ABC’S JAKE TAPPER CALLS OUT O AS BOYCOTT CONTINUES
Via NewsBusters: ABC News’s Jake Tapper noticed an interesting trend with President Obama. He hasn’t been around to take any questions from the press lately. In fact, he has evaded the national press corps for more than two months. However, as Tapper noted on his blog today, Obama did have time to talk to “reporters from People Magazine and Entertainment Tonight.” In addition, “during his three-day Iowa bus tour this week, for example, he conducted three interviews with local radio stations, including a sports talk radio show, and a roundtable discussion with columnists from three Iowa papers, in addition to sitting down with People and Entertainment Tonight. On July 12, he did an interview with Charlie Rose for CBS This Morning.”
Obama’s “last news conference was at the G20 in June, when he answered six questions from three reporters on the European debt crisis, the conflict in Syria, and the notion of politics stopping at the water’s edge. The White House press corps has not formally been given the opportunity to ask questions of the president on U.S. soil since his appearance in the Briefing Room on June 8 -when he said “the private sector is doing fine.”
Tapper noted that, “asked if the president will be holding a full-blown White House press conference any time soon, Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters Wednesday, ‘I don’t have any scheduling announcements to make about that.'”
Richard Nixon Barack Obama afraid of? My hunch is this: He thinks that as long as he isolates himself from the real press, he can control the dialogue. The White House press corps – including several members of the liberal media, to their credit – has demonstrated that it’s not afraid to ask tough questions anymore – not to mention their delight in the daily skewering of O’s propaganda minister – Jay Carney.
O would much rather trot around the country scaring seniors and minorities than be faced with tough questions about his failed presidency from a group of correspondents who, by and large, used to treat him with kid gloves.
But, hey – People Magazine and Entertainment Tonight? Piece of cake. Besides – I’m sure George Clooney has given O a pointer or two on dealing with those fawning tabloid types.