SF Chronicle: Obama White House Lying about threats it made to Reporter
Update: In a pants-on-fire moment, the White House press office today denied anyone there had issued threats to remove Carla Marinucci and possibly other Hearst reporters from the press pool covering the President in the Bay Area.
Chronicle editor Ward Bushee called the press office on its fib:
Sadly, we expected the White House to respond in this manner based on our experiences yesterday. It is not a truthful response. It follows a day of off-the-record exchanges with key people in the White House communications office who told us they would remove our reporter, then threatened retaliation to Chronicle and Hearst reporters if we reported on the ban, and then recanted to say our reporter might not be removed after all.
The Chronicle's report is accurate. . . .
As of about 1 PM today, there has been virtually no news coverage of this event from Friday. The SF Chronicle caught the Obama administration in a lie, but the rest of the media has ignored it.
Even more telling is how the few media outlets who have covered it have done so. I searched under "San Francisco Chronicle "White House" Reporter threats AND lie OR "not a truthful" OR "pants-on-fire moment"," and got only seven news stories.