Donald Trump’s administration stunned the White House press corps on Sunday with the announcement that they’re considering moving the White House press briefings out of the West Wing, basically ejecting reporters from their “home”, thus ending decades of protocol which allowed “corporate” journalists to work inside the White House, as close as possible to senior officials.
Donald Trump’s press secretary told reporters that they’re looking for more space to accommodate the (oh the irony) Washington media luminaries. Everything is about providing greater accessibility and allowing more people to be involved in the process of news reporting said Sean Spicer on Sunday for Fox News’s Media Buzz.
Involving more people may actually refer to allowing bloggers and other independent journalists, i.e. those who are not working for the “fake news” mainstream media to attend WH press briefings. And yes indeed, this would make for a most welcome change in this writer’s opinion.
However, Sean Spicer and other Trump Team officials said no final decisions had been made just yet. All these comments were sparked by mainstream media pundits fearing that their privileges will be revoked by The Donald due to the obvious antagonism between Trump and the “fake news” based mainstream media.
Moving the press corps out of the White House will be made just for logistical reasons, responding to the increased demand from media organizations, according to Vice President Mike Pence:
“There’s such a tremendous amount of interest in this incoming administration that they’re giving some consideration to finding a larger venue on the 18 acres in the White House complex, to accommodate that extraordinary interest. The interest of the team is to make sure that we accommodate the broadest number of people who are interested and media from around the country and around the world.
White House Chief of Staff Rience Priebus was quoted as saying:
“The one thing that we discussed was whether or not we want to move the initial press conferences into the Executive Office Building; you can fit four times the amount of people.I know that some of the folks in the press are uptight about this, and I understand,”
What’s very interesting and encouraging is that bloggers and talk show radio hosts could be included in the White House press briefings in the future, which is to be expected considering Trump’s latest outbursts against fake news and mainstream media:
There’s a lot of talk radio and bloggers and people that can’t fit in right now and maybe don’t have a permanency because they’re not part of the Washington elite media,” Spicer added, “but to allow them an opportunity to ask the press secretary or the president a question is a positive thing. It’s more democratic.