Some journalists with cameras are mad at the White House for over-managing the message by prohibiting them from attending “private” events like the signing of new laws and releasing its own pics via its own streams instead.
Yesterday the Associated Press and other major news organizations delivered a letter to press secretary Jay Carney asking for greater transparency and writing:
Journalists are routinely being denied the right to photograph or videotape the President while he is performing his official duties…officials in this administration are blocking the public from having an independent view of important functions of the Executive Branch of government.
They even used the term “visual press releases” to describe the images carefully curated and released by official White House accounts.
POTUS photographer Pete Souza responded last night with a twitpic that effectively said: “O RLY?”
Pres Obama signs a bill in the Oval Office as press photographers take photos pic.twitter.com/dOBDAXQJV1
— petesouza (@petesouza) November 22, 2013