NBC News White House correspondent Chuck Todd says he may be “one of the newbies,” but writes on the First Read msnbc.com blog today about the press access restrictions made by the White House. “Nothing is more frustrating than covering an actual event here at the White House if you at all believe in anything remotely having to do with the First Amendment,” he writes.
Todd’s beef today involves a speech by President Barack Obama to a group of CEOs at the White House. After the speech, the press was not allowed to talk to any of the CEOs. “Once the CEOs were clear and escorted downstairs, then we were let out of our East Room pen,” writes Todd.
The comments section of the post brought strong debate from both sides, and Todd added an update. “Beat us up all you want, but this isn’t about us whining, it’s about us not even being able to do the job you want us to do and that is be the people’s questioner here,” he writes.
Click continued to see Todd talk about the White House controlling the message earlier this week on Morning Joe…
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