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White House Bars Newspaper From Press Pool, Alleges Bias

May 19, 2011 by  

White House Bars Newspaper From Press Pool, Alleges Bias

The White House Press Office snubbed the Boston Herald on Wednesday, denying the paper full access to President Barack Obama’s fundraiser in Boston. The Press Office told the paper via email that press pool reporters are chosen by their ability to “fairly” cover the news.

An article on BostonHerald.com discusses the rejection, which came after the paper ran a Mitt Romney opinion piece on the front page — more than a month before the President’s visit.

“My point about the op-ed was not that you ran it but that it was the full front page, which excluded any coverage of the visit of a sitting U.S. President to Boston,” White House spokesman Matt Lehrich told the Herald. “I think that raises a fair question about whether the paper is unbiased in its coverage of the President’s visits.”

The article also quotes Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom, who defended the March 8 piece, saying: “That op-ed was about jobs, which apparently is a sensitive subject for the thin-skinned people around the President. The White House may be able to manipulate pool coverage, but they can’t manipulate the fact that millions of Americans are out of work because of President Obama’s failure to create jobs and get our economy moving.”

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