Posted by Curt on 16 August, 2012 at 9:50 am. 1 comment.


Ed Morrissey @ Hot Air:

I wrote about this earlier, when Joe Scarborough and his panel made fun of Barack Obama’s lack of intestinal fortitude with the White House press corps.  ABC’s Jake Tapper and Mary Bruce aren’t laughing.  In a detailed account of Obama’s distance from reporters on the White House beat, Tapper says that his interviews with entertainment reporters from People and Entertainment Tonight “disses” White House correspondents:

President Obama hasn’t formally taken questions from the White House press corps in more than two months, while on the campaign trail in Iowa yesterday he made time for reporters from People Magazine and Entertainment Tonight.

His 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.“)

His last formal White House news conference was on March 6.

Tapper asked Jay Carney when Obama plans to get around to talking with reporters from actual news agencies.  Carney’s answer?  “I don’t have any scheduling announcements to make.”

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