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Media Banished From Democrats' Retreat

by Emily Miller

The House Democrats have banned reporters from the hotel where they are holding their annual retreat for three days this week. The Democratic Members of Congress are staying at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina in Cambridge, MD. The media, however, are staying at the Holiday Inn Express, which is almost two miles away.

The Capitol Hill press corps’ only access to the minority party is at the once daily formal press conference at the Holiday Inn and a shuttle bus to hear Vice President Biden give an address. President Obama is also attending on Friday, but the Capitol Hill press is not allowed to be at the Hyatt to hear him speak.

House Democrat aides say that the media separation was done to give the Members more privacy.

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Asked by Anonymous at 7:13 PM on Jan. 21, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

Answers (8)
  • Maybe everyone is a little freaked out right now can you really blame them

    Answer by peace013 at 7:19 PM on Jan. 21, 2011

  • That's as transparent, as one can get! (You aren't welcome, go away…)

    Answer by agentwanda at 7:21 PM on Jan. 21, 2011

  • Stainless steel is more transparent than these people are.


    Answer by May-20 at 7:28 PM on Jan. 21, 2011

  • I don't think the House Democrats promised transparency at all. That's just Obama. He's not keeping it either, but if they don't want to be bothered drinking their martinis, I don't particularly care.

    Answer by lovinangels at 7:39 PM on Jan. 21, 2011

  • In contrast, the Republicans allowed the media to stay in the same hotel at their retreat last weekend in Baltimore, MD. Reporters had full and free access to the GOP Members throughout the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, except for one floor designated for the Member-only meetings.

    This, from the article, is why it makes the dems appear they have or are trying to hide something. Have they always been this secretive and we just didn't notice? 


    Answer by jesse123456 at 8:18 PM on Jan. 21, 2011

  • I guess Obama will be attempting to play golf again. I understand only a select FEW are invited to play with him--sans the occasional "photo op" swing (which is pathetic, mind you), his golf game is worse than his bowling score! LOL

    "His golf games are long because he's not very good," said Don Van Natta Jr., a reporter for The New York Times who wrote "First Off the Tee: Presidential Hackers, Duffers and Cheaters From Taft to Bush." Unlike the drill with many of his predecessors, who allowed reporters to watch them play the first hole, and then return to the 18th to watch the grand finish, the White House press pool covering Obama is kept far away from the action."


    Answer by LoriKeet at 8:29 AM on Jan. 22, 2011

  • Transparency? I don't think that means what they think it means.


    Answer by QuinnMae at 4:37 PM on Jan. 22, 2011

  • I just want Darrell Issa to make transparency a reality for the rest of the taxpaying public by conducting in depth hearings to ferret out the back room deals that appear to have been made in secret to buy votes and appoint wildly incompetent people to influential and powerful positions..

    Answer by annabarred at 10:56 PM on Jan. 22, 2011

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