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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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  • Dan az

    Thin skin must be what he said about being transparent.The narcissist in chief cant stand the thought of not being more important then the so called unemployed.The thought of it must be really eating into to his ability to control the media for shame on them.

  • JimH

    Of course the White House wants reporters that are “fair” at covering the news. The ones that are “good” or “exellent” at getting the news will get the TRUTH out there.

  • http://Windows7 Ellen

    What a joke. If all the media biased against Republicans had their reporters cut out of the press core there would not be any press corp.

    Let us all keep only the good stuff going out to the public about this empty suit in the White House and his minions — that is if there is any “good stuff.”

  • http://N/A Susan

    The Press is obligated to Write TRUTH as it has been Spoken BY THE PRESIDENT and OTHERS. Of course if the President and others Want to REGULATE TRUTH SPEAK by the PRESS then they CHOOSE those that are more apt to HEDGE truth a bit TO HELP ANYONE THEY ARE IN AGREEMENT WITH.
    I have heard it said many times “TRUTH HURTS” and more often then not. Also if the Truth is going to be detrimental to YOU, then most if not all prefer a bit of a Covering up of TRUTH. IS THERE ANYONE wanting to have ALL YOUR TRUTH TOLD OR KNOWN BY OTHERS? AND SKELETONS IN YOUR CLOSET KNOWN. OH mine. Some of us are far to old to care if our TRUTH IS revealed WHY? well COULD IT BE BECAUSE WE KNOW HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON. Meaning THE GOSPEL OF JESUS THE FIRST of the Resurrection. “CROSS” SAVIOR I call Him JESUS. HOW ABOUT YOU? HOW Many Lives have been taken by another Because they CONFESS CHRIST JESUS AS SAVIOR? “COLUMBINE” I have not Forgotten Nor The LIVES lost that day. AT the Very LEAST ONE Student Confessed Her Savior Christ to her murderer.

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