Trump’s ‘chopper talk’ puts media on the defensive
Using Marine One as a backdrop, the White House has replaced formal briefings with impromptu chats where the president sets all the rules.
These morning rambles are the opening act of his daily reality show. They throw out the "topics" and "challenges" for the day's episode. And the cable/Twitter/news complex gets a day's programming out of it: "OMG Chosen One!" "LOL Greenland!"
The White House press briefing has essentially been replaced by Trump’s “chopper talk,”
and I write
Trump may hold more weekly meetings with the press as any president since Kennedy--but he does it in a form that gives him more control.
Asked about Trump's mini Marine One pressers, one WH reporter told us: "They are terrible for reporters. It is impossible to hear, have a substantive dialogue, ask a follow-up question or do any serious pressing of the president. It is a fucking circus.”
“The fact that the White House press corps can no longer grandstand on TV is of no concern to us." —
From "he doesn't hold press conferences" to "he holds 35 minute press conferences, but he doesn't let us ambush him."