7:32 AM, Sep 2, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Robert Gibbs, the first White House press secretary in the Obama administration, calls President Obama's "we don't have a strategy yet" comment about dealing with ISIS a "wince-able moment."
"Robert Gibbs, speaking of catching our breath," said the MSNBC host, "I'm just curious. Are there oxygen masks in the press secretary's office when the president says something like he said on last week where the oxygen masks drop and you can catch a deep breath before you go talk to him? I mean, that obviously -- we all know it was a slip. But that obviously, everybody in the White House had to gasp when he did that, right? You've been there. ... He's human--mistakes are made."
"I think whenever you have to go out next and say what somebody meant to say or what somebody was trying to say means you're trying to explain that wince-able moment that you see," Gibbs said this morning. "Unfortunately, there are not oxygen masks and there's no one to tell you fasten your seat belt because there is turbulence in the area."
Why James Risen may be headed for jail.Sep 1, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 47 • By GABRIEL SCHOENFELD
After nearly four years of procedural delay, the trial of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling is set to open shortly. Sterling was indicted at the end of 2010 for leaking information about a top-secret CIA operation to James Risen of the New York Times in violation of the espionage statutes. It is difficult to regard Sterling as in any sense a whistleblower, though, predictably, he calls himself such.
7:01 AM, Jul 11, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Agence France-Presse State Department correspondent Jo Biddle is claiming on Twitter that members of the media traveling with Secretary of State John Kerry to China "have had their bank accounts hacked."
2:04 PM, Jun 24, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Jennifer Bendery reports that a woman fainted in the White House press briefing today, almost immediately after spokesman Josh Earnest finished his second day on the job as press secretary.
12:01 PM, Jun 23, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Maggie Flick of Reuters is reporting that:
Three Al Jazeera journalists were jailed for seven years in Egypt on Monday after a court convicted them of helping a "terrorist organisation" by spreading lies, in a case that has raised questions about the country's respect for media freedom.
Yes, that would raise questions. But:
Egyptian officials have said the case is not linked to freedom of expression and that the journalists raised suspicions by operating without proper accreditation.
3:34 PM, Mar 20, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
The professional press corps has been frozen out of Michelle Obama's swing through China. But the White House has partnered with CNN to bring in amateurs. Katie Hawkins-Gaar, a CNN editor, coordinated the effort to solicit and accumulate submissions from "iReporters" interested in asking questions about the "importance of students learning from one another's cultures," Mrs. Obama's stated emphasis for this trip.
It's just a show.8:43 AM, Mar 20, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
A CBS reporter from Arizona reveals that President Obama's press secretary, Jay Carney, receives questions from the press in advance of his daily press briefing. In fact, she says, the reporters often receive the answers in advance of the briefing, too.
11:26 AM, Jan 30, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
White House press secretary Jay Carney is concerned that the press in China -- the foreign press there -- is facing "restrictions."
10:49 AM, Dec 18, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Appearing with Piers Morgan on CNN, Barbara Walters summed up The Grand Disillusionment this way
9:00 AM, Nov 22, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
On Thursday, a scathing article by Ron Fournier titled, "Obama’s Image Machine: Monopolistic Propaganda Funded by You, at National Journal, took the White House to task for shutting out press photographers from presidential events in favor of official White House photos taken by White House photographer Pete Souza.
2:34 PM, Oct 15, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
A reporter proposed a deal to White House press secretary Jay Carney: How about Obama "delay Obamacare for a year if Republicans would agree to delay heart attacks for a year?"
Why do Western elites act like credulous children when it comes to the Islamic Republic?10:01 AM, Oct 3, 2013 • By LEE SMITH
Blame it on Rouhani Fever. Earlier this week, Foreign Policy’s website reported that for the first time in decades an Iranian official used the word “Israel”—“not Zionist entity,” “not occupying regime”—to describe the Jewish state. Later acknowledging their story was wrong (“Death to Israel” after all is the Islamic Republic’s best known slogan), the editors ran a correction, which is more than Christiane Amanpour can manage.
12:22 PM, Sep 27, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
NBC announced today that it would be launching a week of programming to help Obamacare get off its feet, according to a press release sent out by the network. The law has been widely opposed by all Republicans and supported by most Democrats, including President Obama.
The headline of the press release reads: