In place of the on-the-record briefing that was rescheduled for 1:45 p.m. today, the White House held an off-the-record briefing on Benghazi. The on-the-record briefing has been pushed back a second time to 3:15 p.m.
The most open and transparent presidency in history just shut out the American people and offsite reporters (like Politisite) who receive their daily briefing via Video from the White House.
The White House held an off-the-record briefing with reporters on Friday afternoon to discuss recent revelations about the Benghazi investigation, sources familiar with the meeting tell POLITICO.
The meeting began around 12:45 p.m. and postponed the daily, on-the-record White House press briefing to 1:45 p.m. White House press secretary Jay Carney did not respond to a request for confirmation of the meeting.
The off-the-record session was announced to reporters in the wake of an ABC News report showing that White House and State Dept. officials were involved in revising the now-discredited CIA talking points about the attack on Benghazi.
Transparency: WH Holds Benghazi Briefing … Off-the-Record
The administration routinely exerts pressure on reporters it feels are not kind enough in their coverage. Reporters like Cheryl Attkisson of CBS News have felt the hand of their bosses for “wading dangerously close to advocacy” with regard to Benghazi. No doubt this “off-the-record” meeting was designed to get all the president’s horses and all the president’s men to put the Benghazi humpty dumpty together again.
White House Press Briefing Tweets
RT @journosnow: White House has now pushed the briefing to 3:15pm. Unbelievable.
— WhiteHousePressCorps (@whpresscorps) May 10, 2013
— Jared Rizzi (@JaredRizzi) May 10, 2013
Press briefing now moved to 3:15 pm. I guess for cooler heads to prevail.
— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan) May 10, 2013
Shorter Carney: "There was no attempt to cover up Benghazi. I clearly explained that in the off the record briefing w/ selected reporters."
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) May 10, 2013
Off-the-record Benghazi briefing is why today’s 1:45 briefing has yet to start. Carney should be prepared for some pissed reporters.
— Justin Snow (@JustinCSnow) May 10, 2013