Some journalists with cameras are mad at the White House for over-managing the message by prohibiting them from attending “private” events like the signing of new laws and releasing its own pics via its own streams instead.
Yesterday the Associated Press and other major news organizations delivered a letter to press secretary Jay Carney asking for greater transparency and writing:
Journalists are routinely being denied the right to photograph or videotape the President while he is performing his official duties…officials in this administration are blocking the public from having an independent view of important functions of the Executive Branch of government.
They even used the term “visual press releases” to describe the images carefully curated and released by official White House accounts.
POTUS photographer Pete Souza responded last night with a twitpic that effectively said: “O RLY?”
Pres Obama signs a bill in the Oval Office as press photographers take photos pic.twitter.com/dOBDAXQJV1
— petesouza (@petesouza) November 22, 2013
Some will tell you that the Obama administration and the “mainstream media” are closer than fifth-year frat brothers, but this is only the latest story to put that lie to rest by illustrating a tense relationship between a guy who talks a good game on transparency and the people who want to take his picture like, all the time.
We might read one of the many post-term books that will chronicle the juicy details about said relationship. But let’s be honest: we probably won’t.