USA Today Puts Foot Down on White House Propaganda – Refuses to Publish ‘Official’ Photos of Obama….


One of the nation’s top newspapers by circulation has finally had enough of the Obama administration’s gladhandling of newspaper reporters as if they are nothing more than extensions of its propaganda team.

In a sign that infatuation with “the one” Barry Obama is wearing off, USA Today is refusing to prop up the regime by publishing the flattering photos handed out to the press. The Guardian reported:

A mini-revolt by news organisations against White House press restrictions gathered momentum Monday as USA Today joined other media shops to have declared a boycott on officially issued photographs.

“We do not publish, either in print or online, handout photos originating from the White House press office, except in very extraordinary circumstances,” deputy director Andrew Scott said in a memo to employees. “The functions of the president at the White House are fundamentally public in nature, and should be documented for the public by independent news organizations, not solely by the White House press office.”

Well, nice to see that news outlets are pushing back against the most transparent least transparent presidency in modern memory. And in a move that would make the U.N. proud, they’ve sent the White House a strongly worded letter:

The memo followed the submission to the White House last Thursday of a letter signed by 38 US media organisations to protest limits on photographers’ access.

“Journalists are routinely being denied the right to photograph or videotape the president while he is performing his official duties,” the letter said. “As surely as if they were placing a hand over a journalist’s camera lens, officials in this administration are blocking the public from having an independent view of important functions of the executive branch of government.”

The letter was signed by all the US network news divisions and major media organisations, including Gannett, owner of USA Today. USA Today is in the top tier of American newspapers, with a daily subscription base of about 1.7m, including digital editions.

Nice to see media oulets showing their independence just in time for the 2012 elections — oh wait, those are already behind us. Now where did I put my binder full of Big Birds?

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