White House Punishes Pool Reporter For Posting Video Of Bradley Manning Supporters Protesting Obama
from the sad dept
They won't give a clear explanation of why, but the implication is that because she went beyond "pen and pad" with the video, she violated some sort of guideline, though the SF Chronicle says no guidelines were violated:
The White House Press Correspondents' Association pool reporting guidelines warn about "no hoarding" of information and also say, "pool reports must be filed before any online story or blog." While uploading her video probably was the best way to file her report, Carla may have technically busted the letter of that law.No matter what, the clear implication is that the administration doesn't like it when reporters show stuff that embarrasses them. For a "transparent" president, and one who claims to have embraced various aspects of social media (as the report notes, this protest happened hours after Obama spent some time at Facebook...), it seems incredibly hypocritical to punish a reporter for embracing new technology and new tools to report on a story.
But the guidelines also say, "Print poolers can snap pictures or take video. They are not obliged to share these pictures...but can make them available if they so choose."