I caught part of Trump’s press conference. I must own that despite Trump being Trump, I have some sympathy for him in this regard; many of the press corps actively campaigned against him, and now they’re publishing unsubstantiated allegations.
Has there ever been an incoming president who has faced such a hostile press corps? If so, what did he do about it?
Nixon and Reagan were, respectively, abhorred and disdained by large segments of the press and the literati, but the style and tone of the time prevented such an overt slapfest. A certain sense of form when in mixed company held.
Dick responded with enemies lists while Ron responsed with geniality and you see where that got each.
Don’t be so disingenuous, a glance at your posts over the last several months shows you to be an avid Trump defender, much less a reluctant sympathizer. :rolleyes:
He’d love to dissolve the press and replace them w/ English-language Pravda. This press is some of the defense we who worry about the directions he’s already taking, I encourage their ‘hostility’ and hope it continues.
It will have its favorites among the press; those who agreed to be its toadies. They’ll be at the front of its press conferences and always get their softball questions answered. ‘How does it feel to be so beloved?’, they’ll ask. They may not think they have any other choice. We who care about the veracity of the news will need to be vigilant about who has kissed the ring and who hasn’t.
The press wasn’t hostile to him; it slanted its coverage heavily towards him, and against Clinton, and worked hard to get him elected. Successfully. He’s just so horrific in every way that he looks awful even with the coverage slanted in his favor.
Why have sympathy? As Lemur866 pointed out in the post you have not addressed yet, Trump has spread really horrible unsubstantiated rumors about lots of people and used the press to do it. What is good for the goose is good for the gander. Right?
They are not “publishing unsubstantiated allegations”, they are reporting on what the 4 heads of the US intelligent agencies reported to a senate committee, the current President, and the future President. It could be that the allegations are false, but if the head of the department of homeland security and the heads of the CIA and FBI think this is worthy to report to our legislators, then the press should report it. Right? After all, the allegations that Obama was a secret Muslim born in Kenya were completely dismissed by our intelligent agencies, the judicial department, and the state of Hawaii, but the press still published those unsubstantiated allegations.
The press isn’t even hostile. They LOVE Trump in the way that matters(they report everything he says) and he knows it. THey play right into his hands.
Trump is going to have the most formidable messaging machine we’ve ever seen in politics, because every single thing he says will be extensively covered. Has a press conference ever attracted so much interest before? Will Trump EVER have trouble getting time from networks when he has something he’d like to get off his chest?