Jay Carney: ‘No Reporters Have Been Banned’
WASHINGTON – White House press secretary Jay Carney pushed back Friday against a San Francisco Chronicle report that claimed the White House “threatened” to exclude the paper from having its reporter file print-pool reports at future Obama events in the Bay Area.
“The San Francisco Chronicle violated the coverage rules that they -– and every other media outlet –- agreed to as part of joining the press pool for that event,” Carney told The Huffington Post. “If they thought the rules were too restrictive they should have raised that at the beginning.”
“However,” Carney continued, “no reporters have been banned from covering future presidential events and the White House of course would have no problem including any reporter who follows the rules in pool-only events.”