Fleischer: Bush Didn't Call On 'Dot Coms And Other Oddballs'

03/13/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • ThinkProgress

After President Obama's first prime time press conference last night, Bill O'Reilly asked former Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer for his reaction. O'Reilly noted that Obama had a prepared list of reporters from whom he planned to take questions. Fleischer explained that former President Bush used a similar method to avoid taking questions from "dot coms and other oddballs." In response, O'Reilly suggested that Obama's "oddball" screening was perhaps not as effective as Bush's because the President called on the Huffington Post.

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