In an op-ed for The New York Times on Wednesday, Santiago Lyon, vice president and director of photography at the Associated Press, wrote about how President Obama bypasses the media to tightly control his image using official photographs. 

By no stretch of the imagination are these images journalism. Rather, they propagate an idealized portrayal of events on Pennsylvania Avenue.

If you take this practice to its logical conclusion, why have news conferences? Why give reporters any access to the White House? It would be easier to just have a daily statement from the president (like his recorded weekly video address) and call it a day. Repressive governments do this all the time.”

Santiago Lyon

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