The Washington Post's Jason Horowitz writes a long feature on White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs in Tuesday's paper. In the article, which hints at Gibbs' future role as a senior strategist in the Obama administration, Horowitz also highlights Gibbs' contentious relationship with the media that covers the White House.
"Listen to the press secretary talk about the media as a predictable, hyperventilating rabble obsessed with access and covering 'everything as make or break,' or observe his frustration percolating in the briefing room," Horowitz writes.
But Horowitz also includes a laundry list of reporters' least favorite things about the Press Secretary, though "none of them would speak for the record out of fear of retaliation." and reports that "[later] this month, representatives of various news organizations will meet with Gibbs to express what they feel is the administration's contempt for the press."
What are the things that frustrate the White House Press Corps?
According to Horowitz (captions to below slides come directly from the piece):
"Unlike press secretaries past, who would make rounds of calls to reporters as they neared deadlines, Gibbs is notoriously tough to get on the phone."
"One reporter expressed frustration with the way Gibbs has compared reporters -- and even Sen. John McCain -- to his 6-year-old son because he didn't approve of the way they were behaving. 'He uses him as a prop,' the reporter said."
"He relies on escape-hatch promises to 'check and get back to you.'"
"This month, Gibbs neglected to tell reporters traveling back from Prague on Air Force One that Justice John Paul Stevens had announced his retirement and refused to talk to them when they found out."
"Last weekend, Obama broke longstanding tradition by giving the slip to a pool reporter."
"His soliloquies are full of 'first and foremost' and 'I will say this.'"