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Trump to evict press corps from White House?

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    The media appears enraged by reports that Trump is considering evicting the press corps from the White House West Wing and relocating them to the Old Executive Office Building next door. Their reason is that the current briefing room cannot accommodate every reporter requesting access. However, it hasn't been a problem until now.

    My more cynical thought is that the press corps are another of Trump's "enemies", and he would just as soon keep them away from his staff. Out of sight...out of mind. No access to ask quick embarrassing questions.

    This would be the first step in controlling what the media reports (or doesn't report) during the Trump administration.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Schmidt Wrote: The media appears enraged by reports that Trump is considering evicting the press corps from the White House West Wing and relocating them to the Old Executive Office Building next door. Their reason is that the current briefing room cannot accommodate every reporter requesting access. However, it hasn't been a problem until now.

    My more cynical thought is that the press corps are another of Trump's "enemies", and he would just as soon keep them away from his staff. Out of sight...out of mind. No access to ask quick embarrassing questions.

    This is pretty worrisome and should bother people from any political persuasion.

    It's a flat out lie that there isn't enough room for credentialed press in the West Wing. The press have never once complained that there wasn't enough room for them. That, and the press briefing room underwent an extensive renovation during President Obama's tenure.

    What this is about is cutting off access to the press. As you said - no more quick embarrassing questions if they are all herded into an entirely different building.

    Schmidt Wrote: This would be the first step in controlling what the media reports (or doesn't report) during the Trump administration.

    Administrations have always tried to control the flow of information, but this would be taking it to a whole new extreme.

  • Independent
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    jaredsxtn Wrote:
    Schmidt Wrote: The media appears enraged by reports that Trump is considering evicting the press corps from the White House West Wing and relocating them to the Old Executive Office Building next door. Their reason is that the current briefing room cannot accommodate every reporter requesting access. However, it hasn't been a problem until now.

    My more cynical thought is that the press corps are another of Trump's "enemies", and he would just as soon keep them away from his staff. Out of sight...out of mind. No access to ask quick embarrassing questions.

    This is pretty worrisome and should bother people from any political persuasion.

    It's a flat out lie that there isn't enough room for credentialed press in the West Wing. The press have never once complained that there wasn't enough room for them. That, and the press briefing room underwent an extensive renovation during President Obama's tenure.

    What this is about is cutting off access to the press. As you said - no more quick embarrassing questions if they are all herded into an entirely different building.

    Schmidt Wrote: This would be the first step in controlling what the media reports (or doesn't report) during the Trump administration.

    Administrations have always tried to control the flow of information, but this would be taking it to a whole new extreme.

    I already mentioned this under the Alec Baldwin "threat" of Tony; read it there.
  • Center Left
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    I wonder how this will proceed. I hope (a lot) that strong editorial influences will consider this a threat to their livelihoods and not roll over in a useless way. All true journalists should react appropriately because they're being summarily dismissed. If they're worth anything this will be a call to bring the tyrant down. Probably an award for journalism if they don't cower instead.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Dutch -- Before I start a new thread I do a key word search to see if it has already been covered in another recent thread. I look at the titles of threads, but I won't find something that might be buried and off topic in another thread. I also know that some topics are mentioned in passing, but are far more important in my mind and deserving of its own thread. The Press Corps moving to another building is an example of one that I felt merited its own thread...as long as we can stay on topic.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Schmidt Wrote: Dutch -- Before I start a new thread I do a key word search to see if it has already been covered in another recent thread. I look at the titles of threads, but I won't find something that might be buried and off topic in another thread. I also know that some topics are mentioned in passing, but are far more important in my mind and deserving of its own thread. The Press Corps moving to another building is an example of one that I felt merited its own thread...as long as we can stay on topic.
    I agree.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Esquire: Exclusive: The Trump Administration May Evict the Press from the White House

    "They are the opposition party," a senior official says. "I want 'em out of the building. We are taking back the press room."

    That was just one statement by a Trump aide. Of course there are now others walking back that statement but at the same time adding confusion. There seems to be no coherent and consistent message on this topic...but isn't that the new normal?

  • Independent
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    jaredsxtn Wrote:
    Schmidt Wrote: Dutch -- Before I start a new thread I do a key word search to see if it has already been covered in another recent thread. I look at the titles of threads, but I won't find something that might be buried and off topic in another thread. I also know that some topics are mentioned in passing, but are far more important in my mind and deserving of its own thread. The Press Corps moving to another building is an example of one that I felt merited its own thread...as long as we can stay on topic.
    I agree.
    Yes. I agree as well; however I wrote that versus the time of this writing 12 hours ago, yours was posted 7 hours ago. Too bad that this site put "times" on it when it was posted. ha ha.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    There's no question that Donald Trump wants to limit the press's freedom to cover him. He has called them dishonest again and again, but perhaps more revealing of his intent comes from what he said at a rally in Texas in February:

    "One of the things I’m gonna do, and this is only gonna make it tougher for me, and I’ve never said this before, but one of the things I’m gonna do if I win … is I’m gonna open up our libel laws so when they write purposely negative and horrible and false articles, we can sue them and win lots of money. We’re gonna open up those libel laws.

    "So that when the New York Times writes a hit piece which is a total disgrace, or when the Washington Post … writes a hit piece, we can sue them and win money, instead of having no chance of winning because they’re totally protected.

    “With me, they’re not protected, because I’m not like other people… We’re gonna open up those libel laws, folks, and we’re gonna have people sue you like you never got sued before.”

    Can the President of the United States sue news outlets? Well yes. In New York Times Co. versus Sullivan, the Supreme Court ruled in 1964 that public persons, such as politicians, can win a suit against a media organization if the person can prove that the publication published information with actual malice, knowing it to be wholly incorrect, as well as in cases of reckless disregard. The NYT won this case, but the term "actual malice" was largely clarified by the court.

    Donald Trump is the master of lawsuits, and we can expect him to use this precedent setting case to intimidate media organizations that write "malicious stories" critical of him. He will do it for the publicity if nothing else. And if he has his crony installed on the Supreme Court he might actually win...5-4.

  • Center Left
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    If Nixon had such foresight he could have avoided Watergate. Don't let them say negative things about you. Even if it's true. W T F ?