An article appearing on Salon.com entitled White House reporters afraid to criticize the White House outlines the very point we conservatives have been making for some time now about the main stream news media and the Obama administration.
National political reporters are furious over various White House practices involving transparency and information control, but are unwilling to say so for attribution due to fear of “retaliation”. Isn’t that a rather serious problem: that the White House press corps is afraid to criticize the President and the White House for fear of losing access and suffering other forms of retribution? What does that say about their “journalism”?Of course this is no surprise to those of us who have suspected this for years now. A piece appearing in Politico in April of 2010, echoes the same sentiments.
“I don’t think they need to be nice to reporters, but the White House seems to imagine that releasing information is like a tap that can be turned on and off at their whim,” Packer said.
Most of the criticism is off the record out of fear of retaliation. But these views were voiced by a cross section of television, newspaper and magazine journalists who cover the White House.
“These are people who came in with every reporter giving them the benefit of the doubt,” said another reporter who regularly covers the White House. “They’ve lost all that goodwill.”