Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Donald Trump Says He Will Evict the Press from the White House

Many of us warned that this was coming. Disappointingly, not enough people were paying attention.

Donald Trump's antagonistic behavior toward the press will continue. It will get much worse.

Here is Robert Reich's report:
According to three senior officials on the transition team, the incoming Trump administration is considering evicting the press from the White House press room and moving them – and news conferences -- to a conference center or to the Old Executive Office Building. (The “press room” contains work stations and broadcast booths, as well as the briefing area for presidential news conferences.)

Sean Spicer, Trump's press secretary, acknowledged that "there has been some discussion about how to do it” because the new administration would like to allow more members of the press into press conferences (and, presumably, more paid staffers to jeer at reporters who ask critical questions and applaud Trump’s answers, as they did at last week’s press conference).

Another senior official suggested that the move was a reaction to hostile press coverage, and the view that the press had become the enemy. "They are the opposition party," said the senior official. "I want 'em out of the building. We are taking back the press room."

Reporters have had workspace at the White House since Teddy Roosevelt was president, in 1901.

Another blow against democracy.


Exclusive: The Trump Administration May Evict the Press from the White House