Obama Pulls a Disappearing Act From the Press
You may not have noticed, as it hasn't been discussed much, but the President has been doing everything behind closed doors as of late.
In fact, he hasn't taken questions from the press since April 5th. This means that the press only receives written handouts of information released from the White House press office and nothing more. What's the big deal about this you may ask? It's simple: if no questions can be asked, and the White House simply delivers the information they deem worthy to present, then they easily control the message being presented. It's difficult to report on something that you have questions on and simply aren't receiving answers to. This dodging of the press raises obvious questions, especially due to all the controversy revolving around Israel and several other issues. The most prevalent was the president's promise of "transparency and accountability". Obviously, this isn't the first time this question was raised (the healthcare bill was the first major blow to this promise), but not speaking to the press period is truly trying to escape the powers of the freedom of the press and hopefully they won't tolerate print outs much longer.
Veteran White House reporters are quite tired of Q&A sessions themselves, though. Answer sessions are always quite limited in a way that not been seen in any presidency prior. One veteran, Dana Milbank has called it "...the most restricted such meetings they had ever seen" and unfortunately restrictions "have become a common practice for the Obama White House."