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Flashback: Reporters left in basement while president played golf could have been stashed in a closet

As Twitchy reported, White House correspondents were led into a basement filing room Saturday while President Trump played a round of golf with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe at Mar-a-Lago. Being stuck in a basement on a sunny Florida morning was bad enough, but reporters found that black garbage bags had been taped over the windows to prevent them from taking pictures.


Photographers were directed not to take photos of the grounds of what is a private club. Hmm …

Whoa. Was President Trump up to no good with his Putin connection and relying on some trash bags and tape for privacy? The short answer is “no.” But has the press every been treated like this before? Well, yes. Remember way back in 2011, when an Orlando Sentinel pool reporter was made to wait in storage closet at a Democrat fundraiser until Vice President Joe Biden arrived?

Biden apologized to the reporter in a letter, but that story aside, the relationship between President Barack Obama and the press was not always as smooth as it ended up being.


Everyone knows how much the White House loved to tweet photos of Barack Obama to commemorate every occasion, but don’t forget that as late as 2013, professional media organizations were formally protesting the White House’s ban on photographers during events at which the White House has its own official photographers and videographers present. The White House had its own photographer; wasn’t that enough?

That wasn’t the end of it, though: months later, the White House News Photographers Association again complained when news photographers were shut out of President Obama’s closed meeting with the Dalai Lama and given an official souvenir photo after the fact, though many papers refused to run it in protest.

Maybe the White House was camera shy after news photographers in 2010 captured shots of the Dalai Lama being led out through the back door, past piles of trash bags — “the easiest, quickest, and most convenient way” to reach the waiting press, Tommy Vietor explained.


But back to today:

Mr. Trump, tear down these trash bags!

But seriously, folks, here’s some much-needed perspective.


The struggle is real.

Oh, come on.


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