Revealed: Who else was at that secret Obama briefing with Olby and Maddow?

posted at 5:05 pm on October 21, 2009 by Allahpundit

Tantalizing but frustrating, as it’s only a partial list; without the full attendance sheet, it’s impossible to say definitively that the most transparent administration evah was playing only to its cheerleaders. Even so, while Gloria Borger isn’t particularly ideological as far as I know, there’s little question where Robinson, Dowd, and especially Ifill stand.

On Monday, MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow were among several people who attended an off-the-record briefing with Pres. Obama at the White House. Sources tell us other attendees at the two-and-a-half hour chat included Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post, Maureen Dowd of the New York Times, Gwen Ifill of PBS and Gloria Borger of CNN. Perhaps not surprisingly, no one from Fox News was in the room.

Two and a half hours. Remember, Olbermann complained three years ago when Bush dared waste 90 minutes of taxpayer money chatting up his own ideological allies in the Oval Office. As for Fox News being conspicuously omitted from the guest list, I e-mailed Jake Tapper to see if he’d gotten an invite despite his willingness to pursue stories broken by Fox. Turns out he wasn’t included in the briefing either. Fancy that.

Needless to say, The One’s entitled to talk to whomever he wants, but playing pattycake with MSNBC’s primetime stars does further raise the question of why Beck and Hannity are problematic “opinion” shows while Olbermann and Maddow aren’t. And yes, that question is entirely rhetorical. New insight from Politico on the White House’s seek and destroy quarantine approach to its political opponents:

All of the techniques are harnessed to a larger purpose: to marginalize not only the individual person or organization but also some of the most important policy and publicity allies of the national Republican Party.

Dunn said that in August, as the president’s aides planned for the fall, they made “a fundamental decision that we needed to be more aggressive in both protecting our position and in delineating our differences with those who were attacking us.”

“It was a time for us to look at the extraordinary success we’ve had in terms of legislation but also to look at where we needed to be more aggressive in defining what the choices are, and in protecting and pushing forward our agenda,” she said.

The campaign underscores how deeply political the Obama White House is in its daily operations — with a strong focus on redrawing the electoral map and discrediting the personalities and ideas that have powered the conservative movement over the past 20 years…

“Fighting with a bunch of different institutions turns him into a typical politician and makes people cynical that anyone’s really going to change Washington,” Black said. “A big part of his ‘hope and change’ message was: ‘We’re gong to talk to everyone.’ He might have had great intentions, but human nature and politics don’t change much.”

His nonsense on the trail about bringing a new, “post-partisan” tone to D.C. was my second-favorite soundbite from the campaign last year, right behind how Afghanistan was the “necessary war.” I’ll leave you with this clip from last night’s Leno, which is as gentle and genial as anything on that show but does illustrate how ridiculous The One’s vendetta against Fox might be starting to look to middle America. Exit question: If the White House is capable of e-mailing MSNBC anchors while they’re on the air to correct factual errors, why can’t Anita Dunn pick up the red phone and call Glenn Beck?


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Indian Outlaw on October 21, 2009 at 5:41 PM

Great idea! I was saying WTF so loud, it startled my cat!

lovingmyUSA on October 21, 2009 at 6:22 PM

Beck isn’t trying to sell…he’s just telling the truth.

HornetSting on October 21, 2009 at 5:55 PM

Bingo!

lovingmyUSA on October 21, 2009 at 6:24 PM

AnninCA, you failed to mention he is also a hatemonger, racist and right-wing homophobe. And oh yeah, global warming denier!
You better keep up to speed gal or Obama might take back his lib-in-good-standing diploma.

RMR on October 21, 2009 at 6:18 PM

Well, I don’t see Beck that way. or Rush L.

I think they are both a bit over the edge on ideology.

But so are some of the progressives.

This seems to upset the WH. It doesn’t really upset me. I think voters get the real deal.

In short, I agree with the Clinton administration and probably the Bush administration.

Trust people.

AnninCA on October 21, 2009 at 6:24 PM

Bingo!

lovingmyUSA on October 21, 2009 at 6:24 PM

Oh, Beck has broken 3 stories, isn’t that right?

Let him repeat this for 18 years.

AnninCA on October 21, 2009 at 6:26 PM

Pass the popcorn, KJ. This is getting deep.
HornetSting on October 21, 2009 at 6:20 PM

Here ya go. It’s hard to believe it has only been ten months.

kingsjester on October 21, 2009 at 6:27 PM

Jeeze…this is the Obama administration. Surely this meeting was on C-SPAN.

WashJeff on October 21, 2009 at 5:15 PM

I gotta admire your persistence: you continue to hold The Precedent to the “transparency” promise. ;-)

ya2daup on October 21, 2009 at 6:27 PM

AnninCA on October 21, 2009 at 6:08 PM

Ifell lost me when she “moderated” the debates. She’s a PBS hack and tool. And you say that Beck is only show–you are so totally wrong in your thinking. There are things we would never know if not for Beck. KO and Ifell–not so much–as in nada…

lovingmyUSA on October 21, 2009 at 6:29 PM

Are Jay’s taxes up to date?

omnipotent on October 21, 2009 at 5:15 PM

They must be or he would have been offered a post in The Precedent’s administration.

ya2daup on October 21, 2009 at 6:29 PM

Oh, Beck has broken 3 stories, isn’t that right?

Let him repeat this for 18 years.

AnninCA on October 21, 2009 at 6:26 PM

As oppossed to ? Please give facts.

lovingmyUSA on October 21, 2009 at 6:30 PM

Ifell lost me when she “moderated” the debates

I think that’s because she asked the question and accepted the answer.

Unless there is a real contradiction, such as, “But you said this…”, then really that should be the end of a question.

Otherwise, you get the Couric/Gibson approach to Palin, which was guaranteed to make her look stupid.

AnninCA on October 21, 2009 at 6:32 PM

Well whaddaya know: looks like Gloria Borger was taking careful notes because she has an article at RCP today entitled “Republicans snipe instead of offering solutions”.

There’s absolutely no pretense of objective journalism anymore at CNN, and they don’t care who knows it.

Yes, we’re his whores AND WE LOVE IT!!

chris999 on October 21, 2009 at 6:38 PM

I wonder if Fox took Ahmedinejad on as a special contributor or something if we could get Pres. Obama to go after him a bit harder?

Blaise on October 21, 2009 at 6:42 PM

fantastic leno clip!

i better start watching him more…

homesickamerican on October 21, 2009 at 6:44 PM

Obama is an inept, partisan, disingenuous, spoiled, enabled hack, of a man/child. And it’s sooooooo hard to believe, people of intelligence were, and are actually duped into believing he can run his house hold, let alone the entire nation!

Be prepared for poverty. It’s on it’s way!

capejasmine on October 21, 2009 at 6:46 PM

why can’t Anita Dunn pick up the red phone and call Glenn Beck?

Because every time she lets her fingers do the walking, they go into her ears and over her eyes.

Pity…

karl9000 on October 21, 2009 at 6:48 PM

Oh, Beck has broken 3 stories, isn’t that right?

Let him repeat this for 18 years.

AnninCA on October 21, 2009 at 6:26 PM
As oppossed to ? Please give facts.

lovingmyUSA on October 21, 2009 at 6:30 PM

Don’t bother. It will just give you a headache, Loving.

HornetSting on October 21, 2009 at 6:57 PM

Don’t bother. It will just give you a headache, Loving.

HornetSting on October 21, 2009 at 6:57 PM

Sorry, but Beck is a spitter. He is even WORSE than KO or CM,but only by a smidge.

AnninCA on October 21, 2009 at 7:00 PM

Gloria Borger did a hell of a lot of hatchet work on Hillary for Teh One..she is most certianly biased as all hexx,

ginaswo on October 21, 2009 at 7:02 PM

Well, I don’t see Beck that way. or Rush L.

I think they are both a bit over the edge on ideology.

But so are some of the progressives.
AnninCA on October 21, 2009 at 6:24 PM

Eureka! I think AnninCa might be one of them there elusive “independent voter”.
Independent Voter AnninCA= A lib offering a phony hand of friendship if only us conservatives will rid ourselves of “pesky” things like opposition to abortion and support for “over the edge” people like Glen Beck and Rush L.
Right AnninCA? Dream on lady, dream on.

RMR on October 21, 2009 at 7:03 PM

Meanwhile, our troops are getting killed … We forgot to elect a CinC. Our troops can’t wait while the Oba-Mao meets with the bozo commentators at MSNBC.

tarpon on October 21, 2009 at 7:10 PM

Eureka! I think AnninCa might be one of them there elusive “independent voter”.
Independent Voter AnninCA= A lib offering a phony hand of friendship if only us conservatives will rid ourselves of “pesky” things like opposition to abortion and support for “over the edge” people like Glen Beck and Rush L.
Right AnninCA? Dream on lady, dream on

Yep, one those smart ones.

Please. KO is a one trick pony, with his phony indignant air and sir and such. He hasn’t had an original thought or intelligent thought in his whole life.

Beck, OTOH, is clever with words, uses everyday things we all relate to and does his research instead of depending on his opinion. His show is fun, informative and infuriating.

Jvette on October 21, 2009 at 7:28 PM

If Jay Leno is willing to joke like that…the worm is turning folks.

He made the President look faintly ridiculous with the mop skit.

JeffWeimer on October 21, 2009 at 7:34 PM

Eureka! I think AnninCa might be one of them there elusive “independent voter”.
Independent Voter AnninCA= A lib offering a phony hand of friendship if only us conservatives will rid ourselves of “pesky” things like opposition to abortion and support for “over the edge” people like Glen Beck and Rush L.
Right AnninCA? Dream on lady, dream on.

RMR on October 21, 2009 at 7:03 PM

She is a stealth liberal through and through…she will say “fiscal conservative” then beg for free medical care.

right2bright on October 21, 2009 at 7:39 PM

Hey, remember when Stephen Colbert was accusing journalists of just transcribing White House press releases and repeating White House talking points instead of challenging them, because that was how you earned your buddy-buddy nickname from President Bush?

Anyway, minor quibble about Beck’s red phone: it’s a brilliant piece of theater, but it’s never going to ring on his show — and not just because he’s not getting anything wrong or Anita’s too chickensh!t to call his bluff. It’s also never going to ring with a real-time correction because the show isn’t live; it’s taped several hours beforehand.

Alex_SF on October 21, 2009 at 7:41 PM

left wing group led protest/attack of advertisers in..

3…2..

Joe Caps on October 21, 2009 at 7:54 PM

1st rule of Obama club is that you don’t talk about Obama club. The 2nd rule …………

These people suck.

Americannodash on October 21, 2009 at 7:57 PM

Meanwhile, our troops are getting killed … We The people who weren’t paying attention or decided to ignore the facts about Obambi forgot to elect a CinC. Our troops can’t wait while the Oba-Mao meets with the bozo commentators at MSNBC.

tarpon on October 21, 2009 at 7:10 PM

FIFY

HAnthonyWayne on October 21, 2009 at 7:57 PM

On Monday, MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow were among several people who attended an off-the-record briefing with Pres. Obama at the White House. Sources tell us other attendees at the two-and-a-half hour chat included Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post, Maureen Dowd of the New York Times, Gwen Ifill of PBS and Gloria Borger of CNN.

Oooooo! Murderers’ Row in the Fantasy Journalism League! Every one a keeper!

ya2daup on October 21, 2009 at 7:57 PM

Alex_SF on October 21, 2009 at 7:41 PM

He’s live most days; I’ve seen him comment on Fox News Alerts and headlined stories at the bottom of the hour plenty of times.

HAnthonyWayne on October 21, 2009 at 7:59 PM

Hey look, the usually suspects; the same people who propagated that Obama bull during the campaign went to this meeting. I wish I could say I’m surprised , but I’m not.

Cr4sh Dummy on October 21, 2009 at 8:07 PM

He’s live most days; I’ve seen him comment on Fox News Alerts and headlined stories at the bottom of the hour plenty of times.

You know, you may be right about that and I may be wrong. I was going on the fact that where I live, his radio show is on at the same time as the TV show — but then looked up his radio show and saw that it goes from 9-noon Eastern and realized that they must be delaying the radio show by 6 hours on my local station.

My bad, as they say these days.

Alex_SF on October 21, 2009 at 8:09 PM

Two and a half hours.

McChrystal only got 25 minutes.

Buy Danish on October 21, 2009 at 8:40 PM

Olbermann is evil, why is Obama associating with evil people? That is so unlike the One to hang out with horrible people…

Oh… wait…

scotash on October 21, 2009 at 9:28 PM

On his radio show this evening, Mark Levin pointed out that our President has now spent more time with Olbermann and Maddow than he has with General McChrystal.

Red State State of Mind on October 21, 2009 at 9:52 PM

What a pathetic display. . . .

karra on October 21, 2009 at 5:41 PM

What a pathetic excuse for a president. For that matter, a pathetic excuse for a human being. Thin skinned and weak minded.

Griz on October 21, 2009 at 10:13 PM

Two and a half hours.

McChrystal only got 25 minutes.

Buy Danish on October 21, 2009 at 8:40 PM

Exactly.

huckelberry on October 21, 2009 at 10:20 PM

Two and a half hours.

McChrystal only got 25 minutes.

Buy Danish on October 21, 2009 at 8:40 PM

And probably never got a word in…

2ipa on October 21, 2009 at 10:56 PM

The ability for the White House to achieve any success in the “War with FoxNews” is roughly equivalent to the “War on Team America” that North Korean leader Kim Jong Il attempted after it’s creators made him look like a fool in the movie, “Team America: World Police“.

It was said that Kim Jong Il had ordered that the writers, Trey Parker and Matt Stone (still alive), be assassinated, a step that I don’t think Obama is ready to take, but of course like Nancy Pelosi said, the war of words could inspire terrible violence which could reflect badly on the President.

J_Crater on October 21, 2009 at 11:26 PM

Haha, that little Leno skit was actually pretty funny. I like how he let go of the mop the instant he heard it was a socialist mop.

R. Waher on October 22, 2009 at 12:32 AM

His nonsense on the trail about bringing a new, “post-partisan” tone to D.C.

I have a feeling he meant “post-partisan” as in “the partisans will be eliminated”.

JimC on October 22, 2009 at 12:35 AM

Beck is on live at 5pm EST.

cannonball on October 22, 2009 at 1:50 AM

LET THAT CLIP SINK IN. THEY EMAILED HER AND SHE ARGUED FOR THIER SIDE… REAL TIME. Pupets!!! That should be a post all in itself. Beck needs to pick it up and run with it.
Indian Outlaw on October 21, 2009 at 5:41 PM

WOW!

In an “on air” discussion on MSNBC about the White house being obsess with attacking Fox News, at the expense of handling real problems, the White House, through an “on-air” e-mail, stated they were not obsess with attacking Fox News.

So why were they watching a show on MSNBC on the “peoples” dime?

DSchoen on October 22, 2009 at 3:58 AM

Why would the President want to invite reps of an openly hostile and clearly ideologically motivated opinion network to defame and misrepresent him?
Grow Fins on October 21, 2009 at 5:27 PM

Uhm, because he started this little war, thus elevating “Fox News” to the same level as the POTUS.

And, if he doesn’t, it looks like he’s afraid of “Fox News”.

If he can’t stand up to Fox News, how can he stand up to anyone or anything?

DSchoen on October 22, 2009 at 4:07 AM

So why were they watching a show on MSNBC on the “peoples” dime?

DSchoen on October 22, 2009 at 3:58 AM

Steve Doocy (Fox & Friends co-host) had a birthday within the past week and Bill Burton text-mailed him to say “Happy Birthday” after it was announced on the show.

Burton is second in command under Gibbsy.

Apparently, there are “minders” for all the media outlets.

Greyledge Gal on October 22, 2009 at 4:28 AM

I’m sure Gewn Ifill was just working on some new debate questions.

DailyDanet on October 22, 2009 at 8:08 AM

Two and a half hours.

McChrystal only got 25 minutes.

Buy Danish on October 21, 2009 at 8:40 PM
And probably never got a word in…

2ipa on October 21, 2009 at 10:56 PM

I disagree. I believe the general was given the opportunity to speak candidly and did so. Obama may even have pretended to listen. We know better.

SKYFOX on October 22, 2009 at 9:40 AM

If Fox is not a news organization…then we should all challenge him to remove the press passes from Fox.
Why allow them, a non-news agency, sit in on white house press conferences.
Obama…remove those passes!

right2bright on October 22, 2009 at 9:56 AM

Great piece, because it is sooooo full of truth.

MSGTAS on October 22, 2009 at 10:10 AM

This is like the referees going into the huddle with one of the teams then expecting them to call a fair game!

Cartoon time. SNL? Daily Show? Crickets?

petunia on October 22, 2009 at 10:18 AM

right2bright on October 22, 2009 at 9:56 AM

Ummm I think that is the end game. Don’t encourage him.

petunia on October 22, 2009 at 10:19 AM

If he can’t stand up to Fox News, how can he stand up to anyone or anything?

DSchoen on October 22, 2009 at 4:07 AM

He proved that long ago.

petunia on October 22, 2009 at 10:20 AM

Good for Jay dropping the mop.

Fox News dropped the mop too. And the whitehouse is livid.

petunia on October 22, 2009 at 10:23 AM

Well whaddaya know: looks like Gloria Borger was taking careful notes because she has an article at RCP today entitled “Republicans snipe instead of offering solutions”.

There’s absolutely no pretense of objective journalism anymore at CNN, and they don’t care who knows it.

Yes, we’re his whores AND WE LOVE IT!!

chris999 on October 21, 2009 at 6:38 PM

Who ever is leaking to Fox should be carefully watching what is being written and pointing out to us the stories they write or talk. Because then we will get the exact talking points and can completely discredit them.

I’m actually disappointed that RCP would highlight a story by any of these discredited jerks. But then they too are Democrats so what can you expect? Journalist fairness… no that’s too much to ask.

petunia on October 22, 2009 at 10:29 AM

The Leno bit was great!

The WH is trying to isolate people who don’t agree with them, to minimize the damage they can cause. Even Politico has finally realized that this strategy just happens to exactly match Alinsky’s playbook.

hawksruleva on October 22, 2009 at 10:35 AM

Two and a half hours.

McChrystal only got 25 minutes.

Buy Danish on October 21, 2009 at 8:40 PM

I’m sure Maddow, Olby and Dowd had some advice for Obama on Afghanistan. I’m also sure it’ll weigh more heavily in Obama’s mind than McChrystal’s advice.

hawksruleva on October 22, 2009 at 10:37 AM

“…most open administration, ever.” More like junior high school.

happy2behere on October 22, 2009 at 10:41 AM

Evidently Joe Scarborough wasn’t invited and didn’t get the directive. Watch this GREAT debate between him and Larry O’Donnell from this morning! I hope it goes viral!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FY4DTbxRD28

tmedlin on October 22, 2009 at 10:44 AM

Jay is obviously confused and disoriented.

/sarc

infidel4life on October 22, 2009 at 10:44 AM

tmedlin on October 22, 2009 at 10:44 AM

First clip I’ve watched from MSNBC in years… Good for Joe. He should have told the audience to go to Fox for real news, these people are stilling fighting the Bush administration, they are out of touch!

petunia on October 22, 2009 at 11:16 AM

Looks like the GOP, Fox News and the conservative blogosphere was on “double secret probation” all along.

Where is Senator Blutarsky when we need him!!!

SmallGovtGuy on October 22, 2009 at 11:45 AM

Needless to say, The One’s entitled to talk to whomever he wants, but playing pattycake with MSNBC’s primetime stars does further raise the question of why Beck and Hannity are problematic “opinion” shows while Olbermann and Maddow aren’t. And yes, that question is entirely rhetorical.

–AllahPundit

Son, you sure have a way with words. Keep up the good work. I chuckle everytime I read you, even when I disagree with you.

Subsunk

Subsunk on October 22, 2009 at 1:02 PM

Propagandists!

TrickyDick on October 22, 2009 at 1:42 PM

They put the A in WHAM (White House Approved Media). Can’t garner much more A than those two toady a-holes.

miles on October 22, 2009 at 3:07 PM

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