Skip to comments.Limit on Access Stirs Tensions Between White House Photographer and Press Corps
Posted on 12/01/2013 7:20:00 PM PST by Theoria
Few ceremonies at the White House over the last five years have eluded the lens of Pete Souza, President Obamas chief photographer and almost constant companion. One that did was Mr. Souzas wedding, which was held last month in the Rose Garden with the president among 35 friends and family members on hand.
Permitting a private citizen to use the Rose Garden for a personal event is extraordinarily unusual, and it attests to the deep ties the president and his photographer have forged, as Mr. Souza has shadowed Mr. Obama on virtually every day of his presidency.
Now, though, Mr. Souzas privileged access combined with the rise of services like Facebook, Flickr and Instagram, which has allowed the White House to distribute his official photos rapidly to the news media is generating tension between him and the news photographers who are assigned to the White House.
In a letter two weeks ago to the press secretary, Jay Carney, the White House Correspondents Association and other organizations, including The New York Times, protested that the White House routinely excluded news photographers from sessions with the president and then released photographs of the events, usually taken by Mr. Souza.
You are, in effect, replacing independent journalism with visual press releases, said the letter, which criticized the White Houses policy as an arbitrary restraint and unwarranted interference in legitimate news-gathering activities.
At the best of times, the relationship between outside photographers and the White Houses in-house one is fraught: they jostle for the same image of the president, but the official photographer is invariably three steps ahead of them when the president works a rope line or is in the Oval Office for his meeting while they wait outside.
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Must be nice. Perhaps the taxpayers were reimbursed.
These anarchists are clearly off the rails. They need to smoke the hopium again.
To hell with the MSM. They created Frankenstein and fully supported him. Let them deal with it.
Not enough Obama Halo pictures and too many shots of Dear Leader with a fly on his face or with his head tipped way way back.
If he can pull it off it’s a smart move. You almost never saw a good picture of Nixon- always looking squinty or yelling. Same is true of all ‘pubbie presidents, I think. Mussolini and Mao did this- all the pictures were official releases and all as flattering as they could be.
Mao’s pictures had to be photo-shopped, he never brushed his teeth and they were black. There are a few pictures out there where you can see it.
Will they start trashing Obama from now on in their daily agit-prop?
So it’s not just the forged birth certificate, then?
His tie is fake as well?
Why doesn’t Obama just let them sniff a pair of his used panties?
Let’s see: ‘tolerant’ inclusive liberals, cronyism, elitism, pandering, envy, crybabies in the mainstream media?
Yep, it’s all there!
A “Gay” wedding?
Limit on Access Stirs Tensions Between White House Photographer and Press Corps.. I have heard rumors that pimps will often treat prostitutes with distain..
disdain...disdain.....coffey not kicked in yet
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