Trump doesn't want reporters on duty at the White House

Thursday, 19 Jan, 2017

But despite Trump officials arguing that their plan would give the media more access, Mason said in his statement that moving the press corps from the White House is a nonstarter because the location gives them crucial access that is critical to journalists effectively doing their jobs.

Donald Trump's full-court press on the USA media has extended from questioning their integrity ("the dishonest media") and their credibility (Buzzfeed, a "failing pile of garbage"; CNN, "fake news") to, in recent days, floating the idea of removing the White House press corps from the White House.

"They are the opposition party", the official said. I want the Dinner to become so perverted and unseemly that celebrities stop attending and sharing tables with politicians and pundits.

The incoming White House press secretary's repeated suggestions that reporters covering a Trump administration may be moved out of the executive mansion left the White House Correspondents' Association vowing Sunday to "fight" such a change. That is the White House, where you can fit four times the amount of people in the press conference, allowing more press, more press coverage from all over the country to have those press conferences. But despite all their attempts to communicate a rosy view of the White House, there were lines that Obama's team never crossed, including booting the press corps.

The journalists are already pushing back against the proposed move.

Priebus said: "I know that some of the folks in the press are uptight about this, and I understand". "And then we're giving the rest, the next five, to various bloggers, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera". But people won't see all the work behind the scenes that will make the White House livable as soon as the president-elect is sworn in.

He referred to the thousands of media requests to cover his press conference in NY last week - his first in 168 days - an event that was capped at 400. Trump used Twitter as his main tool of communication and did not hold a news conference as president-elect until two months after the November 8 election.

Overseas precedents demonstrate how this method, taken to the extreme, can be used to discredit the media and damage their ability to provide oversight.

Sean Spicer, who was spokesman for the Republican National Committee, is Trump's press secretary, and told me, "I support whatever security measures are recommended by the Secret Service".

I flashed my White House press pass at the guard at the northwest gate, cleared security and walked unmolested up the North Lawn driveway to the West Wing. Trump's ties with Russian Federation aren't going to motivate more journalists to keep their distance and their integrity, but losing their seat at the table might just do it. He and his team treat the press as an enemy to be defeated and destroyed.

Master media manipulator Trump and his staff worked hard to conflate CNN reporting with Buzzfeed's release of the uncorroborated document to paint all news media in single stroke as suspect promoters of anti-Trump "fake news" who can not digest the fact that he won. "They're mostly propaganda organizations. Because arguably, every single problem in the world comes to the desk of the American president, but at night, he gets to go home and be with his family", McBride said. His team's approach to the press during the campaign was a mess - it included blacklisting and "press pens" - but Esquire published a report over the weekend that raised eyebrows further. It is a tangible step he can take to damage the press corps.

On behalf of the White House Correspondents' Association, I met with incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer today.

Proximity + Communications. Presidents have long believed they benefit by inviting the press to dissect their words and decisions as eyewitnesses, within intimate proximity, in good times and bad.

Donald Trump has thrived on breaking protocol and making a mockery of his critics: the news media being one of the most reviled of them, with Trump and his administration continually demonstrating unusual willingness to "show it its place".