28 October 2014

Obama: Transparency?

October 27, 2014 11:48 WCT

There has been a lot of talk lately from the White House Press of discrimination of who will get chosen to ask questions.  If the paper or news outlet does not write positive articles about the administration or inquires too deep about an event, then they will get denied access or receive last minute invitations when it is too late to be present.  Many who have been covering the "beat" for years say that this is the most closed administration to press access.  Here is an article I found:

USA Today

At some point, a compendium of condemnations against the Obama administration’s record of media transparency (actually, opacity) must be assembled. Notable quotations in this vein come from former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson, who said, “It is the most secretive White House that I have ever been involved in covering”; New York Times reporter James Risen, who said, “I think Obama hates the press”; and CBS News’s Bob Schieffer, who said, “This administration exercises more control than George W. Bush’s did, and his before that.”
USA Today Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page has added a sharper edge to this set of knives. Speaking Saturday at a White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) seminar, Page called the current White House not only “more restrictive” but also “more dangerous” to the press than any other in history, a clear reference to the Obama administration’s leak investigations and its naming of Fox News’s James Rosen as a possible “co-conspirator” in a violation of the Espionage Act.

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