Better late than never? Â The White House Press Corps is getting fed up with the Obama administration spoon feeding them what Valerie Jarrett and company want disseminated to the public.
The signs have been there for a while that there was trouble in Obama schmooze-fest land, but reports are now surfacing that the White House Correspondents’ Association is actually compiling a list of practices ensuring their first amendment rights are not trampled.
“The principle of the full [White House press] pool is so important to us that we’re working to address it in a set of written practices we’d like this and future administrations to follow,” Association President Christi Parsons said in a statement to the Washington Examiner media desk. “We’ve been working on that document for almost a year now and will have more to say about it when we release it later this spring.”
Annoying as they may be from time to time, the White House Press Corps, and they pools they produce to cover everything that a president says and does over the course of an administration, serve a vital purpose in the Republic. Â They are charged with the rough draft of transparency coming from the executive branch, and they take that responsibility very seriously despite being fairly obnoxious about it.
From the beginning of the Obama years, the Press Corps has complained about the control exerted by this White House over information released and published. Â Helen Thomas, the late Associated Press and Hearst matriarch famously called out Obama’s first Press Secretary Robert Gibbs on this very issue in 2009.
The latest incident to prompt the White House Press Corp’s list of demands, um, best practices, happened in Utah last Thursday when Obama held a closed door meeting with leaders of theÂ Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) with only limited photography allowed. Â No print, radio or television personnel were permitted inside the meeting room. Â A complaint was lodged, but not an official one, which has the same effect as a large crowd chanting “refs you suck” after a bad call.
“Even in what seems like a photo opportunity, it’s important for the writers, producers and radio reporters to see it, too,” Parsons told the [Washington]Â Examiner. “That’s why the [Association] is constantly advocating for greater news media access to the president, the White House and the people’s business.”
Or they could just be nosey. Â In this case, though, one does have to question just what it is that the Obama White House has to hide that there is such limited working with the Press Corps.
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