Saturday, March 20, 2010

The new Palace Guard ~ By Joseph Farah

This is almost too difficult to believe, but it's shockingly true.
It's the new Palace Guard.

It's no longer H.R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman, as it was in the Nixon days. Today, the Palace Guard is comprised of the very people sworn to scrutinize the government, sworn to watchdog the highest elected officials in the land.
By Joseph Farah

Posted: March 20, 2010 ~ 1:00 am Eastern

© 2010

Back in the 1970s, Dan Rather (remember him?) wrote a book about the Nixon administration called "The Palace Guard."

It was a book about how Nixon's inner circle insulated the president from the press, the people and even the inner workings of his own administration.

Flash forward to 2010, and there's a new kind of Palace Guard protecting and insulating Barack Obama from any potential for unpleasantness or dissent.

But this time the Palace Guard is the White House press corps Dan Rather once served.

I could literally give you dozens of example of the way the old guard White House press corps protects Obama. But let me share just one near and dear to my heart.

Every year, the White House Press Correspondents Association puts on a big black-tie dinner featuring the president. WND has attended these over the years and recently purchased tables so we could observed the festivities along with our colleagues in the press.

It's not only a dinner, it's an annual news event that no one in the media can afford to ignore.

So this year, with the White House Press Correspondents Dinner coming up May 1, WND decided to buy three tables, not just the usual one. Since WND is represented in the association by a correspondent who is third in seniority in the entire White House press corps, we decided it would be a fitting way to honor Les Kinsolving, the subject of a new biography coming out on that very day.

Just to make sure our request was taken seriously, we made sure WND was the very first news organization in the world to get its application in and paid the full price for the three tables the day the tickets went on sale.

Last week we were notified that not only would we not get the three tables we requested, we wouldn't even get one. Instead, the association offered two individual tickets. Meanwhile, other news organizations were offered up to eight tables.

By the way, the association cashed the check for the three tables.


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