Debate over transparency of Obama White House
Doug McKelway reports
- Duration 2:26
- Date Feb 20, 2013
Doug McKelway reports
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An -- response to -- Obama's recent declaration about transparency.
It comes from the pointer institute a nonpartisan nonprofit journalism school.
Quote it's easy to claim the title of most transparent administration in history pointers Jeff sovereign rights.
If you define transparency is releasing 100% of the things you want to release.
Tonight correspondent Douglas -- -- tells us transparency does seem to be in the -- of the behold.
In every administration the press wants transparency for the White House wants effective message -- Conflicts -- just as frustrated reporters -- President Reagan pretending not to hear -- questions.
May now lament the lack of access to President Obama.
The White House has defended the president's accessibility.
When it comes a solo news conference as President Obama has had given 35 of those.
President Bush is immediate predecessor gave ninety in -- President Obama has -- 21 solo White House news conferences today for president George W.
Bush held fifteen in his first term.
What the Kumar -- political scientist who tracks every question that journalists ask the president.
Has -- President Obama held brief press availability is were photo ops or announcements 13 as often as George W.
Bush did in his first term 107.
To Bush's 355.
And critics -- that the president prefers local TV interviews staged campaign style events and the use of social media.
All venues -- hard hitting questions are seldom if at all passed it's important to face -- follow up question from someone who knows the details of the program so that you're put in a tough spot and can answer that the preference for effective messaging is hardly unique to the Obama administration.
But technology has increased the administration's options to bypass the white house press corps I think that they've chosen transparency up to a point.
And that that that the distinction here is on some issues they've decided we'll explain it.
But then you have to trust us Martha Kumar suggest that makes the role of the white house press corps more relevant than ever.
If you look at the various.
Web sites on and on.
On the Internet you know what information they used thing they have -- stories from me from.
From the New York Times from the Washington Post -- all golf comes back to that.
But even so Kumar says the president has not granted interviews to the Washington Post the wall street journal of the New York Times literally in years -- Doug thank you.