Though the Obama White House has an ever-growing reputation for being excessively controlling when it comes to sharing information with the news media, they do occasionally throw a nugget of news at the press, selling it as an “exclusive” bit for an outlet or journalist of their choosing.
The Washington Post‘s Paul Farhi reports that there’s a type of heirarchy at the White House press shop that dictates what publications are going to get what information in advance, depending on importance and how “friendly” the receiving reporter is believed to be.
From the Post:
The [New York] Times tends to be the administration’s favored recipient for foreign policy and national security leaks. The Wall Street Journal (and, to a lesser extent, Bloomberg News) is the White House’s go-to outlet for economic policy developments. The Washington Post gets its share of advance information about budget issues and government agencies. Politico’s Mike Allen, who writes the insider Playbook feature, is a favorite for officially leaked personnel moves.
As for the Associated Press, a massive wire service, and USA Today, the most widely read paper in the U.S., they’re the red-headed step children for the Obama administration. In terms of “leaks,” Farhi notes that they get “whatever is left over.”
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