CBS chief White House correspondent Major Garrett confronted press secretary Josh Earnest to lodge a formal complaint on behalf of the White House Correspondents’ Association about the administration’s lack of transparency at an upcoming event.
Garrett filed the complaint for an event commemorating the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, in which President Obama met with the surviving members of the crew. Reporters and media were barred from the event.
“The astronauts were among the most visible, televised national heroes this country has ever known — that entire program was financed by the American taxpayer,” he said. “We believe that [the event] is a classic definition of something that should have the broadest press coverage imaginable, and we are therefore lodging a complaint against your complaint to keep us out.”
Earnest simply responded that he agreed with Garrett that the astronauts were “legitimate American heroes.”