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Obama in ‘fight mode,’ calls private meeting with very select media

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President Obama held another secret, closed-door meeting at the White House Thursday with select journalists.

Fox News’ Ed Henry tweeted this comment about the private, off-the-record meeting:

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According to Politico, “MSNBC hosts, liberal pundits” were the typical attendees:

MSNBC’s Ed Schultz and Lawrence O’Donnell, Washington Post economics blogger Ezra Klein, Mother Jones Washington bureau chief David Corn, Talking Points Memo editor and publisher Josh Marshall, ThinkProgress editor-in-chief Judd Legum, Atlantic senior editor Garance Franke-Ruta, Salon political writer Brian Beutler and Fox News contributor Juan Williams.

Juan Williams appeared on Fox News immediately after the meeting, saying that he couldn’t reveal the president’s remarks.

“I met with other senior officials at the White House. “I can tell you they are in full fight mode over the Affordable Care Act right now,” Williams said. “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 called 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.”

Williams said everyone he spoke to at the White House was frustrated over the HealthCare.gov website problems and the relatively low number Obamacare enrollees.

This is not the first time the president has held off-the-record meetings with the media. Other sessions were held in May and October.

Watch Williams’ comments on the meeting at the 2:45 mark via Fox News:


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