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White House: New York Times report '100 percent wrong'

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By MIKE ALLEN & ANDY BARR | 9/20/10 8:36 AM EDT Updated: 9/20/10 11:48 AM EDT

The White House is pushing back hard against a New York Times report that the president's political team is considering a national ad campaign that would cast the GOP as taken over by tea party extremists. (See: Tea party dominates the narrative)

The story is “100 percent inaccurate,” a White House official told POLITICO.

Times Washington Bureau Chief Dean Baquet counters that the "piece is accurate.”

But White House complaints have had some effect. Although the Times has not posted a correction or otherwise acknowledged making changes to the piece, it dialed back its claims overnight, changing the headline and the lead sentence of the story to de-emphasize the notion that the White House is weighing an anti-GOP ad campaign.

Read more: White House: New York Times report '100 percent wrong' - Mike Allen and Andy Barr - POLITICO.com
The Grey Ho, soon to be renamed NY Pravda.

These Obamanots sure are active waging war with the press.

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There's another angle to this that just occurred to me. Keep in mind that it's pure speculation on my part, that I base on the NYT history when it comes to political reporting.

Maybe the Times did in fact either fabricate this story, or used information that was not very credible, but did so to try and help the administration. Instead of it being written as an attack, maybe this was the Times way of suggesting what they feel is a winning strategy that the administration can use against the GOP in the midterms and in the 2012 election. Or perhaps it was their way of telling their readers what they believe about the GOP, and didn't think the administration would acknowledge the story.

Just a thought.
 

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It was likely a trial balloon floated by some administration members to see how people reacted. Now that they've got an idea of what people think, they can disclaim all responsibility for the story.
 

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These Obamanots sure are active waging war with the press.
I think you're on to something. I don't believe this has ever happened before!

Aug 24, 2009: "The White House is denying a report that CIA Director Leon Panetta threatened to..."

May 20, 2008: "The White House on Tuesday dismissed an Israeli media report that..."

Oct 4, 2007: "White House press secretary Dana Perino denies a New York Times report that the Bush administration authorized..."

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Sep 30, 2003: "The White House has strongly denied claims that it illegally leaked to the press the identity of an undercover CIA agent..."

Jan 29, 2002: "The White House has denied that there is a split in the Bush administration over how to categorise prisoners from the..."

Mar 8, 2001: "White House spokesman Ari Fleischer insisted that Cheney had said nothing in variance with U.S. policy, and that reporters who picked up on Cheney's remarks from a Fox News Channel interview Thursday night were taking his comments out of..."

Jul 14, 2000: "The White House denies any wrongdoing. House Republicans say the White House has dragged its feet in solving the problem and threatened technicians who..."

Feb 20, 1999: "The White House is denying allegations that President Bill Clinton sexually assaulted a woman..."

Feb 23, 1998: "The White House said Sunday that it has not authorized private investigators to 'dig up dirt' on prosecutors..."

Nov 20, 1997: "The Clinton administration denied allegations Wednesday from a conservative publication that it sold burial plots at Arlington National ... "

Jan 17, 1996: "The White House denies trying to hinder the investigations. The Republicans on the Senate panel also tried to portray Mrs. ..."

Mar 14, 1995: "The White House denies striking deal the assassination of a political..."

Apr 9, 1994: "The White House denied Friday that it was trying to plant supporters of the administration's health-care plan in televised town hall studio..."

Nov 10, 1993: "Opponents say they have the necessary numbers now, a claim the White House denies. But..."

Mar 16, 1992: "President Bush's spokesman Monday denied that the United States was trying to harm Israel's image through..."

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Dec 27, 1985: "White House aides said they knew of no pressure to oust [George Shultz], and presidential spokesman Edward Djerejian said Shultz "is very much on board..."

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I hope you noticed that the story said the "tea party extremists."

There has never been one shred of evidence that there has been any tea party extremists.

The 5th Column Lame Stream Media never really cover the true attitude of those who attend the rallies but Olberman and that gay guy Mathews with the thrill up his leg keep up rule Number 8 of the Alenski Rules for radicals.

Rule 8. says in part Keep the pressure on. Use different tactics and actions and use all events of the period for your purpose.

Well they keep up with the same lies as instructed. The thing is the message got out no mater how much the White House says no not use.

I would not be surprised to hear Obama refer to the false flap and he will be sure to use the key phrase call the Tea Party Extremists.

If you repeat a lie often enough the dumb ass people will believe it.
 

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It was likely a trial balloon floated by some administration members to see how people reacted. Now that they've got an idea of what people think, they can disclaim all responsibility for the story.
I hope you're speaking in general here. I'd hate to think you - someone I've considered to be fair and astute - would think in terms so partisan! Cause if the latter is the case, all you need do is read the headlines provided by "niftydrifty" in post #4 above.

I hope you noticed that the story said the "tea party extremists."

There has never been one shred of evidence that there has been any tea party extremists.
So...

The Tea Party Express was kicked out of the Tea Party Movement for...

What?

Because they weren't Conservative enough?
 

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I hope you're speaking in general here. I'd hate to think you - someone I've considered to be fair and astute - would think in terms so partisan! Cause if the latter is the case, all you need do is read the headlines provided by "niftydrifty" in post #4 above.
I'm not sure how my statement was at all partisan. The practice of floating an idea as a trial balloon to the press and then disclaiming responsibility is incredibly common and not really objectionable. I was theorizing, not criticizing.
 

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It was likely a trial balloon floated by some administration members to see how people reacted. Now that they've got an idea of what people think, they can disclaim all responsibility for the story.
This is more than likely true, Obama administration is not the first nor the last to use the NYT in this manner.
 

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I'm not sure how my statement was at all partisan. The practice of floating an idea as a trial balloon to the press and then disclaiming responsibility is incredibly common and not really objectionable. I was theorizing, not criticizing.
Fair enough. :)
 
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