The White House today posted on its website, a video showcasing Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, speaking “in her own words”. She’s shown chatting cheerfully about her “personal history and perspective”.
The interviewer? – A White House staffer who produces videos for the administration, which CBS News reported “riled” WH 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.”
This practice of the White House producing their own videos started about a year ago, causing confusion and consternation in the WH press pool when the UCONN Women’s basketball team visited the White House.
“Obama White House officials decided to do their own media report on the visit, complete with cuts, interviews, and chyrons identifying who’s speaking,” writes Tapper, while the pool report from the day said: “Your Pool was not allowed to go over and shoot POTUS with the team shooting hoops. We protested loudly.”
Tapper asks, “Do Obama White House officials think their media coverage isn’t flattering enough?”
The Daily Caller: Dear White House Press Pool: Stop sucking:
It’s bad enough that we had to read about how “the White House is thin-skinned, controlling, eager to go over [your] heads and stingy with even basic information.” And that’s what you said after you let Robert Gibbs walk away from a meeting with the White House Correspondent’s Association saying, “We discussed and made progress on a number of issues important to both.” What does that even mean? And why are you allowing Robert Gibbs to feel good about anything? You harpies pounded Tony Snow while the man was dying of cancer, and yet you give a perfectly healthy Robert Gibbs a pass to make dumb jokes during briefings?
Hat tip: Lucianne