The boo-hoo bears in the media complained.
So Trump ditched his press pool tonight to grab a steak dinner-- a terrible violation of protocol that his defenders will probably cheer— Sam Stein (@samsteinhp) November 16, 2016
Yes, we cheer.
We remember the 2011 White House Correspondents Association dinner in which the Washington Post invited The Donald, only to laugh at him as the president of the United States mocked him -- live on national television.
Who's sorry now?
From Buzz Feed News:
For days, the press pool that travels with Trump has been frustrated in following the movements of Trump and his advisers. Though a Trump spokesperson has said he will have a traditional press pool, which provides information on all of a president’s appearances and statements in public, he has already left reporters behind multiple times.
As the photo of Trump at the steakhouse spread on social media, the press pool said they had no information about the president-elect’s whereabouts. They had been told earlier in the day that Trump would be not making any movements, the Associated Press reported, but before 8 p.m. Trump left in a “presidential-style motorcade.”
“We are chasing down the possibility that Donald Trump left Trump Tower without the press pool tonight and went to a steakhouse,” the pool report said. “Will update as soon as I have something reportable.”
The pool later updated that the block outside the restaurant was shut down by police, and reporters were standing outside.
Hope Hicks, a spokeswoman for Trump, said she “wasn’t aware” of Trump’s movement in advance and she had no intention of leaving “the press in the dark.”Well, the press kept us in the dark for eight years about the Obama administration's shenanigans, or tried to.
Meanwhile, NBC News headlined a double bylined story: "As Trump Leaves Press Behind for Steak Dinner, Incoming Admin Already Showing Lack of Transparency."
Yes, the republic will crumble into a dictatorship if we don't know if he had his steak medium or medium rare.
What next? Going to the bathroom without telling Chris Mathews whether it is a No. 1 or a No. 2?
Elections have consequences. The media mocked Trump throughout this campaign in the hope of gaining access to Hillary. They were with her.
The loss of access matches the loss in credibility.
Deal with it.
Make no mistake. I support a free press. When do we get one?