In one of the most bizarre confrontations I have seen by members of the White House Press, Chip Reid from CBS and Helen Thomas from the Stone Age were all over Robert Gibbs and the Obama Town Hall meeting. When I watched this, my jaw literally dropped. The emotional side of my brain pushed the logical side deep into my subconscious. Had the main stream media awakened from the Kool-Aid induced Obama fan club? Had integrity and objectivity suddenly returned to the Press? Were they really attacking Gibbs for the total lack of transparency from Obama? WOW! Amazing stuff. Take a look for yourself.
But after reflecting on what I saw, and watching it a second time, the logical side of my brain pushed it’s way back on top of my emotional side. I believe Helen and Chip have a different take on what constitutes openness and transparency than the great unwashed masses.
I believe their anger was not anger at all, but jealousy. To them, transparency and openness means a front row seat to any and all appearances by the messiah. They were hurt. They feel like they were cheated. First, a silly blogger is given a phone call and promised to give a soft ball question, now the press was barely invited to a town hall meeting. Thomas makes a reference to the “old” way of doing town hall meetings where “opposing” opinions were allowed. But Thomas actually considers people that are not the elite reporters like herself to be “opposing” questions. As in questions posed by outsiders.
Nope. I really wanted it to be true. But same old press. Same old one sided reporting. Journalist prostitutes.