But President Trump has put them in their place. I love hearing them WHINGE!
Andrew Marantz of New Yorker pointed out that the mainstream press believes it is entitled to dominate the daily press briefings by the White House press secretary, but Sean Spicer said no.
Those briefings are a ratings boom because the Fake News media with its unprecedented anti-Trump bias has turned all attention to the president.
And Donald Trump knows the value of those ratings.
And Donald Trump is making them sweat for those ratings.
This administration is calling on whatever reporters it wants, not the cable news dandies and quaintrelles who have mocked Donald Trump for the last year and a half.
They bet on the wrong team.
For years, the first question of each press briefing has usually gone to the Associated Press, whose reporters sit in the middle of the front row. In Spicer’s first briefing, on January 21st, which lasted five and a half minutes, he uttered several verifiable falsehoods—“This was the largest audience to ever witness an Inauguration, period”—then left without taking any questions.
For the first question of his second briefing, he called on the New York Post, whose reporter, sitting in the fifth row, was clearly surprised. He asked, “When will you commence the building of the border wall?”
In Spicer’s third briefing, his first question went to a reporter from LifeZette, who wondered why the Administration hadn’t taken a harder line on immigration. Many of Spicer’s early briefings were unusually short—about half an hour, with ten minutes of prepared remarks in the beginning.
He often escapes from the podium without facing many tough questions from mainstream journalists. (This month, perhaps hoping to foreclose public scrutiny, or to starve “Saturday Night Live” of material, Spicer did his briefings off-camera for a week.)The net effect is President Trump's mouthpiece was asked as many tough questions as Barack Obama's mouthpiece was.
At his own press conference, President Trump did not allow belligerent reporters get away with preening before the cameras.
As reporters asked questions, Trump rated their performances in real time (“Not a simple question, not a fair question”; “That was very professional and very good”), pitted them against each other (“Should I let him have a little bit more? What do you think, Peter?”), and, like a power-drunk Merlin, ordered them to stand or sit, speak or go silent. Reporters, apart from venting their frustration on Twitter, had no choice but to sit silently and take the abuse.Aw, poor babies.
Maybe we can find them a safe place.
The mainstream dips spent most of 2016 covertly campaigning for Clinton.
Welcome to the big leagues, boys and girls.
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