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February 16, 2017

The National Laughingstock: The Fact That Trump Won't Talk to Our Blatantly Biased Prog Rag Should "Terrify You"

Obama's war on the press, bringing in the NSA to snoop on reporters writing critically about him, wasn't terrifying.

But the fact that Trump is freezing out the National Laughingstock -- which even the CEO of NPR thinks looks like a liberal mirror-image of Breitbart -- is "terrifying."


But the National Laughingstock feels the sting of a diminishment of its social position and privilege, and is going to whine about it some onw:

Donald Trump is freezing out the mainstream media. That should terrify you.

By Chris Cillizza February 15 at 1:51 PM

President Trump has held three news conferences with foreign leaders over the last several weeks. The traditional format for these events is that the U.S. press gets two questions and the foreign press gets two. That's it.

Here are the U.S. news organizations Trump has called on for questions in each of those three pressers:

Shinzo Abe/Donald Trump (Feb. 10)

NY Post
Fox

Justin Trudeau/Donald Trump (Feb. 13)

ABC 7 (Sinclair)
Daily Caller

Benjamin Netanyahu/Donald Trump (Feb. 15)

Christian Broadcasting Network
Townhall

All six of those outlets are conservative or conservative leaning. In the case of the last two news conference -- Feb. 13 and 15 -- none of the questions asked were about Michael Flynn, the recently departed national security adviser, or the recent revelations regarding the regular contact between the Trump campaign and Russian intelligence officials....


Now. Simply because all six of the media outlets that Trump has called on of late have varying degrees of conservative bent doesn't mean their reporters aren't serious and good journalists. But, there is a difference in taking questions from outlets with a partisan lean and taking them from mainstream media outlets who are absolutely committed to playing it straight.

You've got to be fucking kidding me right now with this shit.

...

That's a very dangerous precedent -- and should worry you whether you voted for Trump, voted for Hillary Clinton or didn't vote at all in the 2016 election. Why? Because the partisan press is not the same thing as the free and independent press....

Holy shit, you were serious.

Hate Trump or love him, the idea that he is purposely freezing out mainstream media reporters because he doesn't like the sort of questions they ask is chilling. Down that path lies nothing good for journalism -- or democracy.

But all hail the Deep State for doing its patriotic duty of leaking classified foreign intercepts to the media.


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