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Old 05-28-2009, 03:38 PM   #1
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So much for Freedom of the Press



Reporter Dragged Kicking and Screaming From Near Air Force One
By CHRISTINA HOAG

Updated 12:24 PM PDT, Thu, May 28, 2009

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Secret Service personnel remove Brenda Lee from near Air Force One after Lee attempted to give President Obama a letter, Thursday May 28, 2009, at LAX.



A reporter for a small newspaper was forcibly removed from a press area near Air Force One shortly before President Barack Obama arrived at Los Angeles International Airport to depart California early Thursday.

Airport security officers carried the woman away by the feet and arms as she protested her removal.

She later identified herself as Brenda Lee, a writer for the Georgia Informer in Macon and said she has White House press credentials. The newspaper's Web site says it is monthly publication a Brenda Lee column is posted on it.

Calls to the newspaper and the White House press office were not immediately returned.

Lee said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press that she wanted to hand Obama a letter urging him "to take a stand for traditional marriage."

She said she asked a Secret Service agent to give the president her letter, but he refused and referred her to a White House staffer. Lee said she refused to give the staffer the letter.

"I said, 'I'll take my chances if (the president) comes by here,'" said Lee, who identified herself as a Roman Catholic priestess who lives in Anaheim, Calif. "He became annoyed that I wouldn't give him the letter."

Lee, who was wearing what she described as a cassock, said she protested when she was asked to leave.

"I said, 'Why are you bothering me?' They escorted me outside the gate," she said.

She said security officers allowed her to return when she promised she would not yell or wave, but then other officers arrived and told her to leave.

"I said, 'I'm not leaving,'" she said. "They tried to drag me out."

Two officers then picked her up and carried her out. An Associated Press photographer photographed the incident.
"I was afraid you could see under my clothes," she said, her voice choking up.

Lee, who said this was the second presidential event she has covered, was later released.

The incident occurred about 10 minutes before Obama arrived at the airport by helicopter to board Air Force One. He had been in Los Angeles to attend a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Beverly Hills on Wednesday.
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Old 05-28-2009, 03:40 PM   #2
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^Uh, so what if she has White House press credentials? Reporters can't just approach the president at any time they want. Does she realize how dangerous that could be? The Bush administration, the Right's paragon of all that was holy on National Security, had a person who wasn't even a real reporter, reporting for a fake news site, under a pseudonym for God's sake in their press corps for almost 2 years. Jeff Gannon, ring a bell? He may not have been dangerous, but if it was that easy for him to get press clearance, it's probably not as difficult as one many assume. Just because some self-important bigot from a small Georgia news paper is narcissistic enough to think President Obama owes her more time than any other member of the press corps doesn't make it so. But the GOP's grasping at straws is just making things worse for them, so have at it.
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Funny headline, diamond.
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Disturbing from several angles, yes.

But it's not really a freedom of the press issue is it? They were barring her from giving something to the president. They're not barring her from writing about her experience or anything else.
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They should think twice about who they let on these AirForce One.

she ovbiously was not a legitimate reporter. But more of a plant, grand stander.

She should have kept her powder dry. and gone to a live press conference and if he called on her she would have had a much better, bigger stage.

Lee, who identified herself as a Roman Catholic priestess

wtf is that? Is her Catholic Priestess claim more legit than her Press claim?
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and Drudge. and Limbaugh, and Hannity will spoon feed this to their well-informed audiences, that will be so outraged!!

to see a person of color man-handled by law enforcement,

because they are always there - marching shoulder to shoulder with Rev Sharpton.
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The Bird's Eye View

I don't believe she qualifies as a journalist

I would call her more of an activist.
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If this exact same incedent occurred but the letter was urging Bush to pass gay marriage, conservatives would be calling for her imprisonment because she tried to attack the president, and it would be used as an example, "see all those libs are wackos". And this thread wouldn't have had this shitty title.
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What the hell does this have to do with freedom of the press?
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What the hell does this have to do with freedom of the press?
I think he's proven to us, on many occasions that he doesn't quite understand the Constitution, we shouldn't be suprised...
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Lee, who identified herself as a Roman Catholic priestess

wtf is that?
Oddly enough, that's the same reaction the Vatican has.
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you know it.
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by Rev. Brenda Lee


Happy Mother’s Day-There is no greater and holier job than that of a Mother. She is the first teacher of her children and teaches them godly values that carry them through their earthly life and back to heaven. She cares for them and puts them before her needs. She teaches them good manners and insists that they use them. She nurtures them when they are sick. When they make mistakes, she corrects them and sees to it that they own up to them. When it is time to release them, she gently shows them the door, but is there to advice when needed.

Miss California was striped of her title as Miss California when she was asked her views on same sex marriages and she stated that in her view marriage was between a man and a woman. The newspapers reported the truth at first. They changed the story and said that she lost the title because she had brest implants.

At some point the American public will realize that gays are taking over and that there is no freedom of speech for heterosexuals or Christians.

Gays represent a small percentage of the population, but they are powerful church leaders, politicians, judges, and movie executives. For the most part they are white males who have sexed themselves out on perverted sex and they are never satisfied. They will keep pushing for more and more sexual freedom (which include sex with children) in search of sexual gratification until they lead America to destruction unless they are stopped.

Gays have always existed; they have been an acceptable part of society because they kept their sex life private.

Gays accepted the fact that they were born gay, suffered sexual abuse or their parents wanted a child of the opposite sex. In the cause of sexual abuse, some children got through the painful experience by giving into the feelings that were forced through years of abuse and think that they are gay. Regards of how things happened, compassionate people have tried to understand. But the world has change and evil people such as Popes, cardinals, bishops, judges, and politicians have covered perverts who have preyed on children.

Last week a priest, who was molested by a priest at the age of 15 was forced out of the priesthood when he dared to speak to Church officials concerning his ordeal. He is asking that other priests speak out who have been molested.

Several months ago, the practice of priests sleeping with Protestant virgins before their marriage to Catholic males surfaced. A Catholic male and his would be bride went to speak to the priest concerning their marriage. The priest stated that he would have to try her out before the marriage. The girl told her mother. The marriage took place some months later.

President Barak Obama will be naming a Supreme Court judge in the near future. It is of the up most importance that he does not appoint a liberal judge. Christians and moralists must ask that he appoints a GOD Fearing judge to the post.

Here is a question?

Would the Secret Service be doing it's job right if they allowed her to stay on Air Force One.?


Would you want to sit next to her on an airplane?
(she would be more entertaining than the movie)
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Here is a question?

Would the Secret Service be doing it's job right if they allowed her to stay on Air Force One.?


Would you want to sit next to her on an airplane?
(she would be more entertaining than the movie)
Holy crap. That woman has serious mental problems. As you said, I wouldn't want her next to me on a plane, much less President Obama.
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