Al Tompkins at the Poynter Institute has picked up the story of the presidential reenactment. So has Charles Apple.
Tompkins talked with John Harrington, president of the White House News Photographers Association, who … um … didn’t seem to mind?
Harrington says, “I know we are splitting hairs here, but the White House photographers covering those re-enactments did not stage, request or direct them. They are covering an event. They photograph what they are presented with.”
Harrington does say it should be noted in the caption that it is a reenactment (which, again, AP and Reuters did note). Still, shouldn’t the WHNPA be working on stopping this practice? The technology exists.
And, for the record … we were first.