Obama Only Calls on Women Reporters at Year-End Press Conference

AP Photo/Doug Mills
AP Photo/Doug Mills

While the media isn’t even clear if this was a first, Barack Obama took questions from only female reporters during today’s White House press conference.

The Hill reports:

Obama took questions from mostly print reporters, including McClatchy’s Lesley Clark, BNA’s Cheryl Bolen, Politico‘s Carrie Budoff Brown, and The Wall Street Journal‘s Colleen Nelson. The president also took one question from a radio reporter, April Ryan. None of the major TV networks was called upon for a question.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest called it a “unique opportunity.”

“The fact is, there are many women from a variety of news organizations who day-in and day-out do the hard work of covering the President of the United States,” Earnest said. “As the questioner list started to come together, we realized that we had a unique opportunity to highlight that fact at the President’s closely watched, end of the year news conference.”


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