The New York Times and the White House have an interesting relationship to say the least. Last year the CIA vetted a Maurine Dowd column. Last month the Times ran an editorial entitled Bomb Syria, Even if It Is Illegal. That was a real headline. Now Huffpo reports that the editorial staff of the world’s most important #oldmedia outlet met with the White House during the Syria fiasco a couple of weeks ago.
(From The Huffington Post)
“We did meet with the Obama White House about two years ago and that meeting was off the record,” a Times spokeswoman said. “We met with them again recently under the same restriction, which we intend to honor.”
Throughout his presidency, Obama has held off-the-record meetings with prominent news anchors, columnists and commentators, including Washington Post blogger Ezra Klein, MSNBC host Ed Schultz and Arianna Huffington, president, chair and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group.
But the Obama White House has long seemed particularly interested in getting its point of view across in the Times, and the president has said he reads all the paper’s columnists. In April, a former adviser said the Times is the only paper Obama reads.