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Jay Carney hasn't answered nearly 9,500 questions | The Daily Caller
Since Jay Carney has become the White House press secretary he has held over 500 press briefings. During that time, according to a Yahoo News analysis, he has also brushed off more than 9,486 questions from white house correspondents.
whitehouse  msm  journalism 
july 2013 by cboyack
Robert Gibbs Reveals: ‘One of the First Things’ White House Told Me Was Not to Acknowledge Drone Program Exists | Video |
Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Sunday he was ordered never to acknowledge the existence of the U.S. unmanned drone program by an administration that prided itself on transparency.

Gibbs said on MSNBC the still-secretive drone program meant he had to duck reporter questions he knew were perfectly accurate.

“One of the first things they told me was, you’re not even to acknowledge the drone program, you are not even to discuss that it exists,” Gibbs said. “I would get a question like that…once I figured out it was about the drone program, I realized I’m not supposed to talk about it.”
barackobama  drone  military  whitehouse  secrecy 
february 2013 by cboyack
Journalists complain the White House press office has become overly combative - The Washington Post
The White House’s relationship with the reporters who cover it has blown hot and cold throughout history. And this year, some reporters say, things have taken a decidedly frosty turn.

When a reporter gets something wrong or is perceived as being too aggressive, the response is often swift and sometimes at top volume, reporters say.
whitehouse  journalism 
december 2011 by cboyack
New Position At The White House: Unfavorable Online Media Czar - The POH Diaries
Just in time for the 2012 election, President Obama has established a new position within the communications department. The Director of Progressive Media and Online response is the spiffy new title held by Jesse Lee. Yes, Lee is the new Unfavorable online media czar, and that means you, you bunch of conservative bloggers, you.

Huffington Post reports that Lee will be responsible for suppressing any stories about Obama that aren’t true. Does this mean stories that the White House deems to be untrue or stories that are actually, truly untrue? Pretty much anything ever reported about Obama in a negative light, they’ve responded by saying that it’s not true.

The unfavorable online media czar is the unaccountable head of the new White House online rapid response team.
barackobama  whitehouse  propaganda  censorship  media 
may 2011 by cboyack
Bookworm Room » The Obama Administration’s cloud of confusion explained *UPDATED*
Usually when governments use misinformation, they use it to make themselves look good.  The Obama Administration gets points for originality, insofar as it’s been using disinformation and misinformation to make itself look arbitrary, unlawful, helpless and stupid.  Here’s jj’s great summary:
lie  propaganda  osamabinladen  terrorism  cia  barackobama  whitehouse  secrecy  conspiracy 
may 2011 by cboyack
How many more details of the bin Laden raid will need to be 'clarified'? – Telegraph Blogs
Oh dear, and it was all going so well. The White House has just “clarified” crucial aspects of the special  forces operation  that ended with the execution of Osama bin Laden. Specifically, it has pointed out that the leader of al-Qaeda was not firing an AK-47 when he was shot dead and that his wife was neither killed nor used as a human shield. Those three vivid details of the raid were the ones that dominated newspaper front pages across the world – and not one of them turns out to be true.
Yet the source of this information was none other than John Brennan, the US government’s anti-terrorism chief. He told last night’s news conference that a woman, “presumed to be bin Laden’s wife”, was “positioned in a way that indicated that she was being used as a human shield, whether bin Laden or his son put her there, or she put herself there.” That’s pretty categoric. And remember, we have also been told that President Obama and his security team were supposed to be watching all this live, courtesy of a helmet-mounted camera on one of the US Navy seals. Yet the information was wrong. How come? According to an administration official quoted on the Politico website, “a different guy’s wife was killed” while bin Laden’s wife was shot in the calf.
The glaring difference between the two versions was being attributed to “confusion” by the White House. What officials called the “fact pattern” – and we would call the truth – was only emerging as more of the participants were debriefed. This is all rather troubling. The fog of war does lead to confusion and mistakes but wouldn’t it have been more sensible if the White House had debriefed all the participants before pumping out headline-grabbing but inaccurate accounts of the action?
osamabinladen  whitehouse  propaganda  war  middleeast  terrorism 
may 2011 by cboyack
White House e-mail blackout – CNN Political Ticker - Blogs
The White House learned an important lesson Thursday: the most powerful place in the world is not immune to some of the technical glitches that drive most Americans crazy.
Shortly before 8 a.m. the unclassified e-mail system that top advisers and the president himself rely on to communicate with each other went dark.

Reporters left hanging by unanswered e-mails were told of the blackout by a press assistant who said, "If you need to get in touch with anyone, you have to go up and see them because e-mail is down."
whitehouse  email  internet  technology 
february 2011 by cboyack
Communist Propaganda Song Performed at White House
Chinese pianist Lang Lang performed last week at the White House banquet in honor of Chinese President Hu Jintao. An aspect of that state dinner which has been ignored by the mainstream media is the background, connections, and character not only of Lang, but also of the song that he chose to perform in the presence of the President of the United States.

Lang played and sang the anthem “My Motherland,” the theme song from Battle on Shangangling Mountain, a Communist Chinese propaganda film attacking America and elevating the People's Republic of China's nationalist spirit — in the White House, in the presence of President Obama. The president complicity smiled along as Lang glorified Red China while damning America, just as Obama’s (former) pastor, Dr. Jeremiah Wright, has in the past invoked damnation upon America.
What has gone largely unreported in the mainstream media is that the film from which Lang borrowed his song, produced by the nascent Communist PRC government in 1956, focuses on attacking America and her struggle against communist aggression in the Korean War. The movie depicts the Battle of Triangle Hill in present-day North Korea, and follows a cadre of People’s Volunteer Army soldiers who steadfastly fight against the U.S. Air Force for control of the area, celebrating their defeat of the United States and the communist victory in the battle, as well as the communist success in capturing North Korea. Both the movie and the song, "My Motherland," are celebrated in the PRC-issued history text History of War to Resist America and Aid Korea, Volume III, published by the state-run Chinese Military Science Academy.
china  communism  whitehouse 
february 2011 by cboyack
Sun Valley Online | White House to put up to 5,000 salad bars in schools
The White House is set to announce on Monday a major new initiative that would place up to 5,000 salad bars in public schools nationwide, despite uncertainties over how local health inspectors might treat those salad bars and USDA nutrition-tracking rules that could prove a major impediment.
Officials in the White House, led by chef Sam Kass, and at the U.S. Centers for Disease and Prevention, have been working to build a coalition representing the produce industry and Ann Cooper, director of nutrition services in Boulder, Colo. schools, who recently teamed with Whole Foods to raise $1.4 million from customers to establish a grant program that would place salad bars in qualifying schools.
salad  whitehouse  barackobama  school 
november 2010 by cboyack
Campaign For Liberty — Getting Rid of Transparency
President Obama has abolished the position in his White House dedicated to transparency and shunted those duties into the portfolio of a partisan ex-lobbyist who is openly antagonistic to the notion of disclosure by government and politicians....
barackobama  transparency  whitehouse  hypocrisy  corruption 
august 2010 by cboyack
You won't believe what Obama's cooking up now ...
You've seen the reports about Van Jones, President Obama's onetime "green jobs czar," and Cass Sunstein, his equally volatile "regulatory czar," and Fox News show host Glenn Beck has put together a list of dozens of such appointees.

Now here's the newest White House promotion: "Health food czar" Sam Kass.

"In a comical move even for a czar-happy president who has rewarded dozens of cronies with distinguished titles, the White House has named the Obamas' personal Chicago cook as 'Senior Policy Adviser for Healthy Food Initiatives,'" reports the Washington government watchdog Judicial Watch.

"It's no joke, even though it sounds like a bad one. The Chicago chef's rapid ascension ... has been kept under the radar for the last month," Judicial Watch said.
whitehouse  czar  barackobama  properroleofgovernment  food 
july 2010 by cboyack
Politico's Mike Allen, the Man the White House Wakes Up To -
Politico today remains a White House shorthand for everything the administration claims to dislike about Washington — Beltway myopia, politics as daily sport. Yet most of the president’s top aides are as steeped in this culture as anyone else — and work hard to manipulate it. “What’s notable about this administration is how ostentatiously its people proclaim to be uninterested in things they are plainly interested in,” Harris, Politico’s editor in chief, told me in an e-mail message.
politico  whitehouse  barackobama 
april 2010 by cboyack
How media sucks up to White House - Print View
Welcome to the “beat sweetener.”

In the early days of any administration, reporters reach out to the men and women who might become their sources over the next four years — then slather them with glowing profiles suitable for framing in their mothers’ bedrooms.

Even garden-variety government officials become political superheroes, each one harder-working and more down-to-earth than the last — and all of them enjoying the ear of the president.
media  journalism  whitehouse  corruption  propaganda 
april 2010 by cboyack
White House: Bunning’s Block on Unemployment Benefits is “Fundamentally Not Fair” - Political Punch
“Right now a single Republican senator is standing up in the chamber I worked in for a long, long time, and he is filibustering the extension of a number of things we had in the recovery act to begin with, which make a fundamental difference in the near-term concern of middle-class people,” Biden said at an event focused on the middle class. “He's blocking the extension of -- of unemployment insurance, which means if he succeeds, 1 million people next month will be thrown off the unemployment rolls; 1 million people will be thrown into -- with nothing but what I would call despair.”
joebiden  whitehouse  stimulus  bailout  welfare  unemployment 
february 2010 by cboyack
Waterboarding memo lawyers will not be disciplined - Telegraph
The US government lawyers who provided legal justification for the harsh interrogation of terror suspects, including waterboarding, "exercised poor judgment" but will not be disciplined, the justice department has said. The decision brings to a close a bitterly-debated chapter in the debate about how the Bush administration fought the war on terror in the wake of the Sept 11 attacks on New York and Washington.
After five years of heated internal wrangling, the justice department has rejected calls by its own ethics investigators for tougher measures against the two men.
johnyoo  jaybybee  terrorism  whitehouse  georgebush  waterboarding  torture 
february 2010 by cboyack
Photo Evidence: Michelle Obama Keeps Socialist Books In The White House Library
By itself, this wouldn’t be that big of a deal. But in the context of Anita Dunn saying Chairman Mao is her favorite political philosopher? In the context of the Mao ornament on the White House Christmas tree?

In the context of Obama’s economic policies?

Well, I’ll let you make your own call.
barackobama  michelleobama  socialism  whitehouse  populism 
february 2010 by cboyack
Joe Biden update: He meets on transparency today. But the meeting is closed | Top of the Ticket | Los Angeles Times
In fact, today's Biden schedule highlight is a meeting with the chief of transparency for economic recovery. But, unfortunately, the transparency meeting is non-transparent, closed to the press. (See his full schedule below.) Which makes it -- what? -- secret openness? Open secrecy?
joebiden  transparency  secrecy  whitehouse 
january 2010 by cboyack
President Barack Obama has not helda press conference in many months - ABC News
There's a tug of war in every administration between the White House and the media that cover it. Reporters want more access and more quality time to question the president, while staffers want to control how the message plays. The two goals are quite often at odds. In the era of Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and blogs, the Obama Administration has been savvy about how it communicates its message and seems to agree with the previous administration on at least one point: Go around the media filter and engage directly with the U.S. public.
whitehouse  media  journalism  press 
january 2010 by cboyack
Today’s Qs for O’s WH – 10/20/2009 - Political Punch
Tapper: I’m not talking about their opinion programming or issues you have with certain reports. I’m talking about saying thousands of individuals who work for a media organization, do not work for a “news organization” -- why is that appropriate for the White House to say?

Gibbs: That’s our opinion.
whitehouse  barackobama  media  journalism  foxnews 
january 2010 by cboyack
Millions of missing Bush admin. e-mails found - Politics-
Computer technicians have found 22 million missing White House e-mails from the administration of President George W. Bush and the Obama administration is searching for dozens more days' worth of potentially lost e-mail from the Bush years, according to two groups that filed suit over the failure by the Bush White House to install an electronic record keeping system.
georgebush  whitehouse  email  history 
december 2009 by cboyack
White House reports billions of improper payments in 2009 -
he federal government made $98 billion in improper payments in fiscal 2009, and President Obama will issue an executive order in coming days to combat the problem, his budget director announced Tuesday.

The 2009 total for improper payments -- from outright fraud to misdirected reimbursements due to factors such as an illegible doctor's signature -- was a 37.5 percent increase over the $72 billion in 2008, according to figures provided by Peter Orszag, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget.
whitehouse  budget  corruption  waste 
november 2009 by cboyack
Presidential Visitor List Is Released -
Andrew Stern, the president of the Service Employees International Union, visited the White House 22 times between Inauguration Day and July 31, meeting with President Barack Obama seven times and leading all visitors recorded during that period in a White House visitor log released Friday.
seiu  barackobama  lobbying  whitehouse 
november 2009 by cboyack
Tom Nelson: The White House garden: Typical "green" BS, with real costs orders of magnitude higher than suggested
Note the "to plant" language below: you're encouraged to think that the all-in cost of this garden was $180.

Why don't more people hire crews of workers (overseen by their personal chef) to garden in their backyard?
whitehouse  barackobama  garden  budget  corruption  properroleofgovernment 
november 2009 by cboyack
ABC’s Jake Tapper Challenges Gibbs On Fox News Attacks (Update) | TV | Mediaite
If this is really the White House’s opinion, this goes far beyond whether the White House is elevating Fox News by engaging a news organization in a fight. It is almost incomprehensible that an administration would put themselves out on a limb so much that they would diminish the livelihood of, as Tapper notes, “thousands of individuals who work” at Fox News in some capacity. The White House is irked by a few dozen people at most – the opinion hosts, the execs, maybe a few anchors. That’s enough to throw the entire organization under the bus?

This is a dangerous path being taken by the White House – one that is wrong, and raises serious questions about their motive here. There are not undercutting Fox News and their viewers, they are undercutting their own credibility on this issue. Expect Tapper’s line of questioning to be just the beginning of the backlash, albeit delayed, at this press intimidation tactic.
whitehouse  barackobama  foxnews  journalism  media 
october 2009 by cboyack
The Associated Press: CAPITAL CULTURE: Obamas big on White House gigs
Michelle and Barack Obama sat one table over from J. Lo and Marc Anthony, and all four of them were rocking in their seats as Sheila E. shook the house — well, really the tent.

The latest installment of the White House music series was too big for the East Room, so a high-wattage assortment of Latin musicians sent pulsating, can't-help-but-bob-along rhythms tumbling out of a giant tent on the mansion's South Lawn.

As it happens, music of all sorts — rock, jazz, country, classical — has been busting out of the White House all year long.
october 2009 by cboyack
White House Urges Other Networks to Disregard Fox News - Political News -
The White House stopped providing guests to "Fox News Sunday" after host Chris Wallace fact-checked controversial assertions made by Tammy Duckworth, assistant secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, in August.

Dunn said fact-checking an administration official was "something I've never seen a Sunday show do."

"She criticized 'Fox News Sunday' last week for fact-checking -- fact-checking -- an administration official," Wallace said Sunday. "They didn't say that our fact-checking was wrong. They just said that we had dared to fact-check."
whitehouse  foxnews  propaganda 
october 2009 by cboyack
Sotomayor Says White House Even Picked Out Her Clothes | NBC Connecticut
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's nomination process was so controlled that the White House even approved her clothes, she told Yalies when she appeared at her 30th Yale Law School reunion on Saturday.

Sotomayor described her grueling nomination process privately when she spoke to 1,800 alumni, students and faculty , the New Haven Register reports.
soniasotomayor  whitehouse 
october 2009 by cboyack
The Media Equation - The Battle Between the White House and Fox News -
The one weapon all administrations can wield is access, and the White House, making it clear that it will use that leverage going forward, informed Fox News not to expect to bump knees with the president until 2010. But Fox News, as many have pointed out, is not in the access business. They are in the agitation business. And the administration, by deploying official resources against a troublesome media organization, seems to have brought a knife to a gunfight.
whitehouse  foxnews  barackobama  media  journalism 
october 2009 by cboyack
Red Flag To Fly Over White House
"Made in China" labels appear on almost everything we buy today; perhaps it is appropriate that the Red flag flies over the White House. While we're at it, let's hoist the Red flag over the newsrooms of many of America's newspapers; the headquarters of ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN; most of the political science classrooms at America's major colleges and universities; many of our mainline "Christian" denominations; the boardrooms of many major U.S. corporations; and also over many of the smoke-filled parlors of Big Labor. In the end, they all seem to be colored a pale shade of red these days.
whitehouse  barackobama  china  foreignpolicy  communism 
september 2009 by cboyack
- Flags Flying at the White House, but Whose?
The People’s Republic of China is celebrating 60 years of hard core communism ... by raising the flag of that communist country on the south lawn of the White House on September 20.

Well, that is what two Chinese sources are reporting. China Daily reported — apparently unnoticed until last week — that the Fujian Association had applied to the White House for permission to hold a celebration to honor the founding of the People’s Republic of China, and to hoist that country’s red flag on the south lawn of the White House.

Chen Ronghua, a Spokesman for the Fujian Association, said that permission was approved because of closer China-U.S. relations in recent years. And because, “Many Americans admire China due to the success of last year’s Beijing’s Olympics,” he said.
china  foreignpolicy  whitehouse 
september 2009 by cboyack
Bill would give president emergency control of Internet | Politics and Law - CNET News
Internet companies and civil liberties groups were alarmed this spring when a U.S. Senate bill proposed handing the White House the power to disconnect private-sector computers from the Internet.

They're not much happier about a revised version that aides to Sen. Jay Rockefeller, a West Virginia Democrat, have spent months drafting behind closed doors. CNET News has obtained a copy of the 55-page draft of S.773 (excerpt), which still appears to permit the president to seize temporary control of private-sector networks during a so-called cybersecurity emergency.

The new version would allow the president to "declare a cybersecurity emergency" relating to "non-governmental" computer networks and do what's necessary to respond to the threat. Other sections of the proposal include a federal certification program for "cybersecurity professionals," and a requirement that certain computer systems and networks in the private sector be managed by people who have been awarded that license.
internet  whitehouse  cyberwar  security  terrorism  properroleofgovernment 
august 2009 by cboyack
First Lady requires more than twenty attendants
No, Michele Obama does not get paid to serve as the First Lady and she doesn’t perform any official duties. But this hasn’t deterred her from hiring an unprecedented number of staffers to cater to her every whim and to satisfy her every request in the midst of the Great Recession. Just think Mary Lincoln was taken to task for purchasing china for the White House during the Civil War. And Mamie Eisenhower had to shell out the salary for her personal secretary.
michelleobama  barackobama  whitehouse  taxes 
july 2009 by cboyack
Fired IG Calls White House Explanation 'Baseless,' Says He's Being Targeted - Political News -
The government watchdog President Obama canned for allegedly being "confused" and "disoriented" fired back sharply Wednesday, saying the White House explanation for removing him was "insufficient," "baseless" and "absolutely wild."

Gerald Walpin, who until last week was the inspector general for the Corporation for National and Community Service, told that part of Obama's explanation was a "total lie" and that he feels he's got a target on his back for political reasons.

"I am now the target of the most powerful man in this country, with an army of aides whose major responsibility today seems to be to attack me and get rid of me," Walpin said.
barackobama  whitehouse  corruption  fraud  audit 
june 2009 by cboyack
Obama blocks access to White House visitor list - White House-
The Obama administration is fighting to block access to names of visitors to the White House, taking up the Bush administration argument that a president doesn't have to reveal who comes calling to influence policy decisions.

Despite President Barack Obama's pledge to introduce a new era of transparency to Washington, and despite two rulings by a federal judge that the records are public, the Secret Service has denied's request for the names of all White House visitors from Jan. 20 to the present. It also denied a narrower request by the nonpartisan watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, which sought logs of visits by executives of coal companies.
barackobama  whitehouse  transparency  executiveprivilege 
june 2009 by cboyack
White House to Sonia Sotomayor critics: Be 'careful' - Alexander Burns and Josh Gerstein -
“I think it is probably important for anybody involved in this debate to be exceedingly careful with the way in which they’ve decided to describe different aspects of this impending confirmation,” Gibbs said.

He was replying to a question from CBS’s Chip Reid about a blog post by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich accusing Sotomayor of imposing identity politics on the bench and declaring: “A white man racist nominee would be forced to withdraw. A Latina woman racist should also withdraw.”
soniasotomayor  racism  whitehouse  barackobama  supremecourt 
may 2009 by cboyack
Raw Story » White House spokesman bashes Brit press for torture reports
Following an explosive report that some of the torture photos President Obama is withholding depict graphic sexual abuse, the Department of Defense and White House came out to vigorously refute the claims.

In a surprisingly broad denial, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs cast doubt on the entire British media.
barackobama  whitehouse  torture 
may 2009 by cboyack
Robert Gibbs gets a lot of laughs in his briefings - Patrick Gavin -
And in Robert Gibbs’ first four months as President Barack Obama’s press secretary, there have been more than 600 instances of “(Laughter.)” during his regular press briefings — an average of more than 10 laughs per day.
Tim Graham, who watches for liberal press bias at the Media Research Center, says all the high times may be a sign of reporters’ political affinity with the Obama administration.

"It's possible that reporters just think Gibbs is much funnier than the Bush people," Graham said. "But I think this is another subliminal sign that reporters are much more comfortable with a spokesman that represents the hope and change they voted for."
robertgibbs  barackobama  whitehouse  media  bias  journalism 
may 2009 by cboyack
Obama kicks up White House entertaining
The White House is the place to be on Wednesdays.

Since the presidency changed hands less than six weeks ago, a burst of entertaining has taken hold of the iconic, white-columned home of America's head of state. Much of it comes on Wednesdays.
barackobama  whitehouse 
march 2009 by cboyack
My Way News - Obama administration tries to kill e-mail case
The Obama administration, siding with former President George W. Bush, is trying to kill a lawsuit that seeks to recover what could be millions of missing White House e-mails.

Two advocacy groups suing the Executive Office of the President say that large amounts of White House e-mail documenting Bush's eight years in office may still be missing, and that the government must undertake an extensive recovery effort. They expressed disappointment that Obama's Justice Department is continuing the Bush administration's bid to get the lawsuits dismissed.
whitehouse  barackobama  georgebush  secrecy  email 
february 2009 by cboyack
New staff find White House in tech Dark Ages - Washington Post-
If the Obama campaign represented a sleek, new iPhone kind of future, the first day of the Obama administration looked more like the rotary-dial past. Two years after launching the most technologically savvy presidential campaign in history, Obama officials ran smack into the constraints of the federal bureaucracy yesterday, encountering a jumble of disconnected phone lines, old computer software, and security regulations forbidding outside e-mail accounts. What does that mean in 21st-century terms? No Facebook to communicate with supporters. No outside e-mail log-ins. No instant messaging. Hard adjustments for a staff that helped sweep Obama to power through, among other things, relentless online social networking. "It is kind of like going from an Xbox to an Atari," Obama spokesman Bill Burton said of his new digs.
barackobama  whitehouse  technology  socialnetworking 
january 2009 by cboyack
MotherJones Blog: Judge to Bush Admin: "You Rolled the Dice...and You Lost"
"You rolled the dice that you'd win, and you lost." That's what Magistrate Judge John M. Facciola told lawyers for the Bush administration at a hearing on Wednesday afternoon in the ongoing case over millions of missing White House emails. By this he meant that if the White House had followed the recommendations [PDF] that the judge had laid out last April—suggesting that the administration search workstations and portable media devices for the missing messages—it might not be in its current predicament. Instead, Bush officials apparently gambled that they would be able to get the case thrown out, an effort that was rebuffed in November. That bet came back to haunt the administration on Wednesday morning when, with days left before Bush officials vacate the White House, it was hit with a last-minute order (issued by Judge Henry Kennedy) to search workstations and collect portable memory devices containing saved emails from departing staffers.
georgebush  email  whitehouse  corruption 
january 2009 by cboyack
Obama Reluctant to Look Into Bush Programs -
President-elect Barack Obama signaled in an interview broadcast Sunday that he was unlikely to authorize a broad inquiry into Bush administration programs like domestic eavesdropping or the treatment of terrorism suspects.
barackobama  georgebush  corruption  whitehouse  justice 
january 2009 by cboyack
Exclusive: McClellan whacks Bush, White House - Mike Allen -
Former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan writes in a surprisingly scathing memoir to be published next week that President Bush “veered terribly off course,” was not “open and forthright on Iraq,” and took a “permanent campaign approac
georgebush  whitehouse  war  propaganda 
may 2008 by cboyack
White House 'puzzled' by ex-spokesman's book bashing Bush -
The White House Wednesday said it was "puzzled" by a former spokesman's memoir in which he accuses the Bush administration of being mired in propaganda and political spin and at times playing loose with the truth.
georgebush  whitehouse 
may 2008 by cboyack
An elephant never forgets? George W. Bush's lost e-mails: Page 1
A federal magistrate judge on Thursday chastised the Bush administration for failing to fully answer questions related to a long-running dispute over missing White House emails.
whitehouse  secrecy  corruption  email  technology 
may 2008 by cboyack
White House challenges release of visitor logs - Yahoo! News
A federal appeals court sought compromise Monday between a liberal group demanding the names of White House visitors and the Bush administration, which says releasing the names would erode the president's power.
whitehouse  secrecy  conspiracy  privacy  georgebush 
april 2008 by cboyack
GOP Halts Effort to Retrieve White House E-Mails -
After promising last year to search its computers for tens of thousands of e-mails sent by White House officials, the Republican National Committee has informed a House committee that it no longer plans to retrieve the communications by restoring computer
whitehouse  email  secrecy  corruption 
february 2008 by cboyack
Study: False statements preceded war - Yahoo! News
A study by two nonprofit journalism organizations found that President Bush and top administration officials issued hundreds of false statements about the national security threat from Iraq in the two years following the 2001 terrorist attacks. The study
whitehouse  journalism  war  iraq  foreignpolicy  propaganda  military  georgebush  neocon  nwo 
january 2008 by cboyack
Dan Froomkin - Contempt for the Law -
There is much cause for outrage over the White House's brazen disregard for federal public records law, which may well have resulted in the destruction of millions of official e-mails. But today's focus on the recycling of backup tapes may actually be a b
whitehouse  secrecy  corruption  georgebush 
january 2008 by cboyack
The Raw Story | White House reused e-mail tapes
The White House has acknowledged recycling its backup computer tapes of e-mail before October 2003, raising the possibility that many electronic messages — including those pertaining to the CIA leak case — have been taped over and are gone forever.
whitehouse  secrecy  corruption  email  backup 
january 2008 by cboyack
Judge: White House visitor logs are public documents -
The White House must release its visitor logs and cannot hide behind a shield of privilege, a federal judge ruled Monday. The Bush administration has resisted public disclosure while it fights a lawsuit over alleged political influence by conservative Chr
whitehouse  secrecy  privacy 
december 2007 by cboyack
CQ Today - White House Offers Surveillance Documents to Senate Judiciary Leaders
The White House has offered leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee access to legal documents related to the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance program, senators said Thursday.
whitehouse  nsa  congress  surveillance  wiretap  fisa 
october 2007 by cboyack
Bush, Clinton, Bush ... Clinton? - Yahoo! News
Forty percent of Americans have never lived when there wasn't a Bush or a Clinton in the White House. Anyone got a problem with that?
georgebush  billclinton  hillaryclinton  whitehouse  president  nwo  government 
september 2007 by cboyack
White House Manual Details How to Deal With Protesters -
To counter any demonstrators who do get in, advance teams are told to create "rally squads" of volunteers with large hand-held signs, placards or banners with "favorable messages."
whitehouse  neocon  protest  opposition  activism  freespeech  georgebush 
august 2007 by cboyack
Top general may propose pullbacks - Los Angeles Times
Despite Bush's repeated statements that the report will reflect evaluations by Petraeus and Ryan Crocker, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, administration officials said it would actually be written by the White House, with inputs from officials throughout the
military  iraq  war  georgebush  neocon  whitehouse  conspiracy  foreignpolicy 
august 2007 by cboyack

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