Obama Calls On HuffPo For Spiked Question

As the say goes, What If Bush Was President?

In what appeared to be a coordinated exchange, President Obama called on the Huffington Post’s Nico Pitney near the start of his press conference and requested a question directly about Iran.

“Nico, I know you and all across the Internet, we’ve been seeing a lot of reports coming out of Iran,” Obama said, addressing Pitney.  “I know there may actually be questions from people in Iran who are communicating through the Internet. Do you have a question?”

Pitney, as if ignoring what Obama had just said, said: “I wanted to use this opportunity to ask you a question directly from an Iranian.”

He then noted that the site had solicited questions from people in the country “who were still courageous enough to be communicating online.”

“Under which conditions would you accept the election of Ahmadinejad, and if you do accept it without any significant changes in the conditions there, isn’t that a betrayal of the — of what the demonstrators there are working towards?”

Reporters typically don’t coordinate their questions for the president before press conferences, so it seemed odd that Obama might have an idea what the question would be. Also, it was a departure from White House protocol by calling on The Huffington Post second, in between the AP and Reuters.

CBS Radio’s Mark Knoller, a veteran White House correspondent, said over Twitter it was “very unusual that Obama called on Huffington Post second, appearing to know the issue the reporter would ask about.”

No, not really unusual at all, not for President Neophyte.

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Others: Washington Monthly, New York Times, Emptywheel, The Opinionator, The Bobblespeak Translations, Michelle Malkin, Commentary, Top of the Ticket, The Plum Line, Guardian, Gawker, Riehl World View, Taylor Marsh, Say Anything, The Impolitic, The Jawa Report and The Rhetorican

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3 Responses to “Obama Calls On HuffPo For Spiked Question”

  1. John Ryan says:

    Unlike Bush calling on Jeff Gannon the gay hooker who was given White House press credentials just so he could lob softballs to the POTUS http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Gannon

  2. Wow, nice bigotry you have going there, john.

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