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With The Trump White House Gunning For The Press, It’s Time To Fight Back

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With The Trump White House Gunning For The Press, It’s Time To Fight Back

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Reprinted with permission from Media Matters. 

The press doesn’t know where President-elect Donald Trump is. Well, not always.

On Monday night, reporters camped outside Trump Tower in New York City were told there would be no more Trump-related news or events that day. Then hours later, they spotted a large caravan of vehicles leaving his residence. Turns out Trump ditched the press and headed out to dinner.

This has already become commonplace since Trump’s election victory: He travels without the press and his team doesn’t always bother informing journalists about his schedule. The situation became so absurd that on Wednesday there were reports Trump had flown, unannounced, to Washington, D.C., which his spokesperson then denied.

By immediately signaling that he has no interest in providing journalists with even the most basic amount of access, and thumbing his nose at the long-standing American tradition of a presidential press pool, Trump has ignited fears about how his administration will deal with reporters, and concerns about whether game-changing restrictions will emerge.

The good news is there are common sense, collective solutions for the looming press crisis. The bad news, based on their performance during the campaign and in the days since Trump’s victory, is there’s little indication news organizations are willing to stand up to Trump’s bullying behavior.

The truth is, nobody knows exactly how the Trump White House will function in terms of dealing with the press. “The operating theory among those of us who have covered him is a Trump White House will be no different than a Trump campaign,” one anonymous reporter tolPolitico.

He seems to be confirming as much. “Trump’s flouting of press access was one of his first public decisions since his election Tuesday,” the Associated Press recently reported.

Question: Will there even be daily briefings for reporters at the new Republican White House?

As The Huffington Post’s Michael Calderone pointed out, there’s no requirement that an administration has to hold briefings and answer questions from journalists on a nearly daily basis. Instead, it’s a tradition. It’s a goodwill gesture in the name of transparency and keeping the public informed.

But if Trump doesn’t have to, why would he? Because you know what else was a long-standing tradition done in the name of transparency? Releasing your tax returns when you ran for president, releasing relevant health information, and answering questions from reporters on the campaign trail during the general election. Trump ignored all of those. He also banned certain news outlets from his events while his campaign herded reporters into restricted press pens at his rallies where he routinely mocked and smeared journalists (“disgusting” and “horrible people“) in front of his fervent supporters.

When Trump gleefully ignored all sorts of media norms on the campaign trail, he was met with modest resistance from the press, and he won the election. So why would he suddenly feel pressure to follow previous White House media traditions?

I’m not trying to belittle the media pushback we’ve seen since Election Day. It’s an important first step. I’m just stressing that journalists could soon be facing an unparalleled effort to silence them. If so, that requires an unprecedented response. Specifically, it demands a sweeping, collective response from the country’s largest, most powerful news organizations.

Because if those outlets are afraid to stand up to President Trump, if they instead try to nibble around the edges and attempt to beg and plead their way toward Trump access, they’re doomed. And so are news consumers.

Meanwhile, Trump has at his disposal an array of dishonest “alt-right” media outlets that will proudly serve as propaganda arms for the federal government. They’ll be willing to help create the illusion of information being released by a Trump White House.

Journalists recognize a crisis may be looming with Trump. But do they comprehend the potential magnitude? Peering over the horizon, The New York Times’ Jim Rutenberg stressed, “I’ve said it before, but the solution will be what it has always been — good, tough reporting.”

But how do you produce good, tough reporting, for instance, if no senior officials from the Trump White House will return your calls and there are no useful press briefings? And what if the same thing happens with the departments of Treasury, or Education, or Justice? What if there’s a complete and total lockdown on information and denial of access? If the spigot gets turned off, no amount of rah-rah newsroom cheering (“better journalism”) is going to fix that.

Moving forward, news organizations face a stark, and possibly defining choice in terms of how they respond to any radical efforts to curb the media’s White House access.

First, journalists cannot underestimate what’s at stake or the depths to which Trump will go to nullify a free press. (They already made that mistake once in 2016.)

Second, the most obvious fix is to shame Trump into doing the right thing; to use the collective weight of the Fourth Estate to shine a relentless spotlight on what could be the new president’s radical attempt to undercut the free press; to make that a running news story that defines his presidency. Note that earlier this year The Washington Post instituted a running clock to taunt Hillary Clinton for her lack of media availability on the campaign trail. If Trump cuts off White House access to the press, every major news outlet in America should put up a running clock to highlight that fact.

The political press’ survival may be at stake.

IMAGE: Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to the media in the spin room after the conclusion of the U.S. Republican presidential candidates debate in Detroit, Michigan, March 3, 2016. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook 

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74 Comments

  1. Dominick Vila November 18, 2016

    President Obama’s visit to the Acropolis, during his stay in Athens, and the comments he made about Pericles and the Greek philosophers that defined the concept of Democracy millennia ago, are a poignant reminder of who we were, and what we have become.

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    1. latebloomingrandma November 18, 2016

      Would our President-elect even understand this? There’s some big words there.

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      1. bobnstuff November 18, 2016

        I understand that Trump doesn’t read books. Not even the ones with his name on the cover as author.

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        1. latebloomingrandma November 18, 2016

          But he does collect magazines with his picture on the cover.
          The ghost writer for his books was very surprised that this rich man had no bookcases or books in his home. ALL of our Presidents have been avid readers and well versed in history, and familiar with many of their predecessors in this unique office. It saddens me to no end that this completely unworthy man will be sitting in the same office as Lincoln, the Roosevelts, George Washington, Jefferson, Kennedy, and especially following Obama. The fact that he doesn’t even want to live in the White House says a lot about his sense of history and what an honor it is to call 1600 Pennsylvania your temporary home. He prefers his gaudy glass castle. To quote him: “Sad.”

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          1. Whiplashed November 18, 2016

            I’d prefer him to go live in his hotel down the street and not spread gold paint all over our house.

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          2. dpaano November 18, 2016

            Have you seen his apartment in Trump ‘Tower…..talk about “gaudy glass castle,” that has it beat by a mile! The White House is mild compared to his apartment! It’s almost like he’s living in the Palace of Versailles! It’s ugly as sin!!

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          3. sigrid28 November 18, 2016

            It would definitely be preferable for Trump to stay in Manhattan most of the time and leave the White House alone. “Gaudy glass castle” is the perfect description for his taste, whether at his casinos, hotels, golf courses, or homes. Of course, those who aspire to live in the Palace of Versailles may want to recall the fate of its first residents. For a taste of this, I adore the film “Marie Antoinette,” which is not snarky at all but melancholy and clear-eyed to the last. Ivanka and Melania should watch and learn.

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          4. dpaano November 21, 2016

            I just heard on the news this morning that Malania and Barron are going to stay in the Trump Tower and NOT move into the White House! So, our hard-earned taxpayer money will have to go to provide security for TWO residences!!! Apparently, he says that they want Barron to be able to finish the school year in Manhattan, but it didn’t say whether or not they’ll move to the White House after the school year! I assume that since the White House isn’t “gaudy” enough for Trump, he’ll chose to stay in Manhattan.

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          5. sigrid28 November 21, 2016

            It sounds like Trump’s months as president-elect are going to constitute a security nightmare for his family’s Secret Service detail not to mention the local police forces guarding his properties worldwide. It would be interesting to know whether Trump has paid property taxes in New York or New York state taxes, or local and state taxes elsewhere in the U.S. where he has residences. Worldwide, he may develop some sympathy for the dicey situation of U.S. embassies and consulates that must depend on local police for their protection: One memorable failure was in Benghazi. His overseas properties must have always depended on the local police for perimeter security with private security guards inside, as needed. These imponderables can easily be solved if he lives with his family in the White House and sells his businesses worldwide, putting all income from these sales in a blind trust to avoid conflict of interest, something he does not, yet, seem inclined to do.

            As for Melania and their son, I cannot imagine two people who would be as uncomfortable as the two of them were they to live in the White House. They seem like spoiled creatures of luxury, who have almost never been exposed to the seedier parts of the international capitals in which they have spent their privileged lives within Donald Trump’s entourage. I think the son would end up in a fancy boarding school if Melania ever were to live with Trump at the White House, where I would not expect her to venture out much except with him. How will Trump’s voters like it when they begin to understand that, far from seeing living at the White House and being president as an honor, Trump and Melania think of living at the White House in Washington, D.C.–because of his job there–as slumming it?

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          6. dpaano November 21, 2016

            I agree…..they think the White House is just a big house full of ugly antiques…..unfortunately, those “antiques” are the history of our nation. They’d rather live in a “gilded” palace which, to me, is ugly as sin!

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        2. dpaano November 21, 2016

          He reads the National Enquirer…..topnotch reading, right?

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          1. bobnstuff November 21, 2016

            I’m not sure he even understands what they print. We survived Reagan so we might just survive Trump.

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          2. dpaano November 21, 2016

            Unfortunately, we didn’t COMPLETELY survive Reagan….we’ve been stuck with his “trickle down” economy and Trump is just going to go along with it too. Good article in the LA Times this morning about Brownback and how he’s caused Kansas to go down the tubes with the trickle down BS……his tax income has gone down due to lowering tax rates, so he’s ended up borrowing money from other funds; i.e., education, to put money in the General Fund to pay the regular bills. So, now they have decimated their educational system, (did away with Pre-K, etc), plus took money away from a lot of other worthwhile things. His state also has one of the highest number of people on welfare also, as well as a very high rate of unemployment! People are leaving the state in droves (despite his comments that his economic policy would bring jobs to Kansas and that people would be begging to bring their corporations to Kansas! Guess that backfired on him…..but no one seems to notice all the damage he’s done! Trump wants to do the same thing…..lower taxes, etc. How does he expect to pay for all his extravagant promises without tax monies??? It’s totally illogical and it astounds me that our government doesn’t understand this!!! It’s pretty darn clear to me!

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      2. FT66 November 19, 2016

        These words are too technical for Trump to understand.

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  2. Godzilla November 18, 2016

    The Press…..err……Lying Liberal media is getting exactly what it has sown. If I were trump I would eliminate the WH press pool, allowing only ONE reporter to pass on any messages that need to get out, and do so in writing, so the press can’t “misquote” the President as they so often have done. There are no more news agencies, there are biased political propaganda rags like Media Matters, Daily Kos and yes, the National Memo. There is no real news here, it’s mostly agenda driven drivel made up by sociopaths and psychopaths with no concept of history or today’s reality.

    Here is a little fact….the Liberal agenda, at every level, got crushed in the recent election. Ya’ll and your bullshit have been rejected.. The lying media will also be rejected and rightly so. This should happen and I will support President TRUMP’s decision to put an end to the vile, lying reporting that has been the norm in this country for decades. We need a Free Press that reports facts, not liberal fallacies.

    You may now project your personal biases upon me, it is what you do.

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    1. AgLander November 18, 2016

      National Memo is an example of “yellow journalism” at its most extreme.
      But then, NM is the creation of, and directed by the grandson of the founder of the American Anarchist Movement so the genetic trait was passed on and is alive and well in Joe Conason.

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      1. Dan S November 18, 2016

        You idiots that rag on NM keep coming here posting your delusional rantings. Yet you won’t find me visiting garbage sites like Breitbart because their columns are a load of BS that I don’t agree with. Again you know you don’t agree with the writings of this news site so you must be here as the Russian Trolls you, Box & Godzilla truly are. I’m sure once Trump settles in as President & his low approval rate drops lower than Congress maybe then when you can’t defend him any longer you might go away. One can only hope

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        1. The lucky one November 18, 2016

          Not likely. people like aglander are notoriously skilled in ignoring reality, just like their hero.

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        2. Jim Samaras November 18, 2016

          What satisfaction is there from agreeing with everyone on a site. You libs are cheap entertainment! LOL

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          1. Dan S November 18, 2016

            You cons are just not taking seriously the damage a Trump administration will do to this country. He’s not making America great he’s dividing everyone over race & religion. When we fall into Civil War & Trump has a bad hair day you’ll find out too late that you elected a mentally ill person who’s not afraid to use nuclear weapons. The debate going on these boards is not for your amusement so unless you have something of value to say go over to Breitbart or Fox

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          2. The lucky one November 19, 2016

            What satisfaction is there in disagreeing with everyone while never offering any evidence or solid reasoning to support your position? Sometimes you trolls are amusing but slapstick gets old after a while.

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          3. Jim Samaras November 19, 2016

            If you would take the time (which of course you won’t) to read some of my posts on a variety of subjects you’d see I HAVE posted solid reasoning on them. Most of you are closed minded buffoons of course and there is no reasoning with them. Now some of the really stupid folks have tried my patience to the point where it’s exasperating and that’s when the fun begins. You seem to be rather new here so don’t fall into that category please.

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          4. The lucky one November 19, 2016

            Don’t need to read your past posts. When I do respond it is to each on its merits. Hard to believe though that you have given well reasoned evidence based responses to those you consider “closed minded buffoons” though I will admit there are some here who fit that description on both sides of the political divide. Would you agree there are some “really stupid folks” on right and left?

            I am always happy to engage in open respectful conversation with someone who see things differently than me. As I think you allude to above it is the only way to learn anything.

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          5. Jim Samaras November 19, 2016

            I get into similar arguments at times on the right wing sites as well that sound eerily familiar to the ones here, “Show me the proof” or “your a paid left wing troll” when all I’m saying may be an argument in favor of the other side.Just trying to be fair. Example was the other day in an article on Bannon that accused him of antisemitism. It’s been documented in divorce papers his comments on Jews in the school he planned on sending his kids to. I was in no way dissing the pick of strategic adviser only stating where the left got the idea that he may be antisemitic. So yes there are closed minded buffoons on the right as well.

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        3. Whiplashed November 18, 2016

          If they defend him now, they always will. Or perhaps they won’t like their children being shipped off to wars and killed, or maybe won’t like losing a lot of the value they’ve built up in their homes (unless they’re renting squalid studios somewhere), or feel let down when their retirement plans go away. Maybe we have to wait till they realize the nukes are headed our way.

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          1. Jim Samaras November 19, 2016

            We will hold him accountable for his actions unlike you libs have done with Obama! If he falters believe me, I for one will be all over his a$$

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      2. bobnstuff November 18, 2016

        If you don’t like it feel free to go some where else. Try the 1776 Coalition you might be happier their. Newsmax is waiting for you.

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      3. The lucky one November 18, 2016

        And the National Anthem was written by a socialist but I wouldn’t expect a nearly illiterate moron like you to know that.

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      4. Whiplashed November 18, 2016

        Why are you here and commenting if you don’t like this site? That’s a real question, by the way. When I ask real questions I seldom get answers.

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    2. dbtheonly November 18, 2016

      Yep, and that one reporter will be from Fox “News” aka the Department of Truth.

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    3. The lucky one November 18, 2016

      There have been few “misquotes” of Trump since he is so willing to spew his nonsense publicly and even with cameras rolling.

      I think you’re right about just having one reporter to pass on Trumps messages. It’s mostly just lies and braggadocio anyway. The others should be investigating the lies behind his words and covering the actions of what is shaping up to be the most corrupt administration in modern history

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      1. Whiplashed November 18, 2016

        Investigative journalism . . . how long till we have Towergate?

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  3. AgLander November 18, 2016

    Today is national pacifier day for Democrat liberals who can go to their nearest “Babies R Us” retail store where they will be given a free (sanitized) pacifier to suck on all day as they continue in their recovery period. No ID is required other than a photo showing that you took part in one of the Democrat’s recent street riots, or, if no photo is available, you merely need to show some of the looted items you stole from merchants in the riot zones.

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    1. latebloomingrandma November 18, 2016

      You really are not worth responding to by anyone on this site.

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      1. AgLander November 18, 2016

        Hit a nerve?

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      2. Charlotte Sines November 18, 2016

        Don’t answer him or the others that just troll this site. They probably get paid by the number of responses they get.

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      3. itsfun November 18, 2016

        calm down granny. Ag and you can respond to me anytime you like. Just be nice to me. I am very sensitive you know.

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        1. bobnstuff November 18, 2016

          AG and one or two of the other new people are just wastes of time. You might be a pain from time to time but I would take ten of you over one of them. Don’t let it go to your head.

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    2. itsfun November 18, 2016

      The press is all over President elect Trump for not having his cabinet in place one week after the election. He has made something like 4 or 5 choices already. It took Obama 3 weeks to name one person. Where was the press then. How much did we read and hear about Obama not being ready or his team in being dis-organized. or not up to the task. Then the same damn press members talk about a double standard. The press is fast becoming a joke.

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    3. browninghipower November 18, 2016

      Gee, I was wondering when our Fascist in Residence was going to surface from his/her opiod stupor with yet another idiotic remark. I’ve actually begun to translate your idiocy into the original Mussolini Italian. Reads much better. Moron

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  4. FT66 November 18, 2016

    Wake up PRESS wherever you are. It is the time to fight for your jobs be recognised the way those are not paid the right way are fighting for. Even the fight of equal pay for women. If you will sleep on wheel, you won’t retain your jobs for the coming four years. It has to be hammer for hammer. Trump started to hammer you long time ago even before election, and it is up to you to fight back for your own survival.

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    1. sigrid28 November 18, 2016

      Speaking of “hammer for hammer,” the U.S. news media need to take a quick course in false equivalency, the means by which they handed the election to Trump. The new false equivalency now advanced by the media is that Dems in the House and Senate should not obstruct a Trump presidency the way Republicans blocked Obama at every turn. Yet, as they say on “Sesame Street”: “one of these things is not like the other, one of these things doesn’t belong.” Trump does not belong in the White House whereas Obama did. Trump does not want to learn the ropes of being president, he has shown his disdain for the physical White House (which he sees as a collection of shabby antiques) and the ideal White House, where he has shown his contempt for what to him seem like arcane protocols, like daily press briefings, a ban on nepotism in hiring for federal positions, and respect for chain of command, in security clearances for example. The list goes on. If the U.S. news media does not oppose this presidency with everything they’ve got, they deserve to fail. Plenty of competent journalists shoved to the side will be prepared to step in place for the cost of setting up a website and writing everyday. The true journalists will do the work of research and compilation of facts, as well as addressed the faux news Trump will try to disseminate: He makes no secret about his intentions to do that. News agencies planning to cave to Trump’s demands via false equivalencies and soft news stories about his excesses, prepare to shrivel and die. The appetite for genuine information is and has always been enormous, and like your outlets, it will never die.

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      1. FT66 November 18, 2016

        Thanks sigrid28 for wakening up my anger.You are quite right the media deserves every treatment they are getting now from Trump. When Trump launched his bid for them it was about making money, they forgot they were there to work for people and not for money. Remember it wasn’t the first time Trump wanted to become President. Those times in the past, the media didn’t think about making money and they pushed him away without any delay. They are now puzzling around (like cows in the field not knowing where to go or what to do). Trump is avoiding them as much as he can. Using twitter, going anywhere he wants without telling them.In the end, they will end up without any business to do. Glad they are learning the hard way.

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      2. dpaano November 18, 2016

        Give him time…..pretty soon, the White House will look as gaudy as his Trump Tower apartment……..shudder!!!!

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    2. dpaano November 18, 2016

      Unfortunately, much of our press is owned by right wing conservatives…..we can’t trust our media outlets any longer! They kowtowed to this candidate, got him elected, and now they’re going to suffer! He’s going to stomp on their 1st Amendment rights like we stomp on spiders!!! I wish them luck, but they have only themselves to blame!

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  5. 1Zoe55 November 18, 2016

    The press is getting what it deserved because of all the free press and air time they gave this Orange Guy. The press has been punked by Trump who will now do things his way. We already have his daughter hawking her expensive, but crappy jewelry on “60 Minutes.” Trump also wants his inexperienced son-in-law to be given security briefings and clearances. I fear for my country, afraid that Trump will tweet some message that will anger our allies, not to mention our enemies. China has already let him know who’s running the show, because the Chinese may just demand Trump cough up all the money they’ve lent him.

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    1. sigrid28 November 18, 2016

      Ironic, China demand repayment and save the U.S. from a Trump presidency.

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      1. dpaano November 18, 2016

        No, he’ll just turn around and try to sue them!!!

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        1. sigrid28 November 18, 2016

          This may be too Hollywood, but it has occurred to me that the way to truly undermine Trump is to have his army of attorneys commit treason, no longer covering his exposed flank and giving his many creditors, victims, and enemies a really good bite.

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  6. FireBaron November 18, 2016

    How can the press not know where Teflon Donnie is? He tweets his whereabouts every night! I am personally looking forward to him tweeting about spending a night with KK when Kanye isn’t around.

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  7. bobnstuff November 18, 2016

    The free press is the foundation of a democracy and when it is apposed by our government is should be defended with all the powers that can be brought to bare. The first amendment deals with it. It was the centerpiece of our bill of rights. If Trump or any president attempts to limit this right then they are violating their rights to govern. We as a people must stand together against those that try to take our freedoms. If Trump was limiting the rights to bare arms the out cry on the right would be deafening. Do we here those so call supporters of the constitution crying out? Where is their rage or is it only the rage bought and paid for by the gun industry?

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    1. itsfun November 18, 2016

      He took his family out to dinner for cripes sake. He is not in office yet.

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      1. bobnstuff November 18, 2016

        Go back and read the article. It’s not just the one time, he has a history of only giving access on a very limited and controlled bases.

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        1. itsfun November 18, 2016

          He has been a private citizen all that time and like you and I has the right of giving access on a limited basis. When he takes office he will need to give access.

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          1. bobnstuff November 18, 2016

            He stopped being a private citizen when he announced he was running for president. Do you remember the right and even Trump himself complaining about Clinton’s lack of access. He has made statements in the past of how he wants to limit the power of the press.

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          2. itsfun November 18, 2016

            He doesn’t have to invite the press to have dinner with him.

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          3. bobnstuff November 18, 2016

            No he doesn’t but that’s not the whole story. When he was running he would have informed the press that he was think of going out to dinner, in fact he would have phoned every network to tell them. His relationship with the press isn’t good and it looks like it is only going to get worse. Half the public doesn’t trust this man. He needs to change that if he’s going to be an effective President. He needs all the press to do that. He so far doesn’t seem to understand that. Between appointing people that have racist backgrounds or are party hacks and bad mouthing the press he’s not getting of to a great start. This isn’t a reality TV show he is putting together, it’s the executive branch of the most powerful government on earth. I hope he understand this.

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  8. latebloomingrandma November 18, 2016

    The press better wise up and not be afraid of The Donald. During the campaign, I couldn’t figure out if they were just amused, or excited about covering a train wreck, or afraid. Remember that old TV show from the ’50’s? “What a revolting development this is.” Trump may establish his own version of Pravda if our serious journalists, if there are any left, don’t stay on their toes. It’s up to them to put out the truth, not conspiracy theories. We’ve had so little of the truth.
    And now The Donald is getting out of his fraud case by “settling.” That doesn’t negate that he’s still a con man.

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    1. itsfun November 18, 2016

      Wasn’t that “the life of Riley?

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      1. latebloomingrandma November 18, 2016

        Yep! You must be as old as I am! (Which is really not that old)
        I still love that old expression.

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        1. itsfun November 19, 2016

          How about the expressions Jackie Gleason could make when Alice had caught him doing something stupid. Funny how when I was a kid anyone over 60 was old, but now anyone over 80 in not.

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    2. Jon November 18, 2016

      Trump said he never settles a case because it would encourage other people he has cheated to sue him. He certainly would never settle case if he was right and the others were wrong. If he does settle it, I would imagine that Trump will insist that all records related to the case be sealed and his victims agree not to further expose his fraudulent and racketeering practices. He doesn’t want the public to know the way he cons people.

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  9. CrankyToo November 18, 2016

    Too late, Fourth Estate. You’ve already screwed us with your ineptitude, your disingenuousness, and your groveling at the feet of Agent Orange. You betrayed us for the sake of ratings and profits. Now you’re just another failed American institution, albeit the one that’s contributed the most to the looming demise of democratic governance.

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    1. The lucky one November 18, 2016

      And yet you and I and millions of others saw that Trump was a demagogue. We certainly need reporters willing ti investigate and not just parrot what they are told but the responsibility for Trump lies with we the people. What are we going to do about it?

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      1. CrankyToo November 18, 2016

        60 million of us have already done what we could….

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      2. I Am Helpy November 19, 2016

        You spent the entire election gleefully spreading every right-wing smear of Clinton you could. How do you think you are in a position to pretend that it was the press and not you?

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        1. The lucky one November 19, 2016

          I realize that my points are probably too subtle for a simpleton such as you to grasp. I spread no smears about Clinton or anyone else, just facts and my opinions, and unlike you, I am clear on the difference. If it salves your conscience to blame me for the DNC’s failure to run a candidate that could truly say they represent the people and have a history to back it up have at it.

          The pomposity of clueless asses such as you did more to turn people away from Clinton than any negative comment I have made. Grow up and accept that your hero lost and focus on what you can do to do next, that is after you stop whining and pointing the finger at everybody but yourself.

          Bluntly put, GFY.

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          1. I Am Helpy November 19, 2016

            I don’t really see what abusing me has to do with your efforts to get Trump elected.

            You ought to be ashamed.

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          2. The lucky one November 19, 2016

            Only a very befuddled true believer such as you would characterize any thing I posted as an attempt to get Trump elected. If I should be ashamed of anything it would be challenging such as an obviously cognitively challenged person so I will just ignore you in the future.

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          3. I Am Helpy November 19, 2016

            Sorry, no. You helped Trump win. That’s the long and the short of it.

            It’s your fault, and the fault of every single one of you fake holier-than-thou liberals who whined about imaginary Clinton flaws. You did this. You made people not turn out to vote. You.

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  10. dbtheonly November 18, 2016

    “Shame Trump into doing the right thing”?

    HAH!

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  11. Jim Samaras November 18, 2016

    Already changing the game in Washington and not even president yet. God I love seeing you libs going nuts….and it’s only the beginning

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  12. itsfun November 18, 2016

    Poor little reporters President elect Trump didn’t invite them to have dinner with him and his family. They probably expected him to buy them a steak dinner too. Now they will seek their revenge on him. What ever happened to reporters reporting the news, instead of trying to make the news?

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  13. Jon November 18, 2016

    Trump plays the press masterfully. Maybe because they are easy to manipulate and will swallow anything released by Bannon and his friends as gospel truth and run with it. When Trump wanted publicity and campaign advertising without paying for it, the media fell over each other to give it to him. When he wanted them to look like fools he would run off to Mexico without them, use them as a prop at his rallies, refuse to answer questions, or use them to advertise the opening of his new hotel in DC.
    With very few exceptions no one bothered fact checking him and repeated his lies for him. Trump has never been transparent during the campaigns. This skunk’s not losing his stripe. It’s a lot harder to steal, enrich yourself, family, and friends with media around. He doesn’t want the press to know the things he and Putin have planned and will plan. While he benefits himself and his close friends at the expense of those who actually pay taxes, the press is something to be avoided at all costs.

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