Inside Media: Press Access and the Obama White House

January 10, 2015 @ 2:30 pm
Knight TV Studio
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Washington, DC 20001
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Inside Media: Press Access and the Obama White House @ Knight TV Studio | Washington | District of Columbia | United States

Associated Press Washington bureau chief Sally Buzbee and USA Today Washington bureau chief Susan Page discuss restrictions on press access to President Obama.

In recent months, the Washington press corps has spoken out against what they call unprecedented secrecy in the current administration, which investigates leaks to the press and named a reporter as a possible co-conspirator in a violation of the Espionage Act.

Last year, Buzbee cited daily “intimidation” tactics put forth by the Obama White House and stated that the administration is “significantly worse than previous administrations.”

At a recent White House Correspondents Association event, Page said that the Obama administration “has been more restrictive and more challenging to the press, more dangerous to the press, really, than any administration in American history.”

Before becoming Washington bureau chief in 2010, Buzbee served as the AP’s deputy managing editor and held leadership positions in Washington, the Middle East and New York. Page joined USA Today in 1995 as a White House correspondent and became bureau chief in 2000. She previously worked at Newsday.

Photo: From left, Sally Buzbee and Susan Page

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