After all the hoopla about the gaggle vs. briefing yesterday, and the bickering about whether excluding certain newspapers from briefings is unusual… here’s a piece from The Washington Examiner – which was one of the papers that got to goto the party:
According to the piece, Press Secretary Spicer complained that newspapers were publishing stories with serious allegations but did not provide named sources.
But what he seems to be missing is that often the most important stories – reported by competent journalists – do not initially have named sources. Often there is a lot of digging needed before the story is developed enough to be the sort of well-documented named source news that Mr. Spicer wants to hear.
I’m pretty sure most investigative journalism works this way. And we trust professional journalists to use proper judgement to know where the boundaries are.
Perhaps Mr. Spicer would like to help the process by opening up his team to more transparently speak with the press? 🙂
Or, he can just patiently wait-out the normal course of investigative reporting…
I thought it would be a no-brainer to say that all the established press should have the same access to the presidency. But then I see folks bringing up wonky distinctions between “gaggles” and “briefings” – and pointing out that past presidents have also done selective press briefings at times.
So that’s where I bow out of the politics and leave the wonky discussions to folks like Ari Fleischer:
There is, to me, an unusually divisive war being launched by the White House against the journalists who I believe are doing the important job of public scrutiny. And that, to me, is a bad thing.
But maybe the upside is that by bringing into the light the words and ideas of the newspapers that support President Trump, this will help to bring public scrutiny to these newspapers and more critical discussions of a wider range of ideas – some of which are currently being sidelined from our attention even as they are holding root in the hearts and minds of many people.
While some of those ideas may seem objectionable to some (many) of us – if they are truly bad ideas they will not survive for long under public scrutiny.
And if the seemingly fringe ideas do survive, then… maybe that gives us all a lot to think about! 🙂
Information wants to be free. And when we all commit to that idea then good things happen.
Trump continued his unprecedented, full-force assault on freedom of the press by barring CNN, Politico, and the New York Times from Sean Spicer’s press briefing. This is the behavior of a fascist. The media should respond by boycotting his briefings until all credentialed media are welcome. They should stop covering the clown until he respects […]
via Trump Bars CNN, New York Times, and Politico from Press Briefing! — Diane Ravitch’s blog
It used to be when I’d listen to the politicians and governors discussing all the obstacles to progress, I’d think to myself – “Wow, it’s really not that complicated.”
I was wrong – many problems are complex. No fair calling a problem simple if it’s not.
But there’s always a simple solution.
And as a bonus that simple solution is both easy to do and easy to sell to the rest of the folks.
Go simple – you’ll be glad later.
It always amazes me how “travel time” moves so much more slowly than ordinary home time.
A friend once told me this is because of all the different things that happen when you are on an adventure. Each new thing seems like a new day.
But when home, each day is the same…
… or is it? 🙂
Well, yeah – they mostly are. But that’d be a good thing to change, no?
Every day is travel day! And a river runs through it.
It was many years ago – back in my twenties – when I first put a visit to Las Vegas on my radar. That plan got cancelled, I went to London instead, and ever since I’ve been telling folks that I intended to go someday – just to see it.
That day came.
Cool stuff. And crazy stuff. And I haven’t even seen much of any of it.
Yeah, I would come back – now that I have the lay of the land (a little?), I could plan a fun trip for a weekend that would be totally worth it. But I’d also be fine with never seeing it again. So it’s on the list of possible future vacations.
The most magical piece of it, though, was seeing a Michael Jackson tribute show done by Cirque de Soleil. Truly beautiful and magical. And makes me sad that I’ve never listened much to his music.
This morning we will try a true Vegas buffet for breakfast – the kind that we have always heard so much about. And I’ll get to measure it up against our fancy dinner last night!
Then, off to the desert for the drive back to Los Angeles for our flight home… 🙂