Fox News White House correspondent Major Garrett has accused the White House of blackballing him during President Obama's press conference last week by not allowing him to pose a question. "That was retribution for the Fox network, broadcast network, running with its regularly scheduled programming instead of taking the White House press conference," he told the TVNewser website. (The Fox News cable network did carry it uninterrupted.) "I was warned that [the broadcast network's decision] might be considered as part of the overall consideration as to whether or not I'd be called on," Garrett added. He predicted that the other broadcast networks will eventually follow Fox's lead and stop interrupting their primetime programming once a month to televise presidential news conferences and ask themselves, "'Are we becoming a news organization or are we just becoming a megaphone for the White House?' ... I wouldn't be surprised if some of the other networks peel off following Fox's lead."

04/05/2009