ELDER PATRIOT – Members of the so-called mainstream media have had things their own way for so long that they cannot deal with a president or his administration that refuses to genuflect before them. This is a long overdue and well-deserved comeuppance for a media that long ago abandoned its objectivity.
Yesterday White House spokesman Sean Spicer exercised some discretion while holding an off-camera press gaggle. Spicer excluded the New York Times, Politico, the New York Daily News, BBC, and the L.A. Times from the question and answer session.
Spicer invited reporters sympathetic to Trump’s agenda from Breitbart, the Washington Times, and One America New Network instead. It’s not as though the anti-Trump media were excluded. In fact they still comprised the majority of the reporters that Spicer fielded questions from including reporters from ABC, CBS, NBC, Reuters, Bloomberg, McClatchy and the Wall Street Journal, among others.
Nevertheless, this led the mainstream media to explode in outrage claiming that their First Amendment rights were somehow threatened and with it those of the American people. What they’re really afraid of is any reporting that emerges from the session that might run contrary to their anti-Trump narratives.
It’s true that the First Amendment protections guaranteed the press is absolute but it is just as true that the same First Amendment protects the speech of individuals, especially the speech of the president. Simply, the President of the United States has the right – in fact the obligation – to guarantee that his message can be heard unfiltered by the American people.
Otherwise, what chance would the majority of Americans have to reclaim their government from tyrants who control certain key agencies as well as the dozen, or so, key members of the mainstream media?
Many Americans fear this is exactly the situation President Trump finds himself up against today. And, by extension, these Americans fear this is the situation they find themselves in. That is why every time the media attacks him the president’s poll numbers go up.
Following the Q & A session, Jeff Mason, president of the White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) feigned outrage releasing this statement:
“The WHCA board is protesting strongly against how today’s gaggle is being handled by the White House.
“We encourage the organizations that were allowed in to share the material with others in the press corps who were not. The board will be discussing this further with White House staff.”
Can you imagine, some members of their association might have to share their material with others? The WHCA expressed no similar outrage when Obama permitted even more restricted access to himself – in other words no conservatives – any number of times during his presidency. Breitbart’s Joel Pollack chronicled a few:
- December 2012: Several journalists reported that MSNBC hosts were meeting privately with President Obama to discuss the impending “fiscal cliff” fight.
- May 2013: NPR’s Ari Shapiro reported that President Obama was meeting privately with “lefty columnists,” but hastened to add that there was “nothing nefarious” about it.
- November 2013: President Obama met again with liberal journalists, as Obamacare struggled with the failure of healthcare.gov and other problems.
- March 2015: Politico’s media reporter, Hadas Gold, reported that “a group of journalists and columnists,” all on the left, met privately with President Obama, but the White House refused to say “who else was at the meeting or what was discussed.”
Conveniently forgotten by reporters was Obama’s treatment of Fox News’ James Rosen. Under Obama’s direction, The Justice Department spied extensively on Fox News reporter James Rosen in 2010. They collected his telephone records, tracked his movements in and out of the State Department and seized two days of Rosen’s personal emails.
It was a chilling move that should’ve riled defenders of civil liberties because Rosen’s behavior fell well within the bounds of traditional news reporting. What was the reaction from the mainstream media and the WHCA? Crickets.
Even more shocking – though it shouldn’t be in light of the incessant leaking coming from the FBI since President Trump’s inauguration – an agent accused Rosen of breaking anti-espionage law.
One of the major criticisms that powerbrokers who own the establishment media level against reporters like the one you’re currently reading, besides called us fake news, is that we don’t incur the expenses associated with creating original content. But that same establishment media purposely uses its influence to limit our access to original content.
Our small truth-seeking operation would gladly pay my expenses to set up shop in Washington if we were granted access to these press briefings but the mainstream media went ballistic when President Trump suggested expanding the seating for these events from 50 correspondents to 400.
This is just one more instance of President Trump ripping the veil off the lies that the mainstream media has perpetuated in advancing the globalists progressive agenda.