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WH events "Closed Press," except Obama's receipt of Sunshine Week "Press Openness" award!

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posted on Mar, 16 2011 @ 02:22 PM
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Oh so transparent - Obama flaunts openness award

President Obama’s only event at the White House that isn’t closed to the press on Wednesday is a ceremony in which he’ll accept an award for being open to the press.
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Obama will emerge to “accept an award from a coalition of good government groups and transparency advocates to recognize ‘his deep commitment to an open and transparent government—of, by, and for the people’ in conjunction with Sunshine Week,” the White House said in guidance to reporters.


This, despite the fact the Obama broke his promise of publishing all enactments submitted for his signature for 5 days before signing them in his first week in office, and has since stymied access to information at every turn.


The White House didn’t specify what Obama will say, if anything, when he accepts the award. But he probably won’t mention that his administration acted on fewer requests for information last year even as it was asked for more, a tally documented by the AP.

And he also probably won’t talk about his aggressive effort to prosecute federal workers who leak information to shed light on wrongdoing. Or that despite his anti-lobbyist rhetoric, his aides are meeting with lobbyists just outside the White House, allowing the administration to keep the meetings off the books from public view.


Some might wonder, "What group is foolish enough to do this, in the wake of the AP expose' ("PROMISES, PROMISES: Little transparency") of the lack of the transparency promised and touted by his faithful?"


The White House, responding to a request for more information, said it's an award from organizers of the Freedom of Information Day Conference and that five transparency advocates will present it: Gary Bass, Founder and Executive Director of OMB Watch; Tom Blanton, Director of the National Security Archive at the George Washington University; Danielle Brian, Executive Director of the Project on Government Oversight; Lucy Dalglish, the Executive Director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press; Patrice McDermott, Director of Open The Government.


In case you do not recognize these names, you may find more info here. You'll see that OMB Watch is actually a far-left/"progressive" parent-organization
of Open the Government, and

"worked with Sens. Barack Obama ... and a variety of progressive and conservative organizations,"
among other things ; and, (unbelievably!)

"also worked with the Obama administration on several key initiatives, including the development of the Open Government Directive.."


You may also want to look at the "Grantees" sections of the various Soros-funded "Open Society Foundations'" programs to promote its agenda in the US and abroad. You'll see several of the above names, some more than once.

So, the leaders of the Soros-funded OMB Watch, POGO and Sunlight Foundation will award their colleague, Obama, for leading an administration that is roundly criticized as flouting the letter and spirit of their own collaboration: the Open Government Directive!

deny ignorance
jw
edit on 16-3-2011 by jdub297 because: typos




posted on Mar, 16 2011 @ 04:38 PM
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The WH now says that a "conflict" has arisen in the President's schedule, postponing the event. Some in the WH press corps are not exactly convinced by this abrupt change, pointing to the ironic criticism currently swirling around the administration's obvious NON-transparency, comparing it to the premature award of the Nobel Prize "in anticipation of achievements that have not materialized."
www.whitehousedossier.com...

Who would've guessed that some in D.C. actually feel shame.

jw
edit on 16-3-2011 by jdub297 because: cite



posted on Mar, 16 2011 @ 06:07 PM
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Funny.

Also saw this on White House Dossier:

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A ceremony today to allow good government groups to give President Obama the “Sunshine Week” award for his commitment to open and transparent government has been scratched due to “changes in the president’s schedule,” a White House official told reporters today.

There was skepticism about the reasoning among some White House reporters who were picking up mixed assessments from openness advocates about Obama’s record on transparent governing. There was also snickering among some in the press corps today who compared the award to the Nobel Prize he received in 2009, which was clearly given in anticipation of accomplishments not yet achieved.


That last paragraph made me wonder if the MSM is really starting to turn against obama.



posted on Mar, 17 2011 @ 01:53 AM
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Since Politico, not generally considered conservative, broke the original story, it would seem you are right.

What's really amazing is the breaking of ranks among some of Obama's staunchest allies, and even some members of the very organizations presenting the "award," to criticize his administration's LACK of transparency:

Sunshine Week starts with a new report from the National Security Archive and the Knight Foundation that finds only 49 of 90 agencies have adopted ‘concrete steps’ to improve their responsiveness to Freedom of Information Act requests. This is incredibly disheartening, though an improvement on the numbers from last year’s study that found 13 of 90 agencies following up. The agencies’ failure to meet even the administration’s low bar is unacceptable.

Notice that the NSArchive is one of the award sponsors!

Notice too, who published the report:"The Sunlight Foundation: New Study Finds Agencies Slow to Adopt Even Basic FOIA Guidelines"
www.huffingtonpost.com...

HuffPo? Publishing a report and charts "Originally written by [Liberal] Sunlight Foundation executive director Ellen Miller?"

What's next? Will we have junior Democrat senators, on the floor of the capitol, openly criticizing Obama's abandonment of any leadership role on the most pressing issues of out time?

Could this be the beginning of the end of the infatuation, the sycophancy?

jw

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posted on Mar, 17 2011 @ 03:41 AM
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Obviously these groups awaiting to pass him on this award are doing this in a sarcastic way, so I do find it funny, and a good cause. The Obama administration has not been any more transparent than previous administrations, Obama has proven himself to be more the same. I'm afraid that this will not change, I can assure you the next administration will probably be the same.

I do understand that we cannot have a completely transparent government or presidential administration, that is unrealistic in my opinion as there are things that need be discussed behind closed doors away from foreign interests. However, there have been numerous times when this administration and even the opposing Republican members, along with democrats, had met behind closed doors, closed to the public. There have been numerous times when transparency could have been practiced, and yet we've seen this chance missed time after time.

This has been the nature of the whitehouse, or better yet it's been the nature of Washington DC. It needs to change, and it requires people holding their elected officials accountable... but there ain't enough of that.



posted on Mar, 19 2011 @ 06:43 PM
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Definitely a lame act.

S&F.



posted on Mar, 20 2011 @ 09:47 AM
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Obviously these groups awaiting to pass him on this award are doing this in a sarcastic way, so I do find it funny, and a good cause.


Do you really believe that several different (left-wing and/or Soros supported) would propose an "award" of this nature that was a joke, and that the WH would go along, and open up an otherwise "press closed" schedule for a "pool spray?" This was a serious effort, seriously made, until the ludicrousness of it was too obvious to ignore.


I do understand that we cannot have a completely transparent government or presidential administration, that is unrealistic in my opinion as there are things that need be discussed behind closed doors away from foreign interests. However, there have been numerous times when this administration and even the opposing Republican members, along with democrats, had met behind closed doors, closed to the public.


And? First you recognize the need for privacy, then seem to imply it is sinister. That is not what the "transparency" issue is about.

When you refuse to make public WH logs, or the records of information sessions on passedlegislation, or promise to post all legislation before signing it into law then refuse to do what you promised; THOSE are actions warranting the criticism of this president and his double-speak on transparency.

Why are his college and law school records off limits? Where's the legal article he used to qualify for the Harvard Review? Where are the articles he wrote or contributed to as Editor?

So, how does he respond? Go to Rio.




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