His reward? A study showed 90 percent of the press coverage of him in the general election was negative.
As president, he plans to return the favor. He plans to be as cold to the press as Obama is. Unlike Obama, Trump won without them. The press knows this and is scrambling to make its case before a public that hates them more than they hate him
From Michael M. Grynbaum, media writer for the New York Times:
Is it a big deal if a president goes to dinner and the press doesn’t know? In a word, yes, according to former administration officials, journalists and a group of press advocacy organizations that issued an open letter to Mr. Trump on Wednesday arguing that Americans “deserve to know what the president is doing.”That organization -- the National Press Club -- did not protest the biased coverage of Trump in the attempted Coup de Press this summer and fall.
The broader idea, advocates argue, is that the president’s whereabouts ought to be recorded — for public reassurance and the historical record, and so the president has reporters nearby to quickly communicate with the public in a crisis.
And if Mr. Trump rejects the decades-old practice of the “pool,” where journalists follow the president even to the most banal engagements, will he adhere to other traditions such as news conferences and press briefings that are meant to inform the public about matters of greater import, but are not mandated by law?Baloney. This has nothing to do with recording history as it happens. It's business. Access to the president is a valuable commodity. From Jimmy Kimmel to Kermit the Frog on "Sesame Street," television shows trumpet their exclusive interviews with a president because he is good for ratings.
Hannity should have job security for the next eight years.
The rest of them bet the wrong pony.
This is no dark secret.
More from Grynbaum:
Rebecca Katz, a Democratic strategist who has led press strategy for Senator Harry Reid of Nevada and Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York, said that news organizations risked creating a “boy who cries wolf” problem if journalists did not justify why access mattered.
“The media must make clear that an informed press makes an informed public,” Ms. Katz said. “The establishment needs to figure out a way to communicate with regular people about what’s important.”
Mr. Trump’s press team has told reporters that it expects to arrange a traditional pool as early as next week, attributing recent hiccups to the hectic transition period. On Wednesday, Jason Miller, a spokesman for Mr. Trump, conceded that the unannounced “21” visit “was an example where there could have been a little bit better communication.”
But, Mr. Miller added, “For some in the media, unless they’re actually sitting at the table, seeing if he’s getting the chicken or the fish, they will never be happy.”That last sentence is a scream.
Sally Quinn retired from the Washington Post told Grynbaum: “I think his base would like nothing more than to see him take on the press, and say, ‘I don’t care what you think. I’m going to do whatever I want to do.’ It’s been a winning strategy up until now.”