Clinton Camp Blocks Daily Mail Reporter From NH Events

A Daily Mail reporter with an eye for Clinton campaign plants was persona non-grata at some campaign events in New Hampshire, Monday.

David Martosko broke a story back in April exposing an “unscripted” Clinton campaign event in Iowa that turned out to be heavily choreographed with Democrat activists.

Martosko writes at the Daily Mail:

Driving through New Hampshire in the rain without knowing where you’re headed is an unnerving experience, but that’s where I found myself this morning after Hillary Clinton’s staff said I wouldn’t be allowed to do my job reporting on her campaign.

At the Clinton camp’s request, a group of journalists set up a traveling ‘pool’ so a single print reporter can be everyone’s eyes and ears at events where a room is too small to fit a crush of questions from a larger group.

Plus it saves more than a dozen news organizations the expense of having to be on the campaign trail every time Clinton decides to speak.

On Monday I was the designated ‘pooler,’ tasked by this informal group of my colleagues with going to two events in New Hampshire.

I landed at the Manchester, N.H. airport well after midnight, thanks to a lengthy flight delay in Washington. A message was waiting for me from one of the reporters who has the thankless task of coordinating the pool with the Clinton campaign.

There was a problem: Hillary’s press staff said DailyMail.com wasn’t welcome, and they decided it at the last minute.

The pool was asked to send a different reporter. It was too late to substitute someone else in the Live Free or Die state at that point, so I said I’d show up anyway.

Six hours earlier I had received emails from two different Clinton media liaisons – including the former secretary of state’s traveling press secretary, Nick Merrill – telling me where to show up and when.

So what happened? That’s the nagging question.

Monday morning I showed up at 7:45 in a parking lot where I was to hop on a Clinton campaign van for a drive to the town of Rochester, where the first event would be.

A very junior staffer told me I couldn’t climb aboard: I wasn’t ‘on the list.’

The Clinton Traveling Press Pool released a statement Monday evening to address the slight, saying, ‘Any Attempt By The Campaign To Dictate Who Is In The Pool is Unacceptable.’

“We would like to see all campaign events open to the public and the full press corps, but when that is not possible we have agreed to pool coverage,” McClatchy’s Anita Kumar wrote on behalf of the cited organizations below. “We haven’t yet had a clear explanation about why the pool reporter for today’s events was denied access. But any attempt by the campaign to dictate who is in the pool is unacceptable. The pool is open to any print organization willing to take part.”

AFP
Boston Globe
BuzzFeed
Daily Mail
Financial Times
Guardian
McClatchy
New York Daily News
New York Times
Politico
Time
Tribune Publishing
Wall Street Journal
Washington Post
Martosko appeared on the Kelly File with Megyn Kelly to discuss what happened:
Martkoso said that when the Clinton camp initially tried to bar him from being the pool reporter for the event, “to a man and woman” all the reporters from the news organizations said, “No. The Clinton campaign does not get to choose who covers them.”
He added, “this is the kind of thing you see in other countries we don’t want to emulate.”
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As we reported earlier today, the Daily Mail’s editor for U.S. politics, David Martosko, was scheduled to be the pool reporter covering the Hillary Clinton campaign today. Team Hillary shut him out, just coincidentally a couple of days after Martkosko criticized some of the Clinton-covering media for their lapdog-ish behavior.

At an event Monday evening,  the Sec. Service agent wouldn’t let Martosko into the YMCA venue to go to the bathroom.  “Hit the woods,” he reportedly said.

State Dept. Whistleblower Scandal Coming Back To Haunt Hillary

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….On conservative websites, anyway. The MSM never had much of an appetite for this one.

Via the Washington Free BeaconThe Washington Examiner continues its reporting on the Clinton State Department’s efforts to cover up alleged misconduct with new details about investigations thwarted by agency staff:

State Department officials blocked investigations into potentially embarrassing allegations of misconduct from agency investigators and even inspector general staff during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state.

A former official in the State Department inspector general’s office who was involved with preparing the sanitized report said agency officials also interfered in probes originating in the Office of the Inspector General.

The suggestions of political interference into investigations conducted at the bureau of diplomatic security first appeared in an inspector general report published in February 2013, just as Clinton was leaving the State Department. A Washington Examiner review of earlier drafts of that reportsuggested potentially damaging passages were removed from the final document. But the State Department official suggests the intervention went further.

The official, who requested anonymity, said the Bureau of Diplomatic Security initially prevented inspectors from reviewing open case files when they began their probe in late 2012.

Read the full report for all the gory deets.

Longtime readers of this blog should not be strangers to this story. I covered these allegations, and the State Dept’s retaliation against whistleblowers extensively in 2013. I’ve been wondering why it hasn’t been brought up until now.

Like so many other Clinton scandals – this one cluster-F alone (in a healthy, sane country) would be enough to derail her pathetic candidacy.

If she makes it through the primary without getting indicted, US demographics are such that she’s a sure thing in 2016 said Hugh Hewitt on the Adam Carolla Show, 6/11/15

Hat tip: Ace

Previously:

State Dept Whistleblower’s Emails Hacked and Deleted

Monday Catch-Up: Obama’s State Department Continues To Appall

Whistle-blower And Kids Seek Protection From Congress After Being Bullied By State Dept

Another Whistleblower Comes Forward After Being Bullied By State Dept Employees

Pedophile Ambassador Protected By State Dept ID’d as Major Obama Bundler & Political Appointee

Video: Whistleblower Lawyer Victoria Toensing Demands Apology From Sec of State Kerry For State Dept. Smears

Rubio Takes A Shot At Hillary With New Ad Mocking Her Dopey “Yesterday” Riff

I didn’t bother to watch Hillary’s second (or is it third) campaign launch in New York City, Saturday,  but I heard it was a major snooze-fest.
Clinton’s speechwriter apparently thought it would be helpful if he had his elderly boss – a longtime fixture in the party of bad ideas that don’t work – attack Republicans as the party of “Yesterday.”
“There may be some new voices in the Republican choir,” she said of the GOP’s 2016 field. “But they’re all singing the same old song – A song called ‘Yesterday.’ ”
 “You know the one – ‘All our troubles are here to stay, and we need a place to hide away,’ ” Hillary Clinton quipped. “They believe in yesterday.”
What a dumb line of attack. It rings false because it is false. It’s the sort of thing vacuous simps applaud because they want to think of themselves as members the cool and happening “party of today.” Even though they support the failed party of Detroit, Baltimore, Chicago, Philly etc.
Really Marco Rubio doesn’t even have to even open his mouth to refute that nonsense. All has to do is stand there next to a cardboard cutout of Grandma Clinton and let the American people decide who looks like “yesterday’s” candidate. But the funny thing is – he already refuted it explicitly in his presidential announcement, last April.
This is much gentler than Carly Fiorina’s ferocious broadsides. But he gets his point across.

Megyn Kelly: Obama’s Radical Housing Plan “Social Engineering of the Worst Kind” (Video)

On the Kelly File, last night, Megyn Kelly blasted Obama’s radical housing usurpation – calling it “social engineering of the worst kind,” and possibly an attempt to “change the way neighborhoods vote.”

Stanley Kurtz, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, has been ringing alarm bells about the “Radical in Chief’s” plan to transform (read: destroy) American suburbia since 2012.

The feds now want to take billions in housing grant money, and condition it on communities proving that they have (what the Feds consider) the correct mix of citizens based on income, race, ethnicity, etc.

“This is what happens when you put a community organizer in the White House – he tries to organize your communities from Washington,” Kelly’s guest Marc Thiessen said.

The good news is – Congress is trying to stop Obama’s power grab by exercising their power of the purse.

Tuesday night, on a vote of 229-193, the House passed an amendment to the THUD (Transportation Housing and Urban Development) bill that blocks any HUD funding that enforces President Obama’s fair housing rule (AFFH). The amendment, offered by Arizona Republican Congressman Paul Gosar, protects local zoning rights from federal overreach.

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The Gosar amendment  is endorsed by Americans for Limited Government, Freedom Works, Council for Citizens Against Government Waste, Taxpayers for Common Sense and Eagle Forum.

It now goes to the Senate, where the prospects for passage are good — but not guaranteed. Kurtz predicts that Obama’s power grab will likely become a major issue issue in the 2016 presidential campaign should Senate Republicans fail to block the AFFH.

Previously: 

Monday Ketch-Up: Obama’s Secret Collectivist Plan For His Second Term

It Begins: Obama To Force Integration Into Suburban Neighborhoods (Video)

Obama’s Scheme To Destroy Middle Class Suburbia

Following Obama’s Lead, Collectivists Are Coming Out of the Closet

German Paper: “Ist Obama ein Kommunist?”

As Homicides Skyrocket in Baltimore, Cops Are Looking To Leave (Video)

Thanks to the racial grievance narrative that was embraced and perpetuated by Obama, Holder, Loretta Lynch, Sharpton, the BlackLivesMatter crowd, and the entire Baltimore city government, Baltimore cops are now feeling harassed and intimidated to the point that they can no longer do their jobs –  and as a result, criminals are running wild.

Everybody is happy – thugs get to do whatever they want, and cops get paid to sit around on their asses and eat donuts. (The ones who haven’t put in their two week notices, that is.)

Crime is skyrocketing in Baltimore. (Remember, it’s a hard and fast rule: Everything bad skyrockets under Obama.)

Megyn Kelly, Wednesday night, ran through the alarming numbers: Homicides are up 40%, non-fatal shootings are up 60%.

“The Western district of the city where the riots took place have seen 22 homicides in just the last four months – that’s more than the entirety of last year. And just today, five more people were shot in a broad daylight gun-battle ranging over a half mile down residential streets. All of this happens while arrests are down 32%, and police reps say the rank and file feel alienated by this prosecutor and are concerned about doing their jobs.”

Kelly went on to say that the Mayor and the police chief have come out to say that the police are not “holding back.”

Kelly’s guest, former LAPD detective Mark Fuhrman explained what is going on.

“They’re not holding back – they’re being very cautious about following all the rules. They know nobody’s got their back in the city government, their own police chief’s going to throw them under the bus – so they’re doing everything by the book – they’re answering the radio calls and they’re making no proactive stops. They’re not getting out and shaking people down, wondering what people are doing, searching people – looking for guns, drugs — they’re basically just answering the calls for service,” Fuhrman said.  “And this is exactly what the city government gets. They get a police department that answers the cat-in-the-tree call – and that’s it.”

Megyn Kelly noted that in the course of doing their jobs, cops now have to worry that one mistake they make could “turn into charges of false arrest, false imprisonment, and the loss of their freedom.”

She added, “we’re already hearing from some of our Baltimore police officer sources that they’re looking to leave this police force.”

Fuhrman “well, that’s what’s going to happen. The only people you’re going to have left are the people that are either going to do nothing and just agree with the administration (weasels who will probably end up being on the take) or they’re going to leave the department. Officers are actually going to find better places to go that actually respect them and actually back them when they actually do lawful arrests – actually do their job.

(Way to go Fuhrman! You said “actually” 5 times in one sentence!) 

Fuhrman continued, “Megyn you have to see what’s going on here. You have two dynamics. You have the city administration and every government official in Baltimore trying to get police scalps. They are not throwing them under the bus – they’re trying to get scalps. Now, while that’s going on, all the gang members, all the drug dealers, all the two bit criminals, all the wannabes – it’s vacation! They know they’ll be able to take advantage of the police not wanting to be in the area because they are the target of these gang members and drug dealers and they’re also the target of their own administration – so they’re going to pull back, they’re going to do their job, and they’re going to stay out of trouble.”

Kelly concluded by noting that the prosecutor Marilyn Mosby sat down with Vogue magazine while the city is awash in murders she should be prosecuting.

Video: Megyn Kelly Blasts “Fundamentally Confused and Wrong” Lib On Free Speech

Watching Fox News’ resident liberal Richard Fowler flail around in search of a valid point is always painful to watch. But watching him attempt to debate Megyn Kelly on the issue of free speech, is downright mortifying.

In an epic clash with Kelly, he found himself agreeing with Bill O’Reilly’s craven take on the issue – a take Kelly blasted as “fundamentally confused and wrong.”

“The relevant question is not ‘did those under attack say something offensive,'” Kelly declared. The relevant question is, “what do we want to do about a group that wants to kill us for exercising our constitutional rights.”

“Freedom of speech is an enumerated right that also comes with the freedom of religion, the freedom of press and the freedom of association,” Fowler intoned. “Muslims should be free to worship just like Christians are free to worship.”

“They are,” Megyn replied, non-plussed. “This group didn’t step on that.”

“Freedom of speech comes with limits and this is a clear limit,” Fowler argued in search of a point.

“No it isn’t!” Megyn countered. “You are fundamentally confused and wrong and the Supreme Court has been very clear on this.”

She cited the Westboro Baptist Church case in which the court upheld their right to picket funerals of fallen soldiers in an 8-1 decision.

Fowler countered, “this is not about case law – this is about common sense,” totally contradicting his earlier “point” that some speech should be limited – which the always razor sharp Megyn called him out on.

“It doesn’t make any sense,” Fowler simpered. ” Why would you paint a picture of someone else’s God and laugh at it and expect them not to respond?”

Setting aside the fact that Fowler just made it obvious he doesn’t have the first clue what Muslims believe about Mohammed (hint – he’s not their God!) He also exposed himself as the craven hypocrite he is for piously pretending that he believes religion should never be made fun of. Can you see Richard Fowler passionately defending Catholics when The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgenceperform their blasphemous shtick?

A troupe of anti-clerical gay provocateurs who cross-dress as bizarre nuns to insult the church and conventional morality of all sorts, stage a “Hunky Jesus” competition in San Franscisco.

You know what? I know a lot of people who are offended by this.  Should we insist that they cease and desist or face {{{the consequences}}}?

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And what do you suppose Fowler’s take on the “vulgar and tasteless” Book of Mormon on Broadway is?

Here’s what a reviewer at Syracuse.com said of the musical:

Let’s start by being clear that the show is offensive in the traditional sense of the word: Four-letter words; sex jokes; sacrilege. But it’s only offensive because it wants to offend you. Ultimately, it drops a dose of vulgar, ugly and comically juxtaposed reality on the absurdity of musical theater and the incongruities of one particular religion: Mormonism.

The two-and-a-half hour show is saddled with the schoolyard humor we’ve come to expect from the men who thought up Eric Cartman. It’s riddled with profanity and even manages to make “baptism” a dirty word. It’s not for pearl-clutchers or do-gooders.

Well, we’ll just have to add Richard Fowler to the ranks of pearl-clutchers and do-gooders, I guess. Because it doesn’t make sense!!!11!! Why would someone make fun of someone else’s God and laugh at it? Whoever heard of such a thing?!

But of course – Fowler is silent about these insults because the offended parties don’t threaten to murder people who insult them. This is a craven, despicable and unsupportable position to have – which is certainly to be expected among those on the left because they are consistently craven, despicable and wrong about everything.  Bill O’Reilly should be ashamed and embarrassed to be on their  side on such a basic and fundamental issue.

Kelly concluded by saying, “I’m concerned about the America you would have us live in,” but Fowler whimpered in response,”I would live in an America where everybody accepts everybody and we don’t make fun of their respective gods…”

When Megyn suggested he “explain that to the jihadis,” the clearly delusional Fowler blurted out, “how we beat terrorism is with love, not hate.”

Good lord.

Baltimore City Councilman Explains Lack of Police Response, Last Night: “We Asked Them To Back Off”

On day two of the Baltimore riots, the inept city government was still giving the rioter, looters and pillagers “the space to destroy.”

Via Colin Flaherty, who says this is his favorite moment from the riots, last night:

And here via AoSHQ, is the unlucky owner of the liqueur store that was in the unfortunate “destroy” space.

Reporters asked the governor of Maryland why he was so slow to send in the National Guard.

Maryland’s Governor Hogan said it was Mayor “Space to Destroy”  Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s call – and she didn’t call. 

Some questioned why it took so long for the Guard to be activated, to which Hogan responded that Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was slow to make the request. He said he executed the request 30 seconds after it was made. Rawlings-Blake had initially said she wanted to give to protestors the “space to destroy” their environment….

“When the mayor called me, which quite frankly we were glad that she finally did, instantly we signed the executive order. We already had our entire team prepared,” he said. “We were trying to get in touch with the mayor for quite some time, she finally made that call and we immediately took action.”

Last Fall,  the Democrat Governor of Missouri was accused of holding back the National Guard (at Holder and Obama’s request) when the city of Ferguson was in flames. Now we have Democrat politicians in Baltimore doing the same stupid thing – and you have to wonder – are they getting orders from above – or is this kind of toxic stupidity endemic throughout the party? Or both?

Yeah. As I noted at PJ Tatler. This is the kind of incompetence and insanity you can count of when progressives are put into positions of power.

Whether it’s a big-city mayor giving common street thugs posing as protesters “space” to destroy a city, or the leader of the free world giving radical Islamists “space” to destroy entire countries —  what you get is chaos, terror, bloodshed and tears.


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