Obama 'Shuns' Fox at Press Conferences

ABC gets called on the most: study
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jan 17, 2013 8:39 AM CST
President Barack Obama speaks during the last news conference of his first term in the East Room of the White House, Monday, Jan. 14, 2013.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – Does President Obama play favorites with the press? A new study shows certain media outlets getting a healthy dose of attention at news conferences, while others—notably Fox News—receive less, Politico reports. Smart Politics finds that Fox is "still shunned" at the events; its reporters, the study says, are called on just half as frequently as ABC, CBS, and NBC. Fox gets called on in less than 40% of pressers.

Indeed, ABC comes out on top, getting called on 29 times in the president's first term; CBS is second, the AP third, and NBC fourth. Meanwhile, Fox News comes in ninth, called on 14 times. That, however, beats quite a few other major news sources, including the Washington Post, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal. Among the least-called-on? Time, the Hill, and the Washington Times, to name a few of those with only one question to their name. Head to Smart Politics for the full list.

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