August 16, 2010 by USA Post
While Obama and daughter Sasha took a bath in the waters near Panama City Beach this past weekend, led the White House press photographers in a hotel, Jeremy New York Times reports’ W. Peters.
The White House gave the media a photo taken by a White House photographer.
Peters The New York Times reports:
But photographers and reporters traveling with the president over the weekend were angry to learn that they had been excluded from documentation swimming Obama, who had become a politicized issue by the BP oil spill. By opting into the water, the president was making a symbolic gesture that the waters of the Gulf of Mexico were in fact safe for recreational use.
(Note: Lizard Point Obama actually swimming in the bay of San Andrés, not the Gulf. Holders Many reported that the event took place in the Gulf. The distinction has led to accusations of cheating and debate about whether swimming been the object symbolism. See the links at the bottom of this article.)
Peters’s article follows:
use the office of White House press photo from Flickr as a substitute for photos taken by the press has become a touchy subject among photographers assigned by their news organizations must cover the president. The photographers have complained that the White House too often distributes its own photos of presidential events, while not allowing news photographers to attend.
For photographers, a photo taken by the White House is similar to the reprinting of a press release, and many news organizations refuse to use such photos. The Associated Press does not distribute the photo of the president’s swim Saturday. An AP spokesman Paul Colford said that generally, the service “is not distributed a booklet of photos when we could so easily have taken the picture.”
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