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Thursday, February 12, 2009
Huston Falsely Suggests Bush Didn't Pre-Pick Questions
Topic: NewsBusters

In a Jan. 12 NewsBusters post, Warner Todd Huston noted a reporter's claim that Barack Obama "has pre-picked those journalists whom he will allow to ask him questions at the conference" and asked: "Would they have allowed George W. Bush to pre-pick journalists like that? Would they meekly sit by and allow themselves to be systematically ignored, their freedom to ask questions silenced by any Republican? Would journalists so eagerly vie with one another for the favor of Bush like they are Obama's?"

Huston repeated his point again in a Feb. 12 post, asking, "I also wondered if this same 'free press' would have meekly allowed president Bush get away with treating the press in such a way? Or would they have raised a hue and cry that would have deafened the world?"

Of course, Huston is wrong. As Glenn Greenwald and Media Matters have pointed out, Bush  regularly conducted press conferences by calling on reporters from a pre-selected list.

Was Huston howling about that at the time? We suspect he wasn't. 

Posted by Terry K. at 11:49 AM EST
Updated: Wednesday, February 18, 2009 4:41 PM EST

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