WH questioned on lack of press for Obama moment of silence

The White House will not allow members of the media to observe President Obama's moment of silence on Tuesday for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, drawing a protest from members of the White House press corps.


Obama's observation, which will come at 2:49 p.m., will come in the middle of a meeting with senior advisers in the Oval Office.

Associated Press White House correspondent Julie Pace pressed spokesman Jay Carney over the exclusion of reporters at his regular briefing. Pace said it was "clearly a newsworthy anniversary, and we think it's appropriate to have independent media coverage of the president on that anniversary."

"We certainly think that the moment is important, but it is mostly important in Boston," Carney said.

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