White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has only given six press conferences in the last twenty days, down sharply from his usual rate.

Carney’s partial retreat from the podium comes as the White House is facing increased pressure from the media, following the May 10 revelation of the IRS targeting scandal, and the May 13th revelation of the Justice Department’s surveillance of the Associated Press.

The president’s need for damage control was also boosted by the news of formerly secret emails that detailed the White House’s effort to downplay the political damage from the September 11, 2012 jihadi attack in Benghazi, and the news that the Justice Department was monitoring Fox News reporter James Rosen on direct orders from Attorney General Eric Holder.