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…



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