Arrogant Little Fucks

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The White House Press Corps Welcomes Obama

The media seem confused about their constitutional status and rights.

Trump Ditches His Press Pool Again, Violating Media Protocol

President-elect Donald Trump left reporters in the dark about his whereabouts Tuesday night, continuing a pattern of restricting press access and setting up a dangerous precedent for the press covering the Trump administration.

Trump left his residence at New York’s Trump Tower to have dinner at a restaurant without informing the pool of reporters tasked to cover him.

Trump’s transition team had told the reporters there would be no more news for the day, indicating Trump would remain at Trump Tower for the night. But an hour afterward, Trump was spotted at a restaurant, violating the tradition that media covering the president or president-elect be regularly informed of his movements and schedule.

Spokeswoman Hope Hicks later confirmed that Trump was having dinner with his family and claimed that she had not known about the plans.

Hicks blamed the violation of protocol on the fact that Trump’s transition team has not yet established “a protective pool” of reporters who document the movements of the president for the larger press corps, particularly if there is something unexpected or significant.

Private events, such as family dinners, can be closed to the press, but reporters should be made aware of them.

While documenting something like a dinner might seem trivial, the pool travels with the president because there’s always a possibility something newsworthy might happen in relation to him ― and as the White House Correspondents Association, which oversees the White House Press Corps, has said, Americans need to know about his “whereabouts and well-being in the event of a national crisis.” President Ronald Reagan’s traveling pool documented an assassination attempt on the president in 1981, for example, and President John F. Kennedy’s press pool had special access that helped them cover his assassination in 1963.

The incident continues a pattern of Trump and his team limiting press access and violating basic tenets of press freedom and creates serious concerns about whether he will abide by traditions like holding press briefings and allowing reporters on Air Force One when he is president.

Trump’s team has resisted establishing the “protective pool,” a decision that the White House Correspondents Association has called “unacceptable” and a violation of “decades of historical precedent and First Amendment principles.”

Trump and his supporters frequently vilified the media during his campaign, and he threatened to sue media outlets that produced unfavorable coverage of him and banned them from campaign events.

Reporters traveling with Trump were not allowed to travel on the same plane, and the campaign sometimes failed to inform them when he was leaving for events. He even mocked them for being late to a rally.

Last week, Trump’s transition team also limited press access during his first visit to Washington after being elected. They kept reporters and photographers at a distance during his meetings with President Barack Obama at the White House and with GOP leaders on Capitol Hill.


On Wednesday morning, White House Correspondents’ Association president Jeff Mason again implored the Trump transition team to honor basic press protocol.

“One week after the election, it is unacceptable for the next president of the United States to travel without a regular pool to record his movements and inform the public about his whereabouts,” he said in a statement.

“The White House Correspondents’ Association is pleased to hear reassurances by the Trump transition team that it will respect long-held traditions of press access at the White House and support a pool structure,” he continued. “But the time to act on that promise is now. Pool reporters are in place in New York to cover the president-elect as he assembles his new administration. It is critical that they be allowed to do their jobs.”

That’s not how this works. That’s not how any of this works.

The First Amendment protects freedom of the press, along with freedom of speech and freedom of religion. That means that the press can print anything they want, subject to a few narrowly tailored exceptions, like obscenity and libel. The press is also free to ask questions, just like any other citizen. What the First Amendment does not do is give the press some special right of access or the power to compel answers.

If a president doesn’t want to talk to the press, he doesn’t have to. He doesn’t have to allow them in the White House. He doesn’t have to give them briefings or hold press conferences. He doesn’t have to tell them where he is going or who he is talking to. He doesn’t have to tell them shit.

Congress has oversight power over the Executive branch, but even that is limited. There are some laws like the Freedom of Information Act and the Presidential Records Act that require the keeping and production of certain records, but as we have seen in recent years the press doesn’t seem to think those laws are important.

But nowhere in the Constitution or in federal law is there any requirement for a President-Elect to tell the press when he goes out to dinner.

On the other hand, most presidents try to maintain a symbiotic relationship with the press. Every modern president has tried to manipulate the press to get favorable coverage. There are things ever president wants the press to cover, like when they give speeches. That’s why presidents allow the press access to the White House and give press briefings.

Trump is still working out his relationship with the press. He is not bound by any formal or informal agreements or protocols worked out between the press and previous administrations. What is happening now could be called a negotiation. But it has nothing to do with the Constitution. The press is a bunch of arrogant little fucks who need to be humbled.

It is obvious that President-Elect Trump will have a contentious and adversarial relationship with the press. But that’s a good thing. When the press quit acting like lapdogs maybe they will regain some credibility.


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66 Responses to Arrogant Little Fucks

  1. The White House Press Corpse is a plum assignment. That’s where the networks and newspapers put their highest paid people. Covering POTUS generates revenue for the press as well. They aren’t doing it out of patriotism.

  2. Mt.Laurel says:

    I think the poor little MSMers were mad because they could not eat at 21 and expense the bill.

  3. Dora says:

  4. Lulu says:

    The media does not have any right to impinge on the private life of any president. Eating, getting dressed, going to the bathroom, following their children (or grandchildren) around, visiting with relatives or friends, etc. I’m getting the creepy feeling that they want to be there in person for confrontations with protestors, or assassination attempts even. I think Trump is going to give them press conferences but not photo-ops or violating his, Melania or Barron’s privacy. A press pool is not a law. There is no mandate or even requirement for one.

  5. helenk3 says:

    when trump got elected did he lose his right to enjoy a dinner out with his family?
    we all know the “press” really democratic stenos would be critical of what he ordered for dinner. let alone let him enjoy it. they are “owed” nothing

  6. DeniseVB says:

    Whew, glad I blogged my TCH Open Thread 😉 I panicked when I saw a horse in the barn, so switched it over to my bloggyHoHo.

    And yeah, I have my WP “report card” coming out next month, will I beat last year’s attendance record? I more than doubled my “hits” from 4 to 10 an hour. How cool am I ? 😀

  7. Somebody says:

    Unfortunately they are turning from lapdog to one eyed bulldogs in a butcher shop. They’re latching onto any and everything. The dinner episode is a prime example of them turning a molehill into a mountain or at least trying to.

    We need a curious, but prudent and responsible press. These people fail over and over again to learn the moral of the little bot who cried wolf. I don’t expect them to change their ways either. The MSM bias has been laid bare for all to see, even the perpetually blind. They have no credibility.

  8. swanspirit says:

    Why wouldn’t you want people who lie about you, malign your family, undermine your progress, twist the truth, and express their disdain and disgust for you; follow your every waking moment, and publish what they cover in a negative light?

    • Mt.Laurel says:

      They just will not admit she (they) lost.

    • NBF says:

      I honestly think that the long-term prospects for national dissolution are pretty good. There simply aren’t enough shared interests and values between red states and blue states to warrant a political union over the long run. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the US go the way of Czechoslovakia in a decade or so. A reasonably civil national divorce could be good for everyone.

    • 1539days says:

      Clinton’s America: Otherwise known as California and New York.

  9. I guess I should have mentioned that the original article appeared in Huffington Post, the same place that declared that Trump was not a serious candidate and said they would only cover him on the entertainment page.

    After they put him back on the main page they added a disclaimer to every Trump article that said:

    “Note to our readers: Donald Trump is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, birther and bully who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.”

  10. taw46 says:

    Progs asking for civil war. Idiots.

    • DeniseVB says:

      This makes me sad, thinking of Hillary rubbing her hands together hoping for a civil war.

      • taw46 says:

        If she truly loved her country, she would come out and demand they stop this. Stop trying to overthrow the election in her name.

        • lateblum says:

          That’s a big “if”. I don’t think she loves her country more than she loves the smell of power and control over others. she showed that in 2008 when she took the role of SOS instead of returning to the Senate when she capitulated to the DNC and bronco. Status, power, control, being in the “show” all were more important to her than really serving the country.

          • kanaughty says:

            Nevertrumpers in colorado and washington state are also trying to lobby for electors choosing john kasich (gag me) instead. I don’t know how that is at all leagle since he got no electoral votes at all.

  11. helenk3 says:

    sharpton to lead protest in DC ahead of trumps inauguration

    guess Canada did not want him either.
    Hope the IRS is there to greet him

  12. Former Obama mouthpiece Tommy “that was like two years ago” Vietor:

    “The White House Correspondents Association has to be ready to respond much more forcefully if Trump continues to ignore long-standing traditions of press access. That’s especially true for the five network bureau chiefs who hold most of the power. I’d like to see them publicly detail their expectations as well as the potential repercussions if those demands continue to be ignored. This is too important, and the Trump campaign learned all the wrong lessons during the campaign when they faced no penalty for blacklisting reporters.”


    • Lulu says:

      He and Pluff left the White House to cash in and now the cash in part looks doubtful. Fenway Strategies, LLC founded by little Tommy, Pluff and some other guy for trash talking PR and strategies. But all of their potential customers are out of favor or out of office.

  13. “It’s unclear when the swastikas were carved. The hate symbols may have been there for a while — and covered with a coat of green paint, a police source said.”

    Hoylman isn’t even Jewish.

  14. helenk3 says:

    Photo: Rev. Jesse Jackson meets with students amid anti-Trump protests at the University of Michigan – mr.egarcia via vivium9 on Instagram
    See original on

    have you noticed that is the people that live off other people’s money that do the most harm to this country?

  15. taw46 says:

    Looks like Hillary has another 4 million votes to come yet. Wonder how many are illegals?

  16. Jim Webb – White Working People Just Do Not Believe ‘ Democrats Like Them ’

  17. Mt.Laurel says:

    Goodness. Now Sanders does not realize he lost …well took that nice summer home a bribe…I mean consolation prize. The only part the surprises me is that it is at GWU and not Georgetown. I guess Bernie needs to take the Metro.

  18. helenk3 says:

    random thought
    democratic mayors are now protecting MS13 members . Al Capone would be so jealous

  19. DandyTIger says:

  20. The technical term is “bugfuck nuts”

  21. Bill O: “I bet she’d fun to have over for Thanksgiving.”

  22. lateblum says:

    Getting ready to call it a night… But then I saw this. 😉

  23. Dora says:

    A year! Obama is a selfish, petulant little person. He never uses the Oval Office anyway! Grrrr.


    Trump may not be able to work in the Oval Office for over a year

    President Obama could have told the Secret Service, ‘I know you want to modernize the Oval Office with security enhancements ­ literally strip it down to the bare walls and build it back up so we’ve got bullet proof glass and so forth and so on, security arrangements in it, in my last year in office,’ but instead he said, ‘Why don’t you do that [with] whoever comes next.’”

  24. Dora says:

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