LAPDOG MEDIA: No Questions to Obama about Planned Parenthood, Kate Steinle in Marathon Presser
With the exception of CBS News’ Major Garrett challenging him on leaving Americans behind in Iran, the White House press corps served up softball after softball to President Barack Obama at his more than hour long press conference Wednesday afternoon on the nuclear deal with Iran.
Obama wanted the press conference to be solely about promoting the Iran deal and the press corps obliged him. Only American Urban Radio network’s April Ryan ventured off topic with a newsworthy triple question on Bill Cosby, Obama’s upcoming trip to Kenya and his speech to the NAACP on Tuesday about criminal justice reform.
An attempt by ABC News’ Jonathan Karl to ask Obama about Donald Trump was shut off by Obama. Karl backed down.
As the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza observed, Obama used the press as props. Cillizza absolves his fellow reporters for their role in this state-sponsored propaganda exercise, but the press should be ashamed. Especially so for what they didn’t ask Obama.
There were no questions about the bombshell video released Tuesday that shows major Democratic Part ally Planned Parenthood engages in trafficking of body parts of aborted babies in such graphic terms that abortions are performed to order to retrieve specified organs, limbs and even babies’ heads.
The subject was ignored even though before Obama’s press conference House Speaker John Boehner ordered Congressional committees to investigate Planned Parenthood.
Also not asked by the press was any question about Kate Steinle, the woman who was shot to death in San Francisco on July 1 by a five-time deported illegal alien from Mexico with seven felony convictions. Obama’s Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told a Congressional committee on Tuesday he had no idea who Steinle was, even though her murder made national headlines and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has highlighted her murder to buttress his case that Obama’s permissive policies on illegal immigration contributed to her death.
Such was the servility of the press that when Obama asked for more questions on Iran, they teed up more questions.
“Alright. Have we exhausted Iran questions here? I — I think there’s a helicopter that’s coming. But — but I really am enjoying this Iran debate.
“Topics that may not have been touched upon, criticisms that you’ve heard that I did not answer, the — I just — go ahead. Go ahead.
“I know Josh is getting a little stressed here, but…
“.. I just — I just want to make sure that we’re not leaving any stones unturned here. Go ahead.”
But even that wasn’t enough, so Obama asked himself a few more questions about the Iran deal.
The White House press corps used to see its job as asking tough questions on uncomfortable subjects of the president. But not this press corps.