Fox News’ Chief White House correspondent Ed Henry reported on Thursday that several leftist journalists received special invites to the West Wing today:
This is hardly the first time that the White House has invited certain journalists to hear the President’s point of view on current events. In October, Obama had an off-the-record meeting with The Washington Post’s Charles Krauthammer, the Wall Street Journal editorial page editor Paul Gigot, National Review’s Washington editor Robert Costa, former CNN co-host Kathleen Parker, and Byron York of the Washington Examiner. In May, the White House had a “deep background” session on Benghazi with a special group of reporters. In September, Obama had another off-the-record meeting with journalists on Syria.
According to Juan Williams, who attended today’s off-the-record meet-up about Obamacare:
I met with other senior officials at the White House, I can tell you they are in full fight mode over the Affordable Healthcare Act right now. What you hear from these senior officials is they’re concerned about what happened with insurance companies; they wish the insurance companies hadn’t sent out the cancellation notices; and if they had, that they had simply call them renewals. They feel as if they had a major systems failure, a major management failure, and they’re trying to get back on track….There is frustration, that’s clear from everybody who I was talking to this morning at the White House.