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Criticized for limiting access to president, White House shows off oval office photographers

24
Nov
2013

The Obama administration has been widely praised for its embrace of social media, but journalists say that the move has led to a type of government-controlled media. The White House Correspondents Association and nearly forty news organizations from around the world penned a letter this week to the White House press secretary complaining about the administrations tight control over media access — particularly in regards to photojournalism. In the jointly-signed letter, the White Houses limitations on when and where photographers can record the presidents activities are called an arbitrary restraint and unwarranted interference on legitimate newsgathering activities, adding that the administration is effectively replacing independent photojournalism with visual press releases. Whats concerning to the press is that the White House later publicly releases photographs of such events by official photographer Pete Souza.

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