Former Press Secretary Dana Perino not that familiar with American press

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Tonight on On the Record, Greta Van Susteren wanted to know why President Obama only took two questions during his joint press conference with Mexican President Felipe Calderon, and she decided to ask someone who's intimately familiar with the White House Press Corps.

Unfortunately, she picked Dana Perino instead. Perino declared that Obama's actions showed his "disdain for the press," adding that if "Obama had taken questions from the American press it probably would not have been on immigration ... but that's the breaks."

Contrary to Perino's suggestion, Obama did take a question from the American press. He took one from Univision, which -- as their spokesperson reminded The Hill today -- is a member of the American press:

In a statement to The Hill, a Univision spokeswoman said: "Not only is Univision a U.S. based company -- we are headquartered in New York City -- but we are one of the top five networks in the country regardless of language.

You would expect someone who took questions from the White House Press Corps for more than a year to avoid mistakes like this. I suppose it's not all that surprising coming from someone who claimed America was not attacked on President Bush's watch and said she didn't know what the Cuban Missile Crisis was, but maybe Fox should rethink calling on her expertise.

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