The Trump Administration And The Media




The briefing room is a battlefield. On Sunday, the 21st, Press Secretary Sean Spicer held his first press briefing. The discussion was mostly focused on the crowd size of the inauguration. “This was the first time in our nation’s history that floor coverings have been used to protect the grass on the Mall.” That’s not true, CNN found. At both of Former President Obama’s inaugurations, floor coverings were used. He went on to talk about, and insult, the reporter from Time who tweeted that the bust of Martin Luther King J.R. had been removed from the oval office. He soon realized he was wrong and sent out an apology. Sean Spicer said that the act was “irresponsible and reckless.” Every time he makes a public appearance, it seems as though he defaults to insulting the media. On Fox & Friends, Sean Spicer said:“the media’s default on every scenario is that it’s immediately a negative and a failure.”



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Although it would be unfair to mention only Sean Spicer’s remarks about the press. President Trump’s Senior Advisor Stephen K. Bannon called the press the “opposition party.” This contributes once more to the attitude the Trump administration has cultivated towards the press—and the one President Trump created during the campaign. Will Sean Spicer refuse to answer the questions of organizations that write dissenting articles in the briefing room? Will he revoke the press passes of organizations critical of the administration? These are all questions we will all know the answer to soon. This could mark the end of the peaceful and largely enforced by the constitution, the relationship between the press and the government. The first amendment establishes that there shall be a free press, and supreme court rulings as well as historically the government’s attitude towards the press, reinforce that clause. But when President Trump began his run for president, he talked about “the corrupt media,” often. Of all of the group’s President Trump has insulted, he has insulted the press the most. He even insulted Hugh Hewitt, who was more than kind to him when he interviewed him during the general election. He said Hugh Hewitt is a “very low ratings [host]… just a 3rd rate “gotcha” guy.”

We may well have entered an era of censorship, where the president will take something off a government website if it doesn’t concur with his party or him. Now, when scientists at EPA want to publish their insulting of the media is doing to America, what it’s doing to American freedom, and if it’s helping anyone but his party. ■


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