Video: Press corps flips out on Carney over restricted access

posted at 9:31 pm on December 12, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

While there are other things to which I’d prefer to see them bring this level of passion, I encourage aggressive questioning of a Democratic administration however I can get it. Today, it was about access, which the most transparent administration in history isn’t in the habit of giving.

Ron Fornier led the charge on this, calling the White House’s frequent release of official photographer Pete Souza’s pictures in lieu of allowing news photographers “propaganda” in November.

Enjoy Jay Carney, former reporter, explaining it’s all the Internet’s fault that Obama doesn’t allow independent photographers at newsworthy events, like all the other presidents did. Then, enjoy them all going off on him for a change:

Carney argued that he is “very sensitive” to the concerns of media photographers who do not believe they are having transparent access to the president in favor of the White House’s official photographer.

“Some of this has to do with fundamental transformations in the media,” Carney said. “We did not create the internet.”

At this point, the press corps burst into a flurry of aggressive questioning. American Urban Radio Networks reporter April Ryan accused the White House of going so far as to bar reporters from accessing the front of Air Force One during a recent presidential trip to South Africa in order to allow official photographers exclusive access to those images.

“The internet had nothing to do on Air Force One,” Ryan countered.

All far too little too late, but fun to watch nonetheless.

Exit quotation: “Anyone here can tell you that there’s less access than under the Bush administration.”

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