Not too long ago, Barack Obama came under withering criticism for avoiding the White House press corps for months, and then suddenly giving interviews to those hard-hitting investigative journalists at … People Magazine and Entertainment Tonight. In fact, the criticism actually withered Obama into giving a press conference, one for which he was woefully unprepared. This week, he’s going back where he’s most comfortable (via Townhall):
Add Glamour magazine to the list of nonpolitical publications that have scored an interview with President Barack Obama.
Editor in chief Cindi Leive flew to Portland, Ore., last month to sit down with the President for an interview that will appear in the magazine’s November issue. It is not the first time Obama has sat down with Glamour — he did so in 2008, along with John McCain — but it is his first time as a sitting president.
A woman’s magazine like Glamour would not traditionally be in play for an interview with the President — first ladies have been more their turf — but agreeing to the interview is a mark of changing media strategies. The Obama campaign has recently been exploring alternative news outlets to press their message — ESPN Magazine, People magazine and Entertainment Tonight have all scored interviews, much to the dismay of the White House press corps, who have not enjoyed the usual privilege of questioning the President since Aug. 19. Stephanie Cutter, a spokeswoman for the campaign, described these outlets as being “equally important” to traditional political media.
It’s “equally important” because it’s critical for Obama’s re-election hopes to avoid getting asked tough questions and providing detailed answers on his economic policies and his agenda for a second term. By the way, Glamour is an excellent choice, based on the dictionary definition of the word: “an exciting and often illusory and romantic attractiveness.”
That explains 2008 well enough, surely.
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