T.J. HOLMES, SUBSTITUTE HOST: Bob, you covered the White House for a long time. You’ve been around, and you were shaking your head there the whole time and wanting to chime in. What is it?Do my eyes and ears deceive me? Did I just watch a libtard journalist on a libtard "news" network claim that a libtard president has been the most hostile to the media in U.S. history?
BOB FRANKEN, SYNDICATED COLUMNIST: Well, let's use the "P" word here. This is propaganda when it comes from the White House: government covering the government. It’s not what you’re supposed to do in the United States of America. But we have an administration, every president gets to the point where he dislikes the press. It’s that simple. And every administration tries to manipulate the press. But this is the most hostile to the media that has been in United States history. Not only do we have this thing where they’re…
HOLMES: Wait, you would go that far?
FRANKEN: I would go that far.
HOLMES: The most hostile in history?
FRANKEN: The most hostile because first of all, we have the situation where they are in fact shutting out the press. And by the way, when they say you can't have every photographer in, they know full-well that there's a thing called a pool, which is to say you have one representative from each of the media that represents all of them and shares the pictures and the sound and all that kind of thing. So that's totally disingenuous, which is a polite word.
But the reason I say most hostile is because of the Justice Department moves that they've made against the press. Obviously they have a contempt for the journalistic process. Those of us who are in journalism, of course, believe that it is vital if you're going to have informed electorate as opposed to one that’s been propagandized.
Clearly my computer is on the fritz. I must be watching a video from an alternate dimension where the left has the balls to criticize their own politicians over their abuse of civil liberties including press freedom. Because as we all know, Dear Leader has been nothing but benevolent towards the press. MSNBC told me so!
I mean it's not like the Obama administration has been attacking press freedom by seizing journalist phone records. It's not as though this country's press freedom has been declining due to arrested journalists. What exactly do you think Obama is trying to do? Enforce state media where everything looks like MSNBC? Who would even suggest such a thing? A Teabagging redneck? Clearly not a libtard columnist from a far-left rag! Right?