Daily Caller White House reporter Neil Munro’s colleagues in the White House Correspondents Association seem unlikely to punish Munro for interrupting President Obama’s speech in the Rose Garden last month with a shouted question.
According to the minutes of a June 29 WHCA board meeting, released today, board members expressed “little interest in official censure or action” against Munro.
Immediately following the June 29 incident, there were calls for Munro to be barred from the White House, fired, or at the very least tied at the wrists between two thoroughbreds ordered to run in opposite directions.
Fox News White House Correspondent Ed Henry raised the issue, according to the minutes:
(Henry) said he didn’t believe the role of the board was policing journalists, but he had a concern about decorum. It was wrong to interrupt the president, he said . . .
Henry said he spoke to Tucker Carlson, editor in chief of the Daily Caller, about the matter. Carlson submitted this note to the board:
To the Correspondents’ Association:
The Daily Caller has been part of the in-town pool rotation for more than two years. During that time I’m not aware of any complaints about the behavior or coverage of our reporters while serving in the pool. We understand that the purpose of the pool is to serve the press corps at large, and we take that responsibility seriously. We’re grateful to be part of it.
editor in chief, The Daily Caller
Board members noted the difference between open press and pooled events, and agreed decorum in both cases is essential, with a heightened responsibility during pool shifts.
There was little interest in official censure or action among board members, although all expressed general agreement with Henry’s assessment of the incident.
Munro said his interruption was merely an ill-timed attempt to question the president, saying he thought Obama had just finished his remarks. The board’s emphasis on decorum suggests that its members don’t believe him, even as they decided not to act against him.
Munro continues to cover the White House for The Daily Caller.