by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Most people think their own jobs are hard, but journalists never tire of letting people know just how crucial theirs is and how under appreciated they are.
The public, as when listening to a friend who’s always complaining, rolls its eyes.
President Trump and his team like to attack news media. America has been through more than a year of that and so his aggressions have become a fact of life, like the sun rising in the East, the force of gravity and Keith Olbermann’s uncanny ability to still find work.
On Friday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer hosted the daily press briefing but only invited select news outlets into his office for it, rather than hosting it in the traditional briefing room with every credentialed outlet allowed.
Among those excluded were the New York Times, CNN and the Los Angeles Times. The briefing also wasn’t on camera, as it normally is.
Spicer said before the inauguration that he would do something like this from time to time. It wasn’t controversial then and it isn’t now.
But sensing an existential threat in not being able to ask the White House about things Trump says on Twitter, the media’s survival instincts kicked in.
“This is not okay,” said CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin.
Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery appealed to the nobility of his profession and said that “no one should have attended this while others excluded this way.”