A coalition of 38 separate organizations, led by the Society of Professional Journalists, recently sent a letter to Barack Obama detailing the numerous complaints they have with the way his administration treats the media.
The letter claims reporters are kept out of the loop even in matters that should unquestionably be public knowledge. Furthermore, journalists believed to be critical of the administration are routinely excluded from press events altogether.
Accusations also include Obama surrogates providing information only under the condition of anonymity. A study cited in the letter reveals four in 10 public affairs officers admitted to stonewalling reporters with whom they disagreed.
Groups involved in the complaint believe there is one overarching factor contributing to the policy of obstruction and censorship.
“In many cases, this is clearly being done to control what information journalists – and the audience they serve – have access to.”
SPJ President David Cullier noted that this trend began in the George W. Bush administration but has ramped up exponentially under Obama.
“It is time for journalists – and citizens – to push back against this force. Hard!”
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