I think this is fantastic news! President Trump is allowing more input into the press briefings… it used to be that only a select few could ask questions of the press secretary. Originally, Sean Spicer announced that there would be five Skype screens added. I see six here. And they have been good to their word… Spicer took a Skype question from a radio host. CNN is already beginning to feel the freeze out by the White House as all personnel are abstaining from appearing on, or speaking with CNN. I think they are still invited to press briefings, but they are certainly in the doghouse these days.
I also understand that the briefings will be moved to a much larger space where more media can attend. This time it won’t just be the old dinosaur media… it will include pundits and bloggers. Milo Yiannopoulos was invited to the last press briefing. This changes the whole outlook of media coverage and must be driving the big boys absolutely bonkers. Good. In fact, many of the mainstream media are throwing hissy fits over all this. Sucks to be them.
From American Lookout:
As the left creates chaos and mayhem across the country, liberals in the White House press corps are squirming in their seats as the Trump administration casts a wider media net. It’s absolutely brilliant.
NewsBusters said this:
On Wednesday, the White House took the historic step to involve four journalists from outside Washington D.C. in the Daily Press Briefing, but it didn’t sit well with many establishment media types inside the Beltway and New York City who complained they were too soft for their liking.
Ahead of the briefing, CNN’s Dylan Byers reported that the decision upset some in the White House press corps, fretting that press secretary Sean Spicer would use them to divert attention from what in-house reporters wanted to talk about.
“The addition of outside questioners has unnerved some members of the existing White House press corps, who fear the Trump administration is using the initiative to dilute critical questions from veteran journalists with softballs from supportive outsiders,” Byers explained.
Maybe the liberals were frosted because the Skype questioners ask better, more direct questions than they do.
The press, of course, is claiming that all of this is to keep Sean Spicer from answering a tough question. Bull crap. They don’t want to lose their prime seats and hold over the President and the White House. I’ve got news for them… it’s way too late for that. Here’s a great example of that via Skype:
RADIO HOST DALE JACKSON: Sean, thank you very much for taking questions from outside the elite media bubble there in D.C. My question is about immigration. Donald Trump made this the forefront of his campaign, the foundation of it, yet the DACA and DAPA programs still exist and I learned from a member of congress yesterday that the Trump administration is still issuing the work permits that some of these individuals [inaudible] The question is, when are some of these programs going to be ended, and question 2, when will they stop issuing work permits to these individuals?
And guess what? Instead of being combative, the input from the Skype attendees was substantive and collegial. When one of the new guys addressed Sean Spicer as Secretary Spicer (since he is the press secretary), the media hacks laughed at him. The media also accused that the Skype questions were pre-written.
Allowing Skype questions for White House press briefings is the only good idea that the current admin has had.
— Rod (@rodimusprime) February 1, 2017
Is Microsoft paying for Skype product placement in the weekly briefing? If not, is this kind of free promotion allowed?
— Bill Kuchman (@billkuchman) February 1, 2017
Jesus. WH's Flynn comes out and threatens Iran. Leaves. They give 1st q to Skype seat, a pre-canned question has NOTHING to with Iran.
— Kevin Baron (@DefenseBaron) February 1, 2017
All Skype questions are apparently prewritten.
— Chris Dachille (@WBALDash) February 1, 2017
I have no idea if they are or aren’t, but I do know that competition is always good. And these elitist journalists need to be brought down several pegs.
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