Monday, December 26, 2016

TRUMP NOT FILES - Trump vs Press

"Will the Trump administration keep its promises to the press?" PBS NewsHour 12/22/2016

ANSWER:  Of course NOT.  He's hasn't kept any of his campaign pommies yet, why would he start now?  I would not be surprised that Trumps 'press' will mostly be Tweets and the rest will be handled by his Propaganda Team (aka Department of Lies).  Trump believes ANYONE, especially the "extremely dishonest press," are liers (even when there is video evidence).

"There's a lot of different ways that things can be done, and I can assure you, we're looking at that." code for censorship, and no question asked.  Whitehouse press briefings will become campaign speeches.


SUMMARY:  During the campaign and after, President-elect Donald Trump voiced his distrust of the media and held the press at arms-length.  On Thursday, he announced his communications team, including RNC strategist Sean Spicer as press secretary.  Brian Stelter of CNN and Jeff Mason of Reuters join Judy Woodruff to discuss what to expect about press relations once the president-elect takes office.

JUDY WOODRUFF (NewsHour):  President-elect Donald Trump continued to round out his White House team today, tapping two of his key campaign advisers to senior West Wing positions.

She's been one of Donald Trump's most visible advisers since taking over as campaign manager last summer.  Today, the president-elect named Kellyanne Conway to be White House counselor.

He followed that with word that Sean Spicer will serve as White House Press Secretary.  Spicer had been communications director for the Republican National Committee for five years.  Last month, he moved over to become chief spokesman for the Trump transition.

Now, Spicer, along with Jason Miller and Hope Hicks, will handle relations with the news media, and that could be a tall order.

DONALD TRUMP (R), President-Elect:  The people back there, the extremely dishonest press.

JUDY WOODRUFF:  As candidate and president-elect, Mr.  Trump has called out reporters in general, and at times, by name, like NBC's Katy Tur.

DONALD TRUMP:  They're not reporting it.  Katy, you're not reporting it, Katy.

JUDY WOODRUFF:  Last month, he retweeted attacks on CNN's Jeff Zeleny, after the correspondent reported on Mr. Trump's unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud.  And during the campaign, the Trump team at times barred The Washington Post, Univision, Politico, and BuzzFeed from its rallies.

Reince Priebus, the incoming chief of staff, is signaling changes could be ahead for the White House press corps.

REINCE PRIEBUS, Incoming White House Chief of Staff:  Even looking at things like the daily — you know, the daily White House briefing from the Press Secretary, I mean, there's a lot of different ways that things can be done, and I can assure you, we're looking at that.

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