Media furious at White House press corps over flubbed gun violence presser

Posted By GABRIELLE LEVY, UPI.com   |   Dec. 19, 2012 at 12:50 PM   |   Comments

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Dec. 19 (UPI) -- During a press conference at the White House Wednesday, President Obama made major announcements on the formation of a task force to combat gun violence.

By all accounts, the administration's push for change on gun control following the massacre in Newtown, Conn., last week, is a major step.

But the White House press corps apparently missed the memo. When the president opened the briefing up to questions, reporters wasted the opportunity.

The first four questions were all on the ongoing fiscal cliff negotiations, rather than the topic at hand.

Finally, for the fifth question, the questions turned back to gun violence.

On Twitter, media outside the room watched first in disbelief, then exasperation and finally anger as Obama fielded questions about his discussions with Speaker of the House John Boehner, his willingness to fall off the fiscal cliff and the deal the hopes Congress will make.

It began with optimism...

Which fell away quickly.

At least there was Jack Tapper.

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