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White House Orders Reporters Not to Talk to People at Wisconsin Political Rally

October 1, 2014

Most transparent administration eva!

This happened in Wisconsin where Scott Walker is facing a Democrat challenger. Ed Morrissey of Hot Air sets the scene…

To paraphrase Glenn Reynolds, they told me if I voted for Mitt Romney, there would be a White House crackdown on media and journalists – and they were right! While attending a rally for Mary Burke in which Michelle Obama spoke for the Democratic gubernatorial challenger in Milwaukee, Journal-Sentinel reporter Mary Kissinger planned to discuss the speeches and the rally with the attendees.

From the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel…

At the Burke event, a number of people in the crowd were upset about a lack of seating. Several people, including a woman using two canes, complained that she had nowhere to sit.

Reporters and photographers were cordoned off in a central area with chairs and tables. Several people in the crowd asked if they could have extra chairs reserved for the media — but reporters were initially forbidden from handing them over. Eventually, some of the Burke staff gave the extra chairs to attendees.

Burke and White House staff also told reporters not to talk to people in the crowd before the event.

John Fund of National Review reminds us that this is *ahem* par the course for the Obama administration…

Even though Barack Obama rode into office in 2008 on a wave of media adulation, the Obama administration has exhibited a fiercely hostile attitude towards reporters. It has vigorously prosecuted low-level national-security leakers — while it ignores friendly leakers from the White House who puff up its image. This has led former Washington Post editor Leonard Downie to observe, “In the Obama administration’s Washington, government officials are increasingly afraid to talk to the press.” Last year, the Committee to Protect Journalists concluded that Obama “will surely pass President Richard Nixon as the worst president ever on issues of national security and press freedom.”

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