Accuracy in Media

Incoming White House chief of staff Reince Priebus hinted Wednesday that the Trump administration may make changes to the format of the daily press briefing, including rearranging the seating chart inside the briefing room.

Priebus floated the possibility of the changes during an interview with conservative talk radio host Hugh Hewitt:

“The traditions, while some of them are great, I think it’s time to revisit a lot of these things that have been done in the White House.”

“And I can assure you that change is going to happen.”

These proposed changes are strikingly similar to those made by my colleague Cliff Kincaid on AIM’s The Bias Buzz podcast three weeks ago, when he suggested that more conservative organizations should be accredited to cover the White House, and that the legacy liberal media organizations should sit in the back of the room where they belong—especially after working so hard to defeat Trump.

If these changes are enacted it will surely increase tension between Trump and the media. But given Trump’s mastery of social media—Twitter in particular—he doesn’t need the media as much as they need him.

The lack of a press secretary, and the fact that Trump hasn’t held an official press conference since winning the election, should also serve as a signal to the liberal media that things will be very different under the new administration.

While there is no guarantee that the White House will make the changes that Priebus suggested, the fact that he is considering shaking things up in the briefing room only reinforces that we are indeed on the verge of a new White House press order.


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  • Robert F

    Good. More forward thinking which is needed. Maybe the Liberal Media will start paying attention and begin presenting the truth of the Conservative agenda.

  • sox83cubs84

    I can hardly wait. Four, and maybe 8 years of liberal media irrelevancy. Just another way that Trump makes America great again.

  • gates of vienna

    No chance, Robert F. The Legacy Press will keep on keeping on in their gloom and doom. They totally buy the “Bad News Sells” and will enjoy playing Martyr in their kabuki drama about Dastardly Donald.

    In this, they have the backing of people like Soros – remember how much of his money went into the attempt to destroy W?

    Besides, the “Conservatives” have proved themselves to be more interested in maintaining access than acting by Conservative principles. Their behavior in the election process cost them much in allegiance but as long as they can maintain, that’s all that matters. I can’t remember the source now, but I read somewhere (perhaps in Don Surber’s website) that National Review – as just one example – has been subsidized to the tune of 25 millions in the last decade. That’s a lot of money for little return. Essentially, Conservatism, Inc. is a Grease Machine.

    We are all populists now.

  • gates of vienna

    Not eight years. It’s is vital that we know and understand history. The media has been “Liberal” since the turn of the TWENTIETH century. To see the sad truth, look at Fred Siegel’s book – short, knowledgeable, and easy to read: “How Liberalism Undermined the MIddle Class” is one of the best book in this decade:

    The truth really will make us free, though at first it may make us miserable. It can be like waking up to find the nightmare we’ve been living through is actually reality.