The righty blogosphere has been pointing out for some time that President Obama hasn’t held a press conference since he stupidly said the police acted stupidly in the arrest of Skip Gates. It’s pretty clear that the lack of subsequent open press conferences is a tactic to keep the brilliant and eloquent Obama from putting his foot in his mouth again.

The mainstream media, however, has been quiet on this, abandoning its rabid criticism employed with a Republican who holds too few press conferences. Finally, though, somebody has noticed:

President Obama has not held a full news conference at the White House since July 22, the night he said that the Cambridge Police “acted stupidly” in the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates.

Since then, the president has delivered dozens of speeches and taken a few questions from reporters while with world leaders on foreign trips. But, lately, it is rare for him to take questions from the media at events or meetings at the White House.

Obama had five news conferences at the White House last year, one more than President George W. Bush had in his first year in office.