Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Most Transparent White House Closes Lafayette Park, Prevents Press From Covering DADT Activists

How's that Hopey Changey Transparency Thing working for ya? (Newsbusters).
Last week it was liberal Post columnist Dana Milbank snarking about how the nuclear summit was closed off to press scrutiny. Today it's Politico's Ben Smith, who shared with readers in a snarkily-headlined post "Most transparent White House ever," how (emphasis mine):

Police chased reporters away from the White House and closed Lafayette Park today in response to a gay rights protest in which several service members in full uniform handcuffed themselves to the White House gate to protest "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

People who have covered the White House for years tell me that's an extremely unusual thing to do in an area that regularly features protests.

A reporter can be seen in the YouTube video above calling the move "outrageous" and "ridiculous."
Here's the video:

Can you imagine the howls of outrage if this had been Code Pinkos and during a Republican Administration?

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