There’s something especially delicious about all of this. Maybe because San Francisco is the epicenter of liberalism? Journalists. San Francisco. Discover Obama and his minions are liars. Heh.
Editor-at-large Phil Bronstein:
In a pants-on-fire moment, the White House press office today denied anyone there had issued threats to remove Carla Marinucci and possibly other Hearst reporters from the press pool covering the President in the Bay Area.
Chronicle editor Ward Bushee called the press office on its fib:
Sadly, we expected the White House to respond in this manner based on our experiences yesterday. It is not a truthful response. It follows a day of off-the-record exchanges with key people in the White House communications office who told us they would remove our reporter, then threatened retaliation to Chronicle and Hearst reporters if we reported on the ban, and then recanted to say our reporter might not be removed after all.
The Chronicle’s report is accurate.
If the White House has indeed decided not to ban our reporter, we would like an on-the-record notice that she will remain the San Francisco print pool reporter.
I was on some of those calls and can confirm Ward’s statement.
Messy ball now firmly in White House court.
The hip, transparent and social media-loving Obama administration is showing its analog roots. And maybe even some hypocrisy highlights.
If the media were capable of performing its true function–inform, not obfuscate–that would be one thing. But the idea of the fourth estate turning on The One they helped elect is too much for me this morning. Of course they’ll make amends: there is, after all, an agenda to advance.
Doesn’t make this any less fun, though, does it?