The official press briefings of the White house for a long time were an almost daily Routine of many American journalists. Lately spokeswoman Sarah Sanders came but rarely to the podium of the US President Donald Trump was now the media blame yourself.

The reason why Sanders go only rarely on the Podium in the press room, the “male” and “incorrect” reporting about her Comments, wrote Trump on Twitter. Most of the media reported-it’s never “fair” – about his government, which is why you as a “Fake News” would be defined. He had told Sanders that she would have to make because of the Briefings, “no head,” wrote Trump. The message from the White house to leave without the Briefings to deliver.

The Association of correspondents of the White house (WHCA) criticized trump’s Comments. WHCA President Oliver Knox spoke of a “retreat from transparency and accountability” that was a terrible precedent.

informal communication

The formal Briefings in the press room of the White house have now become a rarity: The most recent such conference, Sanders was at the 18. December of last year. Instead, she speaks more often informally and spontaneously with journalists. On these occasions, reporters have less time and opportunity to ask questions and to check it out.

On 3. January had been invited to a press briefing to the White house, but only “to a very special guest” announced Trump, who spoke to reporters, but no questions will be accepted. The President communicates frequently with the media, albeit in a rather unusual manner: in the margins of Cabinet meetings or in front of the entrance to the presidential helicopter. Then he often takes questions.

The referee in a “White House Transition Project”, according to Trump, exchanges through his actions more frequently with media representatives as his predecessor, Barack Obama or George W. Bush.

Less options press conferences

Trump is the majority of the US media is critical. He accuses these media reports, biased and hostile to his presidency. Again and again the President has also attacked individual journalists personally, violently. The prominent CNN Reporter Jim Acosta, he left last November after a battle of words, even for a short time, the accreditation of escape. Even the conservative channel Fox News, Trump is voted against in General in a friendly, supported a lawsuit filed by CNN against the Acostas exclusion.

held As Acosta its accreditation again, were at the same time, adopted new rules for press conferences – the deterioration of conditions for journalists, a total mean: CNN, journalists are allowed to ask the President only after explicit permission is more than a question. Violations could be punished with the suspension or the withdrawal of accreditation. Prior to this Episode were common, and were not punished.


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