First Lady Media Fly-By Leaves VT Press Out in the Cold
Curious what First Lady Michelle Obama is going to tell hundreds of people attending two political fundraisers in Burlington today?
Good luck finding out.
The Vermont press corps found out in the past 48 hours that the fundraisers are off limits to local media — with one exception. Print reporters from the Burlington Free Press will be allowed to cover the two campaign fundraisers. They will file a so-called "pool" report, which means a story that is released by the White House to the rest of us chumps (and the national press corps, too).
In other words, one perspective from the events for all Vermont media and Vermonters to consume. How fair and balanced.
State House reporter Terri Hallenbeck will be covering the Sheraton event while Molly Walsh will cover the ECHO dinner.
No word from the Obama campaign — or Freeps officials — regarding how or why the Gannett-run daily was chosen as the go-to outlet.
What, were they worried about contending with the crush of Vermont's media? All ten of us? Sheesh.