…said press snub being, of course, the President mocking press inquiries while in the process of signing a law celebrating international press freedom. I say ‘celebrating’ mostly because there’s not really much to indicate that the President is interested in actually doing anything to support international press freedom; goodness knows that Obama’s showing very little interest in enforcing the Executive Branch’s own rules on enforcing illegal immigration law.
At a ceremony to sign a bill promoting press freedom around the world on Monday, President Obama refused to take questions from reporters. “I’m not doing a press conference today,” he told Chip Reid of CBS News, “but we’ll be seeing you guys during the course of the week.”
So when the president hosted a “news conference” in the Rose Garden with the president of Mexico on Wednesday, Mr. Reid thought maybe this time Mr. Obama would take questions. Instead, Mr. Obama allowed only a single question from the American news media, calling on a reporter from the New York-based Univision…
There’s more impotent snark in there, but I suspect that you get the point. One wonders if the New York Times ever will.