Ooops. CNN’s Anderson Cooper seemingly let slip on Thursday night what anyone who has a watched a presidential press conference already knows, but journalists are usually loath to admit: The White House press corps favor President Obama’s policies and so don’t challenge him on them.
Following CNN’s “town hall” on guns with Obama, Cooper explained his approach of having citizens challenge Obama, contrasting it with what the President normally faces from journalists: “I wanted him to actually address people who disagree with him, not just people who agree with him that so often happens at, you know, a presidential news conference.”
Cooper at George Mason University, discussing with Jake Tapper the just-concluded Guns in America: Obama Town Hall, at 9:31 PM EST on Thursday night, January 7:
From my perspective, I wanted an intelligence discussion. I wanted him to actually address people who disagree with him, not just people who agree with him that so often happens at, you know, a presidential news conference or presidential announcement.
Hat tip: Via NB Managing Editor @KenShepherd, WBAL radio in Baltimore talk host Derek Hunter, who tweeted:
Slam: @andersoncooper said he wanted Obama to take questions from people who disagree w/ him, unlike "so often happens at press conferences"— Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) January 8, 2016