Does anybody get the feeling that President-elect Trump really doesn’t like the press, anymore?
I mean, sure, he loved them during the primary season, when he got tons of free ad time, through wall-to-wall coverage, far exceeding any of his opponents.
Fox News shed any resemblance to a legitimate news organization, in order to become his on-air campaign headquarters.
Personalities like Sean Hannity and Eric Bolling still serve as co-Ministers of Propaganda for Dear Leader Trump.
However, once he became the GOP nominee, and eventually after winning the presidency, it was time for a reality check, and it was back to business.
With the exception of Fox News, who are all aboard the Trump train, Trump has had to face the withering scrutiny of the press, and he doesn’t like it.
The word coming out of the Trump camp today is that a President Trump will be kicking the press out of the White House.
The question that now remains is why?
There are conflicting reports coming from Trump’s people.
Instead, the press corps may work out of the White House Conference Center, near Lafayette Square, or in the Old Executive Office Building, next door to the White House, Esquire reported.
“There has been no decision,” said Sean Spicer, Trump’s incoming White House press secretary, adding “there has been some discussion about how to do it.”
The current press corps area within the White House has about 49 seats. Spicer pointed to last week’s press conference and said that the media capacity had to be capped at 400, when there were thousands who requested access.
This move to relocate the press corps is simply to make more room for those who want access to the new president.
However, a senior member of Trump’s team has gone as far as to refer to the press as the “opposition party.”
“I want ’em out of the building,” the senior official told Esquire. “We are taking back the press room.”
Trump often rails on the media, accusing reporters of dishonest and biased coverage against him.
Many are cheering Trump’s rejection of the media, too readily forgetting that a free press is a pillar of a free society.
It is likely a self-inflicted wound by the press. Years of biased, left-leaning coverage by most of the major news networks, along with an air of arrogance that led them to believe they were doing us a favor by not just giving us the news, but telling us which side of the issues we should be standing on, has created a groundswell of rebellion in large swaths of the public.
The next four years will likely be Trump versus the press, Trump versus the Democrats, Trump versus other Republicans, Trump versus the Constitution, and Trump versus proper grammar.
All the rest of us can do is buckle in and ride this thing out.