White House Transparency: Park Closed to Prevent Press from Covering ‘Don’t Ask/Tell’ Protesters

From Ben Smith at Politico:

Police chased reporters away from the White House and closed Lafayette Park today in response to a gay rights protest in which several service members in full uniform handcuffed themselves to the White House gate to protest “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

People who have covered the White House for years tell me that’s an extremely unusual thing to do in an area that regularly features protests.

A reporter can be seen in the YouTube video above calling the move “outrageous” and “ridiculous.”

I’m betting if these people had been protesting Republicans in Congress, the park would not only have remained open, but Robert Gibbs would have been on the phone alerting the rest of the DC media to come running.

The press should have been allowed access — after all, maybe these folks only showed up to thank Obama:

Video filmed by John Aravosis, AMERICAblog.com

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