The San Francisco Chronicle has accused the White House of lying about a recent spat with one of its reporters. Last week, the Chronicle reported that the White House had threatened to ban Chronicle reporter Carla Marinucci from participating in the White House pool after Marinucci, a member of the print pool, used her cell phone to record a group of Bradley Manning supporters heckling Pres. Obama at a recent San Francisco fundraiser.
According to the Chronicle’s first write-up of the spat, the White House press office threatened to ban Marinucci from the print pool during San Francisco events for using her cell phone, and forbade the paper from discussing the incident. A day later, the White House told reporters that the Chronicle’s allegations were “not true.”
Chronicle editor Ward Bushee wasted no time hitting back at the White House.
“Sadly, we expected the White House to respond in this manner based on our experiences yesterday,” Bushee wrote on Saturday. “It is not a truthful response. It follows a day of off-the-record exchanges with key people in the White House communications office who told us they would remove our reporter, then threatened retaliation to Chronicle and Hearst reporters if we reported on the ban, and then recanted to say our reporter might not be removed after all.”
I am calling Bullshit on this one Obama…this isn’t the first time you all have threatened a reporter w/cutting them off. Does the Orlando Sentinel story about reporter Scott Powers, who was made to wait in a closet, remind you all in the White House of anything?? Anything at all?? What a Bush-league move…as in George W. Bush.
If you can’t take the hecklers and the daily bullshit, get another job dude. It goes with the territory.