With the media’s constant campaign to destroy President Donald Trump, one reporter is noting that the media has had more access to Trump in just two years than they had with Obama in two terms.
CBS White House correspondent Major Garrett recently noted that this claim by the media that Trump ignores them is absurd.
According to the Washington Examiner:
CBS White House correspondent Major Garrett doesn’t buy the portrayal of President Trump as an enemy of the media and a chief executive who has eliminated access for journalists.
“He loves us, and he hates us, and he loves us,” he said with a laugh.
“There is more access to this president than there was to Obama. We see him all the time. He takes questions a lot,” Garrett said. “We see him and interact with him and punch in questions with far more frequency than with Obama. Probably more so than for W. Bush,” he added.
Garret also pointed out that the media makes a huge mistake to run with every off-the-cuff tweet that Trump makes.
Trump uses the media and Twitter as a way to goad his bureaucracy to change at a faster clip, but he warns that every single little Tweet does not amount to policy announcements.
“I’m so careful about what’s proposed, what’s considered, what’s talked about. You get a lot of loose descriptions of things that are under discussion, or moving toward,” he said.
“There are several stories that I have not pushed ‘Send’ on because I’m just not sure. Because I think in the Trump era, there is, I don’t want to make a blanket statement, there is a temptation [by the media] to be first and near right and I have tried to avoid that temptation. I’m much more comfortable with being second and right than first and near right or first and flat wrong.”
“As much as he hates us, he at some level is addicted to us and loves to see how what he bounces out there bounces back. He takes a measure of the media and in so doing he takes a measure of the country because he does have a genuine sense, more than any previous president, of what it means to be a celebrity and what it means to be a celebrity now,” he said.
Garret also made a very prescient statement of how Trump uses the media: “He’s a fully developed celebrity and his knowledge and sense of the elasticity of media coverage and shoving something in and watching it bounce back is more acute than any president we’ve had.”
That is a very good point. Trump understands how the media reacts to things. And he uses that to push his ideas out there.But he also uses it to test the waters to see how he should hone his own ideas moving forward.
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