York: Obama Can Treat Media with Contempt Since He Knows They’ll Always Be ‘On His Side’

The Washington press corps “have only themselves to blame” for President Obama refusing to answer their questions at White House events, exemplified by how he hasn’t held a press conference in ten months, Washington Examiner chief political correspondent Byron York contended in his Tuesday column, “Fawning press now gets cold shoulder from Obama.” After all, “Obama treats them with contempt because he knows that when big tests come, they've always been on his side. There's no reason for him to think they won't be there in the future.” York recalled:
“Most of you covered me,” he told the media elite at the 2009 White House Correspondents' Association dinner. “All of you voted for me.” That's the attitude coming out of the Oval Office every day. Why does Obama do it? Because he can.
York echoed what Rich Lowry, Editor of the National Review where York used to toil, observed on FNC’s Fox Newswatch over the weekend: Obama has “contempt” for the Washington press corps, so “it's always been an unrequited one-way love affair.”

Earlier:
- “Obama Refuses to Answer Question of CBS Reporter After Signing 'Press Freedom Act'”

- “CBS's Chip Reid Snubbed by Obama...Again, Network's Broadcasts Still Mum
Brent Baker
Brent Baker
Brent Baker is the Steven P.J. Wood Senior Fellow and VP for Research and Publications at the Media Research Center