The ‘openness’ from the Obama administration has suffered the tarnishing of its luster in the past few months. Lingering on the WhiteHouse.gov website are the words:
Transparency promotes accountability and provides information for citizens about what their Government is doing. Information maintained by the Federal Government is a national asset. My Administration will take appropriate action, consistent with law and policy, to disclose information rapidly in forms that the public can readily find and use.”
However, almost anytime the White House is held to account for those words, reporters of every political persuasion are cutoff. Sadly, when reporters need to ask a few, simple questions, they are escorted off the premises by armed officers. The Blaze reports:
A writer for The American Conservative said top White House adviser Valerie Jarrett “threw” him out of the Democratic National Convention for asking about President Barack Obama’s drone strike policy.”
Here’s a brief transcript of the exchange…
So you have no comment on drone strikes?” I interjected. She started for the exit.
“Many Pakistanis are dying, ma’am,” I shouted. No response. By then Jarrett was out of reach.
“Do you have a card?” her aide, Clo Ewing — Director of Constituency Press for the Obama campaign — queried me angrily. (She did not reply to an emailed request for comment.)
At that point, Tracey said, Ewing examined his media pass and then “summoned two uniformed police officers, who informed me I was to leave the area immediately — my duly-assigned credential notwithstanding.”
Barack Obama has been open, but only on White House terms. For instance, it is widely known that the White House has released national security leaks in order to assist in the production of ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ – a movie, based around the assassination of Osama Bin Laden.
These leaks have released sensitive information about military tactics and procedures, which could be used in the hands of US enemies abroad.
Nevertheless, it seems that anytime questions are cast to the White House concerning information that could damage the Obama administration’s credibility, those members of the press are marginalized, silenced, or simply kicked out.
The White House says that they will be transparent, but only in the event that it assists in their political goals.