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You mean softballs like:

- Golf, what does it do for you?

- How does your golf game hold up next to Tiger’s?

- What has enchanted you the most from serving in this office?

- In this fatherless world, where did you learn to love?

- Are you ready to call yourself the ‘comeback kid’?

- You definitely have some impressive accomplishments….And more than a lot of presidents who manage to get reelected. My question is, is it enough?

- Have you given up on the Republicans?

- I’m wondering if you think that [Republican presidential candidates are] uninformed, out of touch, or irresponsible?

All actual questions press asked Obama: http://dailycaller.com/2017/02/15/13-hard-hitting-questions-...

Reporters can ask whatever they want, including stupid/uninteresting questions, that's the point.

But limiting who can attend is only a move to signal they don't want hard questions and if you ask them you get banned.

Nobody wants hard questions, as such, but I agree it would be good for the President to allow diversity of viewpoints be represented in the press pool. I'm just saying journalists being soft and submissive towards the government with which they are politically aligned is not exactly the new thing that Trump threatens to unleash on us - it has happened many times before.

Allowing only those who are soft to ask questions is new.

Are you sure? Here is the report about closed sessions with reporters that Obama held:


It's not that some of the press was excluded, it's not that only "trusted" media was invited, it's that they agreed to not even report on what they talked about or who they met with. I think private meetings with no mention of them and reporting based on this as if they arrived to it by themselves and not were instructed by the administration is much cozier relationship than just being invited or not invited in one briefing.

If that's all they could find after eight years in office, you're making the opposite point to the one you think you're making.

Why that would be all? Of course it's not all. It's just one random article that I've seen couple of days ago, I didn't make a full survey of whole 8 years. It is enough though to establish the fact that the some of the press did field softball questions to Obama - in addition to publicly gushing about how awesome he is - which fact should be obvious to anybody who paid any attention through his tenure.

You didn't read the article did you? Most of these questions were asked in TV interviews which are generally very favorable to the President.

You didn't read the article did you?

The guidelines ask us

Please don't insinuate that someone hasn't read an article. "Did you even read the article? It mentions that" can be shortened to "The article mentions that." https://news.ycombinator.com/newsguidelines.html

Are they generally favorable to Trump too?

No, I meant the softballs coming from the Skype seats.

(yes yes, there have been reasonable questions from the Skype seats too)

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