From our Stuff Dreams Are Made Of desk:
White House shuts out Herald scribe
The White House Press Office has refused to give the Boston Herald full access to President Obama’s Boston fund-raiser today, in e-mails objecting to the newspaper’s front page placement of a Mitt Romney op-ed, saying pool reporters are chosen based on whether they cover the news “fairly.”
That’s the Boston Herald in high dudgeon at being barred from the press pool for Obama’s big-bucks blitz in Boston today.
So the Herald has a blitz of its own, including this Joe Battenfeld column:
Obama off the deep end
What are you afraid of, Mr. President?
I know it must be tough dragging yourself to these glitzy fund-raisers and mingling with rich people who shower you with money and affection. Who needs an unfriendly reporter shouting an unscripted question at you, or checking to see whether any of the guests are getting government contracts?
Battenfeld then gets personal:
I’ve been on many press pools and can’t remember getting denied access because of which media outlet I worked for. Even when the Herald was writing critical articles about former Gov. Michael Dukakis in 1988, his campaign never bumped us off the plane or kept us off the pool based on what we wrote. Same goes for President Clinton. You think Gov. Deval Patrick likes having the Herald and other media follow him around all day? No, but it’s part of his job.
But apparently this White House has a different view. It has a special place for perceived “unfair” media — at least 500 feet away. Even at White House press conferences, the president carefully chooses who gets to answer a question
As opposed to – what? – George W. Bush’s press conferences orchestrating questions about the war in Iraq?
What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander, guys.
Regardless, the Herald couldn’t be happier. Attacked by the White House? That’s mother’s milk to any tabloid.