Carla Marinucci of the San Francisco Chronicle (not a conservative reporter from the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy) taped the protesters and was then removed from the press pool.
Phil "Kimono Dragon" Bronstein wrote about it at SF Gate (h/t Pundit Press):
The hip, transparent and social media-loving Obama administration is showing its analog roots. And maybe even some hypocrisy highlights.Never cared much for Phil Bronstein, but he's right on this one.
White House officials have banished one of the best political reporters in the country from the approved pool of journalists covering presidential visits to the Bay Area for using now-standard multimedia tools to gather the news.
The Chronicle's Carla Marinucci - who, like many contemporary reporters, has a phone with video capabilities on her at all times - pulled out a small video camera last week and shot some protesters interrupting an Obama fundraiser at the St. Regis Hotel.
She was part of a "print pool" - a limited number of journalists at an event who represent their bigger hoard colleagues - which White House press officials still refer to quaintly as "pen and pad" reporting.
...So what's up with the White House? We can't say because neither Press Secretary Jay Carney nor anyone from his staff would speak on the record.
Other sources confirmed that Carla was vanquished, including Chronicle editor Ward Bushee, who said he was "informed that Carla was removed as a pool reporter." Which shouldn't be a secret in any case because it's a fact that affects the newsgathering of our largest regional paper (and sfgate)and how local citizens get their information.
What's worse: more than a few journalists familiar with this story are aware of some implied threats from the White House of additional and wider punishment if Carla's spanking became public. Really? That's a heavy hand usually reserved for places other than the land of the free.
But bravery is a challenge, in particular for White House correspondents, most of whom are seasoned and capable journalists. They live a little bit in a gilded cage where they have access to the most powerful man in the world but must obey the rules whether they make sense or not.
CBS News reporter, Mark Knoller, has publicly protested the limited press access to Obama fundraisers, calling the policy "inconsistent." "It's no way to do business," wrote Politico's Julie Mason, "especially [for] a candidate who prides himself on transparency."
A 2009 blog by the White House Director of New Media states that "President Obama is committed to making his administration the most open and transparent in history."
Not last week.
Another reporter censored by the Regime recently was former S.F. Chronicle/Examiner reporter (currently WCBM-AM and WorldNetDaily correspondent) Les Kinsolving. Last Monday, the Regime's Minister of Propaganda, Jay Carney, arrogantly told Kinsolving he wouldn't answer his questions.
Kinsolving is the second in seniority at the White House, a beat he's covered since the last days of the Nixon Administration. He and WorldNetDaily were snubbed by the Obama White House and the Correspondent's Association last year, when they paid for but didn't receive a table for the White House Correspondent's Dinner. They were to promote the biography of the veteran reporter that night among his peers.
Tell me again about "transparency" from this White House?