The McClatchy Company owns dozens of newspapers all over the country, and on Tuesday one of its top editors sent out an e-mail taking a stand in the brave journalistic fight against the White House not letting them take pictures of the president. McClatchy joins The News Tribune and USA Today in this full-on revolt.
Anders Gyllenhaal, the Vice President for News and Washington Editor at McClatchy, sent out an e-mail making everyone at the company aware of the new policy on White House photos.
The editors of McClatchy newspapers have agreed not to publish photography issued by the White House as part of a follow-up to concerns raised by news organizations over the administration’s increasingly stringent photo policies.
This will not be a significant departure from current practices, since our newspapers and websites rarely rely on White House-issued photos of news events. But we think it’s important to take a stance that helps sends the message that the limited access works against the public’s interests, diminishes the flow of information and often creates an inaccurate portraits of events in the White House. As one editor, Paul Osmundson of the Rock Hill Herald, put it: “The leader of the free world should be willing to be photographed by a free news media.”
Journalists en masse have turned against the White House, voicing outrage last week at their photojournalists getting far less access than official White House photographer Pete Souza.
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