Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Free Press, But Don’t Press Obama
One of the cherished freedoms in America, is the free press. And one of the press institutions in American is the White House Press Corp. These are the best and brightess members of the world press corp, that have the high visibility assignment of covering the White House. Usually, that also means covering the President. Except for President Obama. He is generally unavailable.
So, let’s not ask any questions of the President. The usual give and take is “off limits”, as only the scripted version of the President’s views and comments are allowed, and only when the teleprompter is available. No need to respond to a question by the Press, when that will only threaten the sanitized version of the White House story!
We’ll see how long the public relations campaign lasts before the press demands Presidential access for some real news?
© 2010, Jasper Welch, Four Corners Media, www.jasperwelch.org