Press protest: It’s a start

As a board member at ASNE I’m glad the news leadership organization, along with APME and many others sent this letter to the White House protesting the exclusion of news photographers from a string of events involving President Obama. It’s a start; what else might be done to challenge the less obvious but pervasive infusion of official spin into daily reporting? Over my career I’ve been part of many journalism discussions bemoaning the politics of access, the Washington culture of background and off-the-record on matters of mainstream public policy and so forth. Given our growing awareness of the government’s handling of information of all sorts, what’s next for the independent press?

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