View Full Version : Media scrubs Malia Obama vacation story

04-07-2012, 03:38 PM
So the taxpayers paid 25 secret service agents plus their expenses so Malia who is 13 can go on spring break???
Whitehouse orders around the media and the media caves to KING BUMMA????

Wasting the taxpayers hard earned money so their kid can go on spring break? NO wonder they had the story scrubbed!

The AFP, the Huffington Post and other websites have scrubbed a report about first daughter Malia Obama's school trip.
On Monday, the AFP reported that Obama's daughter was on a school trip along with a number of friends and 25 Secret Service agents. The story was picked up by Yahoo, the Huffington Post, and the International Business Times, as well as UK publications like the Daily Mail and the Telegraph and other overseas publications like The Australian.
But on Monday night, the story had been removed from those sites .The AFP page (http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5h4JfjPbAYl7v365dwVpvnzBiOybA?docId=CNG.8f7cc 725c3279ac9b2d78e3fccc4a792.121) for the story now links to a story titled "Senegal music star Youssou Ndour hits campaign trail," as does the Yahoo page. The Huffington Post page (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/spring-break-malia-obama) now links directly back to the Huffington Post homepage. The Daily Mail (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2117288/Malia-Obama-heads-Mexico-SCHOOL-TRIP--brings-25-Secret-Service-agents-her.html?ito=feeds-newsxml), Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/barackobama/9152796/Malia-Obama-guarded-by-25-Secret-Service-agents-on-spring-break-in-Mexico.html), and Australian (http://www.theaustralian.com.au/travel/news/barack-obamas-elder-daughter-is-spending-her-springbreak-in-mexican-city-oaxaca/story-e6frg8ro-1226304738456) stories now lead to 404 error pages, reading "page not found." The International Business Times story also links to the IBT homepage, though a version of the original story still exists online.
A spokesperson at the White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment, though given the late hour that can be forgiven. I will update here if and when I hear back from the White House, and when I hear back from spokespeople with the various websites and news agencies.
UPDATE: Kristina Schake, Communications Director to the First Lady, emails to confirm this was a White House effort:

From the beginning of the administration, the White House has asked news outlets not to report on or photograph the Obama children when they are not with their parents and there is no vital news interest. We have reminded outlets of this request in order to protect the privacy and security of these girls.