Some conservatives complain that the Obama administration often gets a free pass from the press. Sometimes this is justified and other times it’s not.
But the perception of bias is a real problem for the national media. So reporters aren’t doing themselves any favors when they complain that Vice President Joe Biden “will not be throwing his annual beach party for journalists this summer,” as Politico recently did.
Past guests for the event — which Politico says has included “Super Soaker fights, face painting and a moon bounce” — have included major figures from CNN, ABC, CBS, MSNBC, PBS and The New York Times.
Attendance embraces, not refutes, the perception of unreasonably cozy relations between government officials and the reporters who are supposed to hold them accountable.
Biden isn’t the first major politician to invite the media to such events, but this doesn’t mean journalists must attend — or complain when the events are cancelled.