Fighting Back: USA Today Will no Longer Publish Obama Admin’s ‘Official’ Press Photos

Obama Less than a week after mainstream media outlets banded together to protest the Obama Administration’s restriction of press photography at events, the White House issued a firm, unmistakable message to the press: “You get access when we say you do; quit your whining.” The White House answered the mainstream media’s respectful missive with a shot across the bow; now, USA Today has become the first paper to take a principled stand and has declared that they refuse to publish the “official” photos offered to media outlets from the Obama Administration. Last week, the White House Correspondents Association (WHCA) joined forces with other media outlets to protest the wanton disregard for journalistic standards this administration facilitates. The letter was signed by a variety of other news organizations and associations including, ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox News, The Associated Press, Reuters, The New York Times, The Washington Post and Yahoo News. It was also signed by the American Society of Newspaper Editors and the White House News Photographers Association. The letter highlights several instances where the media have been barred from photographs, but where the White House released “official,” approved photographs to journalists and via social media. The letter complains,
As surely as if they were placing a hand over a journalist’s camera lens, officials in this administration are blocking the public from having an independent view of important functions of the Executive Branch of government. To be clear, we are talking about Presidential activities of a fundamentally public nature. To be equally clear, we are not talking about open access to the residence or to areas restricted, for example, for national security purposes. The apparent reason for closing certain events to photographers is that these events have been deemed “private.” That rationale, however, is undermined when the White House contemporaneously releases its own photograph of a so-called private event through social media. The restrictions imposed by the White House on photographers covering these events, followed by the routine release by the White House of photographs made by government employees of these same events, is an arbitrary restraint and unwarranted interference on legitimate newsgathering activities. You are, in effect, replacing independent photojournalism with visual press releases.
The Obama Administration’s response to the complaints from the media have been disrespectful, to say the least. In a closed meeting with outraged press photographers, White House Spokesman Jay Carney laughed in the face of veteran New York Times photographer Doug Mills, who accused the administration of operating similarly to the USSR in maintaining an inappropriate, government-approved media. On Friday, the White House published as their “photo of the day” a picture of President Obama signing a bill into law while photographers take pictures. The message is unmistakable: quit whining, photographers get plenty of access (when we say it’s okay). In response to the escalating disregard for transparency and a free press emanating from the Obama Administration, USA Today Deputy Director of Multimedia Andrew P. Scott issued the following memo to all staff:
All, We do not publish, either in print or online, handout photos originating from the White House Press Office, except in very extraordinary circumstances. In those very rare instances where a handout image from the White House image has been made under legitimate national security restrictions and is also of very high news value, the use needs to be approved in advance by consulting with Dave Callaway, David Colton, Owen Ullmann, Susan Weiss, Dave Teeuwen, Patty Michalski or me prior to publication. The functions of the President at the White House are fundamentally public in nature, and should be documented for the public by independent news organizations, not solely by the White House Press Office. The journalistic community feels so strongly about this that 38 news organizations, including Gannett, have sent a letter of formal protest to the White House.
The mainstream media has too-often buckled under the weight of the Obama Administration who threatens, coerces, bribes and obstructs in order to keep a stranglehold on the narratives the public hears about their government. The Obama Administration has sought to shape public perception in a manner reminiscent of the USSR’s politburo and though this principled stance from the USA Today comes late in the game, it is, as they say, better late than never.
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  1. Obama needs to grow up and become a man. Take a tip from Roosevelt.

    “The President is merely the most important among a large number of public
    servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is
    warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency
    in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the Nation as a
    whole. Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile. To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else.”
    “Roosevelt in the Kansas City Star”, May 7, 1918

    1. Never. They all have their heads buried in his butt all the way up to the trachea. And all of them are just as evil and corrupt as he is.

    2. they wont get ride of him because he is black, the real truth , if it was a white man he would be gone already. look at bush.

    3. That’s part of it but I think the real reason is that they’re all just as much of a Communist at heart as he is.

    4. they won’t get rid of him because they are afraid of him and the riots that his blind followers will create

    5. He is black/white it is time we call him what he is. Bias is not right we shouldn’t ridicule him and call him black his white half is just as incompetent as his black.

    6. you mean those same riots that were supposed to happen when the food stamps were cut…I think we can quell the riots and not use that as a reason not to impeach him. the riots will do less damage than he is doing to the country. stop being afraid and speak out.

    7. From what I understand, the House can impeach Obama, but the Senate has to go thru their own procedure to ratify the impeachment, for him to actually removed from office. Until the republicans take the Senate back in 2014 (hopefully) that will never happen.

    8. Take the senate if there is no voter fraud. The Republicans just did not even bother with the massive voter fraud going on in this country. They better get going now to make sure it isn’t easy to commit voter fraud. But as long as they are getting a paycheck.It is no big deal. I am fed up.

    9. When we take control of the Senate. 1st piece of business is to fully repeal Obamacare. 2nd piece of business will be impeachment. Once he is replaced we will begin criminal proceedings.

    10. If conservatives take over the Senate and the House and have complete control of these two houses, they can be gone.

    11. hatchets, pitch forks and blunt instruments, especially blunt instruments, should be the preferred method.

    12. He is not a man and will never be a man, because he has never grown up, thanks to the way he was reared, and he does not know responsibility. I dont think he has ever been accountable for anything bad he has done in his life. He has just run I imagine.

    13. Thanks Nick, for this quote. Perfectly apropos, making it all the more evident that this president does not, and cannot, stand shoulder to shoulder with any of his predecessors; no, not even Carter.

    14. the mainstream media has surely never read this!!!! They can be held responsible for covering up for him and letting this fraud become president. had they done their job, the country would not be on the edge of destruction.

    1. So much for transparency! Lies and coverups! That is all this POTUS knows…They are just afraid a picture or something will be overheard will be get out….and it should if they are doing things wrong.

    2. His leaning back in the oval office chair, his shoes (a symbol of disdain to an Islamic) propped up, defacing and forever marring and scratching the US Citizens Historic furniture? The images are already in circulation. Now for the ‘Main Stream Media’ to release them. That will be ‘Change we can believe in’.

    1. Let’s see, Hilter went nuts and had quarantined himself up in his mountain home. Mussolini the same, Mao, do we really have to spell it out for you? This is the first time in history that no American citizens were aloud to tour the White House, now, no press, can’t you see that he is starting to get paranoid?

    1. Yes, but if they all stick together, NBC will be on it’s own, and stick out like a sore thumb!! Isn’t that great?

  2. This is a good start… when is the press going to ban together to investigate all the “scandals” coming out of this Administration and take an interest in his past demanding his college transcripts be released, his medical info, his overreach with the over 900 Executive Orders and the purging of the military and on and on there is so much here that the press could influence.

    1. Drawn and quartered would be more appropriate! Then the people will see that no one better try this again!

    2. Geee! They ain’t never DONE that before on the White House lawn. Put me down for three tickets (three bus loads that is)

    3. his college transcripts are on file in the Georgia Supreme court along with all of the evidence that proves that “Obama” is a fraud. I am going to pull the entire case so that I can see it for myself.

    4. The big fraud is Not to be a “Natural Born” in order to fulfill the USA Constitution Section ll part 5. therefore he is a ILLEGAL USA Pte.

  3. well, welcome to the party USA Today. While the rest of us knew what a phuck-wad Obama was, you continued to reside in his back pocket, until you finally saw the light.

  4. IMPEACH the SOB. lets not wait till his term is up. that defeats the point and makes it look like he wasn’t bad enough to kick outl

    1. Impeachment won’t work – the house and reid would have to do yhat and t hey won’t. The people can call a grand jury or military can arrest for treason but not impeachment

    2. By the time he is done with us in 3 more yrs, their will be nothing left of this country to kick him out of! Look how much damage he has cost us in just the last yr.

  5. i think this is supposed to be the peoples white house and, we are supposed to have freedom of the press. maybe it’s time the people evicted the tyrant ! Maybe the press should push this issue !


  7. If Adolf Hitler had a son, he would look like obama, sound like obama and behave like obama. The birth of the 4th Reich is at hand.

    1. Just imagine DHS and IRS as his versions of the Waffen SS or his brown shirts(only this time they’re blue).

  8. “accused the administration of operating similarly to the USSR in maintaining an inappropriate, government-approved media.” “The Obama Administration has sought to shape public perception in a manner reminiscent of the USSR’s politburo.” Wow, is this new to the main stream media? Haa, they have been the Obamas Political Communists hoars since the very beginning..!!! Ahh yes, I do think it is alittle late to realize this! They could start being for the people, instead of the Monarchy. Their job is to tell us the REAL HONEST NEWS, not some contrived and staged pictures and reports to make jerko a Saint, which he is certainly NOT! Seems weird it took them so long to figure out what we the people have known from the start!

  9. Unrelenting secrecy = impending tyranny. Obama & Co. need to be gone as soon as possible. We have a right to know what is going on in the Peoples House. Obama is only a temporary resident. The business of government concerns all of us and IS our business.

  10. Energy, guns, tours of the White House, healthcare, making closed door deals with terrorists (Iran), now the media can every body say Heil Barry.

  11. GOD BLESS you & the other Excecutives, we are a free people & free press. Our President has never been forthright with anything about himself which draws attention to the fact of Truth of himself, he causes division. His statement to the Nation this past friday showed to me that he wants to be a Supreme leader & takes no responsibility for his actions “period”. He has lied to the American people & arrogantly goes on like it does not matter, he is playing right along with Oprah Winfrey by playing the race card where some or most will say you are racist if you disagree with him. I am a disabled American & I fall into the poor classification & a former Democrat, I vote on Biblical principles. May GOD forgive us as a Nation for our sins !!!

  12. Mr. Obama must have decided there are too many pictures of him with his feet on the furniture in the White House.

  13. too little…too late. I’d like to see this escalate instead of turning in to one more ‘moment of pique’ only to be dismissed down the road.

  14. if only all the press would ban together and print only all the lies that this man has done
    his false empire would crumble tomorow can you not see
    he is treating you just like he treats the military
    when he feels that you are no longer usefull to him
    from what i see here it is coming
    sooner than later

  15. Obama’s definition of transparency is not the same as mine.Unfortunately all news rags knowingly allowed this man to grab the power he has…IT IS TOO LITTLE TOO LATE!!!!

  16. I think people are FINALLY waking up….get the pitch forks man….keep your guns loaded, this administration is downright creepy scarey.

  17. Obama, America’s first dictator. Obama is tearing this country down, little at a time. If you don’t have guns and ammo, buy them now. Guns will be banned prior to 2016.

    1. The last manufacturer of lead, Doe Run, is now going out of business. Americans will have to use something else in their ammo.

  18. Now these news media’s see what is the reality of the enemy sitting in our wh? Most of these news media sources have done nothing but attempt to cover the criminal in chiefs criminal activities and now they have a problem with the thug?

  19. msm just announced the honeymoon is over? Oh right, he has many wives who are still willing to take the abuse and shutup. Isn’t that right ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC?!

  20. He is a shanm. They dont want pictures taken of him looking surprised and depressed because obamacare is rolling over him and flattening him down. He will go down with obamacare around his head as an albatross of the most inept and disgraced, illegal president in america’s history!!!

  21. Who saw this coming? It shows that they eat their own kind, and the lapdogs are fighting and are really mad. This is what happens when a person with no experience (don’t count fund raising, please) at any kind of job. Now the guy is power hungry as well.

  22. Not surprising that NBC/MSNBC did not sign the letter of protest. But then again, they ARE Obama’s propaganda machine which makes them the lowest rated talking-heads.

  23. Sorry media… YOU got us into this mess by not doing your job prior to the 2008 election. You have dishonored your profession and committed a great disservice to this once great country! SHAME on YOU.

  24. LOLLLLLL, puh-leeze. Wipe the brown off your noses and the tears from your eyes. You’re recovering from methane intoxication caused from perpetually kissing Obama’s backside.
    Did you expect thanks? Respect?
    You got exactly what you deserved when you stopped being journalists and became loyal toadies, forever ready to glorify, cover up for, and protect your glorious leader.
    Better late than never? For all the destruction Obama is doing to this country, with the help of the MSM, I fail to see where late is any better than never.

    1. The MSM makes me think of the rich widow who suddenly realizes the smooth talking skunk just ran off with her life savings!
      Better late than never, right?

  25. Why bother…all you get is a fake picture of a fake president…pretending to do some work…right….with one single piece of paper on that desk…

  26. If he were more open about what he was doing, he wouldn’t have invoked the wrath of the liberal media, who is simply trying to do the job the American People trust them to do which is to give us a picture of what our government is doing. When government feels that it needs to cover it’s dealings up and feed “propaganda” to the media which will in turn be fed to the masses who watch, then what they’re doing is meant to be harmful to the country. Way to go, USA Today for saying, “Enough with this bullshit!” to the Obama Administration and thank you to our many mass-media outlets for standing up for your rights as journalists and for our rights as viewers to a transparent and accountable government.

  27. There hasn’t been a good cookout at the White House since August 24 1812. thanks the British. I think that we are due for another one.

  28. Well, well, well. He’s now after the liberal media. He doesn’t need any of you any more. You all are getting kicked under the bus. Great job for the last 5 1/2 years. It’s good for you liberal sorry bastards. He’s been after Fox for years.

  29. He has been slapping you in the face and yelling “mosquito” for years now and you thought He was protecting of you. It is starting to dawn on you that none of the smirking administration personnel are under attack by mosquitos …wait it isn’t even mosquito season…Something wrong here and NOT only that ,but my “Ox” is being gored . Is it now starting to dawn on the MSM
    , that no one is safe around a mad dog , anyone is subject to being
    bitten. If you don’t use it you lose it…and you have lost your credibility thru your unmitigated bias. I don’t know if you will ever regain any semblance
    of trust of the people. There is a decades old joke that “Military Intelligence” is an Oxymoron . I have coined a new Oxymoron to which Mil Intel cannot hold a
    candle… i.e. “ Journalistic integrity”

  30. Will the lame stream media ever get their heads out of O’s a$$ & start reporting the real facts about Obummer? Nope. They have already been threatened, bullied, & phone tapped. They almost got mad, but then they got over it. Now, they are just distancing themselves from Obama just enough to still be able to say they were not part of all the scandals.

  31. Look at all of the desperate, slavering lap dogs who are cowing to the dictator’s whims and only taking pictures when, where and how they are allowed to! Are ANY of those photos worth looking at? Not on your life!!! Not a one of them deserve to be called photojournalists because they have forgotten the meaning of the First Amendment. Bravo to the USA staff and others for taking a stand against this tyranny and may they have the backbone to continue to do so or they will forever lose the freedom of speech so long held dear in this great nation. Once our Constitutional rights have been taken away by a totalitarian government and the Rule of Law no longer stands for all citizens, this nation will cease to exist as a free nation and we are very close to that point now. The press/media will be to blame for much of what has happened.

  32. I get sick of seeing monkey man’s face in the news all the time or on TV or in magazines. I am just sick of him and his ape lady and wish the elected idiots would do their job and impeach him but they are weak.

  33. Almost everything he said was a lie. But I knew that from the beginning of his presidency. All people and the press had to do was research him when he first started talking about the presidential run. The liberal press completely ignored his past and what he has done in the last 5 years. They almost bowed in his presence. Well he three them under the bus just like everyone else. That office does not belong to him. It belongs to the people. Someone please tell him that.. Or are they afraid that the IRS may send out the word to deny them certain medical care. That is what is going to happen. Sounds far fetched? I never thought the IRS would target conservatives and deny them tax status. But then when he was first elected he went after businesses that did not support him also. Nothing is beneath this man.

  34. Here is what I have found on “Beforeit’sNews:” Under the NDAA 2012, the US Military can arrest President Obama because not only he is connected to well known terrorist groups in the past and present, Obama is not an enemy combatant. He is a real domestic enemy. He is a clear and present danger to the world.”
    Also, he is giving aid and comfort to our enemies.

  35. We don’t have a man running our country we have a man child. Obama in the past five years have never owned up to anything. Now that people besides Fox News are starting. To ask serious questions President Cry Baby thinks. He can tells the media what they can or can not publish.

    The only person he’s hurting is himself and his party. Without the media’s support even low informed voters. Will vote against democrats in the upcoming elections. Regardless what Obama does these next 3 years. His legacy will be that he is a corrupt two term failure. All the more reason for us to fight back in 2014 & 2016. To elect real leaders to get our country back on the right track.

  36. Let’s face it folks, he will always be remembered as the president who “picks his nose like a child” The photo is priceless

  37. Hoping that this man will somehow eventually see the light is a pipedream. His past shows that he never had contact with, much less been immersed in, a genuine American atmosphere. His hippy mother, Socialist grandparents and Communist tutor, not to mention his raving and drunken father, formed his mindset as a child. We have to all isolate his thinking by removing his supporters in the Congress in 2014 and 16. He is perfectly representative of current thought from the Left. If we do not, the next administration will be the same song, second verse.

  38. OK, finally someone within the socialist lame stream media takes a stance. I guess now they want a good old boy slap on the back? I believe they deserve an openhand slap across the face for the last 5 years of their disinformation and propaganda dished out to the Citizens of The United States!

  39. We are seeing what a dictator looks like in every respect. His changing the healthcare law with provisions too certain groups, changing dates for the mandates all without going through congress as required by law. His not allowing photos at events. Changing the rules in the Senate, His use of executive orders in areas where he can’t get congress to act. Lies to get healthcare law passed. Lied to get elected. Lied to get re-elected. And on top of all this knows absolutely nothing about the scandals that have happened in his administration, (Obama: I learned about them on the news) Benghazi, the IRS targeting conservative groups, DOJ spying on journalists, NSA spying, etc, etc.
    This man is the most dangerous President we have ever had, his design is to ruin the country.

  40. I am 67 years old and I can not remember ANY President that has NEVER taken the blame for ANYTHING. Even the so-called apology for the “If you like your plan you can keep it” statement. He never apologized. All he said was that he was sorry that people interpreted his statement wrong.

  41. Powers and principalities, powers and principalities, these are what are readying themselves for the great reveal. When Jesus returns and they run in fear. They hope to control the media and blind the people so they might be deceived. Pray for our leaders that they fight against the evils that deceive and return control of our nation to the people. Amen!

  42. “Formal letter of protest” will have same effect, Comrades, as whining of litter of kittens in cardboard box. Comrade Premier Obama has said, “You will have access we grant”, da?

  43. Disgusting, what he and his gang of buddies are doing to this country. It’s about TIME the American business, people and most of all media stand up against his evil ways!!!

    1. I’m supposing you won;t see NBC or its affiliates doing anything other than licking Obama’s boots since the CEO of GE, NBC’s parent company is Obama’s “jobs czar”. That’s Jeff Imelt who by the way presided over the outsourcing of 25,000 USA GE jobs to India and China over the last 5 years. Also in 2011 GE made $4 billion in profits and paid $0 , zip, nada, not one dam cent in US taxes.

  44. About time the press stepped up to the plate! This administration has been censoring news reports for way too long and gee, photos, too… who would have ever thought!

  45. This is BS! MSM gets paid big money to pass Obama’s propaganda.. ask Amber Lyon. This is nothing but a ploy to pass the buck and downplay the successful March Against Main Stream Media. You can eat grass MSM; some of us are not sheep!

  46. Hope they just publish cartoon pictures of Alfred E Neuman with every Obama Newstory!!
    But hang on to your hats, folks!! The DOJ and the IRS will probably RAID USA TODAY’s offices and put them out of business!!!

  47. And we have three more years of this $hit!?! I don’t know about you but I don’t think our country has three more years!! He is destroying us – while we all sit on our a$$e$ and do nothing!!

  48. It is past due that the system has let liars that run this site. When people in charge rule the roost things always get ugly.

  49. Halleluiah!!! (not sure how to spell it but I’m shouting it) Finally the press is starting to wake up. I just hope it’s not too little too late. It is a little spooky (most things about this administration are ) how nonchalant Obama seems to be through all this. Like he knows something about what the rest of us rubes have coming… is it just me?

  50. I, for one, am tired of looking at his face and hearing his voice or anything about him every time I turn on the news. I would be VERY happy if I never heard or saw the lying Marxist S.O.B. again. Then again, maybe his eulogy would be acceptable.