The White House threatened to exclude The San Francisco Chronicle from pooled coverage of its events in the Bay Area after the paper posted a video of a protest at President Barack Obama’s recent San Francisco fundraiser.
Chronicle political reporter Carla Marinucci had White House permission to cover the event at the St. Regis Hotel on April 21 as the paper reports “on the condition that she send her written report to the White House to distribute to other reporters who did not attend.”
A group of protesters also paid to attend the fundraiser and Marinucci took video of the protest, which she posted with her story.
The White House said she broke the rules while the paper claims reporters should be allowed to cover news “wherever it occurs using the tools they have.”
Chronicle Editor Ward Bushee said the White House threatened to bar Marinucci from future presidential appearances, but the White House has denied those claims.
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