Is the White House Press Corps Really Necessary?

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Veteran White House reporters say the vague promise that the president will take questions in the briefing room has become all too common. But that moment seldom comes, and social media has made it easier than ever for presidents to master the art of avoiding reporters and controlling the message. With the latest White House Correspondents' Dinner scheduled for this weekend, what are the consequences for democracy when spin trumps journalism?

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President Obama addresses the press, November 3, 2010
Official White House photo by Pete Souza

Credits

Guests:
Peter Baker - New York Times - @peterbakernyt, Patrick Sloyan - Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, David Greenberg - Rutgers University - @republicofspin, Katie Zezima - Washington Post - @katiezez

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Paul von Zielbauer, Evan George, Katie Cooper