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December 28, 2013

Column: A New Year's resolution to revitalize presidential press conferences

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Or: The page one coverage of middle class citizens that found their income is just above the cutoff for federal health-care subsidies for lower income citizens — so Obama’s Affordable Care Act now requires them to pay 50 percent more for health-care insurance than they used to pay. Is that the way Obama wanted his program to work? Did he know his program would hurt the most those who can least afford it? What will he now say to those who have been hurt most by his program?

Our job as reporters is to make sure public officials are held accountable for their deeds and misdeeds. Whether at city hall, or the county zoning board, or the White House, our job is the same.

When we do it right, by focusing on facts and not our performing art, press conferences become important institutions of our democracy.

Martin Schram writes political analysis for Scripps Howard News Service.

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