Video – Schieffer wants Obama to “rethink his entire communications policy”

posted at 6:01 pm on May 26, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

CBS host Bob Schieffer of Face the Nation has been on a roll the past few weeks. As Ed told us last week, he started off by asking Dan Pfeiffer why he had been sent out to carry the administration’s water, rather than somebody who might actually know something. This week he was back with another “personal thought” on the nature of White House relations with the press. I’ll put in a transcript of the highlights below, but watch the whole thing. When the President is getting this kind of treatment from the Tiffany Network, something is afoot.

People have often asked me, of all the administrations you’ve covered, which was the most secretive and manipulative? The Nixon administration retired the trophy, of course. Since then, my answer has always been, whichever administration is currently in power. Information management has become so sophisticated, every administration learns from the previous one. Each finds new ways to control the flow of information. It’s reached the point that if I want to interview anyone in the administration on camera, from the lowest level worker to a White House official, I have to go through the White House press office. If their chosen spokesman turns out to have no direct connection to the story of the moment, as was the case when UN Ambassador Susan Rice was sent out to explain the Benghazi episode, that’s what we, and you the US taxpayer, get, and it usually isn’t much. So I am glad the President has asked the Attorney General to review whether his investigations into leaks is having a chilling effect on journalists, but he shouldn’t stop there. The President needs to rethink his entire communications policy top to bottom. It is hurting his credibility and shortchanging the public. And to head the review, how about someone other than the Attorney General whose department is so deeply involved? That makes no sense to me.

That may come off as fairly mild compared to some of the things we’d like to ask the White House these days, but coming from Face the Nation, it’s pretty much a boot to the face. It also manages to raise the question – in civil language – of why Eric Holder is going to wind up investigating himself. I’m sure that’s one that we’d all like to hear the President address personally. The answer should be a real hoot.

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It is hurting his credibility

What “credibility”?

And who woke up Schieffer? Isn’t he usually on a mental vacation when it comes to Barry?

GarandFan on May 26, 2013 at 6:07 PM

Mr. Shieffer doesn’t seem to understand…

This is how Obama envisions his administration working. Obama is personally behind everything from Fast & Furious to Benghazi to the IRS and everything else. Personally behind it.

That is why people like Holder weren’t fired years ago – they’re doing the job that Obama wants them to do.

That is why it is imperative that the very second the Republicans are in charge of Congress that they impeach, convict and remove this traitor from office.

Then he needs to be indicted, tried, convicted and sentenced on charges of treason.

He is doing all of this deliberately and with full malice aforethought.

After that, let the chips fall where they may – there is a fight coming and there really is no way to avoid it.

turfmann on May 26, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Considering his entire communications policy is to lie, blame and misdirect, I agree, except that Schieffer is deceived to call it a communications policy. The administration practices the art of propaganda, and they’re not about to quit.

INC on May 26, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Obama’s communications policy is saying anything that comes to mind and you media types get a s___ eating grin on your face and say “Isn’t he wonderful?” You people, Bob, are the reason we have no answers from this administration and it’s because he has NEVER been asked one question that was worth asking!

Herb on May 26, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Welcome to the party, pal.

Although I still envision ol’ Bob back on knees genuflecting again before too long – I give the over/under at 30 days.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on May 26, 2013 at 6:11 PM

But Bob, that IRS thing is just hunky dory, isn’t it? And who cares about a bunch of dead Mexicans or an Ambassador and his press agent as well as the yokels that tried to save them. You will pass on the lies like they were the PR gold standard. Solyndra? Those folks are your friends, right? Pass the loot.
The economy? It is doing just great as long as we don’t run out of ‘discouraged’ workers, food stamps, welfare, and SSA for the ‘too crippled to work’.
Sorry Scheifer. Your are a useless tool. A stooge. A senile yes man who allowed all this to happen because you refused to look beyond your mirror.

pat on May 26, 2013 at 6:13 PM

Mr. Shieffer doesn’t seem to understand…

I don’t think he has understood a thing for the last 11 years.

pat on May 26, 2013 at 6:15 PM

Obama needs to completely rethink Obama, but he can’t do that because he’s Obama.

VorDaj on May 26, 2013 at 6:15 PM

This week he was back with another “personal thought” on the nature of White House relations with the press.

That relation is like that between a leg and a dog.

VorDaj on May 26, 2013 at 6:17 PM

You people, Bob, are the reason we have no answers from this administration and it’s because he has NEVER been asked one question by you and your colleagues that was worth asking!

Herb on May 26, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Just a little clarification by extension.
The people who were asking the right questions were ignored or belittled by Schieffer and his ilk, who are now surprised that they got exactly what we knew they were buying.

AesopFan on May 26, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Schieffer occasionally stops humping Obama’s leg for 10 seconds and Hotgas management wants to give him the Croix de Guerre.

VorDaj on May 26, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Schieffer wants Obama to “rethink his entire communications policy”
…translation for those not brain-dead from socialist extremism: d-crat tool schieffer: “I don’t get enough of OBOZO’s butt to kiss – he should rethink his policy so loyal sycophants/stooges like me can get more.”

TeaPartyNation on May 26, 2013 at 6:25 PM

Racist!

SouthernGent on May 26, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Scheifer is mad at the LIBS for blaming him for Os debate debacle. He is getting a small measure of revenge.

BoxHead1 on May 26, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Schieffer occasionally stops humping Obama’s leg for 10 seconds and Hotgas management wants to give him the Croix de Guerre.

VorDaj on May 26, 2013 at 6:24 PM

It’s known around here as the ‘Jon Stewart Stockholm Syndrome’.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on May 26, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Scheifer is mad at the LIBS for blaming him for Os debate debacle. He is getting a small measure of revenge.

BoxHead1 on May 26, 2013 at 6:30 PM

DOH!, that was Leher. Old White Male liberals all look alike to me.

BoxHead1 on May 26, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Me too – starting with STFU.

kim roy on May 26, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Schieffer occasionally stops humping Obama’s leg for 10 seconds and Hotgas management wants to give him the Croix de Guerre.

VorDaj on May 26, 2013 at 6:24 PM

I’d ask if you’re new here, but I know you’re not. I personally call it “The Breadcrumb Syndrome”, where various people fall all over themselves when the elites toss the unwashed masses a breadcrumb to keep them quiet. See: Jon Stewart, Bill Maher or any lefty when they sober up for a moment.

kim roy on May 26, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Looks like Jug Ears is having an LBJ/Cronkite moment. If he loses Bib Schieffer he loses the rest of the LSM…

glcinpdx on May 26, 2013 at 7:06 PM

I’m guessing that the only reason why dedicated liberalists like Schieffer are starting to meep softly about the Obama administration is that there comes a point when they know that their own credibility takes a hit if they go on pretending that there is no problem worth discussing in Camelot these days. I mean, the Attorney General is seriously going to be in a position to investigate himself??? How can you mull that over and NOT conclude that anybody who thinks that’s OK is a lunatic who isn’t fit to bag groceries???

Aitch748 on May 26, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Whooptie doo! Schieffer had a moment of clarity. When he wakes in the morning, he’ll be back to being a typical LSM slug.

Liam on May 26, 2013 at 7:09 PM

Bob, how does it feel now that events clearly indicate that every Tea Party member is not only more perceptive than you are, but also more perceptive than almost everyone you admire?

Take your time, Bob – I know it’s tough to realize at last that you are an idiot compared to a bunch of people you thought were idiots.

drunyan8315 on May 26, 2013 at 7:10 PM

i gather that Bob had a big to do over climatism today.

we Will Surely Die if nothing is done. So Bob is probably privately urging the WH to move ON with the Big Stuff…throw Holder or others out…there is Bigger Fish to fry.

of course the trigger for the religious outburst was Moore OK. And now that we have 400 PPM we will surely die IF We DON”T Do SOMETHING. Hint, hint.

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/05/26/claim-400-ppm-co2-gives-the-weather-personality/

now we can laugh at the preachers of doom and the snake oil guys…but the press is not laughing…they see a real Opportunity here…one that barry can seize on to make his Legacy..

and the prog Rs will be right there with him.

r keller on May 26, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Thinking that the reason Obama has not given the boot to any top staff members is that something else big is brewing and in the works for Obama and gang.
Obama needs these people to carry out his plan…whatever it is.

The alternative is that Obama is even a worse, more incompetent President than any of us thought. (This is getting my vote.)

albill on May 26, 2013 at 7:15 PM

Hey Bob, you’ve missed a lot of stories. Catch up.

Cindy Munford on May 26, 2013 at 7:16 PM

The “personalities” of MSNBC would like us to note that while Bob Scheiffer is a huge lefty, he is also probably an unreconstructed racist and (given his age) a doddering old fool to boot. Just like Bob Woodward was a month is so ago, when he voiced his own complaints about the honesty and trustworthiness of the administration.

MTF on May 26, 2013 at 7:19 PM

Just imagine where we would be right now had Bob and the rest of the talking heads had come to the same conclusion as all of us even 2 years ago?

D-fusit on May 26, 2013 at 7:27 PM

The real issue is his admission that he,and others like him, simply accept what the Administration dishes out to them. He complains that when a spokesperson comes out, such as Amb. Rice, who knows little or nothing about the subject, then that is what they and the taxpayer have to settle for.

But since when is that the rule? Since when do our journalist class simply have to accept the pablum dished out at the whim of the likes of Valerie Jarrett? Why would he, and the others such as him who have extremely powerful positions, not call out these empty suits? What happened to digging? In a nutshell, what happened to actual journalism?

Schieffer’s comment is a damning admission of the state of the elite media in the US, and explains why they have failed so dismally in their constitutionally protected function of informing the American people.

Blaise on May 26, 2013 at 7:36 PM

turfmann on May 26, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Hear, hear! Well said, sir …

ShainS on May 26, 2013 at 7:39 PM

This week he was back with another “personal thought” on the nature of White House relations with the press.

That relation is like that between a leg and a dog.

VorDaj on May 26, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Or a pimp and his wh*res.

GrannyDee on May 26, 2013 at 7:49 PM

Bob Schieffer, that disloyal SOB, will soon announce his retirement so he can spend more time with his family.

Very bad, Mr. Schieffer, wandering off the reservation. What do you think you are? A journalist?

Might be time for an audit.

patch on May 26, 2013 at 7:51 PM

That may come off as fairly mild compared to some of the things we’d like to ask the White House these days, but coming from Face the Nation, it’s pretty much a boot to the face.

That’s kind of a stretch. If this is a boot in the face, how would a really serious criticism be characterized?

Curtiss on May 26, 2013 at 7:53 PM

The President needs to rethink his entire communications policy top to bottom.

Why? It’s working perfectly. Schieffer better get used to being played for a schmuck, it’s not going to change and he’s expected to like it or shut up. Ask the AP and Fox News.

jnelchef on May 26, 2013 at 8:04 PM

Just imagine where we would be right now had Bob and the rest of the talking heads had come to the same conclusion as all of us even 2 years ago?

D-fusit on May 26, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Demanding accountabilty from President Romney about the crimes committed by careerist criminals like Lois Lerner and blaming him for not doing it quick enough. With the rat-eared coward in office the theme is “what scandal.”

Happy Nomad on May 26, 2013 at 8:11 PM

New Obama communications policy:
“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” – Mark Twain

Naga… naga… nagonnahappen, is it?

Marcola on May 26, 2013 at 8:11 PM

Looks like Jug Ears is having an LBJ/Cronkite moment. If he loses Bib Schieffer he loses the rest of the LSM…

glcinpdx on May 26, 2013 at 7:06 PM

“If he loses Bob Schieffer” – that would be nice, but it isn’t going to happen.

Schieffer and the rest of the lemmings are a little miffed, but basically aren’t criticizing Barky, they’re just trying to call in plays from the sidelines to help. “Pleeeeease, my lord, take my advice so that we can make all of this unpleasantness go away”.

bofh on May 26, 2013 at 8:49 PM

Hey, Bob – if you’d wake up for a moment or two, you’d realize that this isn’t a bug, it’s a feature.

This is entirely by design, champ.

Midas on May 26, 2013 at 8:50 PM

Schieffer wants Obama to “rethink his entire communications policy”

Fix his communications policy? Get serious. Fix the policy.

petefrt on May 26, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Why should dear leader change anything, it’s all working according to plan so far.

Kissmygrits on May 26, 2013 at 9:37 PM

You can’t tell the truth of your intentions …if the People would reject it.

So you sell Flim and Flam covered in Obamaphones, Resentment, Racism! and A Smile.

Worked for 5 years.

But the rot’s aroma is now so undeniable that even the nose-removed media is wincing.

profitsbeard on May 26, 2013 at 9:42 PM

Bob will get over it. Barry will send roses to CBS News and all will be forgiven. Nothing will change those leftists.

Philly on May 26, 2013 at 10:03 PM

Bob is missing the point again, worying about what the administration says rather than what it does. CBS and the others lost their credibility a long time ago. Extra face-time for them won’t get it back. Doing some actual journalism might.

virgo on May 26, 2013 at 11:46 PM

“Rethink communications ‘policy”

Interpretation: leave us alone and we’ll continue to help you destroy this nation…

Don L on May 27, 2013 at 5:16 AM

No end to scandals in sight for embattled White House

FIFY, Bob.

ProfShadow on May 27, 2013 at 8:14 AM

…I’m starting to think John McCain has a twin senile brother.

KOOLAID2 on May 27, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Bob’s rolling out the new CBS motto:

“They Decide. We Report”

virgo on May 27, 2013 at 11:43 AM

I’d love to know what these guys learn at Harvard. THe ethics, in this administration, appear to be below a minimum standard, even for Democrat Politicians. If the liberal Scheiffer notices it and comments on it, you know it has to be bad.

bflat879 on May 27, 2013 at 12:14 PM

I have to praise Obama.

No one since Reagan has been as effective at controlling the image of the President.

Must really piss off Billy Jeff Clinton to have to kiss Barack’s ring like he does.

PappyD61 on May 27, 2013 at 1:07 PM

It should occur to anyone who is paying attention that CBS newscaster Bob Schieffer may really need to examine his own “communications policy,”, and most certainly that of the CBS television network, particularly with respect to their highly suspicious handling one key video clip of an interview of Barack Obama by Steve Kroft, conducted by the CBS 60 Minutes team on September 12, 2012, right after the President’s Rose Garden remarks in response to the Benghazi attacks — the clip of Obama openly and deliberately downplaying the possible role of terror in the attack when he was specifically asked by Kroft if it was a “terrorism attack.”

That clip obviously gained high newsworthy significance during the heart of the Presidential campaign this past fall, particularly in the immediate aftermath of the second presidential debate that was held on October 15th and moderated by the failed fact-checking moderator, CNN‘s hapless Candy Crowley, initially agreed with the President’s risible claim that he had called the attack a “terrorism attack” right from the get-go, when in fact he had done no such thing!

Regardless of it’s newsworthy significance from that point on, that clip remained curiously buried by one or more unknown “bigs” at the CBS network, with the prime “suspects” including — in addition to third presidential debate moderator, and long time CBS News anchor, Bob Schieffer — the following specific individuals, to wit: CBS News President, David Rhodes (brother of Ben Rhodes, Deputy Nat’l Security Adviser to Barack Obama, and NSA Benghazi “talking points” editor); and/or Patricia Shevlin, Executive Producer of the CBS Evening News; and/or), CBS Evening News anchor, Scott Pelly; and or, CBS 60 Minutes interviewer, Steve Kroft; and or, CBS 60 Minutes Executive Editor, Bill Owens.

Whoever participated in that suppression of the tape clip, they did so until a mere two days prior to the election, at which time it was quietly posted on the CBS website, without notice, and obviously too late for the newsworthy clip to matter in the election.

And Bob Schieffer now dares to lecture the President, telling him that he has a “communications policy” problem, when one or more of several CBS bigwigs — possibly including Schieffer himself — quietly participated in a news blackout last fall that may well have materially affected the outcome of the 2012 Presidential Election?

Baloney!! The current crop at the “Tiffany Network” would seem to have nothing on mere pikers like Dan Rather and Mary Mapes!

Trochilus on May 27, 2013 at 6:02 PM