White House Reporters Lodge ‘Formal Complaint’ Over ‘Intense Secrecy’ Surrounding Moon Landing Event
I swear, Obama’s like Forrest Gump insinuating himself in historical pictures and texts…
At a time of bad news and sagging approval ratings, a meeting between President Barack Obama and the crew of Apollo 11 to mark the 45th anniversary of the moon landing might seem like a welcome change — but instead became a story about the White House’s lack of transparency.
The White House Correspondents Association made a formal complaint to White House press secretary Josh Earnest asking why the meeting was closed to reporters and TV cameras, and only open to still photographers for less than a minute.
“On behalf of the correspondents association I just want to lodge a formal complaint about Apollo 11 event today,” WHCA board member Major Garrett, a CBS News reporter said during the briefing. ”The astronauts were among the most visibly televised national heroes this country has ever known. That entire program is financed by the American taxpayer. The stills presentation of that, limits to television coverage of that event, we believe that that is a classic definition of something that should have the broadest press coverage imaginable.”
Earnest responded,”Understood. These are legitimate American heroes. On that, you and I can agree.”
Later in the briefing, ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl asked why the White House has such “intense secrecy” for this event.
“It’s merely a scheduling matter,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said. Obama was signing a bill on job training before departing for three days of fundraising on the west coast.