Just when the DC press corps thought it was safe to go in the scotch-and-water at the bar, along comes President Trump to bite them again.
From the New York Post:
Drug testing floated for White House press corps
By Richard Johnson
One proposal on dealing with the media that was pitched to President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team calls for drug testing the White House press corps.
Trump’s attacks on the mainstream media were a cornerstone of his campaign and last week he called BuzzFeed a “failing pile of garbage,” but forcing reporters to undergo random drug tests would provoke a media meltdown.
The pee-in-a-cup proposal (yellow journalism indeed) was one of 13 ideas one candidate for White House press secretary wrote in November in a confidential memo to members of the Presidential Transition Team’s Executive Committee.
He didn’t get the job, and I am not naming him because his proposal could harsh the mellow of his fellow journalists.
Sean Spicer, who was spokesman for the Republican National Committee, is Trump’s press secretary, and told me, “I support whatever security measures are recommended by the Secret Service.”Remember when Trump mailed his 1995 tax return to the New York Times last October? The Times wrote a quadruple bylined story on it that said he had paid no taxes for years.
Millions of Americans applauded. I still don't think the New York Times realizes that.
My guess is Trump got this into Page Six (the New York Post's gossip column which has been a staple of his PR efforts for four decades). Fits his modus operandi.
One day, the DC press corps will realize he knows journalism better than they do. One day.
Till then, I am having the time of my life.
@@@@donsurber If they don't have enough anti-psychotics on board, give them some.— Joseph C. Peden (@peden_c) January 14, 2017
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