Saturday, April 30, 2011

White House Threatens San Francisco Chronicle for Reporting Protest at Obama Fundraiser (Video)

According to San Francisco Chronicle editor Ward Bushee:

"The White House threatened Thursday to exclude The San Francisco Chronicle from pooled coverage of its events in the Bay Area after the paper posted a video of a protest at a San Francisco fundraiser for President Obama last week."

After the story made Drudge, the White House denied everything, reports Politico.

Chronicle editor Ward Bushee responds to the White House denial:

"Sadly, we expected the White House to respond in this manner based on our experiences yesterday. 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."

Here's the video of the protest at the Obama fundraiser, the video the White House doesn't want you to see:

"Historically, part of what makes for a healthy democracy, what is good politics, is when you've got citizens who are informed." - Barack Obama

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