White House Press Pool Losing Scoops To Twitter

By: Amie Parnes | Politico.com

The temptations of Twitter are clashing with a White House press corps tradition: the pool report.

Some reporters in the rotating pool of journalists who chronicle the president’s movements are sending TwitPics, revealing factoids and delivering one-line quips in 140 characters before the pool reports go to all of their colleagues.

The pool reporters — usually one representative each from the print, radio, television and wire service press — travel with the president, vice president and sometimes the first lady, recording details about trips and Oval Office events in conversational accounts distributed to other journalists. The conventions dictate that the pool comes first — not the news organization or the individual.

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