Saturday, May 23, 2009

White House Shuts Out the Press

Producing Its Own News Reports...think this will create any journalistic skepticism? I doubt it.

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Do you recognize this lower third? It's from the only video news story about the UCONN Women's basketball team's visit to the White House last month.

It might not look familiar because it's not produced by one of the networks, but rather, by the White House.

ABC News White House correspondent Jake Tapper brings to light this new media operation by the Obama administration.

"Obama White House officials decided to do their own media report on the visit, complete with cuts, interviews, and chyrons identifying who's speaking," writes Tapper, while the pool report from the day said: "Your Pool was not allowed to go over and shoot POTUS with the team shooting hoops. We protested loudly."

Tapper asks, "Do Obama White House officials think their media coverage isn't flattering enough?"