Mike McCurry, President Clinton's press secretary, thinks that President Obama's press conference may have been his last "freebie," where the networks agree to give up their revenue-generating time so he can sell his agenda.
McCurry writes on the Politico's Arena, "In my day, we killed to get a network road-block for a prime time news conference. The nets often said no unless the news content was critical. I think we may have seen the last “freebie” tonight. The major networks will not give up a narrow prime-time, revenue-generating hour for an occasion whence the President rehearses a prepared (even important) message and then calls in a carefully calibrated way on journalists picked by the White House."
He adds, "The prime time news conference tonight will probably be a relic real soon.