It was like the feeling when a crowd figures out that a pitcher hasn't given up a hit in 5 innings: during President Obama's press conference on Tuesday, everyone suddenly started noticing that he wasn't calling on any television reporters.
This was intriguing; someone from NBC or CBS or ABC or CNN or Fox News can reliably expect to be granted a question, but Obama kept calling on people from places like Roll Call, and the Financial Times, and Agence France-Presse. (He also called on HuffPost's Sam Stein.)
People started noticing:
So far, Obama's called on AP, Bloomberg, HuffPost, Reuters, NPR, NYT, FT, Roll Call -- no TV networks!
-- Michael Calderone (@mlcalderone) October 8, 2013
Obama calls on the reporter from the Australian over the TV networks in the US ....
-- Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) October 8, 2013
Obama refuses to call on any TV network reporters at press conference, leading to nationwide false equivalence shortage.
-- delrayser (@delrayser) October 8, 2013
Note: Obama has not called on one TV network!! What message does that send??
-- Bill Press (@bpshow) October 8, 2013
Obama questioner lineup doesn't include TV reporters: AP, Bloomberg, HuffPo, Reuters, NPR, NYT, FT, Roll Call, AFT
-- Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) October 8, 2013
It wasn't clear how the stiffed journalists were feeling, but, towards the end of the press conference, the normally silent throng started shouting questions at Obama.
"I'm just going through my list guys," Obama said. "Talk to Jay."