Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Obama Spends $100,000 per Week to Bypass the Fawning Press

The media that goes breathless at the sight of the president, is not good enough for the White House. No the tingling feelings up reporters legs don't serve Obama well enough. Neither do the claims that he is a "sort of god" as Evan Thomas claimed, serve to make Obama look good enough.

Thus the White House spends $100,000 per week or $5 million per year on communication including the newly-formed Office of Public Engagement. And the $100,000 does not include the cost of operation or materials; it's only the salaries of the staff.

Could it be that the reporters at MSNBC, CNN, and the New York Times, see their jobs dwindling as quickly as their viewers and readers? This would explain all the favorable reporting; they're trying to secure a position in the White House's propaganda communication department!

Here is the breakdown of the salaries via K. Daniel Glover
  • Valerie Jarrett, Assistant to the President for Public Engagement - $184,000
  • Anita Dunn, Communications Director - $172,200
  • Robert Gibbs, Press Secretary - $172,200
  • Jonathan Favreau, Speechwriting Director - $172,200
  • Christina Tchen, Deputy Assistant in the Public Engagement Office - $153,500
  • Howard Pfeiffer, Deputy Communications Director - $150,000
  • Michael Strautmanis, Special Assistant in the Public Engagement Office - $139,500
  • Robert Phillips, New Media Director - $115,000
  • William Burton, Deputy Press Secretary - $113,000
  • Joshua Earnest, Deputy Press Secretary - $113,000
  • Jennifer Psaki, Deputy Press Secretary - $113,000
  • Camille Johnston, The First Lady's Communications Director - $102,000
  • Elizabeth Reynolds, Media Affairs Director - $102,000
  • Benjamin Rhodes, Deputy Speechwriting Director - $102,000
  • Corey Ealons, African America Media Director - $78,000
  • Luis Miranda, Hispanic Media Director - $65,000
  • Adam Abrams, West Communications Director - $65,000
  • Amy Brundage, Midwest Communications Director - $65,000
  • Moira Muntz, Northeast Communications Director - $65,000
  • Gannet Tseggai, South Communications Director - $65,000
A few things stand out from that list. There are two racially-specific positions, African America Media Director and a Hispanic Media Director who make $78,000 and $65,000 respectively. Is it a problem to anyone else that the first African-American President pays his African America Media Director, Corey Ealons (who is black) $13,000 per year more than he pays the Hispanic Media Director?

Also note that there are four regional communications directors for different regions of the nation who each makes $65,000 per year.

Bush's new media team consisted of two people with a total salary cost of $118,000. Obama's team is almost six times as much with 9 employees making a total of $700,000 per year.

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