In case you missed this, earlier today Sean Spicer, Donald Trump’s press secretary, banned a bunch of outlets from attending a media briefing.
The journalists he excluded represented the New York Times, BuzzFeed News, CNN, the Los Angeles Times and Politico. Meanwhile, reporters from Breitbart News, the One America News Network and the Washington Times (all conservative), as well as people from ABC, CBS, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and Fox News, were invited to attend.
Oh, an important addendum: Reporters from Time magazine and the Associated Press were also allowed in, but refused in protest.
Read those three words again:
I’ve been around this game for more than two decades, and it’s time for my media peers to step up. Because, truly, here’s the thing: People who work at, say, Fox News oftentimes also worked at CNN. Or jumped from MSNBC to ABC to CNN to BBC to Fox. I mean, I know very few producers and veteran reporters who haven’t been employed by myriad outlets. It’s a tight community, where everyone knows everyone and relationships and a love of reporting transcends political banter.
So for legitimate outlets to engage with Spicer, when their brothers and sisters of the industry were barred, well, it’s cowardice bullshit. At this dangerous time, with an aspiring demagogue attempting to control the message and marginalize those messengers he objects to, we must come together and say, “No, we will not go along with that. Even if we like you as a president. Even if we agree with your policies. No, no, no.”
And, along those lines, we—as a people—must recognize the BS at hand. Donald Trump is a man who cries “fake news!” while having invented a fake publicist (John Barron) to deliver, eh, fake news. He also lies and lies and lies and lies, then points at the media when it doesn’t digest and spew his falsehoods.
This is not a joke.
This is not a game.
It’s dangerous stuff.
And it’s time to fight back.
Oh, and one more thing: Where does Dana Rohrabacher stand on all this? Where’s his voice? Where’s his conviction? Is he OK with banning certain media outlets? Is he for the First Amendment protections of the press? Is he horrified? Irked? Bothered?
We’ll likely never know …