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Chronicle: Obama exhibits ‘Nixonian paranoia’ about press

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

imageNot that it appears to matter to the Obama campaign, but the president came in for an editorial flogging in the Chronicle for locking out local reporters from yesterday’s fundraiser at the W Hotel. A sample:

The Obama White House's restrictions on media access to its fundraising events makes a mockery of its claim to be the most transparent administration in history.

If anything, there is almost a Nixonian quality to the level of control, paranoia - and lack of credibility - this White House has demonstrated on the issue of media access to President Obama’s fundraisers.

Add: As you might expect, the campaign got little sympathy elsewhere in media circles. Here’s an excerpt from Calbuzz:

How stupid is the White House to keep local reporters out of President Obama’s visits to the Bay Area, like his funder at the W Hotel in SF Tuesday in which the only reporters allowed were a couple of traveling national WH scribblers who have no idea who anyone is who’s in the audience.

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