Obama administration complains about media bias against them

It would be useful for the Obama administration's own PR if they could explain the bias in Ed Henry's question to Obama. CNBC's John Harwood certainly seems to think that it was a legitimate question. Possibly the Obama administration just wants to discourage reporters from asking Obama to respond to criticism from the Republican presidential candidates. From the Politico:

On Friday, CNBC's John Harwood, who also writes for The New York Times, sat down with White House chief of staff Bill Daley, and — in the course of asking a lot of other things — inquired about the flare-up with Henry.

"I want to ask you about the thinking within the White House," Harwood said to Daley, according to a transcript of the interview. "Yesterday at a press conference one of my colleagues asked the president to respond to something Mitt Romney said. The president said, 'I didn't realize you were a spokesman for Mitt Romney.' Is the White House — you feeling — the president feeling under siege from events right now?"

Daley responded with a lengthy answer about the economy and the middle class. Harwood pressed him, "Why would the president respond that way to a reporter, though?"

"I don't think it was a colleague from your network," Daley said, "but a colleague from another network."

He added, "And — sometimes as you — I know it may surprise people, some people that there are certain people in the media who do seem at times to carry the water for certain — piece of the political spectrum." . . .



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