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It was bad enough for the Obama administration when David Sanger of The New York Times, who previously wrote a very pro-Obama book, recently said, “This is the most closed, control-freak administration I’ve ever covered.”

And Leonard Downie, the former executive editor of The Washington Post said, “The administration’s war on leaks and other efforts to control information are the most aggressive I’ve seen since the Nixon administration, when I was one of the editors involved in The Washington Post’s investigation of Watergate.”

But now, two liberals who are on TV on a regular basis, have stepped up to expose the thuggish behavior of the Obama administration toward journalists who spend most of their time defending the administration, but who occasionally dare to be critical of some aspect of the administration.

Carol Costello, of CNN, who often makes no bones about where she stands politically—with Obama and the Democrats—said this on Wednesday of this week: “I felt it first hand when I was, you know, reporting on the presidential race. I mean President Obama’s people can be quite nasty. They don’t like you to say anything bad about their boss, and they’re not afraid to use whatever means they have at hand to stop you from doing that, including threatening your job.”

And Fox News’ The Five co-host Bob Beckel said that he received an angry phone call from the White House after calling for a six-month to one-year delay of Obamacare, due to the massive failure of the government website handling enrollments:

The other day on The Five I called for a delay for the implementation of this for five months or six months to a year. And I got a call from somebody at the White House who absolutely bludgeoned me over it…

Beckel, who managed Walter Mondale’s failed presidential campaign, supports Obamacare, but even he realizes that the rollout has been an utter disaster. He simply believes that the best course of action for the administration would be to delay implementation, if they truly want to salvage the law.

But this shouldn’t be too surprising coming from a White House that has reacted to the website problems by feigning outrage and lashing out at critics rather than taking responsibility and holding officials accountable for the failure.


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