Seems the matter was reviewed and the White House decided today that it would nix the policy of staged photos for the Press. For a minute there I though the AP was going to take a stand. The White House did it for them. Interesting enough, we are on the White House Press list, we did not get the “Memo” on the new Policy.
The President will no longer stage speech reenactments for still photographers, the White House decided today.
People were not pleased to hear that the photos of President Obama announcing Osama bin Laden’s death were actually taken after his original speech. The reenactment, a long-held White House tradition aimed at avoiding distracting the speaking president with noisy cameras, caused an unexpected furor last week when the Poynter Institute discovered that, despite AP and other news organizations printing captions to the photos that clarify they were taken after the announcement, 30 out of 50 front pages “used an AP, Reuters or Getty photo, credited appropriately, with a caption that implied or strongly suggested it was an image of the live address.” Poynter’s Al Tompkins, who conducted this research, argued last week that “It is time for this kind of re-enactment to end. The White House should value truth and authenticity.”
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