The unbiased media isn’t liking the new set up at the White House: “Lesser name” news outlets are being called on during press briefings, rather than the trusted, established bellwethers.
During his press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President Donald Trump called on two news outlets: WJLA a local ABC news affiliate, and the radical right-wing web site Daily Caller. Both failed to ask him about the fate of his national security adviser Gen. Michael Flynn, who has been marred in a controversy that he spoke to Russian authorities before Mr. Trump took office.
The real journalists had to weigh in – saying Mr. Trump was picking favorites in order to avoid questioning on Mr. Flynn.
“By handpicking reporters, Trump manages to get through a news conference without being asked about Flynn,” New York Times reporter Peter Baker lamented on Twitter.
Hadas Gold at Politico, quoted long time NBC Journalist and former anchorman Brian Williams, who noted on-air “what wasn’t being asked” at the press conference, adding the New York Times and Washington Post weren’t called upon.
Deputy Washington Editor of the New York Times, Jonathan Weisman, wasn’t pleased. “Biggest papers in the U.S. blare headlines on embattled National Security Adviser Flynn. Trump calls on WJLA & Daily Caller, no Flynn questions,” he tweeted.