Sometimes a scandal-plagued President has to take a few minutes out of his busy day to make sure his loyal friends in the media still have his back. According to Buzzfeed, that’s what happened on Monday:
President Obama held an off-the-record meeting with select reporters from some of the nation’s largest print and online outlets Monday, in the White House’s latest effort to placate an increasingly restive press corps.
White House officials regularly meet with reporters for so-called “background briefing sessions,” where the attendees cannot be mentioned by name nor quoted directly, but Monday’s meeting was different. Initially billed as a conversation with White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, the president made a surprise appearance — a very unusual move — and the White House placed the proceedings off the record beforehand. The meeting came amid a series of scandals crashing over the White House that has placed the administration on defense in a way it hasn’t been until now.
Formally scheduling closed-door meetings with Eric Holder to manage press coverage didn’t work – the media was genuinely angry with President Boyfriend over the AP/Fox News crackdowns, and could hardly afford the optics of marching into secret off-the-record training sessions with the Attorney General. Plan B was to hustle reporters from a select group of top news organizations into a more run-of-the-mill briefing by lesser officials, then bring Obama into the room after the doors were locked.
Read More at Human Events . By John Hayward.