President Obama called on eight journalists in his year-end press conference Friday. All of them were women. While it was a deliberate move, the president made his calls without signaling that he was doing anything out of the ordinary. The White House determined that the very fact that he could call exclusively on female journalists told its own story. Twitter noticed, of course. The move even got a shout out from another famous journalist, PBS star Gwen Ifill.
see how newsy press conferences can be when women ask the questions?
— gwen ifill (@gwenifill) December 19, 2014
The following eight journalists asked questions at the presser:
Carrie Budoff Brown, Politico
Cheryl Bolen, Bloomberg
Julie Pace, Associated Press
Lesley Clark, McClatchy
Roberta Rampton, Reuters
Colleen M. Nelson, Wall Street Journal
Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post
April Ryan, American Urban Radio