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Party on, Joe!

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board and Ray Carter Modified: June 14, 2013 at 2:39 pm •  Published: June 6, 2013

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.

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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by Ray Carter
Editorial Writer
Ray Carter joined The Oklahoman in May 2012 after serving as Media Director for the Oklahoma House of Representatives for over seven years. A native of Oklahoma, Carter has worked in the newspaper and public relations businesses since 1998.
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