Why Is the President So Afraid of the Tough Questions?

Carol Platt Liebau

10/9/2013 10:23:00 AM - Carol Platt Liebau

Remarkably, Mediate has reported that, for "the first time in memory," yesterday's presidential press conference contained no questions from a television reporter. Seems press that there's an effort underway to "punish" those who aren't friendly enough toward the White House:

Perhaps coincidentally, the very same Jay Carney has been clashing with some TV reporters recently, and making unsubtle suggestions about their objectivity. A cynical person might think that the decision to skip all of the TV reporters was designed to avoid possible criticism that certain reporters were being snubbed.

Also perhaps coincidentally, the President himself has been outspoken about his displeasure with the media narrative that “both sides” are responsible for the current government shutdown and default crises.

Pretty amazing that this White House throws a snit fit about having to endure the kind of media skepticism that the GOP confronts on a routine basis, isn't it?

In the end, the hand-picked lapdog questions resulted in a media performance that was -- as Brit Hume described it to Hugh Hewitt -- "one of the saddest things I’ve ever seen. It was just pathetic."

It's worth asking: Why is the President so afraid of the tough questions?