Remember when Barack Obama promised his administration will be the most open and transparent in the history of the country?
How times have changed. Now there’s a new supremacy move emanating from the Obama White House, limiting the right of the American people to get an independent view of the president while he’s conducting official business.
THIRTY-EIGHT of the nation’s largest news organizations have lodged a complaint against the White House for instituting troublesome new limitations on photojournalists covering the president. Access to important executive branch functions is being shut off so the White House can release its own ‘official’ video and photos. This is the letter* hand-delivered to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney protesting the restrictive new policies.
Laura Ingraham rightly defined it as Pravda-style propaganda. As the press has begun to turn a more critical eye on Obama and his policies, the White House has moved more aggressively to limit access and circumvent scrutiny. This is a far cry from what Barack Obama promised when he said “transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency.” At long last, the Obama-colluding mainstream media appears to be waking up — even if it’s five years too late.
The White House deceptively claims it is adding more transparency and access via its own official photographers and videographer. In fact, independent journalism is being replaced by paid White House staffers, who under the administration’s newly imposed limits on media access represent a troubling precedent with a direct and adverse impact on the public’s ability to independently monitor and see what its government is doing.
*H/T Daily Caller