Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer on Monday characterized the press’ outrage over being denied access to Obama’s golf game with Tiger Woods as a giant “non-story.”
“If the guy wants to play golf, the guy deserves a couple of days off,” the noted author told Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly.
Krauthammer also mocked the White House press corps for issuing a statement criticizing the Obama administration for its “lack of transparency” — over a golf game.
“He wants privacy? Big deal. This is the biggest non-story that the media have created since the Kardashian weddings.”
For whatever reason, O’Reilly asked Krauthammer if Woods’ “dubious” history explained some of the press’ outrage.
“I don’t think Obama’s out there with Tiger receiving marital advice. I think he’s receiving advice on how to line up a putt,” Krauthammer answered.
Still, according to Fox’s chief White House correspondent Ed Henry, the kerfuffle over being excluded from the president’s foursome is about much more than being denied access to a celebrity golf match.
“This is a fight for more access, period,” Henry told POLITICO Monday. “I’ve heard all kinds of critics saying the White House press corps is whining about a golf game and violating the president’s privacy. Nothing could be further from the truth.”
“We’re not interested in violating the president’s privacy. He’s entitled to vacations like everyone else. All we’re asking for is a brief exception, quick access, a quick photo-op on the 18th green,” he added. “It’s not about golf — it’s about transparency and access in a broader sense.”
“There is a very simple but important principle we will continue to fight for today and in the days ahead: transparency,” said Henry.
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