Chuck Todd: White House Restricting Photo Access a ‘Version of Propaganda’
For the last few weeks, the media has been having a quiet debate about whether or not to take a stand against using official White House photos in protest against being shut out of many White House events. On Monday, MSNBC anchor Chuck Todd took things a step further, calling the limited press access “a version of propaganda.”
Todd qualified that statement to make it clear he’s not saying this is out-and-out, overt propaganda, but argued it does come across to people as such when outside photographers aren’t allowed access. AP photojournalist Charlie Dharapak agreed, adding that it’s a “visual press release,” while Time‘s Brooks Kraft noted the only reason you wouldn’t have photojournalists in the room is in special circumstances like the situation room during the Osama bin Laden raid.
Kraft continued, “We have significantly less access to this president than to previous presidents.” Todd also addressed those who would mock this journalistic stand over photo access, specifically citing a recent lunch between President Obama and Hillary Clinton and the ability of journalists to be able to capture their body language in a different manner from the official White House photo.
Watch the video below, via MSNBC:
[photo via screengrab]
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