Why is the WH asking news sites to scrub stories about the Obama girls?
I don't mean harm to these young ladies, but I wonder at the WH intent. I don't want anyone to harm these young ladies. (Although one wonders what the heck their parents were thinking by sending them to Mexico? I mean I don't care how many Secret Service agents were in tow-cartels have more gun power) Remember, these are the same people who tacitly supported the hacking of then underaged Bristol Palin's email account for public consumption. These are the same folks who giggled madly at the Bush twins college antics. So how come we are not supposed to know tha tour tax dollars are being spent to secure a group of underaged girls on an expensive spring break trip to Mexico?.....oh....wait....NOW I SEE.
Media scrubs Malia Obama vacation story
- By DYLAN BYERS|
3/20/12 12:24 AM EDT
The AFP, the Huffington Post and other websites have scrubbed a report about first daughter Malia Obama's school trip.
On Monday, the AFP reported that Obama's daughter was on a school trip along with a number of friends and 25 Secret Service agents. The story was picked up by Yahoo, the Huffington Post, and the International Business Times, as well as UK publications like the Daily Mail and the Telegraph and other overseas publications like The Australian.
But on Monday night, the story had been removed from those sites .The AFP pagefor the story now links to a story titled "Senegal music star Youssou Ndour hits campaign trail," as does the Yahoo page. The Huffington Post pagenow links directly back to the Huffington Post homepage. The Daily Mail, Telegraph, and Australianstories now lead to 404 error pages, reading "page not found." The International Business Times story also links to the IBT homepage, though a version of the original story still exists online.
A spokesperson at the White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment, though given the late hour that can be forgiven. I will update here if and when I hear back from the White House, and when I hear back from spokespeople with the various websites and news agencies.
UPDATE: Kristina Schake, Communications Director to the First Lady, emails to confirm this was a White House effort:
From the beginning of the administration, the White House has asked news outlets not to report on or photograph the Obama children when they are not with their parents and there is no vital news interest. We have reminded outlets of this request in order to protect the privacy and security of these girls.
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