UPDATED (3), below: 01/07/10
Naked Emperor News, ht, Brietbart·TV, here.)
UPDATE: And here is the Presidents mouthpiece, Robert Gibbs, refusing repeatedly to answer any reporters questions about what happened to the President's repeatedly expressed commitment during the campaign to ensure there would be open C-Span coverage of the development of the healthcare "reforms" as they proceeded through the Congress.
And here is C-Span CEO, Brian Lamb, in an interview expressing the view that C-Span was used as a political football during the campaign. And he further notes that there has only been one hour of the White House part of healthcare coverage by C-Span that has been permitted by the White House, and readily concedes that it was merely for a staged event in the East Room.
Finally, here is Brian Lamb's personally expressed view of why he believes the the process should be televised, and why C-Span made the request to have the remaining healthcare negotiations and debate televised.
Notwithstanding Mr. Lamb's expressed modesty, could it possibly have been put a better way? I can't imagine how!
"The American people pay for all of this that goes on in this town. It's always been my contention, and it's not a sophisticated, intelligent position. It's just a gut reaction -- that if we pay for something, and it's the public's business -- we ought to be able to see how it's done. It's just that simple. Has nothing to do with this particular fight right now."Yep!
UPDATE 2: 01/07 -- At the Washington Examiner, Byron York posted late yesterday, exposing the Wednesday dissembling by Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs at the daily briefing, during which he made a pathetic attempt to disembroil the White House from the C-Span story.
The reporters questions naturally arose in light of the stories regarding the "secret negotiations" over the healthcare bills, and following the release of the viral video (embedded above) stacking the eight clips of Mr. Obama repeatedly promising back during the campaign to ensure wall-to-wall C-Span coverage of the healthcare debates and negotiations. In his post, York included a transcript from Tuesday's press briefing, featuring a recreant Mr. Gibbs pleading he had not had an opportunity to read Mr. Lamb's letter, and would therefore be unable to fully respond.
Byron then noted that at Wednesday's press confab, when the questions came back about the President's campaign promises about openness and transparency, Gibbs simply balked at giving the reporters any answer at all, and actually referred their fresh questions about the several Obama campaign commitments, back to his Tuesday non-answer!
Here is how Byron York aptly summed it up:
And that was the end of that. If the public wants to know why President Obama didn't keep his pledge to hold televised health-care negotations, they'll have to look for answers elsewhere. The White House isn't talking.UPDATE 3: 01/08 -- Newt Gingrich agrees with President Obama . . . or at least candidate Obama!
Me too! I think I'll tell him. And so can you. That was easy.