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Chuck Todd: Obama Has 'Disdain' For Press

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Chuck Todd believes President Obama dislikes the media — and he believes he knows why.

The NBC News Chief White House Correspondent and co-host of MSNBC's "Daily Rundown" told the Washington Post's Howard Kurtz that he believes Obama's feelings towards the press date back to 2004.

"Obama himself is the one who doesn't like dealing with the press," Todd told Kurtz. "You can't even do shouted questions."

Todd told Kurtz his theory: when Obama was elected to the Senate in 2004, "he didn't need to woo the press anymore. The press was there at the drop of a hat. To him, almost all the experience with the press is invasive. . . . He's developed this disdain for us."

Todd, who wrote a book about Obama's 2008 victory in addition to covering him for NBC, said that the White House was responsive to him, and that the administration is "talking to us more, getting us information earlier."

Read the full Washington Post article here.