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GLENN: From Radio City in Midtown Manhattan, third most listened to show in all of America. Hello, you sick twisted freak. So how in the bag is the press for President Obama? Well, they were discussing it yesterday at the White House because Obama had a gathering of close friends and family and loved ones yesterday afternoon. Well, I mean, I think they are calling it a press conference. He hasn't done real well with the press conferences as he does with his big speeches. You know, he's got the speech thing down pat. The press conferences, kind of boring. Kind of like watching Bob Ross paint except, you know, with Bob Ross you get, you know, the furry little critter in the end and you have to watch him paint the whole time. You get a good painting. You are like, oh, my gosh, it does look like a mountain. Apparently to improve his press conference, the president thought it would be a good idea to plan a question ahead of time, with one of his favorite news sources, one the president "Follows closely," the liberal blog site, the Huffington Post. Here is the report: In what happened to be a coordinated exchange, President Obama called on the Huffington Post Nico Pitney during the start of his press conference and requested a question directly about Iran. Here it is. Do we have the audio?
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Since we're on Iran, I know Nico Pitney is here from Huffington Post.
PITNEY: Thank you, Mr. President.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Knee co all across the Internet we've been seeing reports come directly out of Iran. I know that there may actually be questions from people in Iran who are communicating through the Internet. Do you have a question?
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GLENN: This is amazing. This is the president of the United States acting. He didn't just call on Niko. He predicted what Niko might have: I know all across the Internet we've been seeing a lot of reports coming out of Iran. There may I don't know, there might be. It's crazy. There might actually be questions from people in Iran who are communicating through the Internet that maybe I can help out. That's just kind of I'm just sensing that might, maybe, might be what's happening. Do you have a question, Niko?
PITNEY: Yeah, I did. I wanted to use this opportunity to ask you a question directly from an Iranian. We solicited
GLENN: Stop just a second. Stop, stop. I mean, of course he has that question. Let's get the scope of what he's doing here. He's contacting a media source ahead of time to plan a question for a live press conference. Who thought the media was in the tank for him? Who, booboo? He's contacted a liberal blog site to do it. He reveals that he follows the liberal blog site closely. And to top it off, he calls them second in the press conference. By the way, ADD moment. Which one of these things just doesn't belong? Associated Press, Reuters, the Huffington Post? It was a trick question. They all suck. This is outrageous, and nobody's making a big deal out of this. Do you remember, "George Bush is planting questions." This is planting and acting! We can't even trust our own press conferences now.
Guys, you are watching a puppet show. Bill O'Reilly said to me last night, he said, I just don't understand, Glenn. He said, I watched your show tonight this is last night: I watched your show tonight and you didn't even, you didn't even do anything about Barack Obama's press conference. No. He said, do you think he's irrelevant? And I said, no, there's just nothing new here. What is he saying? I don't need to watch a puppet show. I guess what I do need to do is show you that it is a puppet show. But I think you already know, too. The White House is talking to these reporters every day behind the scenes. All that one has to do is just go and meet with one of his adoring fans in the press and then it's like an Obi Wan Kenobi scene in "Star Wars," "You want to ask a difficult question." You want to know about Michelle's arms? Move along, move along. "Gee, I wonder about Michelle's arms." Move along, move along. He might have gotten away with this, too, if the reporter didn't blow it, and here's how here's how he bl ew it. Remember what President Obama just said: You know let me quote him here. I love this. Niko, you know, I know you and across the Internet we've been seeing a lot of reports coming out of Iran. I know there may actually be questions from people in Iran who are communicating through the Internet. Do you have a question, Niko? And here's how he responded.
PITNEY: I did. I wanted to use this opportunity to ask you a question directly from an Iranian. We solicited questions last night from people who are courageous enough to be communicating online and one of them wanted to ask you this.
GLENN: Okay, stop, stop.
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GLENN: A little worried about the script? Who would respond to a question like that? Who would respond to, "You know, Niko, I know a lot of people brave enough to be on the Internet over in Iran and maybe they have a question. Niko, do you have a question directly from Iran?" "Yes, Mr. President, I wanted to discuss this opportunity to ask you a question directly from an Iranian." "Well, gee, how did I know that?" Deputy press secretary Bill Burton responded, "We did reach out to him prior to a press conference and tell him that we would be paying attention to what they have been doing on Iran and there was a chance that he would be called on, and he ended up asking the toughest question that the president took on Iran." Uh huh, uh huh. In that absence of an Iranian press corps in Washington, it's an innovative way to get a question directly from an Iranian. I'm not even sure how to respond to these two things. One, the toughest question was a planned one. It shows how soft on the president the press really is. I don't agree with it, by the way. I don't know if you I don't know if you saw Major Garrett from Fox ask. It was pretty intense. The second thing is you had the hardest time answering a question you knew was coming? Shouldn't that have been the easiest one? Even the question, you know, that was like what's for, you know, $4 billion.6479 minus I mean, thanks for that question. Of course, it's just a shade over $617 million. I mean, you should know that question! At least it was the liberal hack site, you know, the Huffington Post, you know. Not so bad that we have, you know, so called credible journalism outlets like ABC doing infomercials promoting the White House or anything. At least we don't have that going on. Of course, how does NBC feel? How do you think NBC feels tonight? They are like, you've got to be kidding me, man! We've been kissing your butt for two years. You give this to ABC? I mean, how much more how many more boots do we have to lick? Don't you think that they are over there going, come on! We made Tom Brokaw kiss a ring. Really? You are giving it to ABC? I'm just, it's not a prediction. I'm just thinking that maybe MSNBC might want to try a different route in promoting the news.
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GLENN: Wow, we've got Major Garrett at 10:30 today? Is that right, Dan?
DAN: Yes, that is correct.
GLENN: You've got to get the audio for the other side of this commercial break, get the audio and play because he really smoked Barack Obama. I think he was pissed at Major Garrett. Did you see it, Stu, by any chance?
STU: Yes, I did.
GLENN: Do you agree?
STU: Oh, yeah, he went after him and, you know, I don't know if Barack Obama not a fan of Fox News.
GLENN: I didn't get that.
STU: It's weird. And does not appreciate being questioned by the media. Does not appreciate when someone asks him a difficult question.
GLENN: So we'll have Major Garrett here in just a second. I want to ask him if he senses a sea change at all with the press because I think the press is beginning, just beginning to maybe push him a little harder like, I don't know if that belt works with those shoes. You know, not on anything important but on fashion.