Editor's Note: Media Research Center (MRC) President Brent Bozell released the following statement earlier today -- available here on his official Facebook page. The NewsBusters publisher praised Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank for denouncing the "clinic" that President Obama put on "for some of the world's greatest dictators in how to circumvent a free press" in his April 14 column, "Obama's disregard for media reaches new heights at nuclear summit":
It's a rare occurrence that the MRC and the typically left-leaning Dana Milbank agree, but this time he is spot on. Indeed, President Obama must have made world leaders feel as if they were transported back to a ‘Soviet-era Moscow' for the media restricted nuclear energy summit instead of arriving in the capitol of the free world."
But are we really surprised? After all, this is the same President who has won lavish praise from some of the world's most brutal dictators including Venezuela's Hugo Chavez and Cuba's Fidel Castro."
And this certainly isn't the first time Obama has flat out blocked a supposed ‘free press' from covering issues of great national and international importance.
C-SPAN and Fox News would be among the first to acknowledge that. The press pool may also have something to say about that considering he blew them off last weekend to go watch his daughter's soccer game."
My question to the rest of the media is this:
Will you ever blow the whistle on this Administration's dishonest promise? Just like the health care bill and everything else done in secrecy and behind closed doors, their vow of ‘transparency' for an ‘open government' is a calculated lie."
Thank you, Dana Milbank, for your keen observations.