Transparency: News Group Complains Obama Limits Access

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.

transparencyToday, 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.

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About Albert N. Milliron 6991 Articles
Albert Milliron is the founder of Politisite. Milliron has been credentialed by most major news networks for Presidential debates and major Political Parties for political event coverage. Albert maintains relationships with the White House and State Department to provide direct reporting from the Administration’s Press team. Albert is the former Public Relations Chairman of the Columbia County Republican Party in Georgia. He is a former Delegate. Milliron is a veteran of the US Army Medical Department and worked for Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Psychiatry.

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