The Bloggers’ Briefing, hosted by the Heritage Foundation, covered a variety of topics this week which are not getting the deserved press coverage from a media that has been focused on other outrageous things that the Pelosi-Obama-Reid leadership circle have been busying their hands with over the last few weeks (taking over the Energy sector, the Health Care system, and the Financial industry).
Brian Johnson, who runs the ATR affiliate Alliance for Worker Freedom, spoke at the briefing about the ongoing mystery surrounding SEIU Boss Andy Stern and his numerous visits to the White House over the first year of the Obama presidency. Stern has been very coy about exactly what he was doing at the White House in his visitor-log documented 22 trips to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue over the first seven months of 2009. Stern recently commented on CNN and committed that he would be writing to Brian Johnson and ATR President Grover Norquist to specifically answer the questions about his visits to the White House and whether or not they violated the Lobbying Disclosure Act… we’re still waiting for Stern to make good on his pledge.
The Bloggers’ Briefing also featured a few short videos that Heritage Foundation will feature in their series on the Death Tax entitled “The Death Tax: Burden on American Business” highlighting the true cost that the Death Tax has on families all across the country that own businesses and provide employment opportunities to their community and financial stability to their communities. Though the videos are only a few minutes long, their message is clear, and powerful.
Finally, the Bloggers’ Briefing began with a short discussion about The Phillips Foundation Journalism Fellowship Program, and how new applicants are welcomed for 2010. The program, which began more than 15 years ago, is dedicated to advancing objective journalism by giving bright minds the chance to excel in an area of focus in journalistic studies that they feel best suits their future goals. The fellowships are full-time, and part-time; and some of today’s most influential names are Phillips Foundation Journalism Fellows, including Stephen Hayes and Tim Carney.
Here’s a video featuring highlights from the briefing: