Barack Obama in embarrassing leak as group of bloggers accuse White House of 'pimping' black vote
(Daily Mial) -- by Wil Longbottom --
The White House was embroiled in an embarrassing leak today after a group of black bloggers and journalists published details of an off-the-record policy briefing.
Members of the group accused the Obama administration of using them for political expediency and demanded the same level of access as other mainstream media.
One blog, Jack and Jill Politics, said: 'We essentially told the White House that we are not willing to be "pimped".
'Oh, we used better articulation, but it was direct and could not be taken out of context, misunderstood or ignored.'
Keli Goff, a blogger who writes for theloop21.com, said: 'I respect that the second half of the briefing was off the record, but I feel comfortable enough to say I think we made it clear that we want to be taken just as seriously and receive the same measure of access as the mainstream outlets already do.
'This was a good first date. Now let's see if there is some substance there going forward.'
The group, which included members of outlets like Essence and BET, were invited to the White House on Monday for policy briefings by the president's advisers.
The White House had included ground rules that the first part of the meeting was on background, but that the second was off-the-record entirely.
Clips of group meeting Barack Obama have been posted on blogging sites.
In them, the president stress the importance of using black media, especially blogs with large black followings...MORE...LINK