly in White House court.

    Read more:

    • glamourdammerung

      So they are telling the truth because they claim they are telling the truth?


      Got a bridge for sale or some "ACORN sting" videos too, for good measure?

      • iburl

        So, it's all some grand conspiracy by the (Conservative Standardbearer?) San Francisco Chronicle to make the White House press office look bad.

        I guess we all have to live in our own reality tunnel.

        • glamourdammerung

          I fail to see how doubting a reporter is going to say they made something up when called on it is a conspiracy.

  • fuflans

    where is the emo o'bama picture hmmm?

  • Phil Bronstein–wasn't he married to Sharon Stone a few years ago and then got his foot eaten by a tiger in the zoo?

    Or something like that.

    No wonder he is stuck in newspapers.

    • MommysFetusJar
      • glamourdammerung

        Komodo dragons are from Indonesia, right?


      • Damn–walking around without shoes in a Komodo Dragon cage/lair/pen–he is dumber than I thought.

  • Negropolis

    Hell, I wish he'd banish Jake Tapper and Chip Reid from the press pool, already. They get to ask Fox News questions, but without the official branding of being Fox contributors.

    It's weird they'd banish her for what she did. My personal take on that was that the video of that event actually made the president look sensible. That's the kind of video I'd want to get out. I thought it showed just how polite and sophisticated our side can be to one another, even during protests. The good ladies got their point across, and the president let them finish their protests. Meh.

    • Schmannnity

      Do you ever wonder if a "Fox reporter" ever feels like an "Auschwitz doctor?"

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