Almost every White House reporter can see through Mr. Obama’s transparency claims.
President Barack Obama has proudly asserted that his is the “most transparent administration” in American history.
That claim invited some scrutiny at first, but incredulity quickly took hold.
New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson famously called this “the most secretive White House I have ever dealt with.”
The Associated Press has lodged complaints over blocking the access of their photographers to the president, favoring instead internal image-crafters which some say smacks of a state-run media.
Even the White House Correspondents Association has expressed frustration with this administration’s lack of openness.
When asked what their reaction is to Obama’s claim of transparency a variety of well-known reporters replied:
“To roll my eyes.” – CBS’s Major Garrett.
“The history of which country?” – White House Dossier’s Keith Koffler.
“To groan.” – ABC’s Ann Compton.
“Bullshit.” – NPR’s Scott Horsley.
“To take another Jaeger shot in my imaginary drinking game,” – Politico’s Glenn Thrush.
“I need to read what ProPublica is saying about that.” – Le Monde’s Corine Lesnes.
“To humbly disagree.” – Reuters’ Steve Holland.
“I think he has to do a little more work to make that a reality.” – ABC’s Jonathan Karl.
“That he and I have different understandings of the term.” – Politico’s Josh Gerstein.
“‘Methinks thou doth protest too much.’” – AP’s Mark S. Smith.