Several prominent conservative journalists and opinion leaders attended an off-the-record meeting with President Barack Obama Tuesday afternoon.
Robert Costa, a well-known reporter with the conservative National Review, tweeted Tuesday afternoon that it was “an honor” to meet with President Obama.
“Appreciate his time,” Costa tweeted.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney replied, “Thank you, Bob. We appreciate you coming by.”
The Huffington Post reported that the Washington Examiner’s Byron York and the Washington Post’s Charles Krauthammer and Kathleen Parker were also at the meeting. The meeting followed a press conference Obama gave regarding the government shutdown.
“In addition to giving press conferences and interviews, the president meets on occasion with groups of reporters and columnists for off-the-record discussions,” Carney told the Huffington Post. He declined to talk about what was on the agenda.
York sent off a series of tweets confirming he attended the meeting and the details surrounding it. “Yes, I was at [White House] meeting Tuesday with President Obama,” he wrote. “I agreed beforehand that content would be off the record…”
Subsequent tweets from York addressed any “suspicions” his readers might have about meeting with the president for an off-the-record meeting:
Byron’s final tweet on the matter said he was “impressed Obama invited conservative journalists in. He didn’t have to, but he did, and I thought that was a good thing.”
Neither Krauthammer nor Parker have publicly commented on the meeting.
In 2012 Obama held a similar meeting with top left-leaning personalities from MSNBC, including Ed Schultz, Rachel Maddow and Al Sharpton.
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