More pissy reporters:
While the White House seems to believe the American people deserve to hear from Kagan, it has not made her available to reporters. That prompted some consternation at today’s White House briefing.
“It appears that Solicitor General Kagan did an interview yesterday right after the president’s announcement,” said a reporter. “You’ve now posted that on the White House Web site. Who did the interview? And can I have one?”
“I think it’s — I think it’s on the website if you want to see it,” responded Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.
Soon after, the reporter can be heard saying, an edge in her voice, “So a White House staffer interviewing her.”
Gibbs says yes, and the reporter asks if Kagan would like to do another interview.
“She has — she’s not told me that, no,” replied Gibbs, prompting the reporter to respond, “Tell her we’re deeply frustrated.”
The decision to post an interview with Kagan conducted by a government employee – not a journalist – is in line with the Obama administration’s policy of regularly using new media tools to go around traditional media.
Poor babies. They helped write the new rules during the last campaign, when they refused to demand access to Sarah Palin, but clung to her every word in scripted speeches. This continues on today, with our beltway stenographers breathlessly “reporting” what someone writes on Palin’s facebook page as if it was relevant or her own words.
For the record, I think the WH should make her available and they probably will later on, but sorry guys- your rules. You wrote them with your decade of subservience to the GOP that continues on today. The White House is just following them. But hey- Gibbs is working on your internet access on Air Force One.
Just exactly how lacking in self awareness do you have to be to be a reporter these days? And has anyone seen any of the stenographers even so much as mention the abuses at Gitmo last week? Of course not, but if Gibbs is late for a briefing- HISSY FIT!