REPORT: Reporters complaining about Trump’s ‘chopper talk’ news conferences
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Some reporters are complaining that President Trump’s recent “gaggles” on the White House lawn — as Marine One’s helicopter rotors blare in the background — make it more difficult for them to hold the president accountable and paints them in an unprofessional light, according to a report.
“If he was at a podium, we would be pressing him after he answers the question, we would be correcting him, we would be pointing out discrepancies in previous answers, and we’re not able to do that in the chaotic setting of a departure,” CBS News White House correspondent Weijia Jiang told Politico. “Many times I’ve tried to ask a follow-up question, but he’s already pointed to somebody else.
The article goes on to state the following:
But others say the brief, near-daily news conferences, dubbed “chopper talks” by late-night host Stephen Colbert, make the president more accessible than his predecessors who delegated the role of talking to reporters to their White House press secretaries during far-less frequent on-camera West Wing briefings.
“President Trump communicates directly with the American people more than any president in history,” White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham told Politico, when asked about Trump’s interactions with the media. “The fact that the White House press corps can no longer grandstand on TV is of no concern to us.”
I couldn’t have said it better myself. The Press Corp is only there, with a job, because of the president. HE runs the show – not you.
“President Trump communicates directly with the American people more than any president in history,” White House… https://t.co/4lDuEDdgD7
— RD Carrington (@rdcarrington) August 23, 2019
From “he doesn’t hold press conferences” to “he holds 35 minute press conferences, but he doesn’t let us ambush him.” https://t.co/LdImss5jW6
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) August 22, 2019
— Daniel Lippman (@dlippman) August 22, 2019
Trump’s freewheeling Q&As have essentially replaced the formal White House press briefing, which hasn’t been held in more than five months https://t.co/9SiLydfTMp
— POLITICO (@politico) August 22, 2019
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