Liberals didn’t make a peep when President Barack Obama routinely mischaracterized Fox News throughout his presidency. But they’re now furious that President Trump is responding to their incessant criticism and tendency to run with unverifiable stories by fighting back. How? Trump’s giving equal time to lesser known outlets. As the Washington Times notes:
During his press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President Donald Trump called on two news outlets: WJLA a local ABC news affiliate, and the Daily Caller. Both failed to ask him about the fate of his national security adviser Gen. Michael Flynn, who has been marred in a controversy that he spoke to Russian authorities before Mr. Trump took office.
The reporters at WJLA and the Daily Caller may have dropped the ball in their line of questioning – but that’s not Mr. Trump’s fault.
The mainstream media – especially CNN, The New York Times, and The Washington Post – have largely been combative of Mr. Trump’s presidency. Why would they think they would then be given preferential treatment at his press conferences? Because they’re the establishment?
It’s refreshing to see a White House give voice to lesser known news outlets – it’s more democratic in a way, opening the press corps up to different lines of questioning.
We agree. Many of these more established outlets abdicated their responsibility to report objectively during the Obama administration, and even moreso during the Clinton campaign. Journalists who should have resigned over Wikileaks revelations were promoted within and outside of their organizations. This cycle, if anything, revealed an American press that’s fundamentally broken. Trump owes them nothing. Perhaps adding a little more democracy to the process of picking who and when he speaks with will make them more honest.