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The Media & Trump – Descent into Purgatory Part 3

 

Another article on Trump versus the media… and guess what… it isn’t a view from nowhere! It’s actually interesting AND discusses actual feelings…

Now, before the Committee to Protect Journalists throws up the batsign and the rest of us bemoan Trump’s actions as anti-press—which they are—let’s thank the incoming president for simplifying our mission. If Trump’s idea of a news conference is to spank the press, if his lieutenants believe the press needs shutting down, if his chief of staff wants to speculate about moving the White House press scrum off the premises, perhaps reporters ought to take the hint and prepare to cover his administration on their own terms. Instead of relying exclusively on the traditional skills of political reporting, the carriers of press cards ought to start thinking of covering Trump’s Washington like a war zone, where conflict follows conflict, where the fog prevents the collection of reliable information directly from the combatants, where the assignment is a matter of life or death.

Read the whole article here: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/01/trump-is-making-journalism-great-again-214638

It’s a good read and makes some good points.

I really do think Jack Shafer is right that Donald Trump could simultaneously give the media the kick in the butt they need to get moving while also giving them back a sort of purpose in tracking down Trump administration related content.

I suppose you could say it’s a lesson in accentuating the positive.

Update

We’re all now in a hell with seemingly no way out.

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