Is it time to disband the White House press corps?

The reporters assigned to follow President Obama are frustrated, and they're not the only ones

The White House press corps preps to pepper President Obama with questions on Feb. 5.
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It was probably, in retrospect, bad timing for Politico to publish a long article complaining about the Obama administration's ill treatment of the White House press corps on the same day the White House press corps, with lots of help from Politico, was complaining bitterly about not getting a photo-op of Obama and Tiger Woods golfing together in Florida last weekend. The big golf grievance successfully "kicked off a kind of debate about the Obama administration's atrocious record of letting the press corps talk to the president," raging "from the pages of Politico to... well, to the pages of Politico," says David Weigel at Slate. But as, um, Politico's Dylan Byers explains:

It started as a plea for transparency; it's ending up as a public relations disaster. When the White House press corps made its plea for greater access to President Obama, they were hoping to force the administration to cooperate on an issue that has frustrated them since the earliest days of Obama's presidency. But by choosing to raise their voices over a golfing vacation — rather than, say, a foreign or domestic policy issue — the press corps may have blown its chances for public sympathy, and even damaged its own reputation. [Politico]

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