Saturday: The President has no public events scheduled
8:0 AM The President departs the White House
9:50: Arrives Atlanta, Georgia
11:0: Attends Morehouse College commencement and delivers the commencement speech
2:10: Delivers remarks at a DSCC event at The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, Atlanta
3:10: Departs Atlanta
4:55: Arrives the White House
(Photo: Pete Souza, 2009)
The Week Ahead:
Monday: The President will welcome President Thein Sein of Myanmar to the White House. Since President Obama’s historic trip to Rangoon last November, the United States has continued to advocate for continued progress on reform by President Thein Sein’s government, in close cooperation with Aung San Suu Kyi, civil society leaders, and the international community.
Tuesday: Will attend meetings at the White House.
Wednesday: Will attend meetings at the White House, and in the evening, as part of their “In Performance at the White House” series, the President and the First Lady will host a concert honoring singer-songwriter Carole King, who will be awarded the 2013 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
Thursday: Will attend meetings at the White House.
Friday: Will travel to Annapolis, Maryland, to deliver the commencement address at the U.S. Naval Academy.
This week started with Three! Huge! Scandals! It ends with #umbrellagate. Well played, Mr. President. Well played.
— Jeff Fecke (@jkfecke) May 17, 2013
Media Matters: ABC News & The Whitewater Tactics At The Center Of The Scandal Machine
…. ABC’s flawed reporting on the emails, based on selective leaks, has led to questions about reporter Jonathan Karl’s future, vividly demonstrating the consequences of this type of press manipulation. But whether fellow journalists – and viewers – will demand accountability from Karl remains to be seen.
It’s the Whitewater experience, which GOP leaders are reportedly skittish of repeating, that provides a blueprint for accountability over this type of press manipulation.
…. Will the media, which once again saw one of their own get burned by relying on selective leaks in furtherance of a hunting of a president, demand accountability this time?
Full post here
The more you look at this report, the more (literally) incredible it is – and thrown in, for good measure, edits of Jay Carney (from 0:18) to make him look like a bumbling fool. Truly, Fox out-Foxed by ABC.
Michael Tomasky: Will ABC Finger the Liar?
….. ABC News, if you ask me, has had a worse week than Obama, not that as many people are paying attention. But consider. CNN and Jake Tapper got the actual emails, proving beyond a doubt that ABC and Karl were wrong. And on CBS, Scott Pelley and Major Garrett took the unheard of step of basically calling news gatherers at a fellow network liars.
…. The record up to today suggests that the government is a good measure more trustworthy than ABC News–and, don’t forget, than whoever it was (surely a GOP source of some kind) who lied to Karl in the first place.
Full post here
More at Mediaite
Mediaite: Does Jon Karl Have The Juice To Survive Benghazi Email Controversy?
….. Even the best reporter can get played by a source with an ax to grind, but by presenting that source’s misinformation as a series of direct quotes from emails that the source made up, Jonathan Karl bought and paid for the consequences, and so did ABC News. They both owe their viewers, and this White House, an apology.
Full post here
In light of current events, an interesting read from 2011:
Just got confirmation from twitter-I was suspended because a VERIFIED account reported me as spam. Guess who it was: @jonkarl
— Scott Finley (@TheScottFinley) May 18, 2013
In which Politico becomes a parody of itself –
Their Editor-in- Chief, John Harris: “I find myself asking the question which we often ask around here: WWCD – What Would Cheney do?”
Also love the reference to “miscalculations” on Iraq. Miscalculations??
— James Morrison (@JamesPMorrison) May 17, 2013
USA Today: Carole King has a friend in President Obama.
The White House announced Friday that the president and first lady Michelle Obama will host a concert on Wednesday to honor King, 2013 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
Among the scheduled performers: James Taylor, Gloria Estefan, Billy Joel – 😥 – Jesse McCartney, Emeli Sande and Trisha Yearwood, as well as King herself.
Steve Benen: First up from the God Machine this week is a story out of South Florida, in which a mayoral candidate claimed an unusual political endorsement, which did not turn out especially well.
I’ve reported on developments at the intersection of religion and politics for a good chunk of my career, but I don’t recall ever seeing a politician claim to have been literally endorsed by Jesus Christ…..