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17th May
written by Sean Noble

This report from CBS News is worth posting in its entirety. It defines irony.

Press Freedom, Sure. But No Questions.

Posted by Chip Reid

There was some rich irony at the White House today — President Obama signed the Press Freedom Act, and then promptly refused to take any questions.

The new law expands the State Department’s annual human rights reports to include a description of press freedoms in each country. It seemed a good opportunity to showcase press freedom in this country.

Recall that last Friday the president refused to take any questions after delivering his angry statement on the oil spill in the Rose Garden. And he has not held a prime-time White House news conference in many months, despite much pleading from pundits and members of the media.

So after he signed the bill, and as the press “wranglers” began aggressively herding us out of the room, I asked if he still has confidence in BP. He ignored the question so I tried this: “In the interest of press freedom, would you take a couple questions on BP?”

That did elicit a smile, and he told me I was free to ask questions. Someone else shouted, “Will you answer them?”

He said he’s not holding a press conference today as we were escorted out the door.

Chip Reid is CBS News’ chief White House correspondent. You can read more of his posts in Hotsheet here.

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  1. Woody

    What a glorious time to be an American. Every one of us will soon have to face the music and decide if America is unique in the world, and what we are willing to sacrifice to keep the Flame of Freedom burning. Take time now to gather together the founding documents and great speeches like the Gettysburg Address and share them with your children over Memorial Day and through the summer. Our generation has fallen behind in assuring we leave America better for those who follow–but we can still do it. Learn what you should learn, Do what you should do, Be what you should be!

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