President Trump caused White House press corps journalists to clutch pearls more so than normal on Friday after deciding to leave the daily Wuhan coronavirus task force press briefing without taking any questions.
There was much media speculation as to why he made the decision to do so, with the consensus seeming to be that he was trying to avoid questions about the whole “ingesting disinfectant cleaner” story nonsense that the press obsessed over yesterday.
Along with the fretting over Trump opting out of the usual contentious back and forth Q and A sessions we’ve come to expect out of these briefings was much hand-wringing from reporters over the White House attempting to change the seating arrangements for that briefing as well as future ones, reportedly in order for print media to get a better view.
CNN’s chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta filed this Twitter report noting that in addition to possible seating arrangement changes coming, the White House was discussing “making better use of the briefings” going foward:
Discussions have begun inside WH about making better use of the briefings, CNN has confirmed. Question is whether Trump goes for it. Conversations inside WH are also under way about seating arrangements in the briefing room, we are told.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) April 24, 2020
The responses to Acosta’s tweet were mostly complaints from his devoted liberal followers expressing outrage over the possible changes to where journalists sit, along with suggestions about how Trump should stop attending the briefings altogether (which may actually be what ends up happening).
But a few Twitter users, including yours truly, had some better suggestions for improving White House Coronavirus Task Force press briefings, and they revolved around Jim Acosta either sitting them out, having to stand throughout the briefing, or just ignoring him:
Ignoring you and anyone else at #FakeNewsCNN would be a good start
— Marooned in Marin ❌❌ (@MaroonedInMarin) April 25, 2020
Trump should make you all stand after this bitchiness about seating.
— I Hate The Media 🇺🇸 (@ihatethemedia) April 24, 2020
One way to make better use of the briefings is if you opted not to show up. https://t.co/5rCzIT3zAW
— Sister Toldjah 😁 (@sistertoldjah) April 24, 2020
I mean, think about it. He’s been criticized for his partisan showmanship by the head of the White House Correspondents’ Association, and a former CNN producer bluntly called out Acosta’s “all about me” behavior recently. And rumor has it that he’s lost the respect of a lot of his fellow reporters in the briefing room, some because they genuinely don’t like him but also because his over-the-top antics remind people of the liberal biases of most everyone else in the White House press corps.
He should listen to his colleagues, and either shape up or ship out of the press room.
By the way, is this not a spot-on description of Acosta?
Jim Acosta reminds me of the terrible news man in the movie Die Hard
— Tommy Ivison (@TommyIvison) April 25, 2020
— Joseph Bovino (@joebovino) June 12, 2018