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Liberal Media in Crisis After Being Passed Over for Questions

Liberal Media in Crisis After Being Passed Over for Questions

Trump is “shutting down part of the First Amendment”

The liberal media’s inflated sense of importance is on full display. During a press conference yesterday with Benjamin Netanyahu, liberal journalists wanted to shift the narrative to the resignation of Michael Flynn.

They were unable to do so because Trump took questions from reporters at Townhall and the Christian Broadcasting Network, both of whom asked about Israel and Palestine in keeping with the point of the event.

The liberal media, which just came back from an eight year vacation during which they peppered Obama with questions about how awesome he is, now wants us to believe we can’t live without their tough questions for Trump.

After the press conference, ABC News went into full freak out mode.

News Busters reports:

Angry ABC in ‘Open Hostility’ at Trump for ‘Shutting Down’ Free Speech

The journalists at ABC on Wednesday erupted in “open hostility” to Donald Trump, accusing the President of “shutting down part of the First Amendment” by not calling on network reporters at a press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Jon Karl, Cecilia Vega and Matt Dowd repeatedly whined about the “conservative” questioners who were chosen, lamenting that the preferred narrative of the liberal media wasn’t highlighted.

In the post-press conference coverage, Vega ranted, “I want to tell you about the open hostility right here in this room. You know, I’m sitting right here kind of in the middle of the pack of a number of journalists, mainstream reporters, if you will, and there is open anger in here about the fact the President did not take any real questions about the issue of the day.”

The question of the day, according to Vega, was Michael Flynn’s resignation. Speaking for other journalists, she raged, “And so, you’re feeling an open sense of anger and frustration here.” Reporter Karl sputtered, “George, it is astounding. We have now had four presidential news conferences and the President, for the most part, has simply avoided calling on people from news organizations.”

Not a day has passed in the few short weeks that Trump has been president, that these liberal activists disguised as journalists haven’t dialed it up to ten. Here’s more:

ABC analyst Dowd increased the hyperbole, stating that Trump was dismantling the First Amendment:

This is two democracies, two important democracies in the world and basically the President of the United States is shutting down part of the First Amendment by not taking certain questions that are going to be any way antagonistic.

Watch the video:

Professor Jacobson noted the media’s whining in an earlier post:

There is plenty of push back on this from people who remember how the media behaved under Obama:

This video says it all:

Featured image via News Busters video.


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Hee hee. Sorry, but the MSM owns this thanks to their own hectoring, biased reporting on Trump and their 8 years of asking “Tell us again how awesome you are!” non-questions of Obama.

They made their bed, they can sleep in it. Throwing tantrums won’t help their case.

    MattMusson in reply to Virginia42. | February 16, 2017 at 9:01 am

    The WaPo, the NYT, CBS, ABC and NBC actually believe they are the Keepers of the 1st Amendment. They believe they are entitled.

      Milhouse in reply to MattMusson. | February 16, 2017 at 2:26 pm

      That is exactly it. What did you think that whole “fourth estate” nonsense was all about? They consider themselves part of our system of government, though not one in twenty could tell you what the first three estates were.

      They have successfully brainwashed not just the rest of the country but even themselves that the constitution gives them a special role, and with it special privileges. Where does it do that, you ask? They’ll point to “…and of the press”, and pretend that they are “the press” to which that clause refers. Of course this is a giant lie, but it’s what they want us to believe, and it’s what they themselves believe.

      We know better; we know that the freedom of speech and of the press is the right that each of us has to say or publish anything we like. “The press” is not a person or set of people, but a method of expression, just like “speech”. And just as the first amendment doesn’t give professional orators any special role or privilege, so too does it not give them to professional operators of presses.

Trump could fling poop at the MSM and 95% of America wouldn’t care.

I disagree. Cheering is a sign of caring.

Poor babies. They will have to run to mommy to get burped.

The “liberal media” is just another self-entitled part of the establishment that is trying to circle the wagons and fight off the American people. I hope that Trump continues not to call on them and that the snubbing extends to the White House briefings.

    C. Lashown in reply to Rick. | February 16, 2017 at 10:01 am

    I would truly love to see the WH revoke 2-3 press passes! That should really give them something to whine about.

It’s so refreshing to have real issue oriented questions from the “other” news outlets instead of the MSM obsessing over the MSM gotcha of the day.

Perhaps it is time for many members of MSM to review the difference between news, and say, oh, opinions, or editorials. When they go back over to the correct side of that line, maybe, just maybe, they can earn back some shred of credibility. Until then, they can sleep on that crappy bed they made themselves…

ComboverAsMetaphor | February 16, 2017 at 9:14 am

We can count on Trump to overplay his hand. He won with a Jack High Straight but you and he act like he had a Royal Flush.

I hesitate to offer an advice, but history teaches that the pendulum does not come to rest at the apogee.

“Congress shall make no law…”

The First Amendment seems to restrict Congress as to laws it may pass, not whether Trump calls on Democrat party MSM operatives.

I had occasion to see a copy of the local rag yesterday and was tickled to see how far they have had to cut cost to stay in the business of telling us what to think.

Maybe if the MSM ever considered asking questions relevant to the parties involved in the press conference? Was Gen Flynn hiding in the corner of the room? Doubtful PM Netanyahu was standing up there to discuss Gen Flynn

And in other news … Trump continues to dominate and manipulate the dumb ol’ press, and, apparently, with ease. And this remains the best election ever.

I am so looking forward to 4 years if Trump giving the mainstream media the honey badger treatment.

Liberal Media’s chickens…..coming home to roost.

At some point the media must have to drag itself back in to the Real World? I guess the question is…when do we reach this “some point”?


    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to mailman. | February 16, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    The :::cough cough:::: media would rather kill themselves as an institution before the deal with reality.

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to mailman. | February 16, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    They may not ever come to their senses. They are dawdling along the trail of the flightless, extinct dodo bird.

It is almost impossible for Trump to “overplay his hand”, at this point. Trump was elected by half of the legal voters in this country, to do exactly what he is doing. He did this in the face of a news media which was not only patently recognizable as being totally opposed to him, but which was just as glaringly obviously totally in support of his opponents. And, after this election and inauguration, the media, and his political opponents, continued the unreasonable, and largely fallacious, attacks against him. They made him the ultimate underdog. He is now in the same position as the NE Patriots at halftime in Superbowl LI. Every touchdown that he scores, is treated as the game winner, by his popular supporters. No matter how hard the MSM tries to tarnish Trump, the 50% of the country which supports him is not going to believe them.

No, it’s Pro-Choice, but without the ritual abortion (i.e. carbon sequestration, reducing) and cannibalization (i.e. recycling, reusing) of wholly innocent human lives.

That said, isn’t there a prophecy of catastrophic anthropogenic global warming?

These JournoLists should be telecommuting and reduce their carbon footprint.

Talk about overplaying one’s hand: Obama setting up a shadow government. Obama/Jarrett probably seeded this one for eight straight years.

It is not out of the question for Obama to wind up indicted for sedition.

buckeyeminuteman | February 16, 2017 at 2:18 pm

The First Amendment gives the press the right to investigate and ask questions. It does not impose an obligation on the president to answer everybody’s questions.

    The first amendment doesn’t even mention a right to investigate or ask questions, and it doesn’t give “the press” any more rights than anyone else. “Freedom of speech and of the press” simply means the right to say or publish whatever one likes. Nothing more or less. The “of the press” part does not refer to journalists or to any other set of people; it is exactly parallel to the “of speech” part that precedes it, which does not refer to professional orators or to some other special set of people called “the speech”.

      Right. The “of the press” phrase just extends the “freedom of speech” to the written word as well as the spoken word. Even in 1786, any fool with access to a printing press could publish a newspaper (in fact, IIRC, one of Ben Franklin’s many business ventures over the course of his life was exactly that); you didn’t HAVE to be a professional reporter to exercise this right.

      Also, the First Amendment “gives” nothing. It codifies that the government may not impede the pre-existing rights contained therein.

It’s difficult to imagine the cluelessness of these reporters. It’s not just that the President has no constitutional or statutory obligation to provide press conferences, but that the balance of power here has always been with the President.

The balance of power favors the President because any individual reporter will always need access to the President more than the President needs access to any particular reporter. On the other side, Presidents usually have some motivation to avoid negative coverage, which can give journalists some leverage. Nonetheless, the balance will always tip toward the President because there are many reporters but only one President.

Historically, reporters who value their access have mostly have muted their obnoxiousness, lest they lose their access. No doubt reporters (today and in the past) have sometimes mightily resented this, but, the balance of power remains what it is.

Are reporters aware that it’s always been this way (only now it’s even worse, because they can no longer credibly offer even the possibility of favorable coverage)? Perhaps they are aware of this; nonetheless, it often seems over-optimistic to assume that even big-name journalists are well informed about much of anything.

I’d like to see Trump call on the lib network news people, not to answer questions, but to ask them. They answer one of Trump’s questions, he’ll answer one of theirs.

In the post-press conference coverage, Vega ranted, “I want to tell you about the open hostility right here in this room. You know, I’m sitting right here kind of in the middle of the pack of a number of journalists, mainstream reporters, if you will, and there is open anger in here about the fact the President did not take any real questions about the issue of the day.”

I think Vega mispronounced “mainstream reporters”; it’s supposed to be “authorized journalists”.

Y’know, the press-pass-carrying guys and gals that have the government’s permission and blessing to parrot the government’s talking points write critically about the government. Because anyone else is #JustABlogger.

Translation of “real questions about the issue of the day” is gotcha questions beating an issue in hopes of catching Trump in a lie.

Shocking! I am so so shocked! And here I’ve been thinking that they had “bugged” the White House and Knew Everything.

Questions asked and not asked has been how the media controlled the narrative. Republican politicians have been subservient to the press for years. The press is not interested in the truth but democrat narratives to the exclusion of the truth, for example the Benghazi attack was all about a video.