How the White House has tried to beat the press during Trump’s first six months in office. The president’s forays into press criticism have become voluminous. Fortunately, they’re as easy to track as ABC.
The Washington Post‘s Paul Farhi: “Fact is, there really is no such thing as ‘the media.’ It’s an invention, a tool, an all-purpose smear by people who can’t be bothered to make distinctions. Those who work in the media don’t gather in our huddle rooms each morning and light up the teleconference lines with plots to nettle and unsettle you. There is no media in the sense of a conspiracy to tilt perception.”
Well, they probably are. Journalists who complain about sources’ off-the-record insistence often evoke the same tact when they’re on the other side of the equation. They may know the news game, he writes, but it’s time to be as forthright and forthcoming as what they espouse for in others.