BuzzFeed wasn’t invited, which is probably the only reason we now know that President Obama had a secret meeting with selected members of the press on Monday afternoon. Is it possible the meeting was the administration’s Plan B following Attorney General Eric Holder’s lightly attended off-the-record media summit in May? The New York Times declined to attend that meeting, and BuzzFeed reports that New York Times reporter Peter Baker might not have gone to Monday’s meeting either if he’d known that President Obama would drop in to say hi — after reporters had agreed to keep things off the record.
Reporters who attended Monday’s session with the president were loathe to discuss it with BuzzFeed, citing the White House’s stipulation that the meeting remain off the record. But the session came after the White House announced a “travel/photo lid” for the day — White House parlance for no more events, and the signal for the pool reporter to go home — and reporters from The New York Times,Washington Post, Huffington Post, Time, McClatchy, Politico, Tribune, NPR,Bloomberg, USA Today, AFP, Yahoo and other outlets were milling around the briefing room waiting to be called in. In total, about two dozen reporters were included.
day after Obama cancels annual picnic with members of congress he grabs a beer with media covering his scandals http://t.co/mK2HpRMrv1
— john r stanton (@dcbigjohn) June 11, 2013
— Brad Dayspring (@BDayspring) June 11, 2013
"I think you guys have had your fun, can you please go back to worshipping me now? Thanks!" http://t.co/GkRpzDRj6I
— AG (@AG_Conservative) June 11, 2013
This is what transparency looks like? | Obama Schmoozes Reporters At Secret Meeting http://t.co/KaoSQ9uNxq
— Francesca Chambers (@fran_chambers) June 11, 2013
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) June 11, 2013
— John Anthony (@chocobohomo) June 12, 2013
What’s creepy about that? At least the windows are still transparent … for now.