Press secretary Robert Gibbs chided the White House press corps Sunday, saying that some of its members are more interested in camera time than reporting.
“I wonder at times what it would be like” at his daily briefings “if we turned the cameras off, and we could just have a discussion,” Gibbs said on CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” likening the events to a “cable TV show.”
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“I sometimes joke that I know when somebody thinks they have a good question, because when I walk in they’ve already got their makeup on.”
Responding to repeated questions from host Howard Kurtz about why Obama has held no press conferences since July 2009, Gibbs seemed to dismiss their relevance, calling it “an arbitrary Washington measure” of the president’s accessibility. “This president has taken questions through countless interviews through – answering questions directly from the media,” Gibbs said.
While more broadly expressing frustration with press coverage, Gibbs singled out Fox, saying that while the administration understands the need to “play the game” by giving the network access, it has a definitive “slant” in its coverage, including its news programs, and that it caters to a viewership that’s already made up its mind.
Read More: By DIANNA HEITZ, Politico