Reporters Say White House Sometimes Demands Changes To Press-Pool Reports

 

 

 

 

 

” White House press-pool reports are supposed to be the news media’s eyes and ears on the president, an independent chronicle of his public activities. They are written by reporters for other reporters, who incorporate them into news articles about President Obama almost every day.

  Journalists who cover the White House say Obama’s press aides have demanded — and received — changes in press-pool reports before the reports have been disseminated to other journalists. They say the White House has used its unusual role as the distributor of the reports as leverage to steer coverage in a more favorable direction.

  The disputed episodes involve mostly trivial issues and minor matters of fact. But that the White House has become involved at all represents a troubling trend for journalists and has prompted their main representative, the White House Correspondents’ Association, to consider revising its approach to pool reporting.”

 

 

 

 

   Read the Post’s detailed account of the press corp’s kowtowing to Obama’s demands in tailoring the press releases to meet with White House approval . Keep in mind as you read the “belly-aching” of the journalists propagandists that fully 90% of them voted for “Dear Leader” .