From Politico‘s story today on the increasingly distant relationship between President Obama and the national press:
Conservatives assume a cozy relationship between this White House and the reporters who cover it. Wrong. Many reporters find Obama himself strangely fearful of talking with them and often aloof and cocky when he does. They find his staff needlessly stingy with information and thin-skinned about any tough coverage. He gets more-favorable-than-not coverage because many staffers are fearful of talking to reporters, even anonymously, and some reporters inevitably worry access or the chance of a presidential interview will decrease if they get in the face of this White House. …
While White House officials deny it is intentional, this administration —like its predecessors — does some good old-fashioned bullying of reporters: making clear there will be no interviews, or even questions at press conferences, if aides are displeased with their coverage.
On Sunday evening the White House Correspondents’ Association released a statement that many of its members were upset with the lack of access they had to Obama during his Florida vacation over the weekend. The next day… on the way back to Washington, Obama chatted with pool reporters for 10 minutes while aboard Air Force One. The chat was off the record, according to the White House pool report by the Washington Post’s Scott Wilson.