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Video || All the times the White House shut down CNN’s Jim Acosta

CNN’s Jim Acosta is a man who has singlehandedly done as much as anyone else to destroy modern journalism. He sits in the White House and wages his own personal agenda, and probably that of CNN, while pretending to be an unbiased journalist. It used to be that White House journalists at least tried to cover up their liberal bias, which has always existed. In

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Media seized by bias misquote Kayleigh NcEnany on “science”

The press has fallen so, so far. As a former member of the mainstream media who took his job seriously and was proud to be part of the profession, it saddens me greatly. Worse, it is so detrimental to our republic. As pointed out in an excellent column by Becket Adams in the Washington Examiner, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the following about

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White House reporter tests positive for coronavirus

This is an email sent by White House Correspondents’ Association President Jonathan Karl of ABC News to the WHCA members: Dear colleagues, The WHCA has been informed that a member of the press corps has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual attended briefings on Monday 7/6 and Wednesday 7/8 afternoons and wore a mask the entire time they were on the White House complex. The

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McEnany compares Trump hiring to Lincoln “Team of Rivals” approach

A gotcha question from the White House press corps doesn’t work out too well. The reporter tried to get White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on why Trump hires people who are incompetent, noting names he calls former employees after they leave. She responds, reasonably, that they often show themselves during employment to have earned their epithets. I think anyone who has hired people and

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White House Press Room Floods During DC Storm

I doubt most of you will be chagrined to hear this. There was a sudden torrential rain in Washington, and the basement section of the White House press room flooded. This is neither unusual nor surprising. Remember, the White House is, in the end, just another federal building. I like how it is characterized as “White House basement” flooding. The reporters only know about the

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Trump Cancels White House Christmas Party for Press Corps

Well, there’s no Christmas party for the White House press corps this year. President Trump has nixed it. Every year, the press is invited to feast on White House delicacies, have cocktails, and then meet and get a photo with the first lady and the president. I’ve been to many of these parties – although the Obamas stopped inviting me because they didn’t like me,

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CNN’s Jim Acosta Interrupts Other Reporters, Demanding On-Camera Briefings

I get why a TV person wants on-camera briefings. He does TV. And there is some reason to want these things televised. It gives Americans a chance to see the White House taking questions and being held to account. And the presence of cameras does inspire reporters to get more aggressive. CNN’s Jim Acosta is hopping mad. Like, I think he was actually hopping. On

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Trump Threatens to End the Daily Press Briefing

President Trump seems furious at the widespread negative coverage this morning of the White House’s rationale for Trump’s firing of former FBI Director James Comey, threatening to put an end to the daily White House briefing. As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with perfect accuracy!…. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)

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WH Correspondents’ Assn. Presidents Rip Trump and Clinton

The outgoing and incoming presidents of the White House Correspondents’ Association, respectively Carol Lee of the Wall Street Journal and Jeff Mason of Reuters, have written an op-ed in USA Today criticizing the treatment of the press by Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. From the piece: The White House Correspondents’ Association is alarmed by the treatment of the press in the 2016 presidential campaign. The

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Video || So Obama Got a Tough Question. He’s Not the First

Some, including journalists, are simply appalled that President Obama was asked provocatively Wednesday why it was he didn’t bring U.S. hostages home as part of the Iran nuclear deal. Seems to me I remember lots of provocative questioning of George W. Bush. The Washington Free Beacon has dug up a sampling, not all of it verbal.

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White House: Hillary Cherry-Picked Emails? No Problem!

Here’s how to think of the Hillary Clinton email saga. It’s difficult, in a way, because emails are not tangible things. They’re a form of organized electricity. Lighter than air. Like thoughts that can float away, or in this case, be erased in an instant. To better understand what she did, let’s go back to a time before there were emails. Let’s go back to

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Chuck Todd Takes Over Meet the Press

I hope I’m wrong, but I’m not sure NBC White House Correspondent Chuck Todd is the right choice to host Meet the Press. Todd, as you probably know, will replace David Gregory. I’ve worked with both during their stints as White House reporters. This is why Tim Russert succeeded so well on Meet the Press: He was smart, affable, sunny, knowledgable, passionate about politics, and

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