CNN, ABC, NBC, and CBS toss softballs to the champion of late-term abortion.3:09 PM, Jul 1, 2013 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Texas state senator Wendy Davis has been on a whirlwind media tour since her filibuster (and a screaming mob) blocked a vote on a bill that would ban most abortions during the final four months of pregnancy and improve safety standards at abortion facilities.
3:25 PM, Jun 28, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
At the Radisson Blu in Dakar, Senegal, President Obama tried to get reporters to write about issues he believes are important. "[M]illet and maize and fertilizer doesn’t always make for sexy copy, but I very much hope that all the press who were in attendance today generate a story about this," Obama told the press.
The remarks came after a Food Security Expo in the African nation.
9:32 AM, Jun 28, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama stopped by the press cabin on Air Force One, as the presidential plane made its way to South Africa. While there, the press had a chance to ask the president about major issues concerning Americans: the scandals, the controversial Supreme Court decisions, immigration, and many others.
Instead, the press asked about Obama's Africa legacy (or lack thereof), China's relationship with Africa, the commitment of U.S. companies to Africa, and whether he'll visit the ailing Nelson Mandela.
Here are the questions asked by the press to the commander in chief:
2:24 PM, May 30, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The White House defended Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to invite press to an off-the-record briefing by saying Holder "is interested in having a constructive policy discussion with professional journalists about a subject most people think is a complex policy issue." White House spokesman Josh Earnest added, "We are genuinely interested in the input, the opinion, the advice, the expertise, of leaders of prominent media organizations.
7:40 AM, May 27, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Senator Schumer's off-the-shelf solution to any problem, real or merely perceived, is to form a "gang of eight" that comes up with a bipartisan fix. As Keith Laing reports on the Hill, Schumer appeared onFace the Nation and:
"Our house is on fire."12:09 PM, May 11, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
CBS anchor Scott Pelley said at a speech at Quinnipiac University that journalists "are getting big stories wrong, over and over again."
"Our house is on fire," said Pelley. The video of Pelley's speech is courtesy of nowthisnews.com.
"These have been a bad few months for journalism," he added. "We're getting the big stories wrong, over and over again."
It's not front page news, apparently. 11:03 AM, May 11, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Not front page material in the Grey Lady's news judgment. But good enough for page A-11. With the third paragraph reassuring readers that an agency spokesperson had insisted
9:39 AM, May 9, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Newseum, a museum in Washington, D.C. that chronicles the news industry, plans to add two dead terrorists to its "Journalists Memorial." The announcement to include these terrorists on the memorial, which "pays tribute to reporters, photographers and broadcasters who have died reporting the news," was made on the Newseum's website.
9:09 AM, May 1, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
First Lady Michelle Obama will do a book signing event at a local Washington, D.C. bookstore, the White House announced today. The event, aside from a brief photo-op, will be closed to the press.
8:51 AM, Apr 30, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama will make a rare appearance in the White House press briefing room today where he'll do something even more unusual: take questions from the press.
The White House just announced this scheduling change:
Press: 'Yes.'3:36 PM, Apr 26, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
An interesting moment from today's quick Oval Office press availability with President Obama:
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Okay.
Q Mr. President, why has the red line been crossed --
PRESIDENT OBAMA: You guys all have the same question?
Q You know that they are --
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Hold on a second, miss. One at a time.