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WASHINGTON -- For the past 21 years, I have had the high privilege of holding a White House press pass, a magical ticket that gives the bearer a front-row seat to history.

I was in the White House the night Bill Clinton admitted his affair with Monica Lewinsky, and the day he was impeached.

I was there on Sept. 11, 2001, and the fearful days thereafter, when we were trained to use escape hoods.

I watched George W. Bush make the case for the Iraq War and Barack Obama pitch his remedies for the market crash. There, too, I have witnessed the carnival-like briefings and high histrionics of Donald Trump's presidency.

But no more. The White House eliminated most briefings and severely restricted access to official events. And last week came the coup de grace: After covering four presidents, I received an email informing me that Trump's press office had revoked my White House credential.

I'm not the only one. I was part of a mass purge of "hard pass" holders after the White House implemented a new standard that designated as unqualified almost the entire White House press corps, including all seven of The Washington Post's White House correspondents.

White House officials then chose which journalists would be granted "exceptions."

The Post requested exceptions for its seven White House reporters and for me, saying that this access is essential to our work (in my case, I often write "sketches" describing the White House scene).

The White House press office granted exceptions to the other seven, but not to me. I strongly suspect it's because I'm a Trump critic.

The move is perfectly in line with Trump's banning of certain news organizations, including The Post, from his campaign events and his threats to revoke White House credentials of journalists he doesn't like.

White House officials provided me no comment for the record.

I'm not looking for pity. Trump's elimination of briefings and other changes have devalued White House coverage anyway. But there's something wrong with a president having the power to decide which journalists can cover him.

Now, virtually the entire White House press corps is credentialed under "exceptions," which means, in a sense, that they all serve at the pleasure of press secretary Sarah Sanders because they all fail to meet credentialing requirements -- and therefore, in theory, can have their credentials revoked any time they annoy Trump or his aides, like CNN's Jim Acosta did.

Last year, Judge Timothy Kelly, a Trump appointee, ordered the White House to restore Acosta's press credentials, saying that the White House's process for revoking his access (after Acosta had aggressively questioned Trump) was "shrouded in mystery."

In response, it seems, the White House established a clear -- if nearly impossible -- standard: no credentials to any journalist who is not in the building on at least 90 out of the previous 180 days -- in other words, seven of every 10 workdays. The White House wouldn't provide numbers, but it appears most of the White House press corps didn't qualify for credentials under the new standard, including regulars for The Post and the Associated Press.

The White House said it would grant exceptions for "senior journalists" who are "consistently engaged in covering the White House" and for those with "special circumstances."

Though the culling properly eliminated some who no longer needed credentials, the victims hurt most were freelance camera operators and technicians who now could lose their livelihood.

The White House, in rescinding my credentials, told me I had been in the building only seven times in the previous 180 days. (Two foot surgeries during that period kept me at home, though I never came close to the 90-day standard.)

More important is that the White House is drastically curtailing access for all journalists. Briefings have been abolished in favor of unscheduled "gaggles" (on the record, but impromptu and haphazard) in the White House driveway. The Pentagon and State Department have done similarly.

The White House has also restricted access by allowing only one journalist from a news organization at most events, and by admitting journalists to events only if they register days in advance. This has sharply reduced journalists' attendance at the White House -- just in time for the 90-day attendance purge.

White House officials offered me and others it disqualified a lesser credential called a six-month pass. They say it will grant equivalent access, but for various technical reasons, that isn't true.

I'll keep covering the White House, albeit from a distance, and wait for things to return to normal -- if they ever do.

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oldhomey

In his first 16 months in office, George H.W. Bush had 39 solo press conferences.

Bill Clinton had 17 or them.

George W. Bush had 6 of them.

Barack Obama had 14 of them

Trump? He had just one.

Donald Trump may or may not hate the media and reporters, but he is clearly very frightened by them. That is what happens when you lie constantly, and you can't remember what you've been saying when confronted by people whose business is to remember what you have been saying and doing.

new2Lax

You are correct, when the press is lying and omitting almost every positive event and there are many, that is exactly what should happen, they should be barred from the WH. The idea with the press is supposed to be report positive events as well, have you seen any.

martian2

fox news nut newt, the press is suppose to report what is happening with accuracy, integrity, and honesty. Do they fall short sometimes, you bet they do. But you want them all to be like fox news and kiss the back end of Trump. Not going to happen thank goodness. News outlets are suppose to be independent and adhere to professional standards. You want the press to be a sounding board for the president, move to Russia. Putin has things well under control there, just ask Donald.

DMoney

You appear to be pretty desperate to find data that suggests Trump's presidency is a failure....

oldhomey

Is that how you respond to raw, truthful "data" that underscores the truth of one side of a debate and the false narrative of the other side, D? Just snort that the truth is "desperation"? Would it be better for me to just let you and new2 say whatever lies you want to say and not challenge you? Are you so desperately lacking in credible information that you just want to get a pass on your misinformation?

DMoney

I'm not arguing that it's untruthful, just that it's irrelevant. Does he have a legal obligation to hold these solo press conferences? If not, it's meaningless.

martian2

oh boy D, a legal obligation, of course he does not. But he was elected to serve the people, to be open with the people, to explain to the people why he does the things he does. He has a moral obligation, of course that is totally foreign to you. Only despots avoid the press, want to control the press, want to exclude the press from the people's White House. If any president is to be held accountable or really understood, how can that happen without live press conferences. Truth is it makes it very difficult when your only source is Fox news.

oldhomey

Well, D, I will bet pennies on the dollar that history will have a different that this is an irrelevant issue that is meaningless. This is a president who has openly lied daily in front of the entire world, but he now feels that it is best not put himself or even his official spokespersons in front of the media to answer questions about his conduct in office. Is that meaningless? You make yourself irrelevant by trying to make such an argument that it is meaningless.

new2Lax

You see, when the press is in your pocket and you know it, you would be crazy not to take advantage of these lunatics, everything to gain, nothing to lose. Bush and Trump know the score, they may be crazy but their not stupid. All you need do is go back to Dan Rather and CBS with their lying and presenting fake news, actually that was the beginning of fake news. They all got fired but it is still going on and worse than ever. It is not fear of the press, it is fear of their fake news. Nothing positive and 935 negative and you know the list of accomplishments of the Trump Administration and heaven forbid we make a comparison of the Obama Administration. So you see these guys know what they are doing.

oldhomey

Hmm. Dan Rather did a botched job on a 60 Minutes report on George W's ducking the Vietnam War. CBS took corrective action and fired people. And you say, new2, THIS marked the start of fake news? I guess reporters and news organizations all saw this as a beautiful opportunity to ruin their careers and sabotage public faith in their news gathering mission by lying and delivering fake news, thus getting fired, sued and reviled. Sounds like a really good business strategy to you, I guess, but then you only pretend to have been a crack HR man for a Fortune 300 company.

Jobaba

The White House is America's house. Isn't it strange that Trump no longer allows the public to see who visits our House? This banning of the press and hiding the White House log of visitors is just more signs of the bunker mentality that trump is sinking into.

Climatehoax

Oh cry me a River! DemoRats want the following:
Free Medicare for illegals when I’ve paid for it for 48 years
Free college even after I paid my kids way
Isn’t that as much my money as the White House is America’s House?
Which is more unfair?

Cassandra2

That's the thing with greedy wingnuts like you, Hoaxer. It's ALL about you. And I bet you self-identify as a "christian."

capedcrusader

Reminds you of DMoney...

DMoney

Can you please cite where I claimed I was a Christian?

capedcrusader

DMoney, arent you a deist?

oldhomey

Climate, your recitation of false Fox News/Breitbart talking points is pathetic. Lying is unfair from the top. Consider that, please. Not that anybody who would choose the screen name that you have chosen would consider anything other than what he thinks he knows.

martian2

Tyrants always want to control the press and what the public hears. Trump is no different. He thinks all news outlets should be like Fox news, biased and with an agenda to make him look good no matter what. I wonder if Fox had any reporters who didn't meet the new requirements but still get a press pass. When you have a narcissist as president this is not unexpected. Its no wonder Trump loves Putin and Kim, tyrants who tightly control the press and the message. Just keep walking all over the constitution there Trump, your core supporters really don't care about it anyway.

new2Lax

You sound like a raving lunatic, Trump loves Putin and Kim, when in fact he alone is taking them on, with sanctions like never before, taking Russia’s only major industry, oil and putting them on their knees. He has stopped the insanity in Iran, 150 billion dollars given to a terrorist country by Obama, will not stop him.

martian2

well newt I only said Trump loves Putin and Kim because he says so, from his very own mouth. He admires the way they govern their countries, wishing he could do the same.

new2Lax

I guess you would have to cut and paste that information from your source. Especially the part where Trump said he loves Putin and Kim, also the part where he admires the way they govern and wishing he could do the same. Just on its face, Trump does it his way and he wishes he could do the same. just listen to your self. You sir, are an idiot. Just today, Russia media said the US and Russia are farther apart than during the Cold War, this on face the nation. How can this be, in their minds it’s never been worse and our good ole Democrats, see Trump as a Russian asset, somethings not adding up here and we both know what that is.

A Veteran

martain---please tell us the names of these name sources that say fox is not telling the truth????????????????????????????????????

oldhomey

I realize, new2, that it would offend you when people cut and paste actual, verified facts that make you and the positions you take look as ridiculous as you and your positions actually are. Try this on for size:

"President Donald Trump says he and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un 'fell in love' over letters he and the brutal dictator have exchanged in recent months. Really.

"Trump made the remarks while speaking at a Make America Great Again rally in Wheeling, West Virginia, on Saturday. At first, the audience laughed when he said it, but then he reiterated the point — and acknowledged it would probably raise some eyebrows. Here’s what Trump said:

"'I was really being tough, and so was he. And we would go back and forth. And then we fell in love, okay? No, really. He wrote me beautiful letters, and they’re great letters. We fell in love. '"

Would care to comment further?

martian2

thanks homey you beat me to the punch! How little these right wingers can remember is amazing. As far as fox news and lies, they lead the cable news pack by far with their lies and misleading newscasts. Any idiot with half a brain would know that, but again we are talking to those who have some kind of handicap when it comes to politics. Here are the facts about lying from Fox: https://www.politifact.com/punditfact/tv/fox/

martian2

and again newt, as far as Putin and Trump, He called Putin a better leader than our own president Obama, despite Putin's invasion of Ukraine and his support for Iran and Syria's dictator and NK leader Kim. What an idiotic thing to say and an obvious bromance between Putin and Trump. https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=donald+trump+loves+putin&view=detail&mid=7CAB61366A2FFD99ED1D7CAB61366A2FFD99ED1D&FORM

oldhomey

new2? Nothing to say?

Cassandra2

The entire press corps would be better off boycotting the baloney sessions performed by Ms. Sanders and instead focus on finding and reporting the truth rather than giving the Trump administration a platform for it's well documented lies.

new2Lax

There is such an obvious bias toward Trump and everyone is aware of it, this should be no surprise what so ever. A 93% negative reporting number by these folks when in fact the country is booming, the economy, GDP, unemployment at 50 year lows, consumer sentiment at an all time high, lower taxes, wage increases with the lower wage scales benefiting at a 40% higher rate than higher wage earners, less people on food stamps by millions, elevated home ownership, millions out of poverty, women, blacks and Latinos with 60 year lows in unemployment, labor participation rate best in decades, new fairer trade deals, someone finally dealing with immigration, first drug price reduction in decades, ridding the country of the unconstitutional Obama care debacle, markets reaching all time high levels almost 90 times in 2 years 401k’s exploding nearly 40% to the up side, someone holding China and Russia accountable, getting out of the Iran deal and continuing the North Korean sanctions along with Russia and Iran. 93% negative reporting from the media and Trumps poll numbers exceed Obama’s at this time in their term, how could this be. If Trump have a fair reporting on his accomplishments Trumps numbers would be 15 points or so higher. These are just a small number of accomplishments and all accomplished with an on going phony two year investigation to prevent them.

Cassandra2

Gee, Newt, where did you get this information that you cite, from the "fake news" media?

new2Lax

You can bet you never saw them on CNN, MSNBC, NPR or PBS, they being the major fake news entities. You should always try and get information from say, the number one viewed network, why you you settle for less than that.

martian2

yes keep promoting fox news, fair and balanced simply because they say they are. And being number one says it all. Many studies have shown fox news watchers are less informed than even people who watch no news. Keep up the good work newt!

Cassandra2

So, Newt, you're basically admitting that you get all your information from a network that has been proven to lie and create fake news in order to prop up your favorite wannabe dictator. Well, at least we have you on record admitting it!

capedcrusader

He loves his Limbaugh...

PhysicsIsFun

That is quite a rosy picture you paint there newt. If things are so darn great why is it that so many people feel so lousy in our country? Could it be because we have a crook/con man serving as president? It is hard to feel good about those very questionable economic figures when it feels like the whole world could erupt into flames because of the idiot people like you put in charge. I wish I had your level of self denial then maybe I would feel better. You're like the dishonest used car salesman telling me how great the car is when I can see with my own eyes it is a piece of junk.

oldhomey

Well put, Physics.

new2Lax

From what you post, I wouldn’t depend on those eyes either. How can people feel lousy when they now have a job, the economy is booming, their 401k’s are sky rocketing , blacks, women and latino’s Are working like never before, look at consumer sentiment, off the charts, growth seen like you never seen under Obama, drug prices down for the first time in decades. This all done by the idiot I put in charge, call me crazy but I think you know it’s as good as it gets. I think you were one of the dolts that saw it Paul Krugman’s way, markets would never recover from the 50% drop he predicted, GDP never could reach the 1% level. So this idiot seems unstoppable and thank god for that.

PhysicsIsFun

I stand by my earlier statement. Trump is a crook and not qualified to be president. You are a fool to believe otherwise.

DMoney

A crook despite never being charged/convicted of a crime? Not qualified despite meeting every qualification listed in the Constitution?

What?

oldhomey

The man in the White House is a swine. There is no other way to put it. He has a lifetime history of crooked deals. His conduct in office as exposed in the redacted version of the Mueller Report shows that he remains the amoral, immoral lout that he always was. He has been fortunate so far in not getting formally charged for the laws he has broken, but that does not make him less than the crook he obviously is. The only thing that is saving him right now from criminal charges is the office that he holds. When he is inevitably turned out of there, Katy bar the door for him, because he is going to be facing a lot of intense legal problems.

capedcrusader

Yea right DMoney. "qualifications" listed in the Constitution. Let's ammend the Constitution to REALLY put some qualifications in there for the highest of all political positions. Let's start with the candidate having at least some political experience. Let's start there with a real job discription so the people applying for that job have to be qualified for it. No sir, the only thing that "qualified" Trump for this job was money. And I'm betting dirty laundered money.

DMoney

It's odd how you all constantly need to suggest changes to the Constitution to make your version of this republic work. If you all had your way, we'd have an almost entirely new Constitution. And it would be written in pencil.

DMoney

Yes, he is a swine. He is immoral. But a crook, he is not. Not till he actually gets convicted of breaking a law.

oldhomey

You were born too late, D. Had you been in your mid-30s in the 1920s, you would be protesting that Al Capone might be a brutal mug, but a crook he is not because he has never been convicted. Yet. And when he was convicted for theft, it was on taxes. Any parallel there with a certain president currently occupying the White House?

capedcrusader

You are wrong DMoney. Nixon wasn't convicted of breaking a law and he was a crook. Trump is also a crook. You don't need to be convicted of a crime to be a crook.

PhysicsIsFun

Here is evidence that some Republicans are coming to their senses. "Longest-Serving Iowa Republican Becoming a Democrat, Blames Trump" This man just couldn't stand it anymore. I will quote the article, "In a stinging op-ed in the Atlantic, Iowa’s longest-serving legislator Andy McKean says he is becoming a Democrat because of President Donald Trump’s 'reckless spending and shortsighted financial policies; his erratic, destabilizing foreign policy; and his disdain and disregard for environmental concerns.' McKean writes that he might have 'limped along to work for the Republican Party, but the 2020 presidential election made him decide to become a Democrat. 'He sets a poor example for the nation and our children,' McKean writes. 'He delivers personal insults, often in a crude and juvenile fashion, to those who disagree with him, and is a bully at a time when we’re attempting to discourage bullying, on- and offline.' The elder statesman, who was first elected to the state legislature in 1978, continued: 'In addition, he frequently disregards the truth and displays a willingness to ridicule or marginalize people for their appearance, ethnicity, and disability.”

PhysicsIsFun

Here is the link the original article mentioned above: https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/05/andy-mckean-why-im-becoming-democrat/589240/

DMoney

Sounds like an opinion bite from like 2015. Any new proven issues or travesties for Trump?

new2Lax

As you point out “elder statesman”, more than likely nothing like the millions of Obama voters who voted for Trump. I guess this guy being in politics for so long and making such a bad decision was captured by every liberal outlet in the country, no wonder you managed to find one. Here again what’s this one opinion against millions of others. You see the difference here or maybe not. I bet you and your liberal Democrat friends think, how can an idiot like Trump be so successful and Obama not, puzzling. Just think an idiot can run the country better than Obama.

DMoney

2+ years, world hasn't erupted. Trump's average approval rating has been climbing and is currently higher than Obama's at same point in presidency. Look it up. Economic numbers continue to improve. Still no new wars. We're still NATO members. NK still hasn't tested new nukes. No collusion with Russia proven.

Where's the hell on Earth you've been predicting?

oldhomey

Two plus years. Trump has boasted throughout that time that he has solved the problems with China, with North Korea, with Iran. Today he looks at those three countries and finds himself in a much bigger mess with them than when he entered office. The problem is, it isn't just his mess, it belongs now to every American, because he has been acting on our behalf. Acting very badly. He had fairly decent people in the State Department and as National Security advisors for awhile, but he dumped them. Now we have goofballs who seem almost over the edge, trigger-happy people like John Bolton who is eager to sacrifice our children and grandchildren to satisfy his strange bloodlust. That was the world we were hoping that would not happen under Donald Trump's watch, and now we have it. How old are your kids, D? Are you ready to have them incinerated for wars that would be just as foolish as Iraq was? How about you, Climate? How about you, crank, new2, Ricky? I won't even bother to post the question to the ersatz A Veteran.

capedcrusader

Let's start with the Mueller Report. The full unredacted Mueller Report. After the American people have read that word for word we can make a full, honest, assessment of the Trump adminstrations efforts so far. As far as his approval rating? I don't put much credence in those. They change like the wind and all he would have to do to raise his is start a little war somewhere in the world. All the alpha's come out to roost and bang their patriotic chests. No, I believe his ratings have improved slightly because the some of the Republicans that suffered buyers remorse have shown their true colors and have come back into the fold. All it took was a tax cut for that to happen.

DMoney

If you are referring to Iran, there will be no war. Iran knows, just like NK, that war with the US means regime change. This will be the same approach we took with NK:. Go to the brinkz, send a fleet, push them to the edge and then offer an olive branch. If they DO attack, it will be vindication that it's a regime that must be defeated. That war will be over long, long before my kids are of age to contribute.

oldhomey

Ah, yes, D. Excuse me for being such a poor student of history, while you show us the way with your brilliant reading of how things will play out with North Korea and Iran. Take 'em to the brink, and if they resist, POW!, let them have it. The men and women in our military will be back victorious and with few casualties before Christmas. Just like George W and his military geniuses promised us with the Iraq invasion. That was barely 16 years ago, and we are almost out of there, and our actions there stabilized the entire Middle Eastern mess. How old will your kids be in 16 years. And why do you think it is okay to sacrifice somebody else's 20-year-old kids on an insane military exercise just because your kids aren't old enough yet to be fed into the maw of war? Where is your own morality? What are your principles?

martian2

well good for you D, the war will be over before your kids get a chance to join in. But what's stopping you? Show your red white and true blue blood and join the military ASAP. Actually do something for someone besides yourself. Find out how neat and clean war can be, and making threats and playing war games are just child's play. See what carnage really looks for real, not on the tv tube. Oh that's right you can't b be bothered with such triviality cause your 401K is exploding! How's those investments looking now?

DMoney

There won't be any war. Iran won't commit regime suicide. If they do attack, it won't require legions of ground troops. Very minimal risk.

I'd love to serve but that ship sailed, pun not intended. One of my greatest regrets is that I didn't volunteer.

oldhomey

11:24

oldhomey

D, your 11:24pm post may be the most naive and self-serving one I have ever seen come from you, and I have seen a lot of naive, self-serving ones printed under your screen name.

Climatehoax

Listen to something and read something that doesn’t have TDS. The country is doing great, Trump is doing a great job, the only sad bags are the liberals who aren’t seeing the country turning into Venezuela as fast as they’d like

martian2

well here we go, another update from the Fox news guy newt! You should try other channels for entertainment, I hear the family guy show is full of whit and wisdom. Well be ready for the 25% tariffs now on China products, shaky world wide markets, and uncertainty over Iran and North Korea are coming to the surface again. No terrific health care bill from Trump coming anytime soon. Oil drilling going on in our national parks, along with an increase in carbon pollution and water pollution. Safety roll backs happening all over the energy industry. No wall that Mexico is going to pay for. No swamp draining, just keeps add more scum to his administration. Huge turnover in the administration constantly going on. A phony two year investigation that concluded with 23 indictments and prison sentences. Hardly sounds phony. You just can't get enough of the orange wonder there Newt. A bad case of TWS (Trump worshiping syndrome). turn the channel back to Fox, and drown in your comfort zone.

new2Lax

Reading your diatribe, you know I got to be correct. I hope we can get Putin to send us the indicted Russians.

oldhomey

Well, then, new2, some progress has been made. You seem now to acknowledge that Russian intelligence worked to undermine our election in 2016 by destabilizing public opinion and public confidence in our most important institutions in the government. They continue to do so, but we have a president who will not acknowledge it and has shown zero leadership in shutting those efforts down.

martian2

oh did I mention the ballooning debt, to the tune of a trillion a year! Oh thats right, right wingers no longer talk about that, they never mention it anymore. Well never mind then, let the next generation drown in debt while we give the top 1% another big tax break.

new2Lax

It was of no use to talk of it anymore, Democrats didn’t seem to care, until maybe now. When Obama raised the limit exceeding all previous Presidents, I guess that was the straw that broke the camels back, no one really cared, so I guess they were right after all, it means nothing, so why even bring it up.

martian2

dah a little lesson in civics fox news newt. The president can't raise the debt ceiling, only congress can. And who was in charge of congress for at least six of Obama years. Again your whataboutism is just a way to distract because you have no viable argument, just more talking points from fox.

martian2

yes where do you get your info on the economy newt? You cite those low unemployment numbers, but Trump said you can't go by government figures. They are designed to make Obama look good. So throw that one out. Gee Iran is threatening to start enriching uranium again because of Trumps threats and policies. Does that sound good to you? Fairer trade deals you say, show me one fairer trade deal. Nafta is the same trade deal as before, with hardly a whiff of tweaking. China is another story. More tariffs that the American consumer must pay, not the Chinese as Trump thinks. What a great deal!! 401 k's exploding is a joke, you exaggerate and expect the press to do the same. Remember last year, the stock market had one of its worst years since 2008. Nothing to brag about, this year is far from over. Talk about a raving lunatic, if the press reported all the craziness and bad policies coming out of the white house, his polling numbers would be down 15 more points. Thank goodness there are people in the white house who do not carry out all his policies, they have the this country's best interest guiding their decisions, instead of what's good for the party.

new2Lax

I get my information from the number one rated programs, I see no point in lowering the bar. If that was the case, I would listen to you. Always strive for the best, you wouldn’t pick a Ford over a Rolls Royce, same idea with information. Trump was correcting his assessment of government information. 401k’s have exceeded 45% to the plus side, markets the same, This information comes from the press, you think it’s wrong, my portfolio statements say their right.

Cassandra2

Newt revels in the fact that he only gets his information from a station that has been proven to be a propaganda arm of the republican party. Facts and diversity of thought clearly don't matter to the belligerently ignorant.

martian2

how's those investment looking after today there newt? thank your deal leader for that.

Climatehoax

What goes around comes around libs, everywhere a conservative speaker goes there’s cancellations due to threats by libs, shout downs, physical altercations, and anything else loser libs can come up with to stop the flow of ideas from the other side. Some reporters treat Trump like krap, he has no obligation to show them respect.

PhysicsIsFun

This is exactly the type of moronic comment I would expect from ClimateDope.

Climatehoax

Truth hurt???.

Cassandra2

Hoaxer, please give citations to support your ridiculous contention that "everywhere a conservative speaker goes there’s cancellations due to threats by libs, shout downs, physical altercations, and anything else loser libs can come up with to stop the flow of ideas from the other side." We adults live in a world of reality and facts. You, on the other hand, live in a paranoid fantasy, devoid of anything that can support your delusions.

PhysicsIsFun

He is probably referring to incidents where white nationalist show up to present racist garbage, and then surprise they get negative response from people. ClimateDope based on many of his previous posts, was probably heart broken when his fellow racists got shouted down.

Cassandra2

Still waiting, Hoaxer. I know you've been lurking on this thread, because I see your time-stamped posts. Put up or shut up.

oldhomey

The president of course has no obligation to show the press or anybody else any respect, though it is probably not good politics to be too disdainful of others. What the president DOES have an obligation to do is work with as much transparency as possible, and in doing so, he or members of his administration must make themselves available to the American people to answer questions about what he is doing, whether he regards the questions as friendly or not. The American public will not stand for being fed pablum, they want the truth of what is going on. So the president does not and should not have the right to choose who will report on his conduct. Climate, of course, cannot seem to get his head around that, making up false equivalencies. But we all expect that sort of thing to come out of him, given the screen name he has chosen for himself.

oldhomey

Amazing. Now we have a president who thinks he can grant press credentials only to journalists who please him. And I am sure there will be those in his camp who will defend this, an act that is just one more step to toward the dissolution of the republic on the way to a dictatorship unless everybody finally stands up and says "No!"

new2Lax

No, I think just the ones who are unfair in their reporting. Like I said a 93% negative reporting from the left. I listed twenty or so accomplishments and records set by this administration in only two years. You see NONE of these positive numbers, polls and records reported, nada, zilch, zippo. So is there any wonder at all.

oldhomey

Oh? And WHO. new2, should be in charge of determining who is being fair to the president and who is not? Going back in history, would you have gone along with King George appointing a royal commission to determine who among the North American colonists was being fair to England and who was being unreasonable?

new2Lax

Well so far I can tell you The CEO’s of NPR and PBS determined they were biased as did the NYT’s and they even promised to do better. Have not seen it yet but I’m a reasonable person. So I guess that is the dilemma here, you have those that will admit it and you have the polls that indicate they are right. I’m sure you know it and see it but you have a bias.

martian2

better thank Obama for all the good economic numbers that you can't use cause Trump said they were designed to make Obama look good. That 93% negative reporting number must be from fox news, fair and balanced. No wonder no one takes it seriously.

new2Lax

That’s where you are wrong, they are number one. That tells me a majority of people agree with them. I’m not the one who makes up these polls, it’s people like you and people not so much like you.

oldhomey

new2, how many times do you have to be told before it sinks into your thick skull? Fox News is number one in cable news outlet viewership. It is not the most watched news network. Those remain ABC, CBS and NBC. They have three times the viewership of Fox, and if you add in the millions who watch CNN and CNBC, Fox News, while sizeable, has only a minor slice of the t.v. news market.

martian2

fox news nut newt is in a rut, and can't get out. Everything is fox fox fox! How ignorant and narrow minded one can get!

oldhomey

new2? Are you out there? Nothing to say?

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