The Obama White House routinely bars news media from meetings with foreign leaders and other events, then releases its own photos of those events —
The presidents of the American Society of Newspaper Editors and the Associated Press Media Editors have urged their members to stop using White House handout photos and video, saying they amount to propaganda.
This is quite stunning coming from the very left of center Obama-loving mainstream media. But what they are not doing is reporting on these totalitarian tactics. Our freedoms are being crushed without a shot fired or a NY Times front page.
Obama may be governing like some third world tinpot dictator, but America is (was?) the world’s superpower, and the implications of these totalitarian moves are seismic.
The remnants of what once was a free press in America are meekly fighting back.
The AP is leading the charge to get access back, but they are still polishing his knob. Look at how they are reporting the story: “the Associated Press is seeking to broaden independent news coverage of the White House under an administration that is hypersensitive about its image and which frequently bars the press from events involving President Barack Obama.” They aren’t seeking to “broaden coverage of the Obama administration,” they are trying to get access.
The Obama Administration cited national security when withholding information from FOIA requests more than 8,000 times in 2013, the Associated Press reports. That’s a “57 percent increase over a year earlier and more than double Obama’s first year, when it cited that reason 3,658 times,” Ted Bridis and Jack Gillum write.
Not only is Obama shutting out the press, but the Obama White House is rewriting the FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) to suppress the release of politically sensitive documents. President Obama rewrote the Freedom of Information Act without telling the rest of America.
Imagine if a Republican ever attempted such a vicious and totalitarian power grab. Obama is the anti-freedom President.
“AP pushes bid for independent coverage of Obama,” AP, March 18, 2014
DENVER (AP) — The Associated Press is seeking to broaden independent news coverage of the White House under an administration that is hypersensitive about its image and which frequently bars the press from events involving President Barack Obama.
AP White House correspondent Julie Pace and chief White House photographer Charles Dharapak (DAR’-uh-pak) described the AP’s efforts Tuesday at the Newspaper Association of America’s mediaXchange 2014 convention in Denver. Those efforts include ongoing negotiations for greater access by photographers to events the White House deems private.
The Obama White House routinely bars news media from meetings with foreign leaders and other events, then releases its own photos of those events — including a February meeting between Obama and the Dalai Lama. In doing so, it’s acknowledging that events barred to journalists are of public interest, the AP reporters said.
Dharapak called such handouts “visual press releases” that leave out details news reporters usually seek.
“We don’t fault them for using these methods of social outreach,” Dharapak said of the White House in an interview after his presentation. “Just don’t shut the independent press out.”
“Once we lose access, we’ll never get it back,” he told convention participants.
The AP has a policy against using White House handout photos unless they are of significant news value and were shot in places to which the press does not expect access, such as private residence areas of the White House. The presidents of the American Society of Newspaper Editors and the Associated Press Media Editors have urged their members to stop using White House handout photos and video, saying they amount to propaganda.
Obama spokesman Josh Earnest has said the handouts allow the public greater access to the inner workings of the administration.
Also Tuesday, Mary Junck, chairman of AP’s board of directors and CEO of Lee Enterprises Inc., discussed the news cooperative’s efforts in support of open government.
After the AP challenged the Justice Department’s secret subpoenas of a broad swath of AP phone records, the department announced stronger guidelines for when the federal government can seek information from reporters, she said during the AP presentation at the convention.
“As a result of AP’s challenge, all journalists benefit for decades to come,” Junck said.
Junck said the AP each year files at least 1,000 requests for records under the Freedom of Information Act or state open records laws, and often appeals denials alongside AP member newspapers.
Pamela Geller is the Editor of PamelaGeller.com