WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama wants to address growing media protests about limited access to his events, including restricted coverage of his trip to South Africa with former President George W. Bush.
News organizations have recently complained about restrictions that limit taking pictures and video of Obama performing official duties. The White House releases pictures taken by the president's staff, some of which are sent directly to the Internet.
The government this week released photos from Obama's trip to South Africa for former President Nelson Mandela's memorial service. The package included pictures of Obama and Bush traveling on Air Force One along with their wives and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. News photographers on board were not allowed to take pictures of the historic flight.
White House press secretary Jay Carney acknowledged during a briefing today that here have been times when the White House could have provided more access. Carney says he's been meeting with representatives of the White House Correspondents' Association on the issue.