05.18.2010 0

Press Freedom Is Important, Except For When It Comes To Obama

By Adam Bitely –

You may not, under any circumstance, ask me a question. Don't you love the Freedom of the Press Act though?

As I mentioned in yesterday’s Daily Wrap- Up, Obama continues to dodge questions (he has a bad habit of doing this) at his signing of the Press Freedom Act.

In what is the irony of ironies, Obama signed the Press Freedom Act, which expands the State Department’s annual human rights report to include an index of the rights of the Press in each country they track. But when it comes to the U.S.A., apparently the Press can’t ask questions of the person who is simultaneously praising “Freedom of the Press”.

According to Chip Reid of CBS News:

So after he signed the bill, and as the press “wranglers” began aggressively herding us out of the room, I asked if he still has confidence in BP. He ignored the question so I tried this: “In the interest of press freedom, would you take a couple questions on BP?”

That did elicit a smile, and he told me I was free to ask questions. Someone else shouted, “Will you answer them?”

He said he’s not holding a press conference today as we were escorted out the door.

I wonder what grade the State Department will give our own country in their report?

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