Recently, the press was denied access to two fundraisers where Vice President Joe Biden was speaking. Requests for admission by local media were denied by the Vice President’s press office, a move that mirrors the recent shut-out of the Boston Herald by the Administration of President Barack Obama.
“You may not care what any vice president does. You may not care for the press, either. But you should care deeply about the fundamental right and obligation of the press to cover the vice president and president,” read an editorial for Real Clear Politics. “Several former and current White House correspondents see presidents choosing who covers them as a nightmare scenario.”
Jeff Brauer, a political history professor at Keystone College, told the website that there are two reasons the press should be allowed to cover fundraising events. “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?”
“It would behoove the Obama administration to keep its promise of transparency even with fundraisers,” Brauer said.