Sunday, January 25, 2009

The Obama White House and the press

Dana Milbank had a pretty scathing review of Robert Gibbs' first press conference at the White House. Gibbs stonewalled, a lot.

The Obama team is also heavy on using anonymous 'administration officials.' This is worrying. First there was a transition-by-trial-balloon, and now an Administration that is afraid to say a lot of things on-the-record.

One good news is that some of the reporters are trying to challenge the use of anonymous briefings:

Reports Milbank:
When Gibbs returned later for his on-camera briefing, Ken Herman of Cox News asked: "Why did the administration believe it was important for the American people not to know the name of the two senior administration officials who briefed us?"


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