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March 25th, 2009
09:00 AM ET

Look who's asking

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" President Barack Obama answers questions during a prime time news conference."]

The New York Times: No. Washington Post: No. No. Ebony Magazine: Yes.

When the President was asked about the drug war in Mexico and homelessness, the questions didn't come from the mainstream media. And last night's news conference seems to indicate a trend for this president... reaching out to voters wherever they get their news.

A correspondent from Univision asked the President whether the drug cartel violence on the Mexican border posed a national security threat to the United States. The plight of the poor was raised by a correspondent with Ebony magazine. Spending on national defense and veterans care came up in a question from a correspondent with the military newspaper Stars and Stripes.

The President took questions from niche reporters at his first news conference when he called on a correspondent from the Huffington post. That reporter wasn't called on this time. But a correspondent from new media newcomer Politico was.

Political observers say this is a savvy way for the President to sell his message by going over the heads of the mainstream news media. Tomorrow, the President has plans to take questions on the economy directly from Americans on the White House web site.

Filed under: Politics
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. karen-phoenix

    Great President for ALL the people!! He is a man who understands the average American worker!!! Thank you President Obama and team for trying to help us!! Sure shut Ed Henry up quick!!!

    March 25, 2009 at 10:27 am |
  2. pointofview

    duck and dodge, bob and weave.....

    March 25, 2009 at 9:33 am |
  3. Jason

    Brilliant move if you ask me. Many Americans are not news junkies, so they do pick up information from other sources. I think Obama is sending the message that he realizes that.

    March 25, 2009 at 9:04 am |