SF Chronicle: Obama White House “Nixonian”
When even Nancy Pelosi’s hometown paper blasts a Democrat President, you know he’s in deep doo-doo.
The Obama White House’s restrictions on media access to its fundraising events makes a mockery of its claim to be the most transparent administration in history.
If anything, there is almost a Nixonian quality to the level of control, paranoia – and lack of credibility – this White House has demonstrated on the issue of media access to President Obama’s fundraisers.
Perhaps without knowing it, they explain why Obama might want to keep local reporters away.
Fundraisers are not private events in this post-Watergate era. Contributions are a matter of public record, and the public has a right to know what is being said to and by the president. Local journalists are better positioned than their Beltway brethren to recognize who is there – and why.
Let us remember, Obama’s comments about people who “cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them” came at a fundraiser… in San Francisco, of all places. So, of course, Obama wants to keep people away who might report on comments like those, or who might be able to write that President Obama met with Embarrassing Local Figure X, Y, or Z.