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Obama Labor Department Requires Journalists to Use Government-Issued Computers

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Update 6/11/12: Labor had originally set deadline of June 15 for the media to begin using the government-issued computers, but officials have backed off due to complaints. A new start date for the policy is expected to be announced this week.

The U.S. Labor Department, with no public or advance notice, has given news organizations until June 15 to remove all their computers, software and electronic equipment from DOL offices. After that, journalists will be required to use government-issued computers, software and Internet lines to report on data such as unemployment figures issued by the agency.

Until now, the DOL policy had been to issue labor data early to journalists inside a special room called the “lock-up.” The journalists could then write their stories on their own computers and, when the release time arrived, transmit those stories over lines paid for by media organizations.

Labor cited security concerns in announcing the new policy, but it has not specified what was wrong with the old security procedures.

Journalists have expressed concerns that this would allow the government to access their stories and control how and when stories are transmitted. Quizzed over whether the new system would have enough capacity for all the journalists to transmit at the same time, Carl A. Fillichio, senior adviser for communications and public affairs, said, “I’m not going to guarantee anything.”


h/t   MadJack


  1. Billy Fuster

    June 12th, 2012

    We can’t have journalists reporting the truth now can we?

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  2. sTevo

    June 12th, 2012

    Ministry of Truth is ratcheting up.

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  3. TooMuchTime

    June 12th, 2012

  4. BigSlurpy

    June 12th, 2012

    That attackwatch thing is getting even more out of hand.

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  5. Alxandro

    June 12th, 2012


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  6. Unneutral

    June 12th, 2012

    If I had a standing army I’d say that’s it! and I’d march on the WH and kick some serious ass and put this country back into the hands of the people.

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  7. Lowell

    June 12th, 2012

    So quit releasing ‘data’ early. I denoted the word data because these are the figures that have to be ‘adjusted’ every single time they are released. You want to get down to brass tacks, the ‘data’ coming out of this department has been massaged so heavily it’s worthless anyway.

    Oh wait, sounds like every other thing the MSM reports on.

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  8. Nutjob

    June 12th, 2012

    Must have something to do with everyone elses calculators adding wrong, the DOL just wants to make sure everyone elses fuzzy math numbers add up to theirs.

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  9. Rightwingfeather

    June 12th, 2012

    So what you are saying is we should expect improvement in the jobless numbers?

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  10. The Doktor

    June 13th, 2012

    “How many fingers am I holding up?!?!”

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  11. berlet98

    June 13th, 2012

    Signs of the End of Obama’s Reign?

    It may be an exercise in wishful thinking, but there are clear indications that Emperor Barack Hussein Obama’s assaults on the Constitution, his wars against the wealthy and middle class, against religion, against women, against prosperity, against Israel are all taking their toll and his despotic rule may be coming to an end.

    In about 146 days, to be precise.

    The very welcome signs are not just the obvious ones.

    Continued economic stagnation, persistently high unemployment, widespread dismay over a raft of broken promises, and public disgust over admistration scandals and the president’s gaffes, lies, vacations, and golf games certainly will play a major part in Obama’s defeat on November 6th.

    However, it is the erosion of his political base that must be giving David Axelrod and Company the hebejebes, if not chronic diarrhea, and causing similar reactions for Empress Michelle. She has to be wondering who will pay for her future extravagances and whether she will remain proud of her country should her hubby lose.

    Thanks to the president’s sudden evolution on same-sex marriage and his dubious success in repealing the military’s DADT policy, he still has a lock on the homosexual vote. So, too, will a large majority of Latinos, African-Americans, and Jews cast their ballots for Obama.

    Blacks will again vote for him in droves primarily because he is “one of their own” and despite complaints he hasn’t done nearly enough for the black community over the past three and a half years. Latinos will again vote for him in the expectation that with more “flexibility” in a second term Obama will legalize undocumented aliens despite the fact he has failed them.

    Jews will again vote for Obama mainly because they have almost always voted for Democrats and despite his well-known antagonism toward the state of Israel and its president, Benjamin Netanyahu.

    However, the electoral devil is in the ethnic details.

    Obama garnered an unprecedented 93% of black votes in 2008 and, assuredly, most African-Americans will follow suit in 2012 but, based on North Carolina and Spike Lee, he won’t enjoy comparable numbers this year.

    According to the authoritative BusinessInsider.com, the “Democrat-leaning” Public Policy Polling has found that Republican Mitt Romney would get 20% of the African-American vote and Barack Obama 76%.

    That’s a comfortable margin for the president until one considers that in 2008 he won with 95% of the N.C. tally and Romney is now beating Obama 48% to 46% in the state. (http://tinyurl.com/6tux346)

    If those figures don’t cause Axelrod to head for the Kaopectate, Spike Lee’s doubts on the re-election results should. . .

    (Read more at http://www.genelalor.com/blog1/?p=25503.)

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  12. House of Kell

    June 13th, 2012

    Well…this WOULD conserve on office space…LOL..might have just been easier though for all the ‘reporters’ to just put their names in a hat and have the articles attributed to them as their amended, redacted, editted, and then released, no?

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  13. Bob M.

    June 13th, 2012

    The latest in 386/13 desktop technology, I’ll bet! :oops:

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  14. RANDO

    June 13th, 2012

    If you control the media, you can control the message.

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