Sunday, April 4, 2010
White Washed White House Press Corp
In America, the tradition of the free press is one of the foundations of our Republic. And tough reporting, along the lines of the late Robert Novak, has been the job of the White House Press Corp. And while every president has publicly stated the need for a free press and access to the White House, most have scrapped, fought and had their dust ups with the Washington press corp.
So, the White House trying to control the message, access to the President, and run a PR machine, this is nothing new. However, in the world of Team Obama, access comes with a price: Your articles are favorable to the President, you get access, and even the opportunity to write a book. And it helps if you don’t report, when that is to the advantage of the White House. And if you take the gloves off, as did the late Robert Novak, well let’s just say that your access and insider info dries up, and maybe your press coverage is weakened by less sources and insider info.
Let’s hear how the issue is laid out by Steve Clemons, in Washington Note in the April 2nd edition on line www.thewashingtonnote.com
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So, Chicago style politics are the norm in this White House. Insider deals, crony capitalism, behind the scenes pressure, and murky deal making are the norm in the world of Obama. But can you blame the President? It is all he has known.
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