Imagine, for just a moment, if Bush had done this… what do you think the outcry would’ve been?
The White House Press Office has refused to give the Boston Herald full access to President Obama’s Boston fund-raiser today, in e-mails objecting to the newspaper’s front page placement of a Mitt Romney op-ed, saying pool reporters are chosen based on whether they cover the news “fairly.”
“I tend to consider the degree to which papers have demonstrated to covering the White House regularly and fairly in determining local pool reporters,” White House spokesman Matt Lehrich wrote in response to a Herald request for full access to the presidential visit.
“My point about the op-ed was not that you ran it but that it was the full front page, which excluded any coverage of the visit of a sitting US President to Boston. I think that raises a fair question about whether the paper is unbiased in its coverage of the President’s visits,” Lehrich wrote.
That comes our way via The Anchoress’ FB page where she writes pointedly:
Tell me again how Bush was the child/nazi/oblique/punishing/crony-loving suppressor of free speech (remember the uproar when Ari Fleisher said, after 9/11, “be careful what you say?). I will not hold my breath waiting for the usual suspects to carry on about the heavy-handedness of this administration. Seems they only see it when they want to.