The White House press room was a jovial place to be in the early days of President Barack Obama's presidency. But times have changed.
Back in May, POLITICO analyzed the press briefings and found that the instances of laughter — as indicated by "(Laughter)" being noted in the official transcript — occurred more than 10 times per day during press secretary Robert Gibbs's briefings.
But the laughter has been reduced by half in recent months: In the first six months of the Obama administration, briefings produced an average of 179 laughs per month. Over the past six months, the average has dropped down to 89.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Probably This is Why Jim VandeHei Sits on the Pulitzer Board.
It took two reporters to bring down the Nixon Administration but three to crap out this very important Drudge-bait.