Outrageous Breach Of Journalistic Protocol Endangers President Obama’s Daughters

Author: March 26, 2013 9:32 am
The Obama family; image @Wikipedia

The Obama family; image @Wikipedia

There is an unwritten rule among journalists that Presidential children are out-of-bounds, especially information about their travels. Or at least there was before Barack Obama became president. Until 2009, when he took office and brought his two young girls to live in the White House, the Beltway media had followed this rule. It’s not just courtesy, it’s a question of security. According to Pail Farhi of The Washington Post, this is the informal agreement:

“Presidential administrations have long been protective of the first family’s minor children, and reporters in Washington have mostly observed the taboo on stories or photographs of them outside official and semi-official events. The ban on such coverage has existed through many administrations by informal agreement with the White House Correspondents’ Association, which represents the interests of journalists who cover the president.”

But Matt Boyle of Breitbart.com violated that rule Monday when he reported that “a source” had tipped off the website about Sasha and Malia Obama’s spring vacation plans. Subsequent reports in the form of Tweets from other guests confirmed that the girls were at an unnamed resort.

And why did Boyle think it was okay to reveal where the President’s daughters were vacationing? So he could bitch about how much it cost, of course. Because no other First Family has ever done anything that cost taxpayers anything. Nope, not ever. Except when they did.

There were similar bouts of whining when foreign reporters found Malia Obama on her spring break trip to Mexico, in March of 2012. But they deleted those stories when the First Lady politely asked them to do so. Politico, who had picked up on the stories, also complied with Mrs. Obama’s requests to remove the information from their website. At that time, Mrs. Obama’s communication director released this statement:

“From the beginning of the administration, the White House has asked news outlets not to report on or photograph the Obama children when they are not with their parents and there is no vital news interest. We have reminded outlets of this request in order to protect the privacy and security of these girls.”

This double standard is beyond partisan. And, in this case, it’s downright dangerous. But people (I can’t call them ‘journalists’) like those who write for Breitbart could care less about that as long as they can get in an attack on the President or his family. They love to stir up ill-will towards President Obama, so much that they will extend their hatred to his children. That’s pretty damned despicable. Though the Secret Service reply to questions from Boyle about where the Obama girls are brings the usual, “We can neither confirm nor deny…,” you can bet they are not ignoring him.

Photobucket      T. Steelman is a life-long Liberal. She has been writing online about politics since 2007. She lives in Western Washington with her husband, daughter, 2 cats and a small herd of alpacas. How can anybody be enlightened? Truth is, after all, so poorly lit…



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  • It appears that Karen Dudnikov is engaging in the very same set of double standards that Breitbart does. She demonstrates her own Obama Derangement Syndrome by insisting that anything Obama and his family does is automatically beyond the pale.
    Links given are ignored by her and her kind. See to the beam in your own eye Ms. Dud.

  • How about some of the pictures showing the Bush daughters partying it up on PDiddy’s yacht in Saint Tropez back in the days. Or wasn’t it one of their daughters that would always run away from the Secret Service?
    The lack of respect towards the presidency is astonishing.

  • Not only a double-standard but disrespectful as all get out. Of course, to the white journalists who display such cretinous behavior, the President and his family don’t “deserve” such respect. These crackers wouldn’t know respect if it up and kicked them each squarely in the nuts. It is telling however, that the disrespectful, little turd Boyle would get his tighty-whitey’s in a wad over the Obama girls spring-break vacation plans … he’s a conservitard and, to the brain dead dopes on the rabid & ridiculous right, no First Family EVER went on vacation … nope. Just the black guy …

  • GodlessLiberalAtheist

    Grammar police here :) The phrase you were looking for is not “could care less” it is “could not care less”. To say you could care less means you actually care and here’s still room to care less.

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