The Washington Times - November 9, 2012, 01:35PM

President Obama will hold his first full-fledged news conference in more than eight months on Wednesday, the White House announced.

White House press secretary Jay Carney said Friday the president will hold the news conference in the East Room of the White House, probably during the day, although a time hasn’t been set.

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Mr. Obama’s last full news conference was on March 6. He has held shorter press conferences in the months since, taking a few questions from reporters in sessions that typically don’t last more than 15 or 20 minutes.

The media has been criticizing Mr. Obama for failing to take questions in a formal news conference setting.