Last week, President Trump said he was thinking seriously about canceling future White House press briefings for a stupid reason: the mainstream media gets “free ratings” due to those briefings while they keep treating the Trump administration “unfairly.”
Trump Would ‘Love’ to Stop Press Briefings
Trump made the remarks in an interview with Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro. However, only a totalitarian leader would cancel press briefings, which keep the people informed and enable them to hold politicians accountable. Press briefings cannot be changed with written press releases as Trump had suggested for the sake of accuracy.
During the interview, the Commander in Chief argued that for news networks, the press conferences are “the biggest thing” due to the ratings.
They’re blowing away everything, on just about, I think, everything, on daytime television. What I’d love to do is stop them,
Trump told Pirro.
Trump to Take Revenge on the Media
In other words, the president wants to get rid of press briefing for being too popular. Trump is right when it comes to ratings, but the ratings only mean that American viewers want the media to hold the Trump administration accountable and explain their actions.
…Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future “press briefings” and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 12, 2017
Ironically, a few weeks ago, Trump said he wouldn’t be firing White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer because he’s generating “great ratings.” Recently, people familiar with the matter said Spicer might get replaced with Fox News anchor Kimberly Guilfoyle.
But the actual reason for stopping the press briefings is to make mainstream media “unhappy,” according to Trump. He argued that when the media lose the free ratings due to him, they’ll likely start to cry.
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