We just published a summary of National Journals Ron Founier story about Journalists comparing the Obama White House with the former Soviet Union when it comes to control over Press media and Photographers.
Today, McClatchy News Service is reporting that the nations largest news organization has lodged a complaint that the White House has imposed unprecedented limits to photojournalists covering President Obama. The news organization implies the White House is violating the First Amendment and its own promise of transparency to keep the public informed.
We mentioned in our former article that the promise of transparency has been another deception as this writer observed the Obama campaign blocking access to reporters during the 2008 presidential campaign.
While the media tolerated Obama’s approach to messaging in his first term, it appears things have changed with media’s view of the Obama administration as a whole:
“Journalists are routinely being denied the right to photograph or videotape the president while he is performing his official duties,” according to a letter the organizations sent to the White House. “As surely as if they were placing a hand over a journalist’s camera lens, officials in this administration are blocking the public from having an independent view of important functions of the executive branch of government.”
Presidents often look for ways to get their own messages out. But media experts say Obama’s administration has developed an aggressive strategy to use social media, including government-sponsored websites and blogs, as well as Twitter, Instagram and Flickr accounts, to circumvent the media’s constitutional duty more than its predecessors have.