AP slams WH for staged photos; tells press not to use Obama’s ‘propaganda’

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When Americans see a picture of President Obama in his office, on the phone or in some other function, the natural conclusion is that it was taken by a member of the press, that it captured the president’s real day-to-day duties. Neither is true very often, according to The Daily Caller.

As if Obama’s “imperial presidency” needed any more substantiation, The Associated Press’ photography director, Santiago Lyon, outed the Obama regime for refusing press photographers access to the White House and instead routinely handing over images taken privately by his own photographers. Lyon called the material “propaganda” at the AP Media Editors national convention on Oct. 30, The Daily Caller reported, adding:

“The AP has only been permitted to photograph the president alone in the Oval Office on two occasions–both in his first term –and has never been allowed to photograph the president with his staff in the office.”

AP Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll said the practice is commonplace because, quite simply, the media is accepting it and using the photos. Carroll advised members of the media attending the conference to “stop using the White House’s preferred photos in their own stories,” The Daily Caller reported.

Propaganda photos come in lock-step with another practice coming to light recently — Obama’s closed meetings with hand-picked journalists whose names are not disclosed. “We don’t provide lists of participants,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz said, according to Politico.

Americans are left to wonder if Washington is the scene of some movie, staged and scripted from the desk of a Hollywood progressive, where real journalism is excluded in favor of a carefully crafted propaganda machine.
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  • Steve Saia

    Why should any of this be a surprise to anyone? Obama is now and will always be a fake and phony character. History will show the deepest level of corruption coming from our first black and white president.

    • Joseph Morgan

      I agree with you.

      • Eileen Kuch

        And I second it.

  • aliswell

    Since the invention of the camera all despots have preferred total control over their images. Today is no different as we see with Kim Jong Un, Obama, Putin, etc.

    • awakeawareomshanti

      at least Putin rides a bear.

      • Defiant

        Putin rides a bear while carrying a howitzer between his teeth to keep his hands are free to steer the beast! I understand he’s also been known to let the bears ride him!

  • francoamerian

    Everything about this president has been phoney from the start. That includes his claim to be an American citizen. I don’t feel sorry for the AP or any of the other mainstream media. They helped to elect this phoney and they have made excuses for his corruptness from the first day in the White House. Most of them are still covering his black and white arse.

  • princesssong

    Stop talking about him all together.

    • Missourimule

      No way — ignore him? Turn him totally loose to do what he wants? Just hand over your wallet and whatever snippet of freedom you still have.

      • princesssong

        I didn’t mean it like that, if he gets no noise, maybe he will just fall off the planet cause no one is paying attention to him. He is such a brat!! I try not to think about him, as it upsets me sooo much seeing what is happening here.. I fax, sign papers whatever I can to get RID of him, but then try to forget him other times..

  • Sue Ann Carey

    This man is surrounded by lies and liars…to cover up whatever is really going on in the white house!

    • Defiant

      Oh…you mean whatever goes on in Nero’s lair?

  • LST

    Ovomit is Satan’s son, and desperately needs & deserves to be impeached, locked up, and deported along with that half Sasquatch half Klingon creature he’s married to.

  • HongryHawg

    Every single thing is constructed to prevent the truth from getting out. If the truths were known, even the low-information voters; his base, would be disgusted and offended. If ever there was a shell on two feet, the pretender is it.

  • Undecider

    Everything about this guy is a prop.

    • jaray242

      And what were LBJ, Nixon, Carter , Reagan, Bush or Clinton? Everybody knows the President does not run the country.

      • Missourimule

        But, jaray, even if you’re into conspiracy theories, which I’m not, the results of presidential elections . . . of elections in general . . . determine who’s going to “run the country’ . . . and right now, we’re really screwed, by our own choices, from the top, right on down.

        • jaray242

          Not really a conspiracy just look at the amount of money it takes to get elected. You spend that much you expect something in return. Corporations are people

        • jaray242

          Funny how John Q Public can be charged with a conspiracy, but question Uncle SAM’s official version of a story or situation and voila you are a conspiracy theorist

        • freedom74

          “You know, comrades,” says Stalin, “that I think in regard to
          this: I consider it completely unimportant who in the party will vote,
          or how; but what is extraordinarily important is this — who will count
          the votes, and how.”

          And, well, run a little statistical analysis and elections are a load of bull.

          Most elections – Less than 30% of registered voters vote. That means that winning 51% means only about 16% of registered voters voted for that choice. With about 1/3 of the population ineligible to vote, our “Democracy” allows about 8% of the population to steer the other 92%!!! We also never get to choose “none of the above” or simply “no”! If you only get two choices and they are both terrible and you cannot choose another path, that is in no way “Democracy”. I will not be held responsible for the poor choices made by people “elected” to “represent” ME by 8% of the population.

        • Defiant

          I don’t really recall him being elected without RIFE voter fraud. Dems bussing voters to polls EVERYWHERE. Dems voting more than once. Obama getting votes from pets, illegals, the deceased!Black Panthers intimidating whites at polling places. ENTIRE (multiple) precincts with 100% counts for Obama. I mean, if it were any more blatant we’d BE the Middle East! LOL!

          • Muhammad Abbass

            Yes there was similar level of corruption involved in getting Barky into office as there was in getting Bush in as I recall. You don’t have anything remotely like a proper democratic election anymore. Countries you look down on, such as Venezuela and Iran do much better at it I am sorry to inform you.

    • Defiant

      It wouldn’t shock me to find out if he’s the result of a Democrat request to Disney that they build an animatronic candidate! LOL! He doesn’t allow photogs to observe him because he’s powered down, slumped over his desk.

  • Cecillia

    Of course, he doesn’t want the press around.
    That’s because he always has his feet on OUR FURNITURE.

    • Muhammad Abbass

      Your furniture? Who pays taxes to whom? I suggest you go and ask him to take his feet off your furniture and see whose furniture it is then little one. Words are so cheap. He can put your name on a list and you’ll be dead by afternoon,, and you think you own anything in the USA? You’re a slave, who exists as long as your emperor says you may. If he decrees you must die, then you’re toast.

      Your furniture! My bum it is. You don’t own anything.

  • Missourimule

    What “natural conclusion” would lead us to think that Obama’s pics were taken by an AP (or other) news photographer? EVERYONE who has paid any attention has known that all of the King’s public pictures (and much more of his public notices) have been provided by his own staff – and it’s only now that a few members of the tongue-lapping press are starting to complain. Seriously, if we actually had a free and unbiased press here (besides FOX NEWS, I mean), we wouldn’t be in nearly the trouble we’re in.

    • jaray242

      Besides Fox? Are u serious?

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