WH reporters frustrated with access to president
How is media handling the issue?
- Duration 3:52
- Date Feb 22, 2013
How is media handling the issue?
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Well right now President Obama apparently is mending some fences.
The political website -- reporting mr.
Obama held an off the record meeting with top White House reporters in this.
After the press corps that follows the president complained about being shot out of his golf outing with Tiger Woods.
And a day after the president granted interviews with local TV reporters but not the white house press corps.
Let's talk about it -- our FOX News Watch panel Judith Miller a Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter and author.
Kirsten Powers as a Daily Beast columnist both are Fox News contributors.
This is interesting -- the White House the president had -- and off the record meeting with some of these White House reporters who've been complaining.
But he's not giving them access.
And then Jay Carney won't even talk about what happened.
At this off the record meeting here is the quote from Jay Carney he says.
-- that's the president of the United States has meetings all of the time.
I don't comment on all of them should wow there's some illumination Puerto.
He doesn't comment to conduct any of -- -- up adding sometimes the cure is as bad as the disease the disease in this case John.
Is a lack of transparency.
And it's unfortunate.
That this issue had to come to the four.
In the guise of golf game that is whether or not we -- going to find out whether or not Tiger Woods.
Beat the president of the round of golf or not because there are serious serious issues at stake here like how our government functions like what happened and -- -- it's better.
Ed Henry is our White House correspondent but also the president of the White House Correspondents' Association and the guy who has.
Sort of been tasked with the job of complaining about his lack of -- he says it's not about the golf game it's about access to the president.
It's true it's not about the golf game is just unfortunate that that was the issue that they decided to finally come out and complain about site I think people are associating with that when there's been so many of the things that should have caused.
-- outraged I think and you know didn't Politico just ran a story and -- entitled.
-- Obama puppet master question mark.
And you know about how Obama sort of controls the media and -- it they talk by the fact that he hasn't met with these beat reporters.
Years you know at times -- and if I'm Washington Post it I -- it in instead chooses to go to these sort of softball interviews you know whether it's from you know at the new republic his former staffer who runs that.
You know that this is it this is not he's not being held accountable at all only speak to people who are gonna -- music I thought this was the most transparent White House in history.
Now in fact and Compton had a really interesting article she's covered every president since you know I'm Gerald Ford and she -- -- blue cheer each president.
This problem gets worse.
You don't really worries me the fact that this president mr.
Is going after leaguers that his whistle blowers and reporters.
Who publish what they're given.
That's a very disturbing trends and the white house press corps ought to be much more upset about it and they are.
-- so so what I mean if if people don't get to see the president golfing with Tiger Woods why should they care.
I don't think -- -- -- -- and a into the golf thing you know matters the president's bill on the golf he should have some private time doesn't it's irrelevant that this is -- is not important issues that we're facing.
Another it was an up -- story was at the White House has decided that the reason that they don't need to talk to the media say don't find the media helpful to that.
And it's not even that's not really -- the media he is something's missing here in the role that they're accountable to the media and they work for us you know for the American people and they're supposed to.
Talk to the media to inform the American people we could talk about it.
And -- and we're well on news watch tomorrow at 2:30 PM eastern time cures and powers Judy Miller thank you both thank you thank you.