Meet the press

A tale as old as time: Politicians preferring to do the people’s business out of sight.

The Huffington Post: Reporters were kicked out of Mitt Romney’s talk at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday night.

It’s not a Republican thing. President Obama did the same thing when he spoke with the same group, the Business Roundtable. And it’s not just a national thing.

WRAL‘s description of a planned meeting between N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis and the president of the NAACP: He said Tillis finally agreed to a May 23rd meeting with restrictions including an approved guest list and a media blackout.

I know it is naive to think that politicians would talk policy in public.┬áBanning the news media or having “a media blackout” suggests that the politicians have something they want to say, but they don’t want the public to hear. Which is probably true. And which doesn’t inspire trust.

What’s more unsettling is that the public really doesn’t seem to care about being shut out. And the politicians know it.

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