President Obama continues to make the off-the-record rounds with prominent member of the press. A little over two weeks ago he met with MSNBC anchors Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann among others.
Friday’s list, courtesy of Politico’s Michael Calderone, included: CNN’s David Gergen, Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza, Newsweek’s Jon Meacham and Howard Fineman, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Cynthia Tucker, POLITICO’s Mike Allen, NPR/ Fox’s Mara Liasson, Talking Points Memo’s Josh Marshall and a trio from the New York Times: David Brooks, Andy Rosenthal, and Gail Collins.
Missing in this list, as in lists past, is any prominent member of Fox News. Though it should be noted that Mara Liasson, the national political correspondent for NPR is also a regular contributor to Fox News (Juan Williams also enjoys a similar arrangement with the two news organizations). So is this a halfway step towards some sort of armistice between the White House and Fox? If we suddenly see Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck pulling up to the Rose Garden in their best attire, we’ll know a true detente has been reached.
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