Some members of the White House Press Corps, who have largely given President Obama favorable coverage during his nearly three years in office, are bristling at the communications that press secretary Jay Carney and his staff are sending them.
According to The Washington Post some of the emails from the press office are dubbed “nastygrams” and show just how little tolerance the White House has for criticism from a press that they feel should roll over and play dead for the administration’s policies.
In one email White House press secretary Jay Carney called veteran reporter Julie Mason’s stories “partisan, inflammatory and tendentious.” She also received an email from National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor, who reacted to comments that Mason made on television. The email insinuated that she was whining by including an animated picture of a crying mime.
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- “Nastygrams” – Journalists: White House press office has become overly combative (nextlevelofnews.com)