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White House Denies Banning Reporter From Future Obama Events

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The handheld video of protesters who bought their way into an Obama fundraiser in San Francisco on April 21 has created a journalism flap and the White House is denying that the local reporter who posted the video on the San Francisco Chronicle website has been banned from future presidential coverage.

"The San Francisco Chronicle violated the coverage rules that they – and every other media outlet – agreed to as part of joining the press pool for that event,” White House press secretary Jay Carney told ABC News in a statement.

“If they thought the rules were too restrictive they should have raised that at the beginning. However, no reporters have been banned from covering future presidential events and the White House of course would have no problem including any reporter who follows the rules in pool-only events," Carney insisted.

Carla Marinucci is the newspaper reporter who covered the president’s fundraising remarks with the duty of sharing her notes with other local reporters.  The ground rules set by the White House, and understood by the Washington reporters traveling with the president, mandated that audio and video of the event were prohibited, but the president’s words could be reported verbatim.

At one table, a woman who said she had paid the required $5,000 campaign donation to earn an invitation began to sing a song protesting some of the president’s policies.  Marinucci used her mobile device to record the video and posted it on her paper’s website.

White House reporters have long chaffed under the restrictive ground rules imposed by the Obama campaign, but agreed in this case because the event would otherwise have been closed to all press.

Marinucci’s colleague Phil Bronstein posted a blog on the same website April 29 claiming Marinucci had been banned from future presidential pool coverage.

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