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Obama Backpedals on Transparency Promise – Media Shows Anger in Presidential Daily Briefing

Posted by iusbvision on January 25, 2009

UPDATE I – Presidential Daily Briefing section vanishes from Whitehouse.gov

no-daily-briefing

Before the transcript of the daily briefing with the White House Press Sec. was on the site every day. Its gone.

UPDATE II– Obama says he will hold himself to a new standard of openness:

List of Documents Obama Won’t release:

His Medical Records (funny how the press always harps on Republicans to release theirs).

His official papers as an Illinois State Senator.

His official correspondence from the Illinois State Senate.

His appointment calender and list of official activities as a state senator.

His college records from Occidental or Columbia University or Harvard.

His client list from when he practiced law or his billing records so we can see who paid him.

His Senior Thesis from Columbia University titled, “Soviet Nuclear Disarmament”.

His application to the Illinois State Bar. 

Refuses to release the list of donors to his campaign who gave under $200.00 (there is evidence that some of this money was in the form of illegal multiple donations from overseas).

****Original Story****

Politico:

A growing media frustration with Barack Obama spilled into the open at Thursday’s briefing, with reporters accusing the White House of stifling access 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.

He also asked new press secretary Robert Gibbs why ABC, which paid millions to host the DC Neighborhood Ball, was granted the only inauguration day interview with President Obama – a move he equated to “pay to play.”
“We have a tradition here of covering the president,” said Plante, who is covering his fourth administration.
Gibbs defended the White House’s moves, insisting aides acted in a “way that was upfront and transparent” in allowing the standard pool into the swearing-in. And Obama himself seemed mindful of making a good impression, paying a surprise visit to the White House pressroom a few hours after the briefing.

It’s been a bumpy 24 hours for Gibbs and company, as members of the White House press corps have publicly expressed frustration with an administration promising openness and transparency.

At the same time, some members of the Obama administration’s press team have signaled that they plan to shake up some of the old traditions of White House coverage, some of the longest-standing – and most jealously guarded – in town.

In recent weeks, New York Times editors complained that its White House team hadn’t gotten a sit-down with Obama during the transition, breaking an unofficial tradition whereby recent president-elects have free-wheeling exchanges with the Gray Lady before the inauguration.

In the case of the second swearing-in, however, it seemed to give reporters a chance to lay down an early marker on questioning whether Obama would live up to one of his key campaign pledges, at least when it comes to the media.

“It is ironic, the same day that the president is talking about transparency, we were not let in,” CNN’s Ed Henry said on the air Wednesday night after news of the second swearing-in broke.

Henry’s main gripe was that television reporters weren’t permitted to cover a historic moment, when Obama once again raised his right hand and took the oath before Justice John Roberts. The only images came from White House photographer Pete Souza.

Three wire services — The Associated Press, Reuters and Agence France-Presse – refused to move those images, in protest of the White House’s handling of the event.

The wire services’ photographers were also denied access to photograph Obama sitting in the Oval Office on the first day, and similarly refused to move the White House approved photos.

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