Sketchy White House Calls the SF Chronicle a Bunch of Liars
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Yesterday, TLP wrote about San Francisco Chronicle reporter Carla Marinucci, who was blacklisted from future White House press pool events for catching and sharing an anti-Obama protest on video.
As if that weren't bad enough, now it appears as though the White House is calling the Chronicle a liar.
Said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney in a released statement:
"The San Francisco Chronicle violated the coverage rules that they -- and every other media outlet -- agreed to as part of joining the press pool for that event. If they thought the rules were too restrictive they should have raised that at the beginning. However, no reporters have been banned from covering future presidential events and the White House of course would have no problem including any reporter who follows the rules in pool-only events."
Chronicle editor Ward Bushee had a response to that response, of course:
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 required by key people in the White House communications office who told us it 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.
It sounds to us like the White House is saying that particular reporter is not welcome at any future events since, in their mind, she violated the rules and Bushee's statement confirms that. Remember, we all love Obama here, Big Brother doesn't like it when you make him look bad.
See the rest of Chronicle blogger Debra J Saunders' report here.
Who looks really stupid now?