White House pool reporters test own news distribution system

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Obama is acting like a third world dictator trying to control the press and what they report


White House pool reporters test own news distribution system - The Washington Post


White House journalists are creating an alternative system for distributing their media “pool” reports in response to the Obama administration’s involvement in approving and disapproving certain content in official reports.

A small group of reporters initiated an online forum this month in which they shared “pool” information among themselves, without White House involvement. The forum was set up by the White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA), which negotiates with the White House’s press staff over access for journalists.

Pool reports — those summaries of the president’s public appearances that go to the news media at large and are used in countless news stories — are filed by a rotating group of journalists whose work is intended to be free of content changes by the White House.

The pool journalists, however, must submit their reports to the White House press office, which distributes them via e-mail to hundreds of news organizations and others. The White House maintains the list of recipients.

Reporters have complained that the Obama White House exploits its role as distributor to demand changes in pool reports and that the press office has delayed or refused to distribute some reports until they are amended to officials’ satisfaction.
 

Djinn

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Why don't the reporters distribute the pool reports themselves?
 
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Why don't the reporters distribute the pool reports themselves?
Read the link that is what they are looking at. Obama wants to be a dictator and control the press and control what the public knows about his administration.
 
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If true, good for them. I didn't think they had an ounce of fight left in them

Good for them
 
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You have to read the whole article beyond your quoted section.

"The WHCA (White House Correspondents' Association) said that the White House has more recently been abiding by the organization’s request that press officers send out pool reports without questioning them, even when the reports contain spelling or factual errors. The group made the request in June, when Josh Earnest took over as White House press secretary."

You portray the White House's action as some kind of insidious attempt to censor the press. The article makes it clear that the process is purely an administrative one to disseminate "pool reports". The press' complaint was not editing or censorship, it was that the WH was sometimes slow in getting the reports out. I'm sure they are concerned with being competitive with electronic media. This process only applies to the print media because the electronic media has been doing this for some time. The problem is the print media will have to staff up and take on the costs of administering these pool reports which is now done at taxpayer expense. This process precedes the Obama administration.
 
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@ptf215

Yup. Railunder is right. That's what the article says. I just came back to post just that.

What the fuck?

I don't like being straight up lied to. Even if online.

Did you misread it?