Thursday, November 19, 2009

Funny, The Press Is Allowed Full Access On Base When The Zero Visited
But not in this case? Hmmm...

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin will be visiting the US Army's Fort Bragg here in North Carolina next week. But unlike when The Zero visited there more than a few months back, the media will be highly restricted and under close supervision when they cover Governor Palin's visit next week.

Here's the article in it's entirety from the AP; (Emphasis mine)
Army limits media access at Palin event at NC base
The U.S. Army now says it will allow media limited access to Sarah Palin's appearance at Fort Bragg.

Army officials had said they would prohibit coverage of Palin's on-post event, saying it would turn into political grandstanding against President Barack Obama.

The Associated Press and The Fayetteville Observer objected and the military changed its position slightly on Thursday night. It will grant a pool of reporters restricted access to Monday's appearance.

Fort Bragg spokesman Col. Billy Buckner said members of the media will not be allowed to interview the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee and will be barred from talking to her supporters on post.

Buckner said the setup will allow reporters their right to access while preventing the event from turning political.
Hey Army, just let the press cover the appearance unencumbered, and we, the American people, will draw our own conclusions. You know, that whole First Amendment thingee?

After all, this isn't about National Security, but it is about Totalitarianism and Dictatorship.


Blogger Idiota said...

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9:35 AM  
Blogger Coffee Catholic said...

", saying it would turn into political grandstanding against President Barack Obama"

Oh no, not that! What is this... the USSR????

Things are deffinately getting scarier by the day.

11:00 AM  
Blogger Dirtdartwife said...

To be honest, I'd rather the media not be there. Why should the military have to worry about the salivating, rabid liberal idiots that are there specifically (and only) to look for ANYone that can be tied back to the military, with a comment that is anti-Obama.

Do you really think the liberal media will stick to only asking questions about Sarah Palin to those that show up on Bragg (especially if the person can be associated with the military in some capacity)? I honestly think they'll start asking questions about what happened at Ft. Hood and getting opinions on Obama's reaction (or lack thereof) and his restriction on us for speaking out against it (the whole "let's not jump to conclusions crap).

The vast majority in the military aren't stupid. They know who support them. However, it does make me wonder where the order to at least partially lift the ban came from. It also makes me wonder if it was a perfect, blanket cover your ass technique by the higher ups at Bragg to ensure they're not called on the carpet for something a Private says (of which I don't blame them).

11:54 AM  
Blogger ignorant redneck said...

Two observations: The Army is supposed to be apolitical, as the president is the Commander in Chief. Since the days of Gen. McClellan, Army officers have been highly discouraged from speaking out against, or showing opposition to, a sitting president. (That was one of the Reasons Douglas "Dugout Doug" McArthur was relieved!) Army personnel can vote however they like, but are not to express any political opinions while in uniform. There is even a offense that Soldiers can be charged with called "Contempt Towards Officials" is they are too vigorous in their criticism of elected federal officials whole in uniform. That's probably the root ot the decision.

On the other hand, the Commanded of the 18th Corps is also the Commander of Fort Bragg, and we who were in the 82 d had a cadence (banned! but not as effectivly as they would've liked):

"I'd rather be a baby in the belly of a whore, than a nasty assed leg in the 18th corps!"

2:13 PM  

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