Apparently I am a member of the press. So are most of you reading this according to barack Obama's campaign folks who turned away Jerid of Buckeye State Blog from an event that was "closed to the press". Note that this guy was not turned away because he had a major blog like the Daily Kos or Instapundit but simply because he stated that he had a blog.
Where is the line drawn then? If you talk to people about your political views offline does that constitute being part of the press since you are in effect a "town crier"? What about emailing people about politics? Same thing? Putting a sign out in your yard endorsing political candidates? Bumper stickers?
Just seems like a poorly thought out strategy for any politician in this day and age. The blogger who was turned away is very Obama friendly and even he reacted in pretty strong fashion. He was then attacked several times in the comments section of his blog by Kool-aid drinkers who will not tolerate any dissent at all of their chosen messiah. Spending political capital and goodwill on keeping normal people out is unwise at best.
(What Would Fred Thompson Do?)