Lawrence O'Donnell slammed White House reporters — who he said "believe their questions are more important than the president's answer" — after Tuesday's press conference.
Obama called a press conference on Tuesday morning, and took questions about Syria, Guantanamo, immigration reform and Jason Collins. O'Donnell voiced his dismay at the conference later that night.
He alleged that White House reporters never ask "difficult questions" or get "facts" about policies. "That's not what presidential press conferences are about," O'Donnell contended. "They are about the press getting presidential quotes about something, anything to fill up the paragraphs in their newspapers and most of all, they are about reporters, usually television reporters, trying to ask the question with a catchy sound bite we will all want to use on our news shows."
O'Donnell turned to ABC News' Jonathan Karl, who had asked Obama if he still has "the juice" to get his agenda passed. "If you put it that way, Jonathan, maybe I should just pack up and go home," Obama responded at the presser, laughing. "Golly!"
O'Donnell called the question "ridiculous, like most of the questions [Obama] gets," and then blasted CNN for putting the president's response in a chyron. White House reporters, he added, "want to hog the cameras for themselves."