"Trump vs. the White House Press Corps" is the headline the Wall Street Journal put on his column.
Isn't that called normal?
A free press certainly would hold a president accountable for his actions. Instead we have one that parties with the president annually. He may not hold press conferences, but by golly he will deliver a 15-minute monologue each year. This pre-dates Obama by many a president.
Fleischer sees something beyond the Never Trump attitude of the press.
From his column:
The clash will go beyond ideology and the media’s dislike of Mr. Trump personally. It will happen because, while the press as an institution is largely in decline throughout the U.S., the White House briefing room is one of the mainstream media’s last bunkers of power. It’s a place where they dominate—satisfied with the traditions and practices that predate social media—even as the press struggles, especially financially, with how news is made and covered today.After pointing out there are 750 correspondents but only 49 seats in the briefing room, Fleischer wrote:
The White House press secretary used to decide who got what seats, but this authority was given to the White House Correspondents Association in the middle of the George W. Bush administration. Nothing prohibits the incoming administration from taking it back. The valuable West Wing real estate occupied by the White House press corps isn’t the property of the press. It belongs to the U.S. government.Musical chairs.
Of course, President Trump will take back seating chart because he does not need the briefing room or the people in it.
Let me explain.
Trump built his empire in part by owning the media, one news cycle at a time, over the last four decades.
Now President Trump can use Twitter to win a news cycle. In less than 140 characters, he can trigger these jerks. It's easier than getting the dogs next door to bark.
Is jerking their chains fair?
The press hasn’t been kind to Donald Trump—and that isn’t its job. That job is to cover the news in a fair manner. But as the Columbia Journalism Review reported in October, campaign-finance disclosures show that those who work in journalism gave $396,000 to the presidential campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Mr. Trump, with more than 96% going to Mrs. Clinton.Left out are the corporate donations to Hillary from Disney (ABC), Comcast (NBC), Rupert Murdoch and family (Fox News), and Time Warner (CNN), just to name the broadcasters.
The reporters themselves are social justice warriors.
I don’t know what changes President-elect Trump will make, but he has extraordinary latitude. If he decides to go around the press entirely, abolish the daily briefing, give seats to different reporters, appoint a combative press secretary, or not take a press pool with him to dinner, the reason he’ll be able to get away with it is because the mainstream media lost the trust of the American people.Trump the press.
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