"Speaking on behalf of the White House Correspondents Association, I can say a broad cross section of our members from print, radio, online and TV have today expressed extreme frustration to me about having absolutely no access to the President of the United States this entire weekend. There is a very simple but important principle we will continue to fight for today and in the days ahead: transparency."We like Barbara Morrill's rejoinder:
"It's nice to see that the media—that slept through the lead-up to the war in Iraq, that cheerfully pretended the tea party was a grassroots uprising, that breathlessly reported on birth certificates and death panels, all while pretending that the Republican party hadn't spent the last four years obstructing any and all legislation put forward by President Obama—are finally fighting for a principle. Because knowing that the president three-putted on nine will allow us all to sleep better at night. "Not to mention "both sides do it," deficit/ austerity granny-starving ("pain for thee, tax breaks for me"), and the endless attraction to shiny objects rather than substance. "Principle?" These clowns wouldn't recognize a principle if it caromed off their empty, self-absorbed heads like an errant nine-iron shot.
BONUS I: More proof, if any is needed, that we need a new press corps.
BONUS II: Here's Stephen Colbert's take on Mr. Henry's Fox "News," home of principled journamalists: