Joseph Borelli for The Hill: Donald Trump is no ordinary politician, and on Thursday we witnessed no ordinary press conference.
Trump’s assault is sure to alter White House media relations for years to come; and it is safe to say no other president has dared to change this dynamic since the day when Teddy Roosevelt first used the term “muckrakers.”
The president and his administration treat the media with an air of contempt. Yet, while we can’t pinpoint which is the chicken or the egg, there is a clear and unabashed reciprocity on the part of most mainstream media outlets.
It’s time for them to stop pretending there isn’t.
In the hours following the event, and in the days leading up to it, there has been an open barrage from the members of the press corps and their news organizations about the way they are treated and outrage at the new standard, almost in some effort to gain public sympathy and support for their plight.
They have even gone as far as questioning the administration’s authority to, of all things, call on smaller and less nationally known news outlets instead of the larger mainstream ones that have been entrenched in attack-mode since the inauguration.
Oh, how the public weeps.
One of the mistakes the press corps is making is that they are trying to insert themselves as a character in the play, rather than just a critic in the audience. The rest is here