In 1786 Thomas Jefferson wrote:
"Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost."
"President Barack Obama is a master at limiting, shaping and manipulating media coverage of himself and his White House."
They go on to say,
"The results are transformational. With more technology, and fewer
resources at many media companies, the balance of power between the White House
and press has tipped unmistakably toward the government. This is an arguably dangerous
development, and one that
the Obama White House — fluent in digital media and no fan of the mainstream
press — has exploited cleverly and ruthlessly. And future presidents from both
parties will undoubtedly copy and expand on this approach."
Click here to read VandeHei and Allen's full article and let me know your reaction. Is Obama, by denying reporters opportunities to ask him tough questions, a form of limiting the freedom of the press? With much of the information the public gets coming from the government, can the public be well informed? Any viable suggestions for keeping future presidents more open in their dealings with journalists?