Obama Shows Dictators How to Dodge a Free Press
President's attitude like 'Soviet-era Moscow'
By Jane Yager, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 14, 2010 9:52 AM CDT
President Barack Obama pauses during a news conference at the conclusion of the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, Tuesday, April 13, 2010.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – Foreign reporters arriving for President Obama's nuclear summit must have been sorely disappointed if they expected a glimpse of the "vaunted American" freedom of press, Dana Milbank writes in the Washington Post. What they found—a heavily militarized capitol and a president who shut the press out of almost the entire summit—looked more like "Soviet-era Moscow," Milbank writes.

Reporters had access only to Obama's eight-minute opening statement and a 20-minute Q&A session; with all working sessions closed to the press, the president's schedule "would have pleased China's Central Committee." Veteran White House reporters complained of "the most restricted such meetings they had ever seen," Milbank writes. But such press restrictions, Milbank says, "have become a common practice for the Obama White House."

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Apr 16, 2010 5:56 AM CDT
When serious work needs to be done the Press should be ousted.People tend to showboat for the media and this is to important for that.Look how much was accomplished and stop nit picking GOD BLESS AMERICA,GOD BLISS OBAMA.
Apr 14, 2010 11:26 PM CDT
And the Bush admin was open to the press? The openness was one way. From the Whitehouse TO the Press. The Whitehouse told the press what it wanted it to know. The administration "made" news. The press printed it. They were not invited into the Cheney Energy Policy meetings nor was the attendance at those meetings ever made public. This was an international conference where different countries talked about what nukes they had, how secure they were and what was MISSING from their inventory. They talked about proliferation and how to curb it. I'm not even much afraid of terrorists and I don't think that kind of information should be made public. The press didn't carp about Bush's lack of info or disinfo either. No complaints, no investigative reporting. So why do they pick THIS meeting to say it's a pattern? Obama has given the press plenty of access.
Apr 14, 2010 7:55 PM CDT