Finally Some Tough Questions

It looks like the White House press corps might actually be starting to ask some tough questions. Even though the mainstream media in America is sompletely in the tank for Obama — with the lone exception of Fox News, thank God — giving him free pass after free pass and turning a blind eye to the real issues and what is really taking place, even they have a limited tolerance for state control of the press.

Today in his daily briefing, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs had to field tough questions concerning the White House’s method for screening and preselecting questions for Obama’s so-called ‘town hall’ session on socialist health care reform. Clearly irritated, veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas bluntly remarked:

The point is the control from here. We have never had that in the White House. And we have had some control but not this control. I mean I’m amazed, I’m amazed at you people who call for openness and transparency and have controlled…

The video of Gibbs unable to either answer or dodge the questions is below:

So much for Obama’s campaign pledge for openness and transparency. We’re learning more and more often that there is a gulf that separates what this White House says and what it actually does.

Update (7.2.09): Here is more of what Helen Thomas had to say. She’s been covering the white house since JFK, and she has never seen anything like this before.

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