- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

A new study from the Columbia Journalism Review concludes that the Obama administration isn’t living up to its vow to be the most transparent White House in history.

The study’s author, Susan Milligan, said the relationship between the president and the press is “more distant than it has been in a half-century” and that the White House makes reporters’ job “nearly impossible.”

“An exhaustive study of every official exchange Obama had with the press corps in 2014, supplemented by a review of daily press briefings and interviews with more than a dozen current and former correspondents and White House press secretaries, reveals a White House determined to conceal its workings from the press, and by extension, the public,” the study said.

“The media most responsible for covering the president and his inner sanctum are given little insight into how decisions are made or who influences those decisions, whether from inside or outside the White House,” the study continued.

The Columbia Journalism Review’s study was established in memory of former White House correspondent Helen Thomas.

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