The status quo is no longer the status quo, per the actions of the Trump administration. Often, reporters would accompany cabinet members as they travel abroad for summits and meetings with other foreign leaders. Now, that long-held protocol is no more, at least for the new Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
Tillerson did not take a pool reporter, or a reporter who compiles a report for various news outlets, on his recent trip to Asia to meet with leaders in South Korea and go to the De-Militarized Zone (DMZ). Instead, he chose Erin McPike, a reporter working for the conservative outlet Independent Journal Review. However, McPike was not a pool reporter and was working on a profile piece on Tillerson as a White House correspondent for the outlet.
The liberal media criticized Tillerson for not catering to them for his trip to Asia, to which he said, “I’m not a big media access person.” Some of the headlines from the liberal media are listed below:
- Reuters: Conservative website only media on Tillerson plane to Asia
- Buzzfeed: IJR lands the only press spot on Tillerson’s plane to Asia
- Politico: Press corps blasts Tillerson for cherry-picking reporters
You can read McPike’s profile of Tillerson here.