Accuracy in Media

The Washington Post’s latest column on Donald Trump surrounds his penchant for tweeting his thoughts and stirring controversy, which they termed ‘chaos theory’. Notice the opinion sneaking into the column with the conjecture “has seemed to revel”:

Since winning the election, Trump has seemed to revel in tossing firecrackers in all directions, often using Twitter to offer brief but provocative pronouncements on foreign and domestic policies alike — and leaving it to others to flesh out his true intentions.

Apparently, political elites and the establishment in D.C. are having a hard time sifting through Trump’s tweets and deciphering policy and intention:

But others warn that Democrats and Republicans alike on Capitol Hill could have a hard time reading Trump and discerning his true priorities if he continues to operate as he has during the transition.

Well, compared to Barack Obama, Trump is transparent about his thoughts on policy and current events by his prolific use of Twitter and social media. Yet, the Washington Post apparently forgot about this column that blasted Obama’s secrecy and lack of transparency with the liberal media.

In that column, entitled, “Obama promised transparency. But his administration is one of the most secretive,” Margaret Sullivan blasted the Obama White House for hiding secrets on drone strikes and for refusing to be interviewed by the Post since 2009:

But the Obama administration itself has been part of a different know-nothing problem. It has kept the news media — and therefore the public — in the dark far too much over the past 7 1/2 years.

After early promises to be the most transparent administration in history, this has been one of the most secretive. And in certain ways, one of the most elusive. It’s also been one of the most punitive toward whistleblowers and leakers who want to bring light to wrongdoing they have observed from inside powerful institutions…

Remarkably, Post news reporters haven’t been able to interview the president since late 2009. Think about that. The Post is, after all, perhaps the leading news outlet on national government and politics, with no in-depth, on-the-record access to the president of the United States for almost all of his two terms.

I couldn’t get anyone in the White House press office to address this, despite repeated attempts by phone and email — which possibly proves my point.





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