Apparently I missed the news that the White House press corps is not happy with the way they’re being treated by the Obama administration.
The frustrated Obama press corps neared rebellion this past holiday weekend when reporters and photographers were not even allowed onto the Floridian National Golf Club, where Obama was golfing. That breached the tradition of the pool “holding” in the clubhouse and often covering — and even questioning — the president on the first and last holes.
Okay, the reason I missed it is because, to quote the immortal Hawkeye Pierce, “the instrument has yet to be invented that can measure my indifference to that remark.”
It’s been a long time since I was a paid journalist — the first major news story I covered was the election of Pope John Paul II in 1978 — and it wasn’t an easy gig trying to put together a newscast in a small town in northern Michigan on $100 a week. So I don’t have a lot to go on compared to working in the White House where it’s breaking news when Bo the First Dog lifts his leg on Chuck Todd. But the one thing I do remember about the job is that I was the one who had to go out and get the news, not have it handed to me by a press secretary. (I quit that job for a much more cushy one: middle school English teacher.)
Oh, and here’s a news flash for you journos: Every White House plays you for fools. They always have, and they always will.
PS: Rachel Maddow has some thoughts on the matter.