December 24, 2012 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Barack Obama, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Liberals, Media Bias, President, Warner Todd Huston, Journalism, Media, Ethics, Progressives | Comments Off on
Old Media Fail? No Gun Questions at Obama’s Gun Press Conference
-By Warner Todd Huston
It was a mixed message from the Old Media establishment at the President’s December 19 news conference about the newest “crisis” he is pushing. As Obama appeared before America to talk about the gun “crisis” and his decision to hand it off to Joe Biden, instead of asking about Obama’s gun agenda, the media deluged him with questions about the fiscal cliff.
It was so odd that even other members of the media criticized their brethren for ignoring what the press conference was called for and instead going off on tangents during the Q & A period.
Obama called his press conference to announce his new anti-gun agenda. But one might question the President’s dedication to the effort. After all Obama put Joe Biden in charge proving that he isn’t really that interested in the whole thing. Regardless, though, that was the main topic of the presser.
Interestingly, as soon as Obama’s statements were through, when the media joined the question and answer time, out of the many questions asked only 2 or so were about Obama’s gun agenda. Most were about the country’s financial woes.
At that point, even members of the media not in the White House press pool raced to Twitter to criticize those at the conference for ignoring the gun issue and asking questions about other issues. It’s media on media hatin,’ here.
Piers Morgan’s Tweet was typical of the criticism: “White House press corps message to the world: ‘We don’t care about gun control’. Shameful.”
A hashtag joke even started up ridiculing the press for its off topic questions. Check out #DCPressQuestions on Twitter for some of the latest zingers.
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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer. He has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and before that he wrote articles on U.S. history for several small American magazines. His political columns are featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com, BigHollywood.com, and BigJournalism.com, as well as RightWingNews.com, RightPundits.com, CanadaFreePress.com, StoptheACLU.com, AmericanDaily.com, among many, many others. Mr. Huston is also endlessly amused that one of his articles formed the basis of an article in Germany’s Der Spiegel Magazine in 2008.
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