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The White House Correspondents’ Association is Incomprehensibly Full of Shit

Today in Both Sides Are The Same, the White House Correspondents' Association, the body that oversees the White House press corps, has expressed concern about the way the Trump and Clinton campaigns treat reporters.

If you've been paying any attention at all, you should know how fucking ridiculous this is.

The public’s right to know is infringed if certain reporters are banned from a candidate's events because the candidate doesn’t like a story they have written or broadcast, as Donald Trump has done.

Similarly, refusing to regularly answer questions from reporters in a press conference, as Hillary Clinton has, deprives the American people of hearing from their potential commander-in-chief in a format that is critical to ensuring he or she is accountable for policy positions and official acts.

On one hand, the Trump campaign has banned individual reporters and entire publications from his events. Trump's staff has physically assaulted several reporters. Trump himself has threatened retaliation against the parent companies of publications that run negative stories about him. Billionaire tech bro Peter Thiel, the man who has forced Gawker Media into bankruptcy through a series of lawsuits directly challenging the freedom of the press, will speak on behalf of Donald Trump at the GOP convention.

On the other hand, Hillary Clinton does not hold enough press conferences.

To equate these campaigns in this way is not just ludicrous, it's irresponsible. This necessarily minimizes the way Trump has treated the media and if you're a reporter who's been assaulted at or banned from Trump events this must be very insulting.

As far as the correspondents association is concerned, the treatment of reporters who've been assaulted or banned is no worse than the treatment of their overpaid stenographers who haven't had a chance to ask Hillary Clinton yet another stupid question about the fucking email server, or Pokemon Go, or the unfortunate death of a goddamn zoo animal.

The very first reporter to be thrown out of a Trump campaign event was Jorge Ramos. Ramos was ejected and told to 'go back to his country' because he questioned Donald Trump's categorization of immigrants as criminals and rapists.

  • ninjaf

    I do think Clinton should be having press conferences, not that we would learn anything new because the Fourth Estate has abdicated their responsibility for hard journalism. But this is by no means as egregious as what the Trump campaign is pulling.

    This demonstrates exactly where we are getting the “both sides are the same” from. This thought process is systemic and needs to be challenged from within and weeded out. We don’t need blase, cynical journalists making false equivalencies. We don’t need partisan hacks with an agenda and an ax to grind. We need real, honest to goodness adversarial journalists to shake things up and hold politicians accountable to the public.

  • Aynwrong

    God this is so friggen typical. This is why I miss Keith Olbermann so much. This is the sort of thing the “World’s Worst” was perfect st calling out.

  • Scopedog

    My message to the White House Correspondents’ Association and this idiotic “both sides are the same” bullshit:

  • muselet

    Somewhere in the Afterlife, David Broder sips his whiskey sour and smiles, content in the knowledge that others have picked up where he left off.

    –alopecia

  • And since when does a Presidential candidate or even the President required to answer every question. No President, in the history of this country regardless of party has answered every single question thrown at them. Yet somehow these nitwits make this an equivalent sin to banning and assaulting journalists. Thanks for nothing Fourth Estate.

    • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

      If they just singled out Trump, they’be be accused of being partisan. That’s even worse than being accused of being idiots.

      So they have to find some false equivalence.

      • Christopher Foxx

        If they just singled out Trump, they’be be accused of being partisan.

        They wouldn’t be partisan. They’d be responsible journalists reporting the truth.

        But they’re so used to reporting, rather than exposing, lies that of course it would never occur to them to challenge that one.