Spiking Stories: Obama Administration was KING at getting stories killed
Weinstein could have been discovered years ago, but the story got spiked.
Spiked is the term used in journalism to denote that a story was intentionally killed. And usually because of pressure from above.
Apparently, spiking occurs more these days. And in the Era of Obama, spiking stories practically became an art form.
In a very interesting article in The Hill, the author spills the beans.
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An entire industry has been built around companies and operatives that work to get stories placed, discredited or wiped. They obfuscate, confuse and attack. Their targets include ideas they oppose, whistleblowers and advocates who are exposing the truth, journalists uncovering the facts, and news outlets publishing the stories.
They deploy every tool imaginable: fake social media accounts, letters to the editor and editorials, journalists, nuisance lawsuits, bloggers, nonprofits, online comments, Wikipedia, paid “articles” written by for-hire “reporters.”
One operative matter-of-factly described his strategy to me: “You call the [news division’s] attorney, you call the general counsel, and you say ‘Do you understand what you’re doing?’ … We’ve killed several stories by using that method.”
If they don’t actually kill a story, they certainly want them “shaped” or softened.
The article continues,
Over the years managers asked me to to soften or remove information from stories — or “held” stories — related to the NFL, the American Red Cross, Ford Motor Company, People to People, Feed the Children, the government, a college football player, Goldman Sachs and Boeing, to name but a few. (This implies no illegal activity or wrongdoing on anyone’s part; it simply raises ethical questions within the journalism industry.)
At CBS News, it became routine for my stories to be met with organized resistance when the White House felt those were contrary to its interests. One White House operative might contact a CBS manager in New York. Pretty soon, we might be fielding calls to our Washington office from political figures; another White House flack might call my bureau chief after hours. All would use similar phraseology and talking points.
“What was his complaint this time?” I asked my CBS bureau chief on one occasion when he mentioned the regular post-story call from a White House spokesman.
“He didn’t really have a specific one,” the bureau chief replied with a chuckle. “He just didn’t like the whole story.”
If nothing else, they hope to wear you down. Or better yet, wear down your bosses so that they seek to avoid the stories altogether.
One can only imagine how the Obama lapdog media performed during his tenure. They were practically part of the White House press corps.
Scandal after scandal swept under the rug. Just recently we found out more VA atrocities during the time of Obama. And as the author suggests, things are only getting worse:
In the last ten years, I’ve talked to many reporters who have complained to me that they believe they’ve had stories improperly changed or killed at CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post and in local news.
At a conference for investigative reporters, a small group of us circled up and compared notes. We all agreed it’s getting worse.
But you can bet President Trump can’t get the media to provide cover for him. If they were to report the news, America wins. Sadly, they will report “fake news”.
Thankfully, the president has a remedy for that.
But what of other stories like Weinstein? Is the media able to be bought? For sale to the highest bidder, particularly if that bidder is a lecherous Leftist with access to high-level politicos?