Barack Obama’s deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter defended the president's interviews with entertainment news outlets on Sunday, amidst growing criticism over his accessibility to the political press.
Obama has not formally taken questions from White House reporters in two months. On Thursday, frustrated members of the media sounded off on his interviews with "People" and "Entertainment Tonight." The folks at "Morning Joe" and Andrea Mitchell also hit the campaign for Obama's two-month streak of not formally answering questions.
Cutter defended the campaign's handling of the media in an appearance on Sunday's "State of the Union." She said that Obama has been speaking to reporters as he travels around the country. When pressed about Obama's interviews with "People" and "Entertainment Tonight," Cutter responded,
“I don’t think that they’re more important, but I think they’re equally important. I think that’s where a lot of Americans get their news. And I think the president’s going to continue doing that.”