Monday, April 27, 2009

White House Press Corps Gives Gibbs a Mixed Grade for First 100 Days

After 100 days on the job, the White House Press Corps is giving Press Secretary Robert Gibbs a mixed grade, according to Michael Calderone of POLITICO:

Although White House reporters praise some aspects of President Barack Obama's press shop, there’s grumbling about Gibbs' handling of the daily press briefings, where a handful of television correspondents dominate; griping about press management on the president's European trip; and complaints about Gibbs' tendency not to return e-mail messages.

And for a team that rode to Washington on a lot of talk about "transparency," reporters said in interviews with POLITICO this week that the Obama White House has been awfully opaque.

"I guess it depends what your definition of the word 'transparent' is," said Chuck Todd, chief White House correspondent for NBC News.

Adds Wall Street Journal White House reporter Jonathan Weisman: "I think by the press' definition, they have not been transparent at all."

Still, has a reporter ever complained about an administration that's too transparent?

Deputy White House press secretary Bill Burton said that "no reporter would ever in good conscience" admit to getting too much access from the people he covers. That's because, Burton said, "no amount would truly satisfy any good reporter."

By the way, Gibbs gave the press corps an "A".

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