Howard Kurtz, Washington Post
Three days after taking office, President Obama engaged in a calculated bit of media management.
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Late on that Friday afternoon, after spending the day talking up his economic stimulus package, Obama quietly signed an order allowing federal funds to be used for international groups that promote abortion. The White House wanted to discourage coverage of the divisive issue, which ran counter to the week’s message of bipartisanship, so the signing was held away from reporters and cameras. It barely caused a blip.
Despite early speculation that the new administration would use newfangled technology to bypass the mainstream media, the president has been strikingly accessible, sitting for interviews or fielding reporters’ questions virtually every weekday. But Obama has picked his spots, minimizing his media exposure when the hot Washington topic is one he would rather avoid.
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