BS Barry and Transparency

The BS Master himself is begining to show his true colors. Here is CBS even reporting the audcity and arrogance of Zero.

Press Freedom, Sure. But No Questions.

There was some rich irony at the White House today — President Obama signed the Press Freedom Act, and then promptly refused to take any questions.The new law expands the State Department’s annual human rights reports to include a description of press freedoms in each country. It seemed a good opportunity to showcase press freedom in this country.

Recall that last Friday the president refused to take any questions after delivering his angry statement on the oil spill in the Rose Garden. And he has not held a prime-time White House news conference in many months, despite much pleading from pundits and members of the media.

So after he signed the bill, and as the press “wranglers” began aggressively herding us out of the room, I asked if he still has confidence in BP. He ignored the question so I tried this: “In the interest of press freedom, would you take a couple questions on BP?”

That did elicit a smile, and he told me I was free to ask questions. Someone else shouted, “Will you answer them?”

He said he’s not holding a press conference today as we were escorted out the door. LINK

UPDATE:  As reported by the WSJ [Wall Street Journal]

President Barack Obama on Monday signed a press freedom law while refusing to take questions from the press, but he helpfully told reporters he would be having a press conference later this week to take their queries.

President Barack Obama and Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon hold a joint news conference in the White House Rose Garden Wednesday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

That happened today, in the Rose Garden with Mexican President Felipe Calderon. What was originally to be two questions from American reporters and two more from Mexicans became one question from each.

Then Obama chose a reporter from the Spanish-language TV network Univision, who asked about his commitment to passing an overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws and his latest thoughts on the Arizona immigration law. Calderon turned to a Mexican correspondent who posed the same question to Obama.

The “press conference” resulted in one question, from two reporters, in English and Spanish, and no questions for Calderon.

Calderon had opened with a statement denouncing the Arizona law as discriminatory and calling on the U.S. government to move forward on an immigration law overhaul. Obama responded to the questions saying he, too, wants to move ahead on a comprehensive immigration strategy but that he lacked the votes in the Senate to pass one.

A friendly reminder: Obama has not held a full-scale, White House press conference since July.