Friday, July 15, 2011

Emails Reveal That Obama Administration Tried To Exclude Fox News From White House Coverage

Whatever you may think of Fox’s news coverage, I don’t think political leaders should be able to pick and choose who covers the things they do and say. But apparently Obama thinks he can:, a conservative, non-partisan foundation which seeks accountability in government, has obtained emails going back to the Fall of 2009, when the Obama White House was in a battle with Fox News Channel. At issue: whether the Obama White House had excluded Fox News from interviews with Obama Administration officials.

One email, dated Oct. 23, 2009 went like this:

“I’m putting some dead fish in the fox cubby — just cause.”

That was from Jennifer Psaki, Deputy White House Communications Director to Jenni LeCompte, then-Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs in the Treasury Department.

In another email the day before, from Dag Vega, Director of Broadcast Media at the White House, to LeCompte, Vega informs LeCompte that “…we’d prefer if you skip Fox please.”

This goes against the administration’s position that it did not set out to exclude Fox News from getting access to Treasury official Kenneth Feinberg. That denial followed a decision by NBC News, ABC News, CBS News and CNN to stand together and refuse an interview with Feinberg if Fox News was going to be blocked.

In other words, the Obama administration lied about this. What’s more, this isn’t the only time the Obama administration has tried to control the way the media covers it. Just yesterday White House Press Secretary Jay Carney had to answer questions about why some reporters were having their access restricted.

Carney’s answer? The President doesn’t like the way they ask questions.

So much for the most transparent administration ever.