Thursday, September 16, 2004

 

Are You Pre-screened Enough?

Dan Froomkin's White House Briefing for Wednesday 15 September 2004 contains this:

The White House can be a lonely place these days, particularly if you're a reporter trying to ask the president a question.

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And don't bother trying to ask the president a question -- unless of course you're part of a pre-screened audience at a campaign event.

As far as I can tell, Bush hasn't actually answered a single question from a reporter since the several interviews he did in late August, just before the Republican National Convention. That's more than two weeks ago.

At least twice in the past week, reporters have resorted to shouting questions, and he's ignored them.

And of course Bush hasn't held anything remotely like a news conference since Aug. 23, when he took some questions on his Texas ranch.

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Why is Mr. Bush afraid of the American people?

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