President Obama’s news conference this evening lasted about an hour and he took questions from 13 reporters. Notably missing from those called on were the NYT, WaPo, WSJ and USA Today.
In this order: AP’s Jennifer Loven (called on first for the second time), NBC’s Chuck Todd, ABC’s Jake Tapper, CBS’ Chip Reid, Univision’s Lourdes Meluza, Stars and Stripes’ Kevin Baron, CNN’s Ed Henry, Fox News’ Major Garrett, Politico’s Mike Allen, Ebony’s Kevin Chappell, ABC Radio’s Ann Compton, Washington Times’ Jon Ward and AFP’s Stephen Collinson.
The first row from left to right was Univision, Garrett, Black Enterprise, Todd, Loven, Reid, Helen Thomas, Tapper, Essence, Henry and Telemundo.
Air America, in the first row during the President’s last press conference, was also seated in the front, just to the right of the podium. HuffPost, called on last time, is in the back row of the seating chart we’re looking at– in good company though with Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder and Slate’s John Dickerson.
Interestingly, on the White House seating chart, every journalist is listed with an affilation– except for Helen Thomas.