When you are a sleazy business man who lacks a moral compass, you accumulate a lot of material to hide. Trump’s new administration will have to work over time to hide his crap. They’ve already lied and covered up for him, so we can expect it to continue. And as the news media reports on Trump’s indiscretions and his lack of ethics, they bear the brunt of Trump’s tweets and his anger.
Trump has sought to break tradition wherever he can to prove his dominance and fluff his ego. And now, in an unprecedented move, Trump’s team is intimating that they may give the boot to the press in the White House press room.
He’s got Twitter and Facebook, you know. He doesn’t need the media.
“They are the opposition party,” a senior official says. “I want ’em out of the building. We are taking back the press room.”
According to three senior officials on the transition team, a plan to evict the press corps from the White House is under serious consideration by the incoming Trump Administration. If the plan goes through, one of the officials said, the media will be removed from the cozy confines of the White House press room, where it has worked for several decades. Members of the press will be relocated to the White House Conference Center—near Lafayette Square—or to a space in the Old Executive Office Building, next door to the White House.
The report continues on to point out,
For the media, the White House press room—situated on the first floor, in the space between the presidential residence and the West Wing—is not only a convenience, with prime sources just steps away. It is also a symbol of the press’ cherished role as representatives of the American people. In the midst of the George W. Bush presidency, when relations between reporters and the Administration were growing testy, the White House press corps was removed from the press room for nearly a year, while the facility was remodeled. The move prompted such concern that the president himself had to offer his assurance that it was only temporary. (As it happened, press conferences were held at the White House Conference Center during the renovation).
Trump himself, of course, is in many ways a creature of the press, and it remains to be seen whether he will sign off on a plan that puts more distance between him and the cameras whose attention he has long sought. But for some Trump officials, the media’s presumption of entitlement all but requires a change. If there is a credo that reflects the culture inside the James Brady Briefing Room (named after President Ronald Reagan’s first press secretary, who was wounded by a bullet meant for Reagan), it is that presidents come, and presidents go, but the White House press corps is forever. In that sentiment, some in the transition team discern precisely the attitude that led to the revolt that elected Trump president.
We are sure that this will only be the beginnings of King Trump and his new handlers’ decisions on how to shield him from examination. It does make one wonder, why put the press at such a distance? What is there to hide?
Jim Acosta from CNN, after being verbally attacked by Trump during his first press conference in 6 months, said afterward, “There’s something worse than fake news and that’s the denial of real news.” This is precisely what Donald Trump has a MAJOR problem with…real news.