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Is the White House becoming "STATE RUN MEDIA"?

Over the past few months, as White House cameras have been granted free reign behind the scenes, officials have blocked broadcast news outlets from events traditionally open to coverage and limited opportunities to publicly question the president himself.

Obama's recent signing of the historic New START treaty with Russia and his post-State of the Union cabinet meeting, for example, were both closed to reporters in a break with tradition. And during a recent question and answer session with the president and visiting Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the White House imposed an unusual limit of just one question each from the U.S. and Canadian press corps.

"The administration has narrowed access by the mainstream media to an unprecedented extent," said ABC News White House correspondent Ann Compton, who has covered seven administrations. "Access here has shriveled."

Members of the press have always had quibbles with White House media strategies, calling cut-backs in access an affront to transparency, even as administration officials insist they're simply taking advantage of new technologies.

But some say the current dynamic is different, and dangerous.

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Asked by Carpy at 12:10 PM on Feb. 15, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • 23 more months carpy, just 23 more months.

    Answer by jewjewbee at 12:30 PM on Feb. 15, 2011

  • It already was that , Ask Scott McClellan


    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 1:12 PM on Feb. 15, 2011

  • Obviously you did not read the article sweetie poo.

    Comment by Carpy (original poster) at 1:16 PM on Feb. 15, 2011

  • Well what do you expect when there is a KING in charge instead of a President?

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 1:41 PM on Feb. 15, 2011

  • No but they DO have media all their own. I'd call it state run.

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 2:37 PM on Feb. 15, 2011

  • 23 more months carpy, just 23 more months.


    LOL... It's not like any of us are counting!! :o)



    Answer by LoriKeet at 4:08 PM on Feb. 15, 2011

  • It is and always has been.

    Answer by UpSheRises at 4:38 PM on Feb. 15, 2011

  • Carpy, girl, this is the new transparency! Can't you see how open he is being?

    Answer by jesse123456 at 6:25 PM on Feb. 15, 2011

  • It has been going this way for a while but its becoming more recognized, more noticeable.
    I just find it Ironic that the countries ( Egypt and Iran) are crying for freedom after being suppressed for so long and we are heading in the direction. Makes me wonder if anyone is learning anything yet!

    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 9:30 PM on Feb. 15, 2011

  • Interesting. So the press feels that Obama skipping over the press and putting their story out directly will take away from the media "filter." I doubt they will be saying anything much different than they would be saying to the media. Apparently the concern is that the hard questions won't be answered, or that people will not do the research themselves and just take the admin at their word. I can see that. However, with all of the info out there, I think most tech savvy people will be able to be their own "filter." After all, they can't control all the info, just their own. And alienating the press is a good way to get your statements torn apart bit by bit!

    Answer by stacymomof2 at 11:03 PM on Feb. 15, 2011

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