In which I give in to Obama's Nixonian demands on what the media should cover 

Drudge is linking a story today about how the White House shut the Boston Herald's White House correspondent out of the pool covering the President's fundraiser in Boston today. This seems to be retaliation for a front-page editorial the Herald gave Mitt Romney on the day in March that Obama visited Boston. Here's the White House spokesman's complaint:

My point about the op-ed was not that you ran it but that it was the full front page, which excluded any coverage of the visit of a sitting US President to Boston. I think that raises a fair question about whether the paper is unbiased in its coverage of the President’s visits,

Obama was upset that his March visit didn't get more coverage?

Okay, then, I'll provide some more coverage:

Obama came to Boston in March to rub elbows with wealthy businessmen -- whose businesses have benefitted from his policies. For the pleasure of face time with the President, these businessmen contributed to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, anywhere from a few hundred dollars to more than $30,000.

Here are some of those people whom Obama hit up for cash on that visit, many of whom will cut huge checks to Obama's reelect and the DNC this week:

  • Drug company CEO Reinier Beeuwkes, who gave $20,000 to the DCCC. Beeuwkes's company, Ischemix, is a member of the Biotechnology Industry Organization, which endorsed the bill. Biotech companies like Ischemix profit from the bill's subsidies and lengthy exclusivity for biotech drugs. 
  • Marketing and PR giant John Connors gave the maximum $30,800. The corporate clients, whose image Connors i paid to burnish, include Bank of America and Merrill Lynch.
  • Real estate developer Joseph E. Corcoran also kicked in $30,000.
  • Joanne Egerman, a Planned Parenthood board member and wife of health-care CEO Paul Egerman gave $20,000
  • McKinsey & Co. consultant David Fubini gave $30,800.
  • Revolving door energy lobbyist Mary Beth Gentleman gave $5,000.
  • Chairman of the Board of the Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation, Philip W. Johnston, gave $5,000.
  • Broadcasting mogul Albert Caneb gave the max $30,800.
  • Bain Capital banker Jonathan Levine gave $19,200
  • Bain Capital banker Stephen Pagiluca and his wife gave a combined $50,000.
  • Schooner Capital bankers Nicholas and Vincent Ryan forked over a combined $50,000

I hope this coverage of what a sitting president did in Boston pleases the White House.


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