Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter argued Sunday that People Magazine is "equally important" as the White House press corps.
"That is where a lot of Americans get their news," Cutter said.
Mainstream media outlets have criticized President Obama in recent weeks for refusing to take questions from the White House press corps. Obama has not taken questions from the press corps in eight weeks, but he has been interviewed by People and "Entertainment Tonight."
Obama answered questions like "What would your super power be, if you were a super hero" in a Friday interview with KOBFM in New Mexico. He also mispronounced the name of rapper Nas, an avowed Obama fan.
People's current cover story is about Jennifer Aniston's engagement to Justin Theroux.