...ignores long-standing protocol
The Obama press office, which often ignores decades-long rules of protocol with the White House press corps, this weekend shut out the pool that tradtionally travels everywhere with the President of United States. The White House Correspondents Association, of which West Wing Reports is a member, has filed the following complaint:
Forwarding a statement from the White House Correspondents Association’s president Ed Henry, following today’s developments:
"Speaking on behalf of the White House Correspondents Association, I can say a broad cross section of our members from print, radio, online and TV have today expressed extreme frustration to me about having absolutely no access to the President of the United States this entire weekend. There is a very simple but important principle we will continue to fight for today and in the days ahead: transparency."
-Ed Henry, President, White House Correspondents Association
The White House released its own statement, from Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest:
"The press access granted by the White House today is entirely consistent with the press access offered for previous presidential golf outings. It's also consistent with the press access promised to the White House Press Corps prior to arrival in Florida on Friday evening."
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