On Transparency, Or The Lack Thereof

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on May 25, 2010


Byron York:

Will Barack Obama go an entire year without holding a formal news conference? He’s getting close: The president’s last full-scale session with the press was on July 22, 2009, which was 307 days ago.

When Obama last held a big news conference, there had not yet been terrorist attacks at Fort Hood, Detroit, and Times Square. Scott Brown was an unknown Massachusetts state senator. There was no national health care bill, much less national health care law. Tiger Woods appeared to be a model family man.

A lot can happen in 307 days, which is far longer than George W. Bush or Bill Clinton ever went between news conferences.

As York goes on to note, a self-respecting press corps wouldn’t put up with this. But the current White House press corps only seems to get angry about a lack of transparency if there is a Republican President in office.

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