It's mostly the latter.
One of the ongoing leitmotifs of Washington is the White House press corps feeling manipulated and shut out. I mean those reporters who cover the White House as a full time assignment as opposed to say, TV network anchors or national political reporters, who may swoop into the West Wing for an occasional story. For what's considered one of the plum posts in journalism, it's remarkable how often the White House reporters are in a state of dyspepsia.
This weekend those tensions went public when the press corps learned of the president's golf outing with Tiger Woods through a tweet by a Golf Digest writer who had access to the clubhouse at the Florida country where the president was playing. The White House press office seems to have circumvented the "pool" system whereby members of the White House press corps travel with the president to events and is kept informed of his whereabouts. The head of the White House Correspondents Association, Ed Henry told Politico Monday night: "This is a fight for more access, period... I've heard all kinds of critics saying the White House press corps is whining about a golf game and violating the president's privacy. Nothing could be further from the truth."
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"We're not interested in violating the president's privacy. He's entitled to vacations like everyone else. All we're asking for is a brief exception, quick access, a quick photo-op on the 18th green," Henry continued. "It's not about golf -- it's about transparency and access in a broader sense."