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Obama Campaign Defends Selective Press Availability

Monday, August 20, 2012

Barack Obama

Are all interviews created equal? Amid growing criticism about President Obama’s infrequent press conferences, campaign surrogates came out Sunday to defend a recent spate of softball interviews, equating CNN with “Entertainment Tonight” in the process.

Central to the complaints about Obama’s scheduling has been his reluctance to hold a press conference at the White House since June 8, when his remarks about the private sector “doing fine” set off a flurry of Republican attacks.

Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs took to “Fox News Sunday” to defend Obama, citing 13 local television and 11 radio interviews, along with five roundtable interviews with print journalists.

“The White House press corps have good questions but so do local TV stations in Iowa, Colorado and Ohio…. The notion that this president isn’t doing interviews is ridiculous,” he said.

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