Transparent President Shows up at Off-the-Record meeting with Press Corps
President Obama held a surprise secret meeting with several reporters at the White House on Monday, as he seeks to placate the press over a series of recent scandals.
The briefing had originally been listed as a briefing by White House Chief of Staff, Denis McDonough.
The Obama Administration has been criticized in the past week after details of the NSA’s surveillance were leaked.
The revelations come after reports of the Department Justice collecting Associated Press phone records, and the IRS allegedly targeting right-wing groups.
About 24 reporters attended the meeting, where they were given direct access to the President as he discussed his thoughts on recent events – although they were not able to report what was said.
When the Justice Department had attempted to hold a similar briefing in the wake of the revelation that it had collected phone records from Associated Press reporters, several news publications protested, and the New York Times refused publicly to attend.