Unbelievable: White House asks small California newspaper to edit remark about First Lady

by editor on May 5, 2011

One would think the folks at the White House would have full plates these days what with three wars, impending economic implosion, terrorism and the like.

Nevertheless, someone in the White House found time to complain to a small California newspaper about a throwaway comment about Michelle Antoinette buried in an article about the Marine One helicopter.

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Making eye contact with the First Lady would make even the bravest Marine pilot quake in his combat boots

The Daily Caller has the details:

… Gina Channell-Allen, president of the Pleasanton Weekly in Pleasanton, California, said that her paper “received a call from the White House asking us to take out part of the story because it reflected poorly on the First Lady.”

The story in question was a soft feature about Marine One titled, “Inside Marine One, President Obama’s helicopter,” that ran in the paper on April 20. Pleasanton staffer Amory Gutierrez “didn’t get to ride in ‘Marine One,’” she wrote in her story, “but I did get the VIP tour and took photographs of the otherwise unseen aircraft.”

She also wrote a sentence that the White House thought made FLOTUS look snooty.

“Basically the reporter said that the First Lady didn’t speak to the pilots but acknowledged them by making eye contact,” Allen wrote in her email.

Allen says she “complied” with the White House’s request “because it was not worth making a fuss over.”

She added, “I thought it was interesting, though, that the [White House] was concerned enough about image to contact a little weekly paper in Pleasanton.”

The Pleasanton Weekly should consider itself lucky that the administration chose to handle this with a phone call from the White House. It could easily have been a phone call from the IRS.

Source: Daily Caller

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sa_rose
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sa_rose

So much for a free press. If Bush had been caught dong something like this all hell would have broken loose. Guess it is ok for Obama to restrict the freedoms of all Americans, even doen to the truth written in a tiny hometown newspaper. How insecure they must be.

bob velon
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bob velon

They are both cockroachs… They can live a long time without their heads

Noelegy
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Noelegy

Maybe those are some of those jobs that Obama created that he keeps patting himself on the back for.

matthew s harrison
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matthew s harrison

If the white house contacted every publication about less-than-flattering articles about Moochelle-they would have to hire an army of new employees! That is hilarious indeed.

Buck O'Fama
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Buck O'Fama

“She also wrote a sentence that the White House thought made FLOTUS look snooty.”

You mean to tell me there are still people around who don’t already KNOW the FLOTUS is snooty????

RockingHorseGuy
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“It could easily have been a phone call from the IRS.” That’s step two, in case the letter doesn’t work. Michelle, if you can’t stand the heat, please, please, PLEASE, get out of the kitchen. And take Barry with you.

DMartyr
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It was a simple misunderstanding – Michelle Obama thinks she’s Queen of America, not the wife of an elected official.

bob velon
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bob velon

ANd Obama thinks he is King!!

The Dogfather
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The Dogfather

Don’t anger the FLOTUS…she’s already campaigning to take away salt and sugar, I don’t want to think about what I’d have to eat on the 4th of July in order for her to finally be able to “be proud” to be an American

hisham
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hisham

I think when you’re in shackles and wearing a slave collar she’ll “be proud” to be an American!

DJ
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DJ

“Don’t anger the FLOTUS…she’s already campaigning to take away salt and sugar, I don’t want to think about what I’d have to eat on the 4th of July in order for her to finally be able to “be proud” to be an American.”

Cake. You’ll be allowed to eat cake.

Noelegy
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Noelegy

I read this elsewhere and can’t remember where to give credit where credit’s due, but look at the bright side: instead of the small readership that the paper might have reached knowing this unflattering little detail about the FLOTUS, now millions of people know, thanks to the Internet.

caperthy
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caperthy

WHY IS THIS WEBSITE NAMED IHATETHEMEDIA.COM WHEN IT SHOULD BE NAMED IHATETHELEFTLEANINGMEDIA.COM… I doesnt make sense if you hate the media at least report what both sides of the spectrum is doing wrong..not just one side of the media.. Its very confusing and very stupid.

RockingHorseGuy
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Caperthy, you already said that. Entertain us with NEW drivel, please.

kb
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kb

Maybe you’re confused and stupid if you can’t figure it out.

KimmyQueen
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I am officially now bored with your sorry self. I am trying to be nice. If you don’t like the website, you can leave.

Tesslea
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Tesslea

Showbama wants to take our privacy away but they get to have calls such as this made? Hmmm, doesn’t seem as if they realize this country is a Democracy for the people and by the people. Time to rise up and force them to remember what that means!!!!!!!

jukin
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jukin

Joey Goebbels is smiling and the old Pravda guys are green with envy.

Robert
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Robert

What the hell happened to the free press? The “liberals” sure do missuse the word liberal. Coming from latin meaning free/freedom etc. They should change name to something more fitting, like controll-freakians or something.

perlcat
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The stunning part of all this is how our press takes this lying down. Amazing, really.

DJ
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DJ

Wow.

Sadly, I’m not surprised at the actions of the White House.

What IS interesting though, is that they have a Newspaper Czar that is able to ferret out innocuous little articles from even the smallest newspapers and bend their prey to the will of their Master.

Mistella
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Mistella

Paid for with our tax dollars.

deepthinker
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deepthinker

Also know as a propaganda minister

gth
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gth

The shaved wookie has a public image problem the WH is just being proactive.

Navyvet
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Navyvet

To: Daily Caller
Fm: Washington Dictatorship
SJ: Press Articles
As you should be aware, there is to be absolutely NO, repeat NO criticism, however insignificant, of Imam Obama nor the Imamette. This type of actual journalism is not allowed, nor will be tolerated by the regime.
Consider this a reminder that like all newspapers in this country, you are required to get your articles directly from the DNC or at the very least have articles edited and approved by the DNC prior to publication.
Further violation of these rules may likely result in an indefinite internment at a gulag of the regime choosing or worse, a visit from the IRS.
We suggest you take a clue from MSNBC, NY & LA Times, CNN, etc, etc. There are many fine examples of regime approved “journalism” to choose from.

Gabriel
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Gabriel

As much as I dislike the current residents of the white house, she IS the first lady and no matter what she must be treated with the respect the title commands. She has not done anything offensive.

Mistella
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Mistella

Not respecting the people that serve her (and the rest of us) is offensive to me, if no one else. Their lack of class is evident to anyone with a clear mind. They are nothing more than ghetto trash with money. And… she has a face for radio for sure.

Sententia
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Sententia

Is she a hater because she is ugly, or because she just hates white people?

Mistella
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Mistella

Yes

mike
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mike

I’ve often said that if I was (perish the thought) on of the Clintons, I would absolutely love those two. They make the Clintons look like they are positively oozing class.

GruffGadfly
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GruffGadfly

Well, nobody elected her, she holds no office- exactly how much respect is anybody obligated to show her? I’ll show her just as much respect as I do anybody else who pushes an agenda that I despise.

Regardless of how she was treated, the point here is the WH making a move to censor a paper, not for any sort of leaked information or some such, but to shield MO’s ego. As it is, I care too little about her for this to actually upset me, but the fact that they went out of their way to get one semi-critical comment removed is more than a bit telling of the type of people we have in the White House.

hisham
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hisham

Do you really think she should be free from public scrutiny when she spends so much of her time, labor, and political capital on circumventing the US Constitution and impugning our national dignity? Do we owe her that kind of social-political PC BS tolerance? I think you can safely answer that question for yourself. We don’t sink to their level simply by defending ourselves from the very people who would gladly enslave us to their godless, witless, profligate ideology and gladly dance on the grave of this “great nation.” It is always best that you call a liar a liar when you recognize them for what they are. You don’t get any where by sinking to their level by calling a liar “someone with an alternate view,” or, “his/her view of the truth,” or, “obfuscator.” Say yes when you mean yes and no when you mean no, the rest of the time keep your words to yourself!

whiskeyriver
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whiskeyriver

Nonsense. Nobody “deserves” any more respect than you, me, Joe Blow down the street, until they have earned that extra respect.

The SEAL team that took out bin Laden. All our men and women in uniform who serve our country, they have earned that extra measure of respect. Very few sitting in an elected office has served our country so well so what makes them think they deserve anything extra?

KimmyQueen
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the TITLE “commands” are you REALLY going with those words?

perlcat
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I’m afraid Gabriel is impervious to irony.

Ironic, isn’t it.

deepthinker
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deepthinker

Crying all the time about the way they are perceived, its just the obama way. Censorship is exactly what this attempt is. Where was all the “lets be nice” when the press was all over the Bush twins. There even was a TV show about them for awhile and no one complained.

Dr. sipmac
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“Basically the reporter said that the First Lady didn’t speak to the pilots but acknowledged them by making eye contact,” Allen wrote in her email.

“I thought she didn’t notice that I exist, but Michelle looked at me into my eyes. I’m soooooooooo relieved.”

JustAl
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JustAl

So, when are you going to get your note from the WH to edit your article about the note from the WH to edit their article about the first Klingon (no offense meant to any Klingons in the audiance)?

nuke
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nuke

Hell, this is probably true. Shelly looks like she’s got some ‘tude going – hands on the hips and head boppin’ around. Every time I see a pic of Shelly she gets fuglier and fuglier. Damn.

DJ
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DJ

“…Shelly looks like she’s got some ‘tude going…”

That’s pretty tame compared to the Death Stare she gave Carla Bruni-Sarkozy:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/8004848/Carla-Bruni-Sarkozy-and-Michelle-Obama-at-odds-book-claims.html

mike
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mike

Daayumn, if looks could kill. Maybe we should send her and her ample backside to Afghanistan.

perlcat
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That’s *right*! keep her in the air, and the FLOTUS’ buttocks would eclipse the sun, shading out their poppy fields. The Afghanis wouldn’t be able to grow their cash crop, and would have to settle down.

Bobby
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Bobby

Sounds like the making of a “yo momma” joke…..hmmmm….

Mikael
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Mikael

That should teach Carla Bruni. Never mess with a Klingon!

Matthew Quigley
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Matthew Quigley

Klingon? I thought she was a wookiee!

perlcat
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Were you aware that there is a website that translates Klingon into Wookie?

I waited all day in the hills for that shot to line up.

cstrasburger
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cstrasburger

Now I’m really confused. I was under the impression that, like her husband, she was a cockroach! Though I suppose cockroaches can live almost anywhere….

KimmyQueen
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I don’t want her to be a roach. Roaches are said to be able to survive nuclear war, if that is true I don’t think it is fair for Ms. Lady and Mr. Obamie to survive the mess that is coming.

cstrasburger
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cstrasburger

Good point, kimmie….and well taken… The only thing is, is that it is the mess “they” are creating…..

KimmyQueen
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In truth the mess has a long time coming, HOWEVER Obamie took the mess and made it 100 times worst in such a small amount of time that things are bound to implode faster than one could imagine. With that said, they should be there to experience the collapse first hand.

KimmyQueen
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Wookies are not mean nor evil. I will say she is closer to a Klingon in that respect.

KimmyQueen
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Wow. She looks mad… Carla looks so nice next to her. Ugh, I am sadden by the possible fact that we will never have another First Lady who is black ever again.