A new survey in Politico Magazine asked 60 members of the White House press corps varying in age and experience to share their thoughts on what life is really like within the Beltway for journalists. While the survey covers a lot of ground, the result of one question is garnering quite a bit of attention.
When asked “which White House do you consider more forthcoming with information for reporters: George W. Bush’s or Barack Obama’s,” 41% of journalists chose Bush, 5% chose Obama, 13% said “about the same,” and 41% said “not sure.”
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“Can you believe that,” Pat asked. “41 to 5 in the most transparent Administration in the history of America. ‘We're going to open this up.''We're tired of the closed-door dealings and the secrecy being perpetrated on the American people.' 'We're gonna be the most transparent in the history of the world.’”
In another question, White House reporters were asked whether they agree with New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson’s recent assessment that the Obama Administration is “the most secretive White House” she has ever covered. A plurality of 42% said they agreed with the “most secretive” statement, 20% disagreed, and 37% said they weren’t sure.
On the question of honesty, 50% of journalists said they have been lied to by a White House official.
“I think the other 50 just don't know it or won't admit it,” Pat surmised. “They've all been lied to by these guys. All of them. Come on. They lie every day. It's a pretty amazing survey because, you know, these are all people who are in the pocket of the Administration.”
Check out the Politico Magazine poll HERE.
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