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[ Used to be that journalists were brave and fought to get the truth out.  Nowadays they are craven courtiers that kiss the ringed fingers of the power elite…  No wonder all the main stream media is dying out…  All that’s left, of course, is for gov’t to seize control of the Internet (which they have on their radar, of course) and GAME OVER.  Welcome to “MiniTrue” – the Orwellian world of propaganda disguised as “news.” ]

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How media sucks up to White House

By MICHAEL CALDERONE

In a profile last month, The Washington Post described deputy White House chief of staff Jim Messina as a “low-profile aide” who begins “fixing President Obama’s problems” before 7 a.m., works 14 hours straight and then hits the gym.

Not to be outdone, POLITICO noted the next day that White House chief legislative liaison Phil Schiliro — another “low-profile” official but one possessing “Buddha-like Zen” — is already working in the West Wing by 6 a.m.

Time says reporters admire White House press secretary Robert Gibbs (“The President’s Warrior”) because he “has the president’s ear and can get to the commander in chief when an answer is needed.” The New Yorker says White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel is “a political John McEnroe, known for both his mercurial temperament and his tactical brilliance,” yet is also uncommonly indifferent to both criticism and praise.

Welcome to the “beat sweetener.”

In the early days of any administration, reporters reach out to the men and women who might become their sources over the next four years — then slather them with glowing profiles suitable for framing in their mothers’ bedrooms.

Even garden-variety government officials become political superheroes, each one harder-working and more down-to-earth than the last — and all of them enjoying the ear of the president.

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http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0309/19570.html

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