The fact that this video - shot by Chronicle reporter Carla Marinucci - was made public appears to be what has angered the Obama administration. The very liberal Chronicle reported that Marinucci had been excluded from the journalist pool for publishing the video:
The hip, transparent and social media-loving Obama administration is showing its analog roots. And maybe even some hypocrisy highlights.The White House denied threatening or banning Marinucci. This was clearly perceived as a lie by Chronicle editor Ward Bushee, who wrote the following:
White House officials have banished one of the best political reporters in the country from the approved pool of journalists covering presidential visits to the Bay Area for using now-standard multimedia tools to gather the news.
The Chronicle's Carla Marinucci - who, like many contemporary reporters, has a phone with video capabilities on her at all times -shot some protesters interrupting an Obama fundraiser at the St. Regis Hotel.
She was part of a "print pool" - a limited number of journalists at an event who represent their bigger hoard colleagues - which White House press officials still refer to quaintly as "pen and pad" reporting.
But that's a pretty Flintstones concept of journalism for an administration that presents itself as the Jetsons. Video is every bit a part of any journalist's tool kit these days as a functioning pen that doesn't leak through your pocket.
Sadly, we expected the White House to respond in this manner based on our experiences yesterday. It is not a truthful response. It follows a day of off-the-record exchanges with key people in the White House communications office who told us they would remove our reporter, then threatened retaliation to Chronicle and Hearst reporters if we reported on the ban, and then recanted to say our reporter might not be removed after all.HERE is a link to the POLITICO story reporting that the White House denied threatening the Chronicle with banishment.
The Chronicle's report is accurate.
If the White House has indeed decided not to ban our reporter, we would like an on-the-record notice that she will remain the San Francisco print pool reporter.
Typical liberals. Obama has been lying to the American people for a over three years now and the Chronicle doesn't get serious or indignant about it until they're the ones lied to.