Inside the White House Press Room Vs. Buhari’s Ban on AIT

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(NIGERIA MOMENT). Washington D.C. –

In an attempt to defend President-Elect Buhari for barring Africa Independent Television crew from covering a recent event, some Nigerians cited that President Obama did the same to Fox News. However, the fact of the matter is that Obama never barred Fox News from covering White House and he doesn’t even seem to have the right to do that even if he wanted to. In fact Fox News has a front row seat at the White House Press Room. See photo of seating arrangement.

Obama has given interviews to a few Fox News correspondents or reporters including Bill O’Reilly and Major Garrett.

Also, it must be noted that there is a difference between granting one-on-one interview and covering public event. Obama can never bar of any media from covering public event. There is a procedure which media organizations must follow to get accreditation to cover the president.

Obama and/or any other president may only refuse to be interviewed by any reporter or correspondent and that is his right. Every citizen has the same right. For example you may decide not to talk to someone just like the person may decide not to talk to you.

Any time Obama is giving a press conference he has to allow those sitting in the front row to ask including Fox News Correspondent or reporter to ask at least one question.

President Obama may not grant them interview to any news organization in his private residence at the White House and that is his right as a citizen. Every US citizen and/or resident has the right not grant interview/talk to anyone. 



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