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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Thou shalt pay for access

This isn't going to sit well with some in the media. Namely Chris "Tingles" Matthews, but he's a dork anyway so he should be paying. No, seriously, if the media wants access to Obama or any of his officials on election night they'll be forced to pony up some serious money:

The best-funded political campaign in American history says news organizations will have to pay — in some cases almost $2,000 each — if they want to cover Barack Obama’s election-night celebration in Chicago.

A memo sent to news organizations on Tuesday by the Obama campaign says credentials will cost $715 to $1,815, depending on whether electrical and phone lines are needed and whether an indoor or outdoor seat is requested for the event, which is expected to be held outside the evening of Nov. 4 in Grant Park.

The only free admissions are for a “general media” area. But, the memo says, “Please note that the general media area is outdoors, unassigned and may have obstructed views . . . standing room only.”

The area also does not include access to top Obama campaign officials, whose statements likely are to be in hot demand on Election Night. They apparently will be available only in the “press file” tent, to which an additional admission fee of $935 per person is being imposed.

Some in the media are complaining about this. Why? Think of it as "spreading the wealth." After all, Obama just wants to make sure "the people behind" them are taken care of, right? We don't know why the media would sound so incredulous at such a little thing as "tithing" before speaking with The One or any of his attendants.

On the serious side, so what? The media refused to vet this guy one iota, and they have gone to bat for him on more than one occasion. They have pulled out their knives and bared their fangs at virtually anyone who dares to speak out against Obama. Their actions over the last two years go beyond the levels of journalistic ethics. What we have witnessed since 2007 when Barack Obama announced his candidacy is a head-over-heels affair between him and the salacious mainstream media. Look at what they've done thus far.

John McCain names Sarah Palin as his running mate, and the "Wasilla brigades" were unleashed to find any little bit of dirt they could on her. They even went so far as to solicit "unnamed" sources, and "unsourced" allegations. How? By paying for it, f course. And they were none too happy with a few of the political corpses that crossed swords with the governor because they didn't say anything incriminating or demeaning about her. The only thing they could do was what they eventually did. They slandered and slimed her. Ask "Excitable" Andy Sullivan over at The Atlantic. He's still waiting on the paternity tests for Trig Palin.

Then there was Joe the Plumber. It was Obama, while canvassing a neighborhood, that walked up to him and started talking to him. But then Joe asked a question -- one that befuddled The One -- and the answer he got wasn't to his satisfaction. In fact, it was a grade-A, mask-slip moment because it caught Obama in his biggest gaffe yet. He was caught on video admitting a socialist ideal. Namely that he would be taking from the better off and redistributing that wealth to the less fortunate. If you're an adult over the age of 25, and have long since left college, you know that this is socialism. Why is that a big deal? Well, aside from the fact that it's opposite everything this nation stands for, it shows the nation that some of Obama's mentors -- namely Saul Alinsky -- had quite an impact on the young man, and he apparently hasn't shaken those feelings.

So why is the media complaining about having to shell out a few bucks to see their favorite celebrity? Probably because they think it's quid pro quo time for them. After all, if he wins (and we still don't believe he will) they can easily pat themselves on the back and claim they're the ones who put him over the top. That it was their constant adulation that kept the masses cheering (and barfing, mind you), and it's all due to them that he'd be heading for 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Or, at least that's what they'll think.

But we all know The One better than this. He did it. He did it all. He needed no help from mere mortals. After all, from his own lips at a dinner last week, The One was sent to us by Jor-El, and not born in a manger as some in the media may have alluded to.

All kidding aside, we're not surprised that Obama is charging people to be around him on election night. After all, he's got to recoup his losses if he loses this race. He's spent well over $300 million dollars. He's got to have something to offset a salary in the Senate he sure as Hell didn't earn for the last two years.

Publius II


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