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Reality Show President: An Exposé on the Battle Between the Press and White House

Since late 2013, the White House and the White House Press Corps have clashed several times over. We’ve covered this briefly in the past, but if you’re still not sure what’s going on, how it came to be and why exactly members of the press have gone so far as to call the administration’s policies regarding press access “Orwellian,” this exposé by ReasonTV may help clear things up for you.

Whatever side of this argument you fall on, and regardless of your political affiliations, the 12 minute video is fascinating. It takes a look at the history of presidential photography (and its censorship), explains why the Obama administration was so keen on controlling the president’s image when he first came into office, and pinpoints the moment when the press finally said enough is enough.

Check it out for yourself at the top, and once you do, let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.

(via Bag News Notes)


 
  • Jay Rider

    Yay! Politics! This will end well. Politics and comment sections always do.

  • keithemmerich.com

    People are always unbiased and never take any sort of religious, political or racial comments. I’m sure this will all be clean great talking points.

  • Burnin Biomass

    ReasonTV… no thank you.

  • Todd Krainin

    In putting this video together, I hoped to spark a discussion by presenting the information in a critical, but non-partisan way. Photographic propaganda is nothing new in American history – although, as the video shows, this president is uniquely skilled at it. What’s missing, I think, is a wider sense of public discussion about this new threat to our free press, and greater concern about our increasingly unaccountable political leadership.

  • OtterMatt

    It’s a two-way street, really. The President tries to suppress information from getting to the press, and in response, the media generally doesn’t give a crap. This administration’s best weapon is apathy, not secrecy.

  • independentskeptic

    That’s the kind of open mindedness to facts that signal quality citizenship.

  • Burnin Biomass

    “It pays to keep an open mind, but not so open your brains fall out.”
    ― Carl Sagan

  • keithemmerich.com

    To me it shows how skilled and planned an advertisement plan has to be. The photographs are amazing and it shows how the “media” is changing. Great job putting this together!

  • independentskeptic

    Looking at data = brains falling out?

  • Burnin Biomass

    Looking at data skewed thru a right wing libertarian think tank partially funded by the Koch Brothers = Brains falling out.

  • independentskeptic

    What facts do they have wrong? No snark. If you believe they’re wrong, just state where.

  • Burnin Biomass

    I said, no thank you. I considered the source, and dismissed it outright. Show me the information thru a creditable source, I’ll look at it. No thanks to ReasonTV. Just like I’d reject it if it were the Center for American Progress talking about President Bush’s photo habits, or Infowars talking about… well, anything.

  • independentskeptic

    Google is your friend.

  • Jim Johnson

    Personally, I think the over-reliance on imagery to tell the story is part of the dumbing down of news. I just wish news organizations would focus more on in-depth reporting and stop whining about what pictures they can get (presumably to get more clicks/attention)

    And this is coming from a photographer.

  • http://www.toddklassy.com/ Todd Klassy

    “It takes a look at the history of presidential photography…from the 1950s and 60s when the press was challenged the President and was largely unbiased to the current unabashed love affair today’s press has with President Obama.”

  • Bill

    I agree burnin biomess, I think, as a country we should go back to the way it was regarding the “press.” Partisan to the hilt, like you I judged the source, mother jones, I wouldn’t believe anything those asswipes “reported” because of who endows that claptrap. After all the oldest journalism school in America is only a little over one hundred years old

  • keithemmerich.com

    Pictures sell a story…period.

    People don’t usually trust what the writer is writing…hell even when a reporter speaks a story people don’t believe it. Add a photograph and WOW its all of a sudden 100% trustworthy.

    People seem to trust News Pictures as they are not supposed to be manipulated. Though using composition and adding light can be a masterful way to manipulate.

    I love Pete’s pictures they are amazing and he is a master at his craft. He does not fall under any news rules regarding manipulation. It is what it is…the White House photo staff is and always has been an advertising role.

    The media now has limited access and the need to sell advertising they are choosing to release White House controlled images. Yes they need “likes” and they have to sell advertising otherwise we won’t have a media…every generation of media needs to make money.

    I applaud the News for trying to open the doors and take pictures. Every image we see should not be from the White House advertising agency.

  • PeterTx52

    excellent video hope it goes viral. too bad it took the press 6 years to wake up to reality

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  • superduckz

    I know right. Because THAT’S why I come to a photography site. So I can read about the relationship between the press corps and the President. I sure don’t come here for the chance to escape all that BS. eyeroll

  • superduckz

    What you don’t know about Reason Magazine is a LOT! If pro gay marriage, pro drug legalization, pro privacy protections, more open immigration, balanced budget is “right wing” then you have your definitions all messed up.

  • Burnin Biomass

    LOL, if you think The Reason Foundation isn’t right wing just because of a couple of issues, you need to read some more.

  • Burnin Biomass

    Exactly Bill, except the press is a free for all right now. Knowing if they are a propaganda front for a think tank helps you get thru the BS.

  • Burnin Biomass

    Googling a topic instead of getting one slanted view? NOW you are thinking independent! :)

  • Todd Krainin

    Where does that above quote come from? It doesn’t turn up on a Google search.

  • superduckz

    Define “Propaganda Front” as I’m struggling to think of a single prominent voice of source of media (regardless of position) that does not have an agenda or is not owned by a larger corporation. PBS, Reason, Fox news, the federal government, environmentalists, pro/anti abortion,drug legalization, gay marriage, etc etc ad infinitum… you point of view is seriously diluted in this environment. Unless your point is that it’s NOT corrupt because YOU agree with the particular cause/position/slant. which is fine with me. Just don’t pretend you walk with the angles because by your definition you don’t.

  • superduckz

    Because people have short attention spa… hey look a squirrel!

  • superduckz

    You have a serious problem with words and their definitions.

  • http://www.toddklassy.com/ Todd Klassy

    Me.

  • Burnin Biomass

    No, there is real press with slanted views, but Reason isn’t press, its just propaganda for Reason Foundation. Its there to advance a position, not report on all news.

  • Wuz nt Me

    So you are just a crusader against the Reason foundation? So what? Trying to make yourself feel big by bashing a source when you can’t offer anything helpful in return. Tell us oh great one where you found the truth and why your sources aren’t just as laughable as the Reason Foundation.

    You won’t. You will just try to belittle me and accomplish nothing.

  • Burnin Biomass

    I dont feel big, I just am educated to reason’s Right wing Libertarian propaganda, and am uninterested. They tell you they are a Libertarian think tank on their website. No amount of websites I put up will change what Reason Foundation, reason Mag, and Reason TV are.

  • Brent Busch

    The most transparent administration ever!