Obama 'Shuns' Fox at Press Conferences

ABC gets called on the most: study

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 17, 2013 8:39 AM CST

(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.

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.
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)
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