Obama, the puppetmaster

President Obama boasted last week: “This is the most transparent administration in history.”  But the people who cover him day to day see it very differently.  “The way the president’s availability to the press has shrunk in the last two years is a disgrace,” says ABC News White House reporter Ann Compton, who has covered every president back to Gerald R. Ford. “The president’s day-to-day policy development — on immigration, on guns — is almost totally opaque to the reporters trying to do a responsible job of covering it. There are no readouts from big meetings he has with people from the outside, and many of them aren’t even on his schedule. This is different from every president I covered. This White House goes to extreme lengths to keep the press away.” Read more
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