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Saturday, January 11, 2020

Don't meet the press

Unable to get the president on impeachment, or to turn Iran's attack on our embassy in Iraq into Benghazi, or even to spin the best economy in 50 years into anything but the best economy in 50 years, the media and their friends in government are whining that President Donald John Trump has not held a press briefing in 300-plus days.

That is a lie, of course.

White House officials brief the press all the time. Mike Pompeo and Steve Mnuchin brief the press very publicly on Friday. The president briefed them on Tuesday about Iran's attack on 2 bases in Iraq.

As for press conferences, the president holds them all the time, usually on his way to Marine One helicopter on his way to Air Force One. This has been the most newsworthy presidency in my life. He talks to the press all the time.

What White House reporters miss are those daily press briefings with the press secretary. They were ratings gold.

The Hill reported on February 10, 2017, three weeks into the presidency, "White House press secretary Sean Spicer's briefings have proved to be ratings gold for the cable news networks, even beating soap operas like The Bold and the Beautiful and General Hospital on broadcast networks CBS and ABC.

"Spicer’s briefings, carried live by Fox News, CNN and MSNBC, are delivering an average of 4.3 million viewers, according to Nielsen data. Statistics show that across Fox, CNN and MSNBC, audiences jump by an average of 10% when Spicer appears on screen for the briefings."

Cable news had a good thing going. But the media blew it. Actress Melissa McCarthy mocked Spicer on SNL. Jim Acosta of CNN made a mockery of reporting. He didn't ask questions; he made a spectacle of himself. He once read The New Colossus poem by Emma Lazarus to mock the White House position on immigration.

Instead of reining him in like a professional association would, the White House Correspondents Association defended him (and later a Playboy reporter who challenged Sebastian Gorka to a fight at a press conference).

Eventually, the president had enough of these antics, and pulled the plug on the free ratings gift.

They get crumbs now. They have to hope the president will take questions before boarding Marine One. Gone are the formal, scheduled, daily show in the White House studio where the reporters get airtime when asking their questions. Now the focus is only on the president.

The children's table crowd now demands a return to the grownup table. They had their friends in government make their case.

CNN reported on Friday, "In an open letter, a group of 13 former White House press secretaries, foreign service and military officials call for the return of regular White House and other press briefings."


The letter itself was a hoot. The 13 officials were mainly spokesmen for Clinton and Obama.

They said, "An informed press corps strengthens our ability to govern. Yes, presidents are now able to communicate directly via the Internet, social media and tweets. But most Americans will learn about the work of the White House in the reports they see, read, and hear in what we collectively call 'the press.'"

How so?

They said, "Regular briefings also force a certain discipline on government decision making. Knowing there are briefings scheduled is a powerful incentive for administration officials to complete a policy process on time. Put another way, no presidents want their briefers to say, day after day, we haven't figured that one out yet."

Huh? Did Dee Dee Myers, Jay Carney and company just admit that Clinton and Obama rushed decisions so the press secretary would not look bad at a daily briefing? For that reason alone, dump it.

The nation is ill-served by this press which has tossed aside objectivity in favor of overturning the 2016 election results.

The president is seeing them driven before him, hearing the lamentations of their women, and drinking their tears.

As Adele once sang, they could have had it all.


  1. What did Twain say? If you dont read the paper you are uninformed, if you do, misinformed. B.S.G.

    1. Yep. U.S. media is caca.

    2. Thomas Jefferson said:
      “Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle. The real extent of this state of misinformation is known only to those who are in situations to confront facts within their knowledge with the lies of the day”


      “I will add, that the man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them; inasmuch as he who knows nothing is nearer to truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods & errors. He who reads nothing will still learn the great facts, and the details are all false.”

      History repeats itself.

    3. If you like to read about what is going on in America and the world, the best thing to do is read Don Surber's blog. If you're in a hurry, just read the Highlights posts. Otherwise read it all (except Nonny's multi-page screeds in the "Comments" sections).

  2. Why should he give enemies of the country anything, including attention?

    1. Why should he give his enemies anything?

    2. I like that last missile he gave Iran

    3. Neocons love missiles and bombs. They get to pound their chests and virtue signal to the world. Might makes right!

      Only a neocon would claim Trump is extricating us for war when he drops 40K bombs a year. Might makes right in their own sick eyes.

      This blog is now the fake news leader for the Ever Trumpers.

    4. Obama is a neocon then.

  3. I love the chopper pressers. I just wish they'd bring out a firehose and douse all the commies after the chopper takes off (colder the better).

    1. Now THAT would be a ratings bonanza! Heck, they would probably volunteer for it.

    2. Basically, the press is whining that they don't get the face time that they were so used to so that they can advance their careers. Trump is the most accessible President in decades, giving press briefings himself rather than a press secretary. Brilliantly, he has the camera on himself rather than the crying press. They have been reduced to screaming questions at him like the spoiled children that they are. Acosta no longer can look like a tough guy anymore and it's killing him. It's no longer about them. It's about POTUS. LOVE IT!!!

  4. I used to think that it was “just the way it is” when R presidents got regularly savaged by the press while D’s got asked how they slept. It is no longer debatable that the media is completely in the tank for the LibCommies; therefore, it’s perfectly acceptable for Mr. T to say drop and give me twenty. Besides, the sheep don’t even report any more anyways. They just wait for the latest Ben Rhodes e-mail and copy from it. Fooking snowflakes.

  5. U.S. media deserve nothing from the Trump administration. Trump is right to make them irrelevant because of their 96 percent negative coverage. U.S. media today are the Democrat hate machine.

  6. The news media had a good thing going. But then they started palling around with Hugh Briss.

  7. "See" is the key word. The White House lawn Q and As don't lend themselves to the "reporter" getting on camera. As far as I knew, Jim Acosta had gone to work for Sears over the last year. He got some clips off the Iran situation recently.

  8. Don, it got to the point press briefings were boring as the some old stuff with the same boring reporters hogging the briefing. I couldn't watch any more of their stupidity.


  9. Vocabulary : The Press : a large set of media of which the White House press corps is but a small and untruthful part.

  10. The White House press corps somehow missed the obvious..."You're Fired"
    What a bunch of baby-arsed maroons.
    Anybody with two cells of brain matter could see this one coming.

    But they didn't and now the whine.

  11. The president has more important things to do with his time.