The White House shut down questions about the back taxes owed by President Obama’s staff members, as well as a question about an investigation of his Department of Justice, by not recognizing for questions a WND reporter at yesterday’s daily news briefing.

There were some 60 reporters at the briefing with Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, who recognized 22 for questions. But some outlets, such as CBS and CNN, were allowed six or seven questions, while others were not recognized.

Les Kinsolving, WND’s correspondent at the White House and the second-most senior reporter on the White House beat, had planned to ask about taxes and investigations.

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He was prepared to ask, “The Los Angeles Times reported at the end of 2009, 41 Obama White House aides owed $831,000 in back taxes. What is the White House reaction to this Times report?”

He also was prepared to ask, “The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division is being investigated by the department’s Office of Inspector General in a review of the enforcement of civil rights laws. Will the president object if this investigation includes the voter intimidation case involving members of the New Black Panther Party?”

Neither issue was raised by any other question asked during the briefing.

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