Friday, April 29, 2011

So Much for Embracing "New Media"

As you may know, one of my big complaints with the GOP is that they haven't utilized 'new media' the way the Democrats have. Specifically the Obama administration that seemed to embrace both Twitter, YouTube and Facebook. (He and I have the same phone...)

But now it seems that relationship with new media might be one sided --and the administration only embraces it when they can control it...

"The hip, transparent and social media-loving Obama administration is showing its analog roots. And maybe even some hypocrisy highlights.

White House officials have banished one of the best political reporters in the country from the approved pool of journalists covering presidential visits to the Bay Area for using now-standard multimedia tools to gather the news.

The Chronicle's Carla Marinucci - who, like many contemporary reporters, has a phone with video capabilities on her at all times - pulled out a small video camera last week and shot some protesters interrupting an Obama fundraiser at the St. Regis Hotel.

She was part of a "print pool" - a limited number of journalists at an event who represent their bigger hoard colleagues - which White House press officials still refer to quaintly as "pen and pad" reporting.

But that's a pretty Flintstones concept of journalism for an administration that presents itself as the Jetsons. Video is every bit a part of any journalist's tool kit these days as a functioning pen that doesn't leak through your pocket..." (Read the whole story)

I do hope the next GOP candidate (not Huckabee or Romney btw) uses the not-so-new-anymore media to its fullest capacity...

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