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Obama ‘Schmoozes’ WH Reporters Off The Record

From BuzzFeed:

Obama Schmoozes Reporters At Secret Meeting

The president popped into an off-the-record briefing with reporters Monday

By Evan McMorris-Santoro | June 11, 2013

WASHINGTON — President Obama held an off-the-record meeting with select reporters from some of the nation’s largest print and online outlets Monday, in the White House’s latest effort to placate an increasingly restive press corps…

And note that all it takes to ‘placate them’ is a little hand-holding. Who cares about scandals?

Initially billed as a conversation with White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, the president made a surprise appearance — a very unusual move — and the White House placed the proceedings off the record beforehand…

Relations between the press and the White House have been especially fraught since last month’s revelation that the Justice Department had covertly collected phone records from Associated Press reporters in pursuit of locating the source of a national security leak. When the Justice Department sought to hold an off-the-record meeting with journalists to discuss its investigation, news outlets pushed back, with The New York Times publicly refusing to attend.

That was a very brief lovers’ spat, at best

The session came [when] reporters from The New York Times, Washington Post, Huffington Post, Time, McClatchy, Politico, Tribune, NPR, Bloomberg, USA Today, AFP, Yahoo and other outlets were milling around the briefing room waiting to be called in. In total, about two dozen reporters were included.

Note that Fox News is not among the outlets listed. Nor any other conservative news outlets. In fact, probably the only reason we are hearing about this from BuzzFeed is that they weren’t included, either.

New York Times White House reporter Peter Baker said reporters had not been told that Obama would be in the session, and that if he had known, he and his editors would have reconsidered whether to attend…

Sure they would have. Peter Baker was probably first in line to give Mr. Obama a neck rub.

Baker and others said the meeting was valuable from a journalistic perspective, giving reporters a chance to hear what the president is thinking directly from the president’s own mouth — even if they can’t share that wisdom directly with their readers.

That is to say, it’s easier for reporters like Baker to take dictation, than it is to try to guess what the administration wants them to write.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, June 12th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Obama ‘Schmoozes’ WH Reporters Off The Record”

  1. dasher says:

    Classic stuff here – our Media watchdogs are sure on the job! Steve, there was an article from Mr. Rugaber about the number of people quitting jobs in the past month/months. More people quitting their jobs during a Democratic administration is a good thing, according to the article…let me look for it:


    Here it is!


  2. GetBackJack says:

    After all, the Won belongs to them, not us, so private gab fests are encouraged.

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