Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Longtime WH Press Corps Member Snubbed From White House Correspondent's Dinner, Money For Table At Dinner Buys Two Chairs Instead, Lawsuit Filed

Another example of how the Administration of President Thin-Skinned treats members of the media who dare to question him (WorldNetDaily).
A lawsuit has been filed in Washington accusing the White House Correspondents' Association of doing the bidding of the Obama administration in trying to belittle, exclude and irreparably harm a leading Internet news outlet, WorldNetDaily, which has carried commentary critical of the president.

The dispute arose over WND's request – and payment – for three tables at the association's annual banquet in Washington, which has been described as being to the news industry what the Academy Awards are to Hollywood.

...But the association then notified WND it would be able to use only three seats at this year's event, which is scheduled for May 1 and features entertainer Jay Leno as a speaker.

The lawsuit explains that during past administrations, WND has been given access to at least one table for its personnel and guests.

"However, it has been largely excluded from the event during the tenure of the Obama administration. This year, for instance, WND was among the first to order tables at the event and it ordered three tables. WND was led to believe by the WHCA that it would get three tables. WND needed three tables in order to bring its personnel and distinguished guests to the event, [to honor] Les Kinsolving's tenure as a distinguished White House correspondent, and his daughter, Kathleen Kinsolving Willmann, has just written a book about his career, entitled 'Gadfly.' The three tables were thus necessary to celebrate the occasion and because WND has become over the years a major publication," the complaint states.

"This year, in anticipation of the event, which will take place on May 1, 2010, WND tendered $6,750 USD for three tables. However, the WHCA cashed only one of the checks, number 13662, for one table. ... The amount of the check is $2,250.00 USD. Accordingly, WHCA accepted WND's offer to buy at least one table for the event."

The complaint explains WND also was "led to believe" it would get the two additional tables for which it submitted payment, and "WND invited guests ... for three tables."

"On information and belief, after the WHCA accepted WND's order for one table for the event, the Obama administration and White House intervened and put pressure on the WHCA to reneg on even this commitment. As a result, and in an insulting manner, WND was then informed that it would only get three seats at the event, and not even its own table," the complaint continues.

"Obviously, this harmed and continues to harm WND's ability to celebrate [the tenure of] Les Kinsolving and the publication of his daughter's new book, but also harms WND's access to White House reporting and its reputation generally, as it is being treated as a 'black sheep' in the media world," said the complaint, filed by Larry Klayman, founder of Judicial Watch and Freedom Watch, on behalf of WND.
Kinsolving has been a member of the White House Press Corps since the Nixon Administration. And to add to this outrage, the WHCA, according to Farah, has not returned the funds from the check for the one table.

Ed Chen, president of the correspondent's organization, earlier told a WND reporter asking about the allocation of seats, "Well, basically a number of factors go into this. The demand has never been greater and almost nobody, individual or organization, can get more than what they had last year."

But he then got upset about the fact WND was reporting on the conflict and hung up on a reporter.

Is Ed Chen (above) doing Obama's bidding, by banning critical press outlets from the WH Correspondent's Dinner?

Joseph Farah, founder and CEO of WND, said, "We're one of the fastest growing news organizations in the country, while most of our competitors are shrinking. Yet, many of them are getting up six, seven, eight tables. On what basis are those decisions made? Has it occurred to Mr. Chen and his colleagues playing favorites like this and making up the rules as they go along is dangerous business and highly discriminatory?"

To prove Farah's point, why is Ed Chen playing favorites when it comes to liberal media outlets?

Case in point: Arianna Huffington, who it is reported received only one table and raised Holy Hell until she was granted her request for additional seats (Examiner.com). Why? The Huffington Post is a largely liberal outfit, whose correspondent was allowed (at one time, even coached in asking his question) to ask questions at a Presidential News Conference. Another liberal website, Talking Points Memo, is given access to the Correspondents dinner, according to the Examiner. So, why not WND, and their correspondent, who is one of the most senior members of the WH Press Corps?

Can you say, political agenda? Kinsolving is slurred by liberals in the lapdog media and on liberal blogs as being a "Birther," but he has also asked important questions to Robert Fibbs (as Sister Toldjah has christened him) regarding scientists who question glo-BULL warming and the Safe "for whom" Schools Czar Kevin Jennings, who once praised a NAMBLA pedophile and has also promoted the radical homosexual agenda (ie "fisting") to school children.

As proof of his liberal leanings, Chen, when he was an LA Slimes reporter, once asked President Bush if he "personally bear[s] any responsibility in having contributed" to the "poisonous partisan atmosphere here in Washington."

This isn't the first time, either, that the Administration of President Thin-Skinned has gone after members of the press who dare to question him. In the last days of the 2008 election, three reporters were kicked off the Obama campaign plane to make room for more press. The common link between the three ejected reporters was that their newspapers had endorsed John McCain.

Fox News has been regularly attacked by Obama and members of his Administration as "opinion journalism," and their WH Reporter, Major Garrett, was almost blocked by the White House from attending a press pool event. Yet MSNBC, whose personalities (Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow, Chris "Tingles" Matthews and Ed Schultz) practically give the President verbal Lewinskys 24/7, is regarded by some at the White House as the network they love.

This Administration is taking attacks on press critics to a level Richard Nixon never imagined, while the same "media" who attacked Nixon's excesses are silent when this White House acts in a similar manner. The snub to WorldNetDaily/Kinsolving is the latest example of that.

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