Gaggle vs. Briefing

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