Oh. And I particularly love this bit of completely BS grandstanding:
White House Correspondents Association wrote:
"The WHCA board is protesting strongly against how today's gaggle is being handled by the White House," it said in a statement. "We encourage the organizations that were allowed in to share the material with others in the press corps who were not. The board will be discussing this further with White House staff."
Let's just pause to recognize how utterly false and deliberately misleading this is. The implication one gets from this is that since many media outlets were excluded from the gaggle, they have no access to what was said inside, and thus the need to put out a plea for those in attendance to pass along what was said and heard to the rest of the press corps.
Here's the problem with that (and why it's intentionally misleading). As I've mentioned a couple of times already, the press pool was invited to the gaggle. The press pool is selected by the WHCA (the same organization making this statement). The press pool exists specifically to cover events where the size of the room/venue/whatever isn't large enough for the entire press corps to attend (like, say a meeting in the Press Secretary's office). To be selected as a member of the press pool, you must be a member of the press corp and agree to pass along any information, recordings, video, etc obtained at the event for the free use by all other media members in the press corp
. That's the entire point of the press pool. It's to ensure that every member of the corp can print a quote, or use a video or audio taken at any event, even if they could not personally attend due to space issues. They are basically the chosen representatives of the entire press corps. Hence why I've repeatedly stated that as long as the pool reporters are present, there can be no "exclusion". Everyone in the entire press corps has access to and use of everything that happens in the presence of the press pool. That's how the system works.
Calling on those who attended to share the material with the others in the press corp is a completely unnecessary and redundant request. The pool was in the room. They're already required to do this, and have already agreed to do this. The only reason to make this statement, isn't to actually try to get access to what was said in the gaggle, but to mislead the public into thinking that they didn't already have that access and had to make some kind of special request to get it. Which in turn helps to perpetuate the false belief that anything at all unusual or wrong has occurred.
Which, you know, just kinda takes the cake here. Now if it were some random bloggers (or posters on a forum board) out there ignorantly demanding this, so that the "free media" has access to what was said in the gaggle, you could excuse it. They're just ignorant of the process. But this came directly from the WHCA board. A group of people who know very well how the press pool system works. They're the ones who developed it, and the ones who manage it, and the ones who select those who are in it. They can't claim ignorance. So we must conclude that this is a very deliberate bit of misinformation. Which yeah... Just doubles down on fake news.
Pretty darn indefensible IMO. But maybe I'm wrong. Anyone care to defend this statement by the WHCA? I'd love to hear it. For the lulz if nothing else.