The trip being orchestrated isn’t news… because the likelihood is that it was indeed choreographed… the news is the Washington Post’s suggestion that it is… big news in this guy’s eyes:
Neither the White House nor the Associated Press will say how AP photographer Charles Dharapak came to be the only news photographer present at the Alexandria Target to capture Obama’s shopping excursion.
“All I can say is that it was the result of good source work on his part,” AP spokesman Paul Colford said, declining to elaborate on the sources or the work involved.
A spokeswoman for Michelle Obama, Kristina Schake, also declined to discuss how the photographs came about. In a statement, she said, “It is not uncommon for the First Lady to slip out to run an errand, eat at a local restaurant or otherwise enjoy the city outside the White House gates.”
But it is uncommon, and perhaps unprecedented, for a single news organization to record such a trip.
Perhaps the WaPo would engage now in an exposé looking into what else news organizations are doing to make things up about the Obamas.
That would be investigative journalism.
Don’t hold your breath.