One of the biggest stories of the day is the “frustration” of the White House press corps. What could possibly be so heinous so as to cause this “extreme frustration?” They were denied access to Barack Obama's golf weekend with Tiger Woods in Florida. That's right … what has finally pushed them to the boiling point is their lack of ability to get a good picture of Obama swinging golf clubs with Tiger.
Fox News' Ed Henry released this statement:"Speaking on behalf of the White House Correspondents Association, I can say a broad cross section of our members from print, radio, online and TV have today expressed extreme frustration to me about having absolutely no access to the President of the United States this entire weekend. There is a very simple but important principle we will continue to fight for today and in the days ahead: transparency."
Ironically enough, this frustration comes just days after Obama declared his administration to be “the most transparent in history,” as we pointed out in our recent Outrageous Statement of the Day.
The White House says the access (or lack thereof) granted for this golf outing is entirely consistent with its policies in the past. Arguably, the White House doesn't want too many pictures floating around of the President teeing it up with anyone, much less the publicly disgraced Tiger Woods, while millions of Americans are still looking for work or struggling to get by in their part-time jobs. Let's not forget that President Bush was regularly excoriated for his rounds of golf while the economy “suffered” during its 5.6% “jobless recovery.” While this current administration enjoys the protections of the Obama-Mania Media, it would have been hard to ignore images of Obama and Tiger teeing it up. Therefore, the White House just decided to deny everyone the chance.
While it can't be said for all members of the mainstream media, it is a bit disconcerting that these journalists seem extremely perturbed by this seemingly innocuous slight by the White House. Meanwhile, the level of urgency over the lack of transparency regarding far more pressing matters like Benghazi or Fast and Furious haven't managed to garner similar media coverage over journalist “outrage.”