Duck and cover, or shrewd?
From BNA (no link):
"I know that the Left and the Democrats and some in the media would rather have me addressing [ethics issues], but I will not do that here in the pen and pads [briefings]," DeLay told reporters. "If you have any questions outside of the scope of the House floor agenda or other legislative issues we're addressing in the House, then I would direct them to my press staff." He said this was not a policy change. However, he has answered dozens of questions about the ethics allegations in recent weeks during his weekly press briefings.