USA Today Calls Out White House Propaganda, Will No Longer Publish Obama Admin’s “Official” Press Photos



One major newspaper is putting their foot down for moral reasons, and it’s making the rest of the mainstream media look like they might have a case of Stockholm Syndrome for the current administration.

USA Today has officially become the first major paper to take a principled stand and has declared that they refuse to publish the “official” photos offered to media outlets from the Obama Administration, according to Tea Party News Network.

Just last week, over 35 news organizations, including ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox News, The Associated Press, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, joined the White House Correspondents Association (WHCA) to protest the stifling of journalistic standards by the White House.

The organizations signed a letter to the White House that points out that the media has been disallowed to photograph, and has been given pre-approved photos for their use.

The letter reads,

As surely as if they were placing a hand over a journalist’s camera lens, officials in this administration are blocking the public from having an independent view of important functions of the Executive Branch of government. To be clear, we are talking about Presidential activities of a fundamentally public nature. To be equally clear, we are not talking about open access to the residence or to areas restricted, for example, for national security purposes.

The apparent reason for closing certain events to photographers is that these events have been deemed “private.” That rationale, however, is undermined when the White House contemporaneously releases its own photograph of a so-called private event through social media. The restrictions imposed by the White House on photographers covering these events, followed by the routine release by the White House of photographs made by government employees of these same events, is an arbitrary restraint and unwarranted interference on legitimate newsgathering activities. You are, in effect, replacing independent photojournalism with visual press releases.

In short, the letter accuses the administration of hindering an unbiased, independent viewpoint by allowing journalists unassociated with the Obama Administration to photograph events.

What’s more insulting is that the Obama Administration released the approved photo below just one day after the letter was penned.


The photo of President Obama signing a bill while approved journalists photograph the staged scene has sent mixed signals to the media that demanded more access to the secretive administration.

Mickey Osterreicher, general counsel for the National Press Photographers Association, who worked on a draft of the letter, said, “I think given the fact that this picture of them taking pictures was now pushed out, I almost wonder if this wasn’t just a set up?” He said that the White House was trying to say, “See, we give everybody access, what’s the problem?” According to the Gateway Pundit.


CNN pointed out that the photo released by the White House (right) is much more flattering than the photo taken by other media (left). Both were taken at the same event, yet provide two different views of the same couple.

TPPN reported that in response to the escalating disregard for transparency and a free press emanating from the Obama Administration, USA Today Deputy Director of Multimedia Andrew P. Scott issued the following memo to all staff.


We do not publish, either in print or online, handout photos originating from the White House Press Office, except in very extraordinary circumstances. In those very rare instances where a handout image from the White House image has been made under legitimate national security restrictions and is also of very high news value, the use needs to be approved in advance by consulting with Dave Callaway, David Colton, Owen Ullmann, Susan Weiss, Dave Teeuwen, Patty Michalski or me prior to publication.

The functions of the President at the White House are fundamentally public in nature, and should be documented for the public by independent news organizations, not solely by the White House Press Office.

The journalistic community feels so strongly about this that 38 news organizations, including Gannett, have sent a letter of formal protest to the White House.

While it’s unusual to see such a turn in news standards, it may begin catching on with other news networks in response to the administration’s ignoring of journalistic standards.

  • Guest

    Really, what’s it going to take before Obama’s lapdog media finally all get it? Apparently we, the great unwashed public at large has more inside knowledge of what he and his minions are doing than the lamestream media. But then, most of us haven’t been brainwashed.

  • C. Wyatt Hertz

    Apparently everyone but the mainstream media are aware of the unconstitutional goings on in this administration. Maybe the writers will catch up to the photographers now.

  • Doris

    Uh how many years has it taken for the media to realize what he is doing?

  • 1776militia

    Some that touted Obama during his campaigns are starting to get it like CBS, ABC. Others will never bow like MSNBC whom can garner no ratings except from the least intelligent among us. The tide is turning, all his castles are burning, the emperor has no clothes.

  • paulaperry

    just like everything else. he give the middle finger to those who disagree with or oppose him and …. wait for it…. not a damn thing happens and he continues to do it. smdh

  • Stephanie Marie Martin

    Could someone tell me what actions need to be taken to impeach this absolutely worse president in office I’ll sign my name….

  • Stephanie Marie Martin

    I’m an American time to impeach Obama…..I can’t stand to see a picture of him..I’m so embarrassed by him for our country…he needs to go…

  • OncealwaysaMarine

    This guy and his cabal of Soviets has got to go.

  • sistermarybling

    He has no other paperwork on his desk, what a crock

  • Brian Pierce

    Obama stages a lot of thing like the fainting girl, makes good news see how caring he is, like today some chineses kid says stop deportation and Obama talked to him, later was found out this guy was invited there he didn’t just show up there all staged events. Obama is false like his administration.

  • Brian Pierce

    Really bad when Putin the Russia president gets more respect from Americans than Obama the liar.

  • Brian Pierce

    He don’t need paperwork, he wants to see his handi work all he has to do is look at the news on tv and see how f up Obamacare website is and how people feel about him. he is destruting the constitution and America one day at a time with the help of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, wonder how many dead people are going to vote for them this election.

  • Paul Gianni

    Will we witness a restoration of the First Amendment? Will journalists soon perform their jobs of challenging authority rather than acquiescing? Stay tuned …

  • P. Revere

    Adolph Hitler did this during WWII. Where are we as a nation headed? WAKE UP AMERICA!!!!!

  • ra44mr2

    If a republican president did half the shit this guy has done there would be rioting the streets, the stupid media has just put up with this for the last 5 years, hell his “transparency award” was closed to the public and the press and NOONE noticed anything but freaking john Stewart.

  • ra44mr2

    I hope you are right because all i see are a LOT of dumb people that refuse to see what this presidency is all about. Its going to take decades of work to turn around all of this stuff and undo the damage he has done.

  • Jean Fox

    if people knew their history, they would see the parallel of what Hitler did to what Obama is doing.

  • Hank Edwards

    Amazingly, it took the print news 5 years to figure out they were not needed on the Obama propaganda team. After 5 years of being shunned, suddenly a few air bubbles of pride floated to the top. They all disgust me because they put this administration at higher priority than their own readers. They do not stand by the journalistic creed.

  • StephenWV

    Are they Soviets? The Soviets and Chinese seem to be abandoning their positions and turning more to freedom. Maybe the Obama government should also embrace freedom for a change.

  • StephenWV

    The House of Representatives and the Senate need to pass Articles of Impeachment. We need to do all we can to turn the Senate over to the conservatives to do this. Work in your state primaries to get more true conservatives, Teapublicans, into the Senate for the 2014 elections. Start now volunteering to help them.

  • StephenWV

    The media knows. They are liberal. The only freedom they care about is freedom of the press. Their own Freedom to spew Obama’s deception and lies on every other liberal freedom stealing issue. When Obama spies on or investigates journalists or limits their freedom to cover him, THEN they squeal. Otherwise they are on board with his dictatorial actions as long as Obama is not going after them. They could care less about the rest of us. In fact the media are nothing more that the rest of the liberal progressive socialist nut jobs that anoint Obama and sanctify is every word as the new gospel truth.

  • Sensei

    If he has to hide things from the public, you know he is doing something wrong. He is like “Oh dont take pictures of me doing that !!” Use this picture instead witch makes me look like im actually doing something useful”

  • wing wing

    Yes…hopefully the winds of change are blowing!!!!

  • mercedes

    So, the media is waking up finally.

    Yes, Obama has put his hand over the lens of the photographers. He has to OK pics taken of him? since when do we allow this?

  • Patrick Gagnon

    YET… :)

  • Had_Enough2010

    Now vet this fraud that’s usurped the high office and call for his arrest.

  • Jeanne Bodenberg

    About time msm grew some bawls now if we can get them to do the same in print we might actually have an opportunity to see what’s really going on with this administration? What a ya think?

  • Peggie Geiger

    I can’t stand to look at him anymore either. He makes me sick. The only picture of Obama that I would really like to see is a picture of him being impeached and lead away in handcuffs, to pay for his criminal actions upon the citizens, the constitution and the United States.

  • Jeffjr04

    The part that really caught my attention is the complaint here. It is described as photogs who are fed up with propaganda. But all of the examples cited really amount to a complaint that “we didn’t get the money shot”. They aren’t unhappy with the preprocessed material but in fact just upset that they weren’t the ones that got to take that photo that’s now on twitter.

  • Peggie Geiger

    I decided sometime ago to quit watching CBS, NBC and ABC for any kind of news. Until they can start reporting what is important to us, the real news, concerning Obama and all his criminal actions and the dire straits he is putting us all in, I don’t want to hear any news from them. As far as I’m concerned they are as bad as Obama.

  • The O mustgo

    Hopefully this will inspire the journalists

  • cliffc276

    Sorry MSM, it is too late – You needed to vet this guy in 2007 and you failed. In 2012 you failed enabled this liar by not challenging him and even having his back during the debates.. My news now comes from the likes of Fox, Drudge, Breitbart and Free patriot.

  • Rick VandenOever

    No way to impeach, the go along with anything Obama wants demcrats/ communists control the senate. I would love to see a millitary coup. Obama in handcuffs thats what I want for Christmas!

  • pat wood

    just one more way for this lying president to do whatever ‘he’wants not what the country needs. god he makes me sick to my stomach. and his fat ass wife is terrible. bad dresser and she hates white americans. they both kiss the ass of the muslim brotherhood and now obama has given iran the means to bomb us. and also 9 billion dollars.

  • john henery

    Why can, t we the people get petitions up in every county to Inpeach him and his cabinet.

  • Dani McEvoy

    11/16/13- “The main stream media has been lying to us, the main stream media has been hiding us.”
    **What Do We Want? The Truth! When Do We Want It? Now!!* #MAMSM

  • ruth Hamm

    Stephanie, I don’t know what it would take to impeach this man, but if they impeach him as they DID Clinton, what good would it do, if he’s still permitted to stay in the WH and still is President ? I never did understand that one ! If I could I’d be first in line to do this that MOST Americans want !!!
    LaVerne V

  • ☢ Andrew ∆ James ☢

    It’s been said that after the 2008 Financial Crisis, GE had over $400 billion dollars in bad debt on their books… and that when they got bailed out… the executive branch took total control of NBC and MSNBC. That’s not to say that every major media outlet isn’t at least partially controlled and/or censored (illegally), by the CIA…

    “The CIA owns everyone of any significance in the major media.” -CIA Director William Colby

    “We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false.” – CIA Director, William Casey,

  • lizzitish

    I guess they don’t want us public to see what they really look like….screaming like gorillas, or giving the finger to people they don’t like. Or, maybe they don’t want us to know what crack cocaine and AIDS can do to one’s person in a photograph.

  • Katielee4211

    For one thing, a picture of Obama working hard signing a bill, or talking on a phone to a world leader, proves nothing other than he was sitting there holding a pen to paper, or a phone to his ear.
    But, dear media, you get what you voted for. This is Marxist/Socialist/Communism in action. What did you think it would look like? Get used to it.

  • public_servant_watch

    Big deal and actually meaningless; MSM needs to not publish lies and really, really need to stop aiding and abetting the criminal acts carried by this gangster rogue government.

  • Don Oberloh

    Impeaching is only the first step.

  • Don Oberloh

    I would say get rid of the socialist and the Muslim traitors

  • Rhonda McCauley

    Maybe they are replacing him with a look-a-like, then something else will happen.

  • Janie Johnson

    We should all stop buying newspapers, until they start printing the news the American citizen needs to see,needs to know….It is criminal to keep Political news from the public….

  • Julius B. Carey

    I’d rather see a photo of him in a coffin… LoL

  • Julius B. Carey

    I say DO NOT forgive any of the Lame Stream for their past trangressions. This so-called change of heart is a little to late if you ask me. Better late than never??? Hogwash! Everyone but Fox deserves thrown under the NoBama bus…

  • Julius B. Carey

    I for one believe this…

  • Julius B. Carey

    Flogging with a bull whip & execution are the other two steps… :)

  • Julius B. Carey

    Who cares??? It’s to late to redemn themselves…

  • Julius B. Carey

    Muzzies, the words are Islamic muzzies…

  • Julius B. Carey

    Election??? Hey Brian– You been under that rock way to long. If I’m not mistaken the final election was a year ago…

  • Julius B. Carey

    Journalists??? Where??? Kind of like the way they called Elizabeth Vargas a “journalist.” LoL…

  • Julius B. Carey

    Since Monday, January 21st, 2009. Where ya been for the last almost 5 years???

  • barbara

    they see what is going on. they just want
    all the free stuff they are getting. so they don’t care. as long as they don’t have to work and still get a check every month

  • Sheila Tagle

    now one paper juist put some one administrative leave for reporting the truth

  • Stephanie Ferguson Bell

    I have to agree – he IS an embarrassment ! When Putin begins to look more logical and more able to run a Democratic Republic, than the man sitting in the Oval Office, then we have a serious problem. This has become exactly what the old USSR and East Germany were.

  • PhylBoyse

    Sorry but this dictator has NO right to do this. He is in the president’s office therefore he is fair game, and any pictures taken by the press is allowed. So this moron wants to hide more of his illegal activities. Tough, he has NO right and the press need to press the issue.

  • Joey

    They did this in Nazi Germany too, controlled the media, and what people saw. Don’t take my word for it, see the similarities between Hitler and Obama here
    Free our country. I pray that there is hope for us yet.

  • Radiowave

    Julius Streicher meets Stalin meets Kim Jong Whomever meets any generic African or 3rd world dictator meets B. Hussein meets Chemical Ali meets Comical Carney. Statists, Stalinists, Maoists, Nazis, narcissist minor tyrants of the world, unite!

  • Tusense96761

    This criminal is building up a war in our country and he plans on taking millions of us out. What are we waiting for, why isn’t the FBI, NSA, CIA, Homeland Security, the Senate and the House and the Military taking out the number one security threat to this nation now, and that threat is Obama. He has shreaded our Constitution, he aiding and arming our enemies, he ordered a stand down in Benghazi and watched in reall time our finest in the Militart and our Embassador be brutally murdered. The sodomized Chris Stevens with a knife and tortured him for hours before killing him. Obama is building up an army against the people, us and Homeland Security has stock piled 2 million rounds of hollow point bullets. This is enough for a twenty year war in Iraq. We don’t even use hollow point in our military. A hollow point is much more deadly in a horrible way because it shreaded your tissue exploded inside you. They are using cut outs of pregnant American women, ten teal old American boys and elderly men as target for practice. Obama is firing tens of generals if they don’t pass his Linus test which is will they shot and Oder troops to shoot American citizens. Obama has not done one thing to improve our economy. He has destroyed our health care system. He lends the bankers money at no interest and they turn around and make billions on that or grow in two year 40 percent bigger, but the banks aren’t loaning to the people in this country. They can make easier money loaning to our government and charging interest. And Obama takes over the student loan programin which the government use to subsidize but they they charge the college student top interest over 9 percent while giving banks no interest loans. Obama and the Federal Reserve are doing noing on purpose to fix the economy and these students loans are coming due with each semester graduates and no new jobs much because of Obamacare scare of cost on companies so they delay hiring. Then every families is going to be hurt with the cost of their health care nearly doubling that in order to pay that bill they will have to cut back every which way they can. This new hit with the lack of spending in local communities because of increases in insurance with hurt the local business too. This has to be the most frightening time for us UN this country we have never had president this dedicating on destroying our country. Especially a full fledged liar, usurper, undocumented with no one admitting to knowing him at Columbia or Harvard and no records. What if he was studying in Russia during those years on how to overthrow the United States government. All of his family photos or most of them have been doctored. His life story is full of lies.

  • K Fahn

    Give him the kind of punishment his beloved Muslim brotherhood dishes out?

  • Rhonda McCauley

    Friends, impeachment is not an option, impeachment would still allow his executive orders to remain in place. Now if we go ahead and believe he is an American born citizen, then he should be able to be arrested for fraud. In this case he defrauded Columbia University by stating he was a foreign student, and he received financial aid for that. If he were arrested for fraud his executive orders are then moot. I believe this is correct. If not please advise.


    Fuck him and his bag of shit cunt wife…. Die Mother fucker!
    Your time is short and we will rebuild what you have torn down!

  • Nicole Leah Fox

    While I myself wouldn’t mind seeing the man 6 feet under, I would prefer that only happen after a trial- open to the public and all media- where he is convicted of treason by 12 normal American jurors not involved in Washington politics. Then shoot the traitor. Why use lethal injection when a bullet to the head works just as well? Not to mention a bullet is a hell of a lot cheaper than the drugs used in the lethal injection.

  • Frosteetoes

    It’s hard to photoshop over ugly so they realised that if they used their own photographers instead of anyone else, there is a good chance that MicHELLe’s Sasquatch resemblance wouldn’t be as noticible.

  • Michael Bowler

    Obama’s cry-baby sycophants aren’t getting enough attention…interesting they are choosing to buck the censorship trend just as Obuttnugget is beginning to wane in popularity, despite all their efforts.

    It’s a case of incredibly too little, incredibly too late. The dying, dinosaur, MSM is trying to position themselves as honest journalists after five+ yrs of pure, unadulterated promotion of the dictator’s propaganda.

    It’s OK y’all, just keep being propagandists, you’re credibility is already forever destroyed.

  • Guy Vasquez

    We don’t want to see photos of obummer or his cronies!

  • jason

    Just another lie to add to the stack…I seem to remember a campaign promise for this to be the most transparent administration in history. He even promised a dedicated television channel to witness actions in real time…what happened with that? Must have fallen away with the Obamacare website

    What an embarrassment this President has been…andhe had the promise and support to accomplish ALOT…

    NEXT already!

  • Dave C

    He’s been ignoring the second amendment for quite some time with plenty of applause from the mainstream media. I guess now that he’s stripping away the first amendment they suddenly care.

  • Justin.Time

    Oh, just jumping on the moral bandwagon now? Pity, so many years have gone by with their blinders on.

  • Hepolito Flores

    And a firing squad after conviction.

  • Hepolito Flores

    Bullets are cheaper.

  • Jimmy Moore

    The only photo I would like to see as well as other real Americans and I am Sure the Moeslums would hate to see but We The People outweigh this, is him hanging from the highest yardarms

  • pat phillips

    Political propaganda…..Hitler was real big on that !

  • dmacid

    I don’t believe this for a heart beat. They all lie. Obuyyhead loves himself to much to let this happen. He needs the pic’s out there to feed his narcissistic ego.

  • Jennifer

    YES! This is what I keep saying!

  • Brian Thompson

    Working man is a fool.

  • armyvet706

    There seems to be no end to what this foreigner will stoop to. Everything about this guy is phoney, EVERYTHING! There is nothing honorable or honest about Obama. He has been laughing in our faces for five years, and no one has done anything about this clown. It makes me sick.

  • armyvet706

    I really like what you said, but instead of impeachment, how about we just bypass that and go straight to a prosecution instead? He’s so deserving of being forced out of our house and perp walked in front of America like the low life criminal that he is. That to me would be justice.

  • Rhonda McCauley

    Jennifer, I would love to give you a million likes, or thumbs up, or whatever. But I am just grateful that you realize impeachment would be soooo foolish. We would lose everything we are striving for if he is simply impeached. We need a legal standing to make all his executive orders moot. That should also make the resigning of other orders moot. We need to go way back to FDR, maybe before to eradicate much of the insanity the populace never had a voice in.