Why Officials Don't Tell the Media Everything

Why are government officials reluctant to engage with and respond to an inquisitive media?
Do their questions serve Americans' interests -- or their own? Photographer: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg

The White House Correspondents' Association dinner, which I attended last Saturday night, is an astonishing spectacle -- a unique combination of journalists, government officials and celebrities. Amid the laughter and the conviviality, however, there is an uneasy undercurrent: Many journalists are disturbed that outside of an annual dinner, they cannot get a lot of access to those same officials.

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