Sunday, February 26, 2017

New York Times: Barring the White House Press Corps From the White House

"It’s tempting to take Friday’s petty decision by the Trump White House to bar certain news organizations from a briefing — something no administration of either party has ever done — as a backhanded compliment to the reporters whose honest work provoked the president’s latest foot-stamping tantrum.”

Yep, Donald T went after the media big time again yesterday, while his press spokesman barred some outlets including the New York Times from a briefing, a first. (Times editorial below.) But you know, this is hardly a catastrophe. In some ways (in my opinion), much of the media would be far better off if their complete operations inside the White House, hanging on every word and twitch there, were dismantled and they had to start reporting on the present nightmare from the rest of the world, our world, instead. Much of the media edifice in Washington has long been, in its own way, part and parcel of how our governmental world operates. A shake-up won't hurt this mind-numbing process at all. — TomDispatch