The Washington Times - December 17, 2008, 02:25PM

I wrote a story last month noting that President-elect Barack Obama had broken the record for number of press conferences held by an incoming POTUS.



Since then he’s shattered every record imaginable.


His morning presser today marked No. 11 since he won the White House.


During his first, on Nov. 7, Obama called on 9 reporters.


This month he is averaging 3 or 4 questions each time.


I’ve been keeping a tally of who gets called on:


He has fielded four questions each from CBS, Associated Press and Reuters.

He has fielded three questions each from the New York Times, Chicago Tribune and Bloomberg News.

He has taken two questions each from NBC, CNN, ABC, Politico, Chicago Sun-Times, Wall Street Journal, the Chicago ABC affiliate, National Public Radio and USA Today.

He also has taken one question each from Fox News (my story noting that here), Telemundo, McClatchy, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, New York Daily News, the Chicago NBC affiliate, Des Moines Register and Denver Post.


He also did a sit-down interview with the Chicago Tribune last week.


For the record, The Washington Times hasn’t gotten a question yet, but in all fairness, I have only been in Chicago for half of the press conferences. He called on me many times during the campaign and I have no doubt he will again.


 Christina Bellantoni, White House correspondent, 
The Washington Times


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