This is of particular note as this comes from a journalist who is not known as hostile to the president. She is the DC bureau chief for the USA Today. In fact Ms. Page even regularly hosts the Diane Rehm Show which is the flagship program of WAMU the Washington DC NPR station. In other words she won’t be working at Fox News anytime soon.
Her very public statement at the White House Correspondent’s Seminar on Saturday comes on the heels of a similar statement made by New York Times reporter (and ardent critic of Gorge W. Bush) James Risen who called Obama “the greatest enemy of press freedom in a generation.”
Did the press suddenly grow a spine? Perhaps a few members have.
(From The Washington Post)
USA Today Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page has added a sharper edge to this set of knives. Speaking Saturday at a White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) seminar, Page called the current White House not only “more restrictive” but also “more dangerous” to the press than any other in history, a clear reference to the Obama administration’s leak investigations and its naming of Fox News’s James Rosen as a possible “co-conspirator” in a violation of the Espionage Act…
…Yet there’s more texture to this access question. Last November, a large group of news organizations sent a letter to the White House protesting limited access for their photographers at newsworthy events involving the president. “The restrictions imposed by the White House on photographers covering these events, followed by the routine release by the White House of photographs made by government employees of these same events, is an arbitrary restraint and unwarranted interference on legitimate newsgathering activities. You are, in effect, replacing independent photojournalism with visual press releases,” read the letter, in part.