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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Obama Shuts Out Boston Herald on "bias" charge

Obama is crying again about how the media treats him unfairly. This time it's the Boston Herald who was refused access to Obama's exclusive fund-raiser. Evidently Obama is angry that the Herald included a front page op-ed on March 8th, written by Mitt Romney. Here are the comments from White House spokesman Matt Lehrich:

I tend to consider the degree to which papers have demonstrated to covering the White House regularly and fairly in determining local pool reporters...My point about the op-ed was not that you ran it but that it was the full front page, which excluded any coverage of the visit of a sitting US President to Boston. I think that raises a fair question about whether the paper is unbiased in its coverage of the President’s visits.

Interesting. The Herald has been one of the biggest critics of Mitt Romney, but it appears they were fair enough to him to allow him to publish his op-ed a couple of months ago. To me, this shows an element of fairness. On the other hand, the Boston Globe is not exactly "unbiased" in their coverage of President Obama either.

On the one hand, it's the President's right to allow whomever he wants at his private events, however it doesn't display fairness in my opinion and it gives the impression that he has something to hide. The fact that this President cannot bring himself to allow equal access to a newspaper because they might disagree with him says something about him. This President prefers to do the talking, while others do the listening. He doesn't like to be challenged - and this is why he agreed to debates on all the major networks during the last election cycle except to Fox News. It was the same President who also refused to sit down with BP's CEO during the oil spill fiasco.

That's Obama. Ugggh.