The Washington Times - June 16, 2010, 08:04AM

Today’s Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Obama vs. freedom of the press, NMSNBC trashes Obama’s address, Barack Obama embraces his inner Jimmy Carter.

  • TownhallObama vs. freedom of the press
By now, the Obama M.O. should be clear to all. As he has done with the banks, AIG and the car companies, he extends his left hand offering subsidies and then proffers his right laden with regulations. Should the government follow through on Leibowitz’ ideas and enact special subsidies and tax breaks for news organizations, it will induce a degree of journalistic dependence on the whims of government not seen since the days when the early presidents bestowed government advertising on favored periodicals.

Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann and Howard Fineman react to President Obama’s Oval Office Address on the oil spill. 

Red StateBarack Obama embraces his inner Jimmy Carter
The Turks are apparently upset that the West has not responded positively to the  nuclear deal it recently negotiated with Iran, with Brazil’s assistance, whereby Tehran would ship some of its stockpile of enriched uranium to Ankara in return for fuel rods for its so-called research reactor in Tehran.