PINNOCHIOBAMA ... SUCH TRANSPARENCY
March 4, 2013
While listening to The Savage Nation the other night, host Michael Savage coined a new name for the President, our Liar-In-Chief: Pinnochiobama. Touché, Mr. Savage.
I have read at least seventy-five articles and listened to many a political pundit and commentator of late and, with the exception of the left-wing, nobody can get over the countless lies that come from this man 51 percent of Americans (mostly non-thinking Americans, although some may not be Americans - yet) elected to the highest office in the land.
It appears that the lie most told over the last four-and-a-half years by Mr. Narcissist is his insistence that his administration is the most transparent of all the Presidents before him. Well, let's analyze that shall we as we continue writing our many volumes on the "Art of Lying by Barack Hussein Obama.
Just three days following Pinnochiobama's second inauguration, "god, Jr." stated - for the 238th time - that his is "the most transparent administration in history, and I can document how that is the case." Obama made the comment without batting an eye or even causing a lightning strike...in fact his comment was uttered with his usual apparent sincerity. Obama, however, was remiss in not tying the added phrase, "the most ethical administration" in history, to the transparency statement as is often his want.
The President did this as his administration simultaneously battled to suppress details of the CIA has secret drone program kill list even if the target is an American citizen. Then, just days later Obama disappeared during a mini vacation in Florida to play golf (some with Tiger Woods) for four days without press access.
The press that usually spreads rose petals in the President's path was generally outraged by the lack of access during the golfing and an astonishing amount of criticism ensued. For example, Anne Compton of ABC News said, "The way the president's availability to the press has shrunk in the last two years is a disgrace...This White House goes to extreme lengths to keep the press away."
The mainstream media (MSM) has slowly begun to recognize Obama's tactics of marginalization, manipulation and a failure to practice transparency, particularly with those that would ask tough questions. These tactics when placed in the context of the transparency Obama promised on day one of his presidency..."to be the most open and transparent in history"... have become of late quite grating to the MSM and some in the public.
Perhaps the importance of transparency/openness bears some discussion. The American Heritage dictionary defines transparency as, "the quality or state of being transparent... guileless, candid, open; easily understood or detected." From a governmental standpoint transparency can be "understood as the availability and accessibility of relevant information about the functioning of the polity" (Curtin & Meijer, 2006). The professors go on to say an organization's transparency can be measured by the "depth of access it allows," "the depth of knowledge about processes it is willing to reveal" and the "attention to citizen response."
Transparency and openness have obvious strengths that include increasing organizational efficiency, reducing corruption, assisting in evaluating performance and certainly building public support and legitimacy. It can also be argued that transparency lowers costs since the decision processes are open to scrutiny, criticism and positive revision. Certainly in other venues (e.g. business) decisions that are clear, logical, rational, truthful and accurate are accepted and gain support with greater ease within an organization.
The Obama administration has developed and published a statement on transparency to the White House web site. The statement establishes a goal of "creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government" and has paragraph long sections on transparency, participation and collaboration. Ironically the site also has a legal disclaimer at its conclusion. Based on the executive branch's record, people both inside and outside of government may be wondering if anyone in the administration has read the statement.
Numerous examples of a lack of transparency exist in this administration and warrant mention, some egregious:
The forgoing examples do not include Obama's efforts to hide facts relative to Benghazi, aggressive efforts to stop FOIA requests from being fulfilled, demands to force disclosure of James Risen's (a New York Times reporter) source on a security matter and the growing EPA scandal ...the examples can go on ad nauseam. Just this week it was disclosed that key White House operatives had threatened both Bob Woodward and Lanny Davis for writing critical narratives on administration activities. The lack of transparency coupled with intimidation is apparently an Obama tactic.
Even in the face of much of the above, the President received an award last year for his administration's transparency -- presented behind closed doors. Nevertheless a growing level of indignation is finally rising in the long dormant MSM... a media that has essentially been a no critique zone for President Obama until his recent lack of transparency, openness and media manipulation.
Katherine Meyer, a Washington lawyer and FOIA expert, said "It's kind of shocking to me to say this, but of the six (six administrations doing FOIA work), this is the worst on FOIA issues. The worst. There's just no question about it." David Sobel, a senior counsel at the Electronic Frontier Foundation states that "despite the positive rhetoric that has come from the White House...guidance (on transparency) has not been translated into real world results in actual cases...Basically the reviews are terrible."
Thus does President Obama's recent claim regarding his administration's transparency and openness stand up to critical evaluation? Given the dismal record exposed in the forgoing only a crazed few would give his recent assertion any credence at all. The Obama record can be reasonably called a fade to black by utilizing manipulation, stonewalling, a compliant media, lying and outright threats to hide its failures and scandals.
Pinnochiobama is a name that fits our President well. He is sooo transparent,...lies and all.
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