Day 4 of being President and the media is already crying foul:
A growing media frustration with Barack Obama’s team spilled into the open at Thursday’s briefing, with reporters accusing the White House of stifling access to his oath re-do and giving Obama’s first interview as president to a multi-million dollar inauguration sponsor.
Veteran CBS newsman Bill Plante was one of the most vocal critics, questioning the White House’s handling of Wednesday night’s second swearing in – which was covered by just a four-reporter print pool that didn’t include a news photographer or TV correspondent.
I guess the days of openness in government we had with Bush have come to an end. </snark>
And as I posted this, David Gregory popped up on Morning Joe to say how the Obama White House was trying to model the Bush White House when it comes to dealing with the media. Does that mean the Obama White House will try and prosecute journalists for doing their job? Yeah – I doubt that. I guess the media has forgotten about the Obama campaign. They were one of the most structured and disciplined teams in the history of politics. It’s a safe bet that the same will carry over into the White House.
True I got a feeling the media is still growling over the fact the White House has a blog. Ewww those dirty little pajama wearing, latte sipping, basement dwellers. How dare they!