Obama-Walker to speak at ‘press dinner’ but PRESS is barred – reporters miffed!

President Obama and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will take turns at the speaker’s podium Saturday at the exclusive Gridiron Club and Foundation dinner, but don’t expect any news footage of the event. Media cameras and audio recorders are banned.

The irony is that the club’s membership includes Washington, D.C.’s media elite.

“We are obviously disappointed, particularly considering the president is attending this year,” C-Span Communications Director Howard Mortman told Politico. “We continue to believe the dinner should be open to media coverage.”

The club’s leaders said they aren’t hiding anything.

“We don’t allow cameras because we feel their presence would disrupt the ambience of the evening,” Gridiron President Chuck Lewis told Politico. “Everything is on the record during the evening. We have issued a press release with some of my jokes and with the texts of all the songs.”

Still, many reporters are miffed, including CBS’s Mark Knoller, who vented his frustrations on Twitter, saying:

Several others joined in on the ridicule, including these folks:

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