Is this just politics, or is it information governance?
“Media Outlets Barred at Briefing,” The Wall Street Journal, February 25, 2017 A3. Journalists from several major media organizations were barred from a press gaggle on Friday. The event was still attended by the designated TV and radio pool reporters.
The media was outraged, on both wings.
But look at this deeper, through an information governance lens.
Who “owns” the information being produced? Whose obligation is it to inform the shareholders? Does the White House have a duty, or is this just how things have always been done?
Does the White House have the power to exclude certain reporters or media outlets? Apparently. What would happen if all reporters were excluded, and the press briefing and media handouts moved to the internet? Would anybody but the media notice or care?