In response to questions from Twitter followers, Mark Knoller, White House correspondent for CBS News Radio, has been tweeting about the Biden beach party this past weekend (Knoller “was invited, but wasn’t able to make it.”). More Knoller:
I know such gatherings can look too cozy between press & officials, but it’s legitimate.
A few times during Bush years, he invited press to his ranch & chatted off the record about anything we asked. Very useful for a reporter.
No question it can look like we’re selling out for a hot dog or chicken wing. But it can be a useful journalistic exercise.
No one gets co-opted by a picnic.
It gives a reporter insight into his thinking, which is worthwhile. Bush faced plenty of tough questions abt the war. Some from me.
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Liz Cox Barrett is a freelance writer and graphic designer in Kalispell, Montana. She worked as a newspaper journalist in Denver and Kalispell for 20 years.