Michelle Obama holds “listen only” conference calls with media

It seems that the office of First Lady Michelle Obama held some invitation only conference calls with the media that were “listen only,” meaning that this was essentially an opportunity for Obama to make some statements and not have to answer questions.

I can’t be too hard on Obama here because the position of First Lady is really not an elected position and therefore not really directly accountable to the people she represents.  Certainly, should the First Lady do something wrong, it reflects poorly on the Executive, who is accountable.  But we do have to be somewhat reasonable here.  It is essentially an honorary position.

That said, I think this sets a poor precedent. This smacks of a propaganda machine that we would expect from a totalitarian regime in total control of the media message (I’ll leave it to the reader to fill in the blank).