Obama and the press

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Modified: June 13, 2013 at 6:13 pm •  Published: July 20, 2010

During the Bush administration just about everyone in Washington chalked up a dearth of regular presidential news conferences to George W.’s inarticulateness. “Dubya” was a gaffe machine with his fractured phrasing, made-up words and gunslinger cockiness. With such an easy act to follow, what’s the deal with President Obama? You’d think he would be holding regular press conferences to emphasize his strengths — sounding brainy, looking sharp, making sense — in front of a press corps that mostly has been in his corner. Instead, Obama has mostly kept away from off-the-cuff encounters with reporters, holding zero press conferences between July 2009 and May 2010.

The problem is Obama’s policies are unpopular, and getting grilled by a not-so-pliant press would underscore the point. So the Obama Team is doing what others have done when the going gets tough: play keep-away with the POTUS. He’ll do the occasional one-on-one deal with a reporter, which he can dominate, and stay away from the media pack. Crazy, though, to think that Obama would draw comparisons with George W. when it comes to press accessibility.

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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