Jay Carney and White House Press Corps Battle Over Access

By Jordan Chariton Comment

Jay CarneyWhite House Press Secretary Jay Carney was grilled by reporters at this afternoon’s briefing over a lack of photographer access to President Obama.

The exchange comes after the New York Times published an opinion piece from AP photography director Santiago Lyon who took the administration to task for “systematically” bypassing independent media photographers in favor of official White House photos.

Reporters questioned Carney about a lack of photo access to President Obama during this week’s trip to South Africa. Carney, a former TIME magazine reporter, expressed sympathy for their frustration, promising to do more. But the press corps was having none of it.