Is the honeymoon over?:
According to Sun-Times columnist and long-time Chicago journalist, Carol Marin, journalists at Barack Obama news conferences have come to realize that Obama has pre-picked those journalists whom he will allow to ask him questions at the conference and many of them now “don’t even bother raising” their hands to be called upon.
Republican presidents don’t try to manage the press because the Republicans are evil. And Obama isn’t doing because they’ll let him get away with it (they won’t for much longer). Both sides do it because the White House Press Corps, by and large, is a lot more interested in playing gotcha than in responsible reporting. Also, frankly, because the whole mess of them are a lot easier to try and stage-manage than to be open with.
So now you know.