“I don’t think that they’re more important, but I think they’re equally important. I think that’s where a lot of Americans get their news. And I think the president’s going to continue doing that.”

— Obama Deputy Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter on “State of the Union” when asked why the president is bypassing national news outlets to conduct interviews with celebrity trackers like People magazine and “Entertainment Tonight.”

Obama this year has done dozens of interviews with local outlets, talked with ESPN about his bracket picks and discussed Kim Kardashian’s divorce in his fourth appearance on ladies’ chat show “The View.”

By contrast, the president this year has granted only one solo press conference at the White House, which was his first in five months. He’s taken questions here and there, especially on overseas trips, but has avoided the dangers of open-ended sessions with the press corps that covers him.