White House arranges media day for local TV

WASHINGTON (AP) ? Nine local TV stations from across the country and the Hearst Television network are being given special access to the White House. That means on-air time with President Barack Obama and top administration officials to discuss his stalled $447 billion jobs bill.

The anchors will hear from several Cabinet secretaries and get access to other senior officials Tuesday. They’ll also broadcast their evening news live from the South Lawn.

The media day gives Obama another opportunity to try to rally the public around his plan to create jobs and grow the economy. Senate Republicans have blocked action on the bill because they object to Obama’s call for more direct federal spending as well as a new tax on millionaires to pay for it.