The White House Hates This Video [VIDEO]
The Obama Administration has always been a fan of using technology to get their message out, but as the San Francisco Chronicle found out, they don’t like technology when it’s used against them.
The administration says the newspaper broke the rules when a reporter started recording a protest at a DNC fundraiser Obama was speaking at. According to the AP:
Marinucci was covering the event when about a half-dozen protesters who paid a combined $76,000 to attend the breakfast broke into a song chastising Obama for the government’s treatment of Pfc. Bradley Manning, an Army intelligence analyst suspected of illegally passing government secrets to the WikiLeaks website.
“We paid our dues, where’s our change?” the protesters sang.
Although a print reporter, Marinucci is seldom seen without a small video recorder while covering politicians. She captured video of the protest, which was posted with her written story in the online edition of the Chronicle and on its politics blog.
White House officials say that breached the terms of her access, which stated Marinucci was to provide a print-only report.
“The San Francisco Chronicle violated the coverage rules that they — and every other media outlet — agreed to as part of joining the press pool for that event,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said. “If they thought the rules were too restrictive they should have raised that at the beginning.”
Editor Ward Bushee said in the Chronicle’s story Friday that the paper acted within its rights to cover the newsworthy incident.
He also said White House officials in off-the-record conversations Thursday threatened to bar Marinucci from pool coverage of future presidential appearances. He added that the officials, whom Bushee did not name, threatened to freeze out Chronicle and other Hearst Newspaper chain reporters if they reported on the threat against Marinucci.
Not too surprising. For wanting to be the most transparent administration in history, the Obama administration only likes it when they are in control. You can view the protest below. Do you think the newspaper broke the rules?