Press Banned from Vice President Biden’s Fund Raiser Gala’s
Posted by iusbvision on June 15, 2011
OK on one hand I am totally in favor of this because I do not have to watch them.
On the other hand they are a violation of the Obama Administration’s repeated promises of openness and transparency.
A little more than a week ago, Vice President Joe Biden traveled to fundraisers in two battleground-state cities, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati.
Neither stop included the White House press corps; requests by local media to cover the events were denied by the vice president’s press office. The Democratic National Committee arranged the events for the Obama Victory Fund.
A number of seasoned political reporters and former White House press-office staffers consider that lack of coverage a dangerous precedent.
“It would behoove the Obama administration to keep its promise of transparency even with fundraisers,” agrees Jeff Brauer, a political history professor at Keystone College. “The United States is a democracy, after all.”
Having press coverage of fundraising events that feature the president or vice president matters for at least two reasons, Brauer explains.
“One, large amounts of taxpayer dollars are being used for personal security at such events. As with all tax dollars, they should be spent with accountability.
“Two, it is important for the public to know what the president and vice president are saying to donors. Is it the same message they are saying to the electorate at large?”
Such knowledge helps citizens judge officeholders’ authenticity and integrity.
Days before Biden was sworn in as vice president in 2009, he promised to be more open than his predecessor, Dick Cheney.
Yet his official schedule more often than not lists meetings as “closed press” or shows no public events at all.