Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The White House Press 

This is a discussion of why the White House press corp is no longer needed nor valuable to the media or citizens.  The problem is that it is an anachronism, and it never worked well anyway in terms of covering the President objectively.  President-elect Trump has successfully end-run the mainstream media with his twitter and social media presence.  He has stiffed reporters for months at a time because he doesn't like them -- and the feeling is mutual.  The White House press office is a medium and it is no longer as effective as it once was.  Good PR dictates that one change a medium when it no longer works well.  Will the reporters and journalists now scatter across Washington to report on how the President is doing?  Don't bet on it.  There is a magnetic pull toward the locus of power even if one is shut out of its considerations.  Look for more junior reporters to staff the room now even though it is a dead-end, and there might no longer be daily press briefings


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