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Obama Blocks Media Pool Photographers

From an accommodating Associated Press:

3 news agencies refuse to distribute Obama photo

AP Television Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Three news agencies refused to distribute White House-provided photos of President Barack Obama in the Oval Office on Wednesday, arguing that access should have been provided to news photographers.

The Associated Press, Reuters and Agence France-Pressee said the White House was breaking with long-standing tradition in not allowing news photographers to capture the president at work in the Oval Office on his first day.

"We are not distributing what are, in effect, visual press releases," said Michael Oreskes, managing editor for U.S. news at the AP.

The news agencies have used White House-provided images in the past for areas in the White House where media access is generally not permitted, such as the Situation Room or the private residence. But they contend that the Oval Office is the public office of the president and photographers should have access rather than rely on a government handout.

"Using these photos would be a major break with established precedent and would compromise the long-held tradition of independent photo coverage of the president and the White House by the major news agencies," said Courtney Dolan, spokeswoman for Thomson Reuters.

There was no immediate reply to e-mail and phone messages left with Obama representatives.

The White House later released a photograph of the president retaking the oath of office with Chief Justice John Roberts, which the AP also rejected.

Vincent Amaluy, director of photography for North and South America for AFP, said he suspected first-day confusion was more at play than an attempt to clamp down on access.

"We are hopeful of negotiating an amicable solution," Oreskes said.

And so it begins.

Not that our one party media is concerned about anything besides keeping up appearances.

They certainly have been under the control of the Democrat Party for a generation.

"We are not distributing what are, in effect, visual press releases," said Michael Oreskes, managing editor for U.S. news at the AP.

What a kidder!

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, January 22nd, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “Obama Blocks Media Pool Photographers”

  1. TickTock says:

    What’s all the secrecy about? Who knew what they knew and when did they know it?

    The bigger question is: How long will it take the other half of the American people to realize what a terrible mistake they’ve made? … probably not until they’re micro-chipped and handed picks and shovels along with a list of verboten speech.

    • Confucius says:

      Oh, oh, oh . . . I know, I know!

      He wasn’t there!

      Affirmative action hires don’t really have to show up for work, you know.

  2. Odie44 says:

    Pissing off the media, both domestic and foreign – within 24 hours…

    “Careful what you wish, ahem, vote for…”

  3. proreason says:

    Only the 20 practiced poses are permitted. “pursed lips”, “furrowed brow”, “finger wagging”, “fingers waving”, “gaze into the future”, “come to me my children”, “waxed chest”, “sitting bent over to educate the little people”, “benevolent smile”, “head in a halo”, “chin up, i’m listening intently”. a few others.

    everything else is equivalent to being off the teleprompter

  4. wardmama4 says:

    But, but, but I thought the Obamamedia loved The One ™ – and I thought that The One ™ had just ushered in a new, hopefully changed era of transparency in government. . .

    Affirmative action hires don’t really have to show up for work, you know.

    On FNC they already hashed this one – seems The One ™ turned up for his first day at 8AM – commentors said Bush was known for a 6:30AM start to the day.

    I guess if you’ve never had a real job – it is hard to get used to having to show up first thing in the morning.

    • Confucius says:

      Thanks for the information. (I stopped watching television circa the Democrat primaries.)

      So when did PBo leave?

  5. chestnutt says:

    Yes, Masa, this all about “Transparency” Yes, Masa!

  6. artboyusa says:

    Is he telling Racoon Rahm “Now shine my shoes, bitch”?

  7. TickTock says:

    Perhaps MSM Hubris will clash with Obama’s Hubris, setting off a chain-reaction of self-imploding cat fights that will result in a world wide Lib consuming Black Hole.

    Ah, one can still hope…

  8. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    You’d think that Obama being brought up in the rough world of Chicago politics would have a much thicker skin. If he gets so easily rattled on his first few days as president what will he do when the pressure is really on? Meanwhile, whether you liked him or not, former President George Bush is back home in Texas, grinning ear to ear as he reads about this incident in his morning paper. Because he knows all too well that once you’re president the media will hound your every move.

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