If this isn't state media .......Atlas reader Julia writes:
Have you seen CNN this morning?
They've created a graphics package animating the words "Ground Zero Visit" and scored it with pretentious music underneath. Runs about 5 seconds before and in between BHO visit stories. And integrated the logo into the reporter ID's on the bottom of the screen.
a la "Ike Returns to Normandy"
Man never came to GZ once during his whole presidency -- until now. I hope he stops backpedaling on the kill and brings OBL's photo album.
I wonder if he needed more special coaching for outdoor live shots. Imagine if Bush did this.
The White House is spending tens of thousands of dollars on a public relations firm headed by Democratic image maker Michael Sheehan - once dubbed by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as an “extraordinary media coach” who helped her master the teleprompter.
Mr. Sheehan’s firm, Sheehan Associates, could receive more than $100,000 under a current contract and has been providing occasional speech and consulting services to the White House since 2009, federal purchasing records show.
Although Mr. Sheehan has a reputation of helping politicians look good speaking in public, neither his firm nor its White House client has anything to say about the contracting arrangement. Sheehan Associates failed to respond to telephone and email inquiries about the hiring arrangement this week and last, as did the White House press office.
Spending records show that the company was hired under three contracts since late 2009 and has received a total of $60,000. The records variously describe the company as providing “speech preparation training,” “speech writing services” and “speech coaching services.”
It’s unclear what speeches the firm was assigned, but its hiring marks the second time that the White House has paid for outside public relations help.