November 27, 2013
First Lady Michelle Obama (2nd L), and their daughter Malia (L) meet with Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot in the head by the Taliban a year ago, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington in this handout photo from October 11, 2013. The White House Correspondents Association and major news organizations, including Reuters, wrote to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney to complain about being shut out of events that the White House documented with its own photographer, November 21, 2103. REUTERS/Pete Souza/The White House/Handout via Reuters (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY MEDIA) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Special Instruction : N/A File Size: 1MB image fitting: all visiblehorizontalverticalactual size The Obamas meet Malala Yousafzai in this handout photo from Oct. 11.  (Pete Souza/The White House/Handout via Reuters)  

Since Thanksgiving is about food and photo ops and gratitude for the nation we live in, Dana Milbank’s column on the White House’s photography policy fits right in. Specifically, umm, isn’t it shady that the White House doesn’t allow outside photographers to cover even the most photo-oppy of events? Like the president greeting a teenage women’s rights activist who got shot by the Taliban? Or sitting on Rosa Parks’s bus? Seriously, the White House obviously wants photos of these events to circulate, but it can’t handle anyone not on its payroll taking the pics? It’s not just shady, it’s weird.

Commenters are suspicious that Milbank and PostScript get such bad feelings about this.

Clankie:

The press only wakes up when its own ox is gored.

Kapmep:

“News photographers are angry because it threatens their livelihood.” This is the nub of the problem.

Snoopsmom:

No potential Pulitzers here either.

Observator1000 thinks Milbank and PostScript should be glad that the government is picking up what the private sector might have trouble managing on its own:

Considering what a thin staff the Washington Post has these days, I would think they would welcome a little help from the government with photographs. Maybe they could then hire an extra reporter.

Walden1  observes that any of us would not want the independent White House photojournalists around:

What I know of the WH press photographers seems to indicate that they are a relatively uncivilized, illiterate and disrespectful lot compared even to the print press corps. They are just as given to visual cliches and pre-conceived “shots” as the “probing” questions of the print guys. There is little or no “authenticity” gained anyway. –a photographer.

Some commenters were glad that 100 percent of their suspicions about President Obama have been somehow confirmed by this news:
Williamrand:

Obama is a liar and runs a fascist government. He uses the government to regulate all aspects of life in this country. Now as a fascist he must regulate what Americans see. Impeachment will never happen but it should.

And PostScript isn’t certain what NewNewDealer means here (too much Photoshop?), but it made her laugh:

I’ll worry if Mr. Obama starts looking like Sean Connery.

PostScript now desires to run the White House photo stream through Feeling Cagey. Let’s all bow our heads and be thankful she doesn’t know how.

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