CBS’ Bill Plante: White House ‘Undercutting the First Amendment’

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By Chris Ariens Comment

Veteran CBS News senior White House correspondent Bill Plante thinks the administration is bordering on “state run media” as it tries to control the message and the access. On “Reliable Sources” Sunday, Plante was part of a discussion about how the White House press corps was kept out of the loop when the president played golf with Tiger Woods last week. Plante, who has covered the White House for 30 years says, “This administration has the tools to reach people on their own. They don’t need us as much.”

The concern is, Plante says, that if the White House press corps is left out of the equation, then the administration is “undercutting the First Amendment which guarantees a free press through many voices. If they put out their own material. It’s state-run media”