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WH press corps public spat with Obama over shut-out

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News that will go nowhere: The White House press corps is pretty angry about having no access to President Obama during his golf outing with Tiger Woods last weekend.

Fox News’ Ed Henry, president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, issued a statement Sunday expressing the press corps’ “extreme frustration” for being shut out from covering the president’s weekend of golf in Florida, Politico reported. The statement said:

Speaking on behalf of the White House Correspondents Association, I can say a broad cross section of our members from print, radio, online and TV have today expressed extreme frustration to me about having absolutely no access to the President of the United States this entire weekend. There is a very simple but important principle we will continue to fight for today and in the days ahead: transparency.

Golf Digest Cover
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Transparency. How rich. Welcome to our world, ladies and gentlemen of the press.

Josh Earnest, the White House’s principal deputy press secretary, responded to the complaint with this statement, according to Politico:

“The press access granted by the White House today is entirely consistent with the press access offered for previous presidential golf outings,” Earnest said in a statement. “It’s also consistent with the press access promised to the White House Press Corps prior to arrival in Florida on Friday evening.”

It’s almost comical that the illustrious White House press corps,whose job it is to cover everything Obama, had to get its news from “Golf Digest,” the only publication with access to Obama-Woods golf outing, Politico reported.

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