One thing that everyone can look forward to in the coming year is that anyone within sniffing distance of the Oval Office will be finally publishing their insidery accounts of life in the Obama White House -- a veritable Eyjafjallajokull gout of gossipy nonsense that will blacken the sky and crash airplanes. But there is one White House hagiographer whom the White House Press Corps just hate like the dickens: MSNBC political analyst Richard Wolffe.
Michael Calderone reports that during a testy meeting last Thursday between White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs and members of the White House Correspondents' Association, WHCA members complained that Wolffe was getting "more access than others":
Wolffe has run afoul of fellow journalists before. Reporters on the campaign trail would gripe that Wolffe got far more access to Obama, and after the election, some former Newsweek colleagues complained that he saved his best reporting for Renegade as opposed to the magazine that paid to fly him around the country. After leaving Newsweek, there were questions about Wolffe working for a public affairs firm while also serving as an MSNBC political analyst.
Most recently, White House reporters have noted with displeasure that Wolffe has been getting access to events alongside the White House pool reporter who is covering the event for all the news organizations in the pool. Julie Mason, a White House reporter for the Washington Examiner, even confronted Wolffe last month when the president was going to talk to the House Democratic Caucus, just before the historic health care vote.
"I was the print pooler, and I told him, 'You are not in the pool -- you shouldn't be here,'" Mason recalled. "We did have words, and he invited me to take it up with Robert Gibbs. I asked him if he was now officially working for the administration, which rightly [ticked] him off."
Published in June of 2009, Wolffe's "Renegade: The Making Of A President" detailed the behind-the-scenes machinations of the Obama campaign. Wolffe's forthcoming book, which I'm guessing will be titled, "I Can Haz Obama OMGZ!!!", will detail the many ways Wolffe can "haz" Obama, oh my godz.