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Hall of Fame inductee Dennis Rodman arrives for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2011 Enshrinement Ceremony in Springfield, Massachusetts August 12, 2011.   REUTERS/Brian Snyder    (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL HEADSHOT IMAGES OF THE DAY ENTERTAINMENT) - RTR2PVUG
"Yes, the media really is dumber than my hat."
So, do you remember last month when the media had their collective panties in a knot because they weren't allowed to follow the president and Tiger Woods around on the golf course?

It prompted a complaint that Obama was giving too much access local media and not enough to the White House press corps who:

"... know the most and ask the toughest questions" and "are often most likely to ask tough, unpredictable questions."
And today, in response to a question from—you guessed it—a member of the White House press corps:

@PressSec says White House not relying on Dennis Rodman to communicate with North Korean leaders. (Pfew!)
@JohnJHarwood via Twitter for BlackBerry®

I suppose we can give them the "unpredictable."

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  •  "... know the most and ask the toughest questions" (18+ / 0-)

    That ridiculous statement is proof that the Beltway media's hissy fit, and hostility to President Obama, is all about the Beltway media's own arrogance.

    They want to maintain this facade of being more knowledgeable than "local media" or anyone else who is outside of their Beltway club.  

    They hate the fact that the president doesn't treat them as exalted wise persons. And that's why they are so hostile to this administration and always will be.

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    by MJB on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 10:53:22 AM PST

  •  Charles Pierce had a great takedown ... (22+ / 0-)

    of that whole whiny business:

    Yeah, the president is hiding under the bed because he's afraid one of your tyros is going to get all up in his grill with a stone-killer "Some people say you're an uppity schmuck" kind of question. A lecture about how the White House catapults propaganda from the home office of the "Some Republican strategists say..." school of anonymous political slander? A seminar in the propagation of bullshit from the the country's largest gossip silo? How in the hell do the people at the Times, the Post, and the WSJ feel about your lumping yourself in there with them? Who the fck are you when you're at home?

    "The smartest man in the room is not always right." -Richard Holbrooke

    by Demi Moaned on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 10:56:18 AM PST

  •  Doonesbury has a feature called "Say what?" (15+ / 0-)

    Today's has this gem

    There is nobody at the CIA who can tell you more personally about Kim Jong Un than Dennis Rodman, and that in itself is scary. -- ABC News military analyst Col. Steve Ganyard
    Really? The press is so ready to believe we have massive intelligence on Iran/Syria/etc. any place in the Middle East. That we know exactly where to place a drone strike to wipe out terrorists suspects. But we know less than diddly over squat about North Korea's leader who actually HAS nukes?

    You can't assassinate the character of any of modern conservative. You'd have to find where it was buried, dig it up, resurrect it, then kill it. And killing a zombie isn't really assassination, is it?

    by ontheleftcoast on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 10:57:36 AM PST

    •  That's actually possible. (0+ / 0-)

      Or the CIA may just want everyone to believe that Dennis Rodman knows more personally about Kim Jong Un than they do, when in fact they know at which one of his palaces he's staying every night, if his wife gave birth to a boy or a girl (she did give birth) and if her pregnancy cravings ran toward gherkins or kimchi on her ice cream.

      "Politics should be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage." -- Lucille Ball

      by Yamaneko2 on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 03:31:22 PM PST

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  •  ding-dong diplomacy (10+ / 0-)
    @PressSec says White House not relying on Dennis Rodman to communicate with North Korean leaders.

    Warning - some snark above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013

    by annieli on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 11:00:59 AM PST

  •  Worthless 4th Estate (11+ / 0-)

    Hear Mara Liasson of NPR report on the sequestration speaking as fact that the key problem with the deficit are entitlements.  Of course, right now the Federal budget's ass is being saved by whatever excess revenues the government is getting from Medicare and Social Security.  Can someone take away these peoples' blinders, get them out of Imperial Oz, so they can report on our government form a reality based perspective?

    The problem my dear Ms. Liasson is that the rich, connected and corporations making money from the government as well as the grifter Red States are feeding off the government and not paying their fair share.  Ms.  Liasson; there is something called the social contract which came out of the Enlightenment and replaced feudalism with the concept that all citizens had responsibilities and obligations which together when met would support a functioning state and government.

    The problem Ms. Liasson is that the Oz you live in is based on some Galt fantasy that the rich and advantaged can live on the backs of the masses without reciprocation because of the inherent worth of the advantaged in our society that we all recognize or at least accept.

    Thinking must tire your head Ms. Liasson - oh there is shiny object there - a sinkhole in Florida, Dennis Rodman in North Korea, Michelle Obama;s bangs and dancing and pedophile Ted Nugent's hurt feelings.

    •  Well, to be fair, entitlements are a problem to (4+ / 0-)
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      agents of government who can't satisfy the people who hired them. Because, entitlements are rights and citizens have, not just human and civil rights, but they have the right to expect that the people they hire and pay to work will actually perform, as they all take an oath to do when they take the job.

      The Cons are really good at half truths and misapplying language to confused their critics. What they would like their audience to believe is that entitlements are privileges and, ideally, inherited ones. So, any claims made by the johnny-come-latelies are to be dismissed out of hand. We should not let them get away with it.
      People with few practical talents, people who can't work with their hands, quite naturally rely on their gift of gab to get them what they want. Persuasion and deception are, after all, safer than theft. If people consent to being exploited, then they have no complaint, as Dear Abby used to say.

      We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

      by hannah on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 11:50:39 AM PST

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    •  cognitive dissonance (4+ / 0-)

      Liasson is on both NPR and Fox "news". That speaks volumes about how insular and idiotic the "media" is.  she is equally vapid and nonsensical on both channels.

  •  It's kind of disappointing. (3+ / 0-)
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    Really, who could be better for that particular job?

    "Remember, Republican economic policies quadrupled the debt before I took office and doubled it after I left. We simply can't afford to double-down on trickle-down." Bill Clinton

    by irate on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 12:00:06 PM PST

  •  Have you ever heard such whining? (4+ / 0-)

    Honestly, it seems the WH press corps is getting pretty damn uppity ("Pay attention to ME!!"), because the president doesn't treat them as well as they think he should.
    Listen to this guy from last May:

    While these sessions occasionally do make news, they are poor substitute for formal press conferences. The local reporters are often not as well versed in the subtleties of national and international news as White House reporters and are more likely to be intimidated when suddenly finding themselves sitting in the White House interviewing the president.
    What’s more, the prospect of a press conference forces the White House to think through its own views. Everybody in the West Wing, including the president, has to stop and consider just what they are doing and why.

    That's right you idiot, without the WH  press in house, the President and his advisors could never figure out why they support the policies that they do!

    “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

    by skohayes on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 12:02:41 PM PST

  •  Maybe they should rethink that. (2+ / 0-)
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    Maybe Rodman has a handle on Kim Young 'un.

  •  I like his hat! (0+ / 0-)

    Poor Dennis. He was a lot of fun to watch play basketball when he played for Detroit and Chicago and I was a fan of both teams.

    But he is a seriously troubled man and anyone taking serious advice from him would do better to take directions from the Brad Pitt character Floyd in True Romance

    "Do what you can with what you have where you are." - Teddy Roosevelt

    by Andrew C White on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 12:36:10 PM PST

    •  How many Americans have ever talked with (1+ / 0-)
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      Kim Jong Un?
      How many of them have a personal relationship with him?
      The only one I've ever heard of is Dennis Rodman.
      That would give him a bit of an edge in actually knowing what the new Kim is thinking, no?
      The message he delivered is that North Korea "doesn't want to do war". That he would like to talk to Obama and Rodman's idea, which is brilliant, is that they should get together for some hoops.
      As flawed as he is, if his quirky personality led him to an unlikely relationship that could lead to a breakthrough for understanding in East Asia, it would be a good idea to get behind him, rather than brush it off like he is not worthy.

      If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

      by CwV on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 02:10:17 PM PST

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      •  That might not be a bad idea. (0+ / 0-)

        Kim Jong Un is overweight and smokes like a chimney.  20 minutes on the court with Obama and he'll yield to Obama on anything.  (Seriously, NK propaganda showed him, cigarette in hand, while he was inspecting a gym and again when inspecting a hospital.)

        "Politics should be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage." -- Lucille Ball

        by Yamaneko2 on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 03:35:43 PM PST

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  •  Our media knows something? (2+ / 0-)

    What would that be besides kissing the ass of the GOP and the rich. They ask tough questions? Not if you are a Republican! Our media is a sick joke when it comes to doing its job all they seem to be good for is repeating Republican talking points. Just once I would like to see them bring out the truth about something like how SS or Medicare are not adding to the deficits . Now that would be some real reporting. I should live so long!!!!!!

  •  Well (0+ / 0-)

    Asking about Dennis Rodman's role in N. Korea is a tough question, and it is definitely off the wall unpredictable. So, what's the question for tomorrow - "Is Mel Gibson being named ambassador to Israel" or "what type of car will Malia be driving once she gets her license?" The people demand answers, and by god, the WH press corps will deliver.

    Do Pavlov's dogs chase Schroedinger's cat?

    by corwin on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 04:24:37 PM PST

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