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Monday, January 30, 2006

Too Many Staged Photos

NEW YORK-- White House photographers aren't looking for a handout these
days. In fact, they've gotten far too many.

While the practice of providing news organizations with staged photos of
events involving the president goes back decades, veteran shooters at
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue say it has become almost a regular occurrence
with the Bush Administration. A review of Associated Press archives
found that during the entire eight years of the Clinton administration,
only 100 handout photos of events were released to the press. During the
first five years of Bush's presidency, more than 500 have been distributed

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