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Is the White House limiting press access as Obama makes the case to intervene in Syria?


An observation from Keith Koffler at the White House Dossier:

Even as President Obama prepares to commit an act of war in Syria, the White House has scaled back the public questioning it will tolerate about what the president is doing, holding only one televised briefing in the past seven days to justify the president’s position to the American people.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has all but disappeared, briefing reporters in any forum – televised or not – only once since holding an off-camera “gaggle” aboard Air Force One August 10. Instead, he’s left the job to Principle Deputy White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.

Carney has actually given two press briefings since Aug. 10. Not one, as Koffler says. Carney briefed on the 26th and again on the 27th.

Also, there was a very small window of time reporters were allowed to ask questions of President Obama before he spoke with congressional leaders Tuesday morning.

But otherwise, is it in the Obama administration's best interest to open up as it makes the case to intervene in Syria? Probably. We've requested comment from the White House.


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