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At the White House, a Wall of Newspapers

By Michael D. Shear
Who says newspapers are dead? Not the White House, apparently.

Every morning, White House staffers have taken to printing out dozens of front pages of newspapers from across the country and pinning them to a wall in the press office.

Today, headlines screamed of Michael Jackson's death in scores of newspapers on the newspaper wall outside of the office of Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest.

The newspaper front pages are shrunken down and printed out on small, 8-1/2 by 11-inch paper, losing their color and some of their punch.

But to newspaper reporters weary of the repeated declarations that their industry is doomed, it's nonetheless something of a bright spot.

Still, the novelty may not mean much. The Obama White House has signaled in more substantive ways that the days of newspaper primacy are long gone.

The latest was the brouhaha over President Obama's decision to call on a reporter for an Internet publication at his recent press conference after his team had asked the blogger to forward a question from an Iranian.

And Obama has virtually turned over the White House twice to television networks. There has yet to be a "New York Times Day at the White House."

Posted at 11:00 AM ET on Jun 26, 2009  | Category:  Washington Life
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I have heard of Swift. Do you think that the L.A. Coroner is in on the conspiracy too (since any internal organs "cooked by microwave" would certainly be evidence of foul play)?

Posted by: JakeD | June 27, 2009 11:17 AM


Hey JakeD:

Did you ever hear of Jonathan Swift?

The question I'd like people to ask themselves is why the government is proliferating to local law enforcement weaponry that is silent; cooks people from the inside out like a microwave weapon; and is capable of covertly inflicting cognitive impairment and even lethal injury and illness -- with the victim unaware of the assault.

Jacko is just a literary technique, you see.

I thought I'd only have to explain this to a total moron, but since you asked... RE: "Gestapo USA"

Posted by: scrivener50 | June 26, 2009 11:02 PM

Wow. Someone on the WH staff goes online and prints the front pages without paying a dime for them. And this is considered a victory? Remember when political offices and lots of people actually subscribed to newspapers and paid real money for them? I call it fiddling while while Rome burns.

Posted by: citykid | June 26, 2009 5:17 PM

Back on topic, I can't wait for the death of newspapers.

Posted by: JakeD | June 26, 2009 5:02 PM

No, scrivener50, I believe that you are the only one asking those questions.

Posted by: JakeD | June 26, 2009 2:55 PM

Could Jacko Be a Victim of a High-Tech Perfect Crime?

Is anyone asking the question:

What forces in society might want to engineer Michael Jackson's early demise?

He was reviled by some as an alleged pedophile. Are today's crop of "info-tainment" journalists so naive as to believe that some entity might not want to send society a "message" here?

Or is it that such things could never happen in America? Never, ever. Like the Tuskegee Experiments, Or the lynchings. Or McCarthyism. Or the extrajudicial targeting and punishment network allegedly enabled by units of government on various levels...

A thesis to consider:


Whether or not that's just fantasy, the fact is that the technology now exists to commit the "perfect crime."

And mainstream journalism has yet to report extensively on the seismic shift from bullets and shells to silent, mind- and body-degrading, potentially lethal, microwave radiation "directed energy weapons."

Journos, Congress, and Conscientious, Constitution-abiding Law Enforcers...

Please read this and follow up:

Posted by: scrivener50 | June 26, 2009 1:48 PM

Remember, for this administration, a wall of newspapers tends to be a victory march.

Posted by: tomtildrum | June 26, 2009 12:13 PM

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