President Barack Obama started a new firestorm with the media on Monday, when he asked to "clear out the press so we can take some questions" during a White House speech before members of the National Governors Association.
The demand, which came at the conclusion of his public remarks as part of this week's 2013 National Governors Association Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C., has angered members of the press who argue that Obama is not making good on his oft-repeated promise to lead an open administration.
"Seems there’s a contest of sorts going on within the White House: Who can fashion the most Orwellian quote regarding open government?" Wemple wrote.
And Breitbart.com's John Nolte wrote that Obama "pretty much laughed in their collective faces" when he dismissed the press during his Monday address.
"If it mattered, the dismissive way Obama treats the media coupled with his lack of transparency would be troubling. But it doesn't matter. Even if the president was as transparent as glass, the media would still cover up anything that might politically damage him. So the fact that Obama treats the media like the lackeys they are, is actually very amusing and all kinds of satisfying," Nolte wrote. "The media's been whining about 'access' for 10 days now and as a result, today, Obama pretty much laughed in their collective faces with this."
The White House had not yet officially responded to criticism about the clearing of the press as of 1:15 p.m. Tuesday.