The Last Prime Time Press Conference?

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.

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