Saturday, April 30

loving that transparency

Press relations apparently aren't a strong suit of the Obama White House, as evidenced by the latest blowup by the 'transparent' Obama White House.

The crime, supposedly perpetrated by the San Francisco Chronicle's Carla Marinucci? That she shot video of Obama protesters interrupting a fundraiser. Ewwwwwwwwww!!! And now she's out as as an official pool reporter.

And the White House is claiming they didn't 'punish' Marinucci after they 'punished' her. Total hypocrisy. We expect nothing else from the idiot-in-chief, Barack Obama.

Some snark from SF Gate. Enjoy:
"The hip, transparent and social media-loving Obama administration is showing its analog roots. And maybe even some hypocrisy highlights. 
"White House officials have banished one of the best political reporters in the country from the approved pool of journalists covering presidential visits to the Bay Area for using now-standard multimedia tools to gather the news. 
"The Chronicle's Carla Marinucci - who, like many contemporary reporters, has a phone with video capabilities on her at all times - shot some protesters interrupting an Obama fundraiser at the St. Regis Hotel. 
"She was part of a "print pool" - a limited number of journalists at an event who represent their bigger hoard colleagues - which White House press officials still refer to quaintly as "pen and pad" reporting. 
"But that's a pretty Flintstones concept of journalism for an administration that presents itself as the Jetsons. Video is every bit a part of any journalist's tool kit these days as a functioning pen that doesn't leak through your pocket."

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