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Saturday, November 10, 2018

The Trump Administration began asserting its power over White House correspondents by establishing that lying was a feature of its communications with the media, then excluded cameras from some White House briefings, then discontinued the practice of daily briefings, and has finally banned a reporter from the White House. What should the media do now?





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Americans, including those who claim to have no use for the media that Trump calls "fake," expect the press to perform a public function. The media is the fourth estate of the political system, and the only one expected to earn its own keep, independent of how well it performs its service to the public. With significant but limited exceptions -- such as NPR, ProPublica, and the Marshall Project -- American media producers are rewarded not for how well they inform the public but for how many sets of eyes they can draw to advertising. The correlation between these two measures is tenuous, if it exists at all. In the end, the decision about whether to walk out of the White House, report the latest tweet, or publish an anonymous Op-Ed is made on the basis largely -- if not solely -- of market factors: How will it play against the competition, and how many people will be drawn to read it? That's the sort of logic that makes perfect sense to Trump, who believes that the world turns on the profit motive. But Americans may want to reconsider the wisdom of entrusting the fourth estate to the laws of the commercial marketplace.


#1 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-11-09 08:39 PM | Reply

donald would have a ---- hemorrhage if he didn't seem himself in the news every morning.

#2 | Posted by REDIAL at 2018-11-09 08:54 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2


#3 | Posted by fresno500 at 2018-11-09 09:09 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

2: He'd still be able to see himself on Fox every morning.

#4 | Posted by woe_is_W at 2018-11-09 09:26 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Fine with me - boycott it. No matter what Trump says, they will just make up their own stories regardless to paint it in the most negative light. A little hint for the 'newspeople' - you are way less respected and believed than Trump. If you are no longer in the loop, it will be better for everyone. I would suspect that you will be replaced by more unbiased reporters that know how to separate facts from the writer's opinion in writing the articles. It is pretty clear that the American people are sick of the hyper-partisanship at this point and the 'unbiased reporting' market is completely untapped at this point.

Trump has done with no other politician has been able to do. Rather than try to buy favorable coverage in the press, he simply made it irrelevant using social media. Now, I know you are already thinking - Twitter can kick him off! Yeah, maybe. But if Twitter did that, Trump would simply go to another one and take 50% of the US population with him. Without the US market, none of the big social media companies can survive so Twitter will never do this.

I know it has not fully sunken in yet, so I will post it again - the press is irrelevant. The irony is that their destruction was entirely self-inflicted and their hubris stopped them from acting when they could have still saved the industry.

#5 | Posted by moveon_2020 at 2018-11-09 09:27 PM | Reply | Funny: 3 | Newsworthy 1

"you are way less respected and believed than Trump"

Sure by stupid dumbshi#s like you.

#6 | Posted by woe_is_W at 2018-11-09 09:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"press is irrelevant"
Posted by Herr Goebbels

#7 | Posted by woe_is_W at 2018-11-09 09:33 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"the press is irrelevant. "

History on line one.

Nixon on line two.

#8 | Posted by Danforth at 2018-11-09 09:35 PM | Reply

"you are way less respected and believed than Trump"
Sure by stupid dumbshi#s like you.

No, it is dumbsh#s like you that fail to realize that the press has changed their business model from advertising driven which enabled an unbiased news desk (like the big 3 nightly news) to either corporate owned to push an agenda (Washington Post) or click-bait by publishing increasingly fake stories (NYT, LAT, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News) trying to appeal to a polarized market place by being the most extreme.

I think this is why you see the most outraged at CNN. Everyone knew the MSNBC was fake news from the start. They never pretended to be real journalists. However, CNN did serve this function once.

#9 | Posted by moveon_2020 at 2018-11-09 09:40 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"History on line one.
Nixon on line two.

2018 is on the line asking why the F are you still using voice on a phone for communication rather than a text or picture based app.

#10 | Posted by moveon_2020 at 2018-11-09 09:42 PM | Reply | Funny: 1



Good point.
When are you launching you all-emoji newspaper?

#11 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-11-09 09:45 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

"trying to appeal to a polarized market place by being the most extreme."

Thanks, Capitalism!

#12 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-11-09 09:46 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"2018 is on the line asking why..."

...you're so ignorant of history.

#13 | Posted by Danforth at 2018-11-09 09:47 PM | Reply

9: which news source do you consider to be reliable?

#14 | Posted by woe_is_W at 2018-11-09 09:49 PM | Reply

"9: which news source do you consider to be reliable?"

Can we lay odds on the answer?
I'm going with R/T.

#15 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-11-09 09:52 PM | Reply

15: yes, or the voices in his head.

#16 | Posted by woe_is_W at 2018-11-09 09:54 PM | Reply

All the left wingers should.

#17 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-11-10 11:29 AM | Reply

The press corp does ask loaded questions that they know that Trump won't answer. They're always looking for a slip-of-the-tongue that they can mushroom into a banner headline/byline on page one.

Of course, in Trump's case, he brings it on himself. Trump would like the press better if they only lobbed softball questions that he can convolute into self-aggrandizement to puff up his ego for public consumption.

If Trump was smarter he'd know that the printed word is mighter than the sword. But smart is never a word that's synonymous with Trump. Our president is, for all intents and purposes, an idiot.

#18 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-11-11 12:11 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

I like it:

Anika Noni Rose @AnikaNoniRose

Dear news outlets, you want to do something radical and powerful? Next white house press event with the president, only send your Black woman reporters. #IfYouHaveAny

#19 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-11-11 12:39 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The worst thing they could do is go but turn their backs on Trump when he arrived at the podium.

That's what every above average intelligence person in the country is already doing.

#20 | Posted by jpw at 2018-11-11 01:39 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3


With no questions asked.

#21 | Posted by memyselfini at 2018-11-11 03:35 AM | Reply

Jim Acosta assaulted an intern.


regardless of the speed of his touch.

#22 | Posted by drivelikejehu at 2018-11-11 08:41 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

#22 that is actually not true. Go look at the articles on it.

#23 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-11-11 09:57 AM | Reply

This response might just be the most effective response to Trump's absurd war against the press.

#24 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-11-11 01:57 PM | Reply

If Acosta's press pass isn't reinstated then they absolutely should boycott.

#25 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-11-11 02:23 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I'm gonna call the MSMs bluff....the MSM must do it or else it makes them look less relevant.

My guess is they won't take the bait.

The MSM might not have journalist integrity but they aren't stupid.

#26 | Posted by jamesgelliott at 2018-11-11 07:05 PM | Reply

I don't think they should boycott, but they should write stories with the facts in them.

#27 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-11-12 10:03 AM | Reply

I am sure that CNN has someone else who can replace Acosta. CNN is not banned, just an individual.

#28 | Posted by MSgt at 2018-11-12 11:28 AM | Reply

If the press stopped covering the White House, this administration would simply release its own unquestioned propaganda.

#29 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2018-11-12 11:29 AM | Reply

"someone else who can replace Acosta."

Because Jim was Accosta-ed?

#30 | Posted by Danforth at 2018-11-12 11:30 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

I am sure that CNN has someone else who can replace Acosta.


Why should CNN replace Acosta just because Trump is a thin skinned b----?

#31 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2018-11-12 02:59 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I know it has not fully sunken in yet, so I will post it again - the press is irrelevant.

we have a winner!!!!!

#32 | Posted by cjk85 at 2018-11-12 03:43 PM | Reply

#32 we have a winner!

There's nothing worse than waking up to an alarm that points to the fact that Trump hasn't found the fight
that he's looking for. The constant cycling between defining external enemies with internal greatness
restrictions will be a dead giveaway that weakness is the majority. And our enemies love weakness.
It formulaically informs them that the search for the fight they're looking for is over.

#33 | Posted by ajwood at 2018-11-12 05:29 PM | Reply

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