Reider is among a string of editors and correspondents who have complained about the distance between the press and the Obama Administration. Since 2008, Obama has held only 107 Q&As with journalists, compared to George W. Bush’s 354.
One reason for this distance could be what Reider calls the “age of Twitter.” The White House is technologically savvy; with a following of 29 million on Twitter and an even larger following on Facebook, Reider says “the administration can get its message out on its own terms, bypassing the middlemen and women.”
He echoes the sentiments of Politico, who reported that the Obama White House is “extensively using government creation of content (photos of the president, videos of White House officials, blog posts written by Obama aides), which can then be instantly released to the masses through social media. They often include footage unavailable to the press.”
Newspapers and reporters are being left out of the equation, even such established publications like The New York Times and The Washington Post.