Barack Obama’s former Press Secretary Robert Gibbs has been hired as a contributor by MSNBC. Jon Stewart asks “where does one whose entire job consisted of dissembling to the press go? You go to the press!” Stewart plays some press briefings with Gibbs presiding, when he is asked about confirmations of the Obama predator drone strikes. Each time Gibbs says he is not going to comment, he doesn’t know anything about it, and if he did he wouldn’t say so. Stewart pretty much raps the press for being “truth snooths” who bought what Gibbs was selling. In other words (my words), the Press did little to investigate the truth. Other than questions in the briefing room, they were not doing their job, and most of the press never makes it to the White House briefing, so what was the reporter on the street doing? Nothing, with few exceptions, but the overseas drone program is the wrong program to pound.
Gibbs says he was told not to “acknowledge the drone program” and this from Day One of the Obama administration as Gibbs became White House Press Secretary on inauguration day, 2009. In the video you’ll hear him say his lies – “our denial of the existence of the program, when it’s obviously happening, undermines people confidence overall in the decisions our government makes.” My, my.
GIBBS: Here’s what’s inherently crazy about that proposition: you’re being asked a question based on the reporting of a program that exists, so you’re the official government spokesperson, acting as if the entire program…pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.
STEWART: I mean you know, what are they going to do? Quit? Get another job? In the OH-bama economy? Come on…although I believed at the time I probably told you things were looking up for the economy, but you know, I was probably bulls****ing you too.
Then he attacks the first Bush Press Secretary, Ari Fleischer as being cold and for telling the truth (they have reason to believe Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction – “the United Nations has said they do, the experts has said they do”). Runs clips of Fleischer to show there was no change when Fleischer left the office of the Press Secretary and appeared as an an analyst or contributor. Calls him Benjamin Bulls#*t. (Notice Tony Snow and Dana Perino didn’t meet Stewart’s mocking wrath).
One thing we know, there are no “government experts.” In my opinion, the drone program overseas isn’t the biggest issue, and some matters of national defense needn’t be divulged to press. How about the U.S. drone program over the U.S.? That’s the questions that should be asked today. Or…how about the misinformation on the economy, the misinforming jobs reports, the lies about lobbyists in Obama’s “no lobbyists in the White House” promise, the lies about what Unions are doing to this country with Obama’s ramped up support, the lies about the stimulus funding and green jobs wasteful spending? So many good questions to be asked. The more lies you tell, the easier it is to get hired by MSNBC.