Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren slammed the White House Press Corps Tuesday for agreeing to an off-the-record chat with President Obama after they loudly and publicly complained about being shut-out from all access to the Obama-Tiger Woods golf outing this past weekend.
Multiple news sources reported Monday that Obama appeased the press corps by giving them 10 minutes off-the-record aboard Air Force One on the way back to Washington.
Van Susteren took to her “Gretawire” blog Tuesday saying it was “pathetic” the press corps agreed to this off-the-record discussion with the President.
In, “The Press Caved-Pathetic!,” Van Susteren wrote:
I can understand the President wanting privacy this weekend and also not wanting to get seen in a pic with Tiger Woods (not only is it a bad message to be vacationing when so many Americans are unemployed and worried about sequester just days away for which he is partially responsible, but Tiger Woods has a rather sordid reputation these days.)
What I don’t get is how the press AGREED to an OFF THE RECORD discussion with the President in the back of Air Force One on the way home from the vacation. The press sold out the American people. What is the point of speaking to the President if you can’t report what was said? Were the members of the press so awe struck that the President would wander to the back of the plane and give them a few minutes of attention that they agreed not to report it? The press totally caved. They failed us.
The press should have said when offered OFF THE RECORD face time with the President, ‘thanks but no thanks…we will wait until the President is willing to talk to the American people since that is our job ..No secret conversations.’
PS – to think all the news organizations had to pitch in and pay the high cost for the press pool to go to Florida and get us news so we could all share it.