A reporter’s question about whether an Obama campaign video was shot at the White House wasn’t answered at the daily presidential news briefing today, because press secretary Jay Carney didn’t allow it to be asked.
Instead, the tax-subsidized NPR was allowed eight questions, CBS and the Wall Street Journal five each and NBC, AP, CNN and Bloomberg four each.
Nearly four dozen of the reporters at the briefing were not allowed to ask questions.
Les Kinsolving, WND’s correspondent there, and the second-most senior reporter on the White House beat, had wanted to ask: “The president recently released a video promoting African-Americans for Obama. Was that or any other Obama campaign video filmed in the White House?”
Such an event on its face likely would be a violation of federal campaign laws.
WND reported recently on the video. While Barack Obama repeatedly has said he wants Americans to work together, his campaign is dividing them up – by race, ethnicity and even religion.
The evidence comes from Obama himself, even though he once said, ” I have asserted a firm conviction – a conviction rooted in my faith in God and my faith in the American people – that working together we can move beyond some of our old racial wounds, and that in fact we have no choice if we are to continue on the path of a more perfect union.”
But his campaign divides people into the following categories: African-Americans, Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders, Jewish Americans, Latinos, LGBT Americans, people of faith, veterans & military families, women and young Americans.
“In visiting Obama’s website, visitors there will find a disturbing drop down menu titled ‘Groups’ listing several categories that Obama and his team identified as sub-sections of the American population that he believes should be isolated and spoken down to in a way that is different from that of the general public,” explained a commentary at Tampa’s CBS affiliate.
The commentary came under the headline “Is President Obama using race, gender and religion to divide America for political gain?”
Officials with Obama’s campaign office in Chicago refused to respond to telephone and email messages from WND seeking comment.
An example of the messages that divide Americans into subcategories is in his promotion for the African-American community to provide him support.
There, he talks about his launch of a group in his support divided by race.
“This month we’re announcing the 2012 launch of African-Americans for Obama. I don’t think there’s a better time than African American history month to consider the tremendous progress we’ve made through the sacrifices of so many or a better time to commit to meeting the very real challenges we face right now.
“Every day, I think of the generations of African American men and women who overcame slavery and oppression, risked their own safety to cast a ballot, even gave up their lives to help build a country that lived up to its founding principals. Their extraordinary hope, their unwavering determination changed this country. Their efforts made it possible for somebody like me to be here today.
“This is another moment we’ve got to decide what kind of a country we want to be. We can either settle for a country where a shrinking number of people do really well or we can build a nation where everybody gets a fair shot. Everybody does their fair share. And everybody plays by the same rules. This campaign is powered by folks at every level taking ownership where it matters most. Around the kitchen table. In barber shops and beauty salons. In the faith community, at work or at school. And of course in the voting booth this election day. Because we are greater together than we can ever be on our own.”
Said the Tampa editorial, “Within each of these sub-categories, Obama panders to the audience with anecdotal talking points seemingly to address the core issues these groups historically show interest in, and offering his administration as the only solution to t heir needs.”
The commentary continued, “After thoroughly reading each section, one can leave with no other conclusion that to assess the ultimate intent of Obama’s categorizing Americans is to create division, fragmentation, and discord toward one another, or the general population as a whole.”
The “Definitely Not Decaf” commentary by Ira Pickett said, “I find it interesting and disturbing at the same time that Obama isolates ‘Jewish Americans’ separate from “people of faith.’ Does he not believe that Jews have faith? Why does he address ‘young Americans’ but not the largest pool of registered votes – those over 55 years of age. Surely ‘women’ are important, but why is there not a category for ‘men’? Further, why is there no mention of ‘business owners’ or ‘disabled Americans’ or other groups?”