We have heard a lot about how some in media are in pay for play sometimes, the ACDC, the Attack-Collect, Defend-Collect.
Then there is the notion that in America, the press/media is tops. Not in so many years, it hasn't been.
The White House is working hard to secure deals that yield fluffy, feel good commentary about the Obama White House. One American White House reporter used colorful terms to describe the arrangement. The reporter said, "They want 'blow jobs' first [in the press sense]. Then you have to be on good behavior for a bit or be willing to deal, and then you get access."
"Axe" and "Gibbs" know who needs access to get their books pushed forward.
They know who will pay for play -- and are taking notes on who has been naughty and nice in their reporting.
Could this happen in the Philippines with a new administration? Is it happening now? You tell me.
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Tom Watson picking up Ben Hogan award: "Obama said he was undeserving of Nobal peace prize. And I believe him." Laughter, cheers, boos.