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Shut out on World Press Freedom Day

Posted By -NO AUTHOR- On 05/03/2012 @ 9:26 pm In Front Page,Politics,U.S. | No Comments

Even on World Press Freedom Day, Les Kinsolving, WND’s correspondent at the White House and the second most-senior reporter on the beat behind only Connie Lawn, was not allowed by press secretary Jay Carney to ask any questions.

Of the 46 reporters at today’s daily White House press briefing, 28 were not allowed to ask questions.

Instead, Carney allowed NBC to ask six, Fox five and Reuters, the Washington Post and American Urban Radio four.

Kinsolving wanted to pursue information about Barack Obama’s funding of the Palestinian Authority.

His question, prepared for the briefing, was: “AFP reported when national security spokesman Tommy Vietor said the Palestinian Authority had ‘fulfilled its major obligations such as recognizing Israel’s right to resist.’ Question: When did the PA ever recognize Israel’s right to exist, much less resist?”

His second question was to have been: “Congress’ passage of the Palestinian Authority Accountability Act directed: No funds available to any U.S. government department or agency may be obligated or expended with respect to providing funds to the Palestinian Authority. Question: Does the president believe his overruling of this congressional mandate will not be remembered on Nov. 6 by Jewish voters and Israel-supporting Christians?”

According to a National Review commentary by Andrew McCarthy, Obama gained a triple play with his action.

“Obama has decided to provide $192 million to the Palestinian Authority despite Congress’s freeze on PA funding after its president, Mahmoud Abbas, attempted to declare statehood unilaterally last September, in violation of the PA’s treaty commitments,” the commentary said.

It continued, “Obama’s ‘waiver’ of the restrictions on Congress’s Palestinian Accountability Act was first reported in the foreign press (AFP), which is where Americans generally need to go to get news about what the U.S. administration is up to.

“White House spinmeister Tommy Vietor stated that President Obama made the decision to pour American taxpayer dollars into Palestinian coffers in order to ensure ‘the continued viability of the moderate PA government.’ He added the claim that, as the report puts it, ‘the PA had fulfilled all its major obligations, such as recognizing Israel’s right to exist, renouncing violence and accepting the Road Map for Peace.’”

The commentary said the “very immoderate PA” has “reneged” on virtually all commitments.

The PA violated obligations by declaring statehood, agreeing to a government with the terrorist group Hamas and continuing to endorse terrorism against Israel. The PA “most certainly does not recognize Israel’s right to exist,” the report said.

“Everything Obama is saying about Palestinian compliance is a lie,” McCarthy wrote.

Carney’s decision not to recognize Kinsolving follows a pattern set since December when the correspondent asked what the president thought about a congressional vote that allowed bestiality in the military.

As part of decriminalizing same-sex encounters by rewriting one part of the justice code, members of Congress apparently inadvertently also removed the ban on bestiality, a move they corrected quickly when the issue arose.

Carney’s latest snub of Kinsolving came when Obama was recognizing World Press Freedom Day.

“We pay special tribute to those journalists who have sacrificed their lives, freedom or personal well-being in pursuit of truth and justice,” his statement said. “We call on all governments to protect the ability of journalists, bloggers, and dissidents to write and speak freely without retribution and to stop the use of travel bans and other indirect forms of censorship to suppress the exercise of these universal rights.”


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