What next with Trump vs the Media?

The first thing I read this morning was the Twitter feed of the BBC’s James Cook who spent yesterday following Donald Trump around as he gave a speech at the CIA.

We’ve all watched enough West Wing to know how the White House’s relationship with the media works. The Press Secretary briefs the press every day and takes questions.

It looks like things are changing:

This came after Donald Trump played fast and loose with the truth while speaking to the same intelligence officials he was having a go at a few weeks ago.

When I read this one, I wondered how long it would be before Mr Cook has his White House credentials taken off him.

And how long it would be before Trump’s original Twitter account disappears. News organisations better get screen-grabbing.

Cook goes on to say:

Clearly if answers about what the Trump administration is up to are to be found, it won’t be in the official press briefings.

No administration in a democracy should expect a free ride from the media. Trump should not be looking to his mate Putin for guidance in how to handle media scrutiny.

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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  • Richard Underhill 22nd Jan '17 - 9:32am

    Nick Clegg is on the Andrew Marr Show. Geography matters in trade in goods. Even if the UK were to double our trade with the “Anglosphere”, the US Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, etcetera we would still be doing less trade than with the largest free market in the world, which is right on our doorstep.

  • Jane Ann Liston 22nd Jan '17 - 10:04am

    Exactly; just take a look at the map. The further away your trading partners are, the more expense is necessarily involved in transporting goods there and back. And then there is the consequential environmental damage too.

  • After Trump’s “Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs will be made to benefit American workers and American families. We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies and destroying our jobs.” speech, to pretend that we’ll ‘get an advantageous deal’ from the US is fanciful..
    As for Australia/New Zealand (populations <25M and 740M) any increase in trade will be ‘lost in the noise’…

    My worry is ( like PPI) a UK government desperate for a ‘headline trade deal’ with the USA will just result in a long-term disaster for Britain…

  • populations ‘<25M and 740M' should read '<25M and 740M’

  • populations ‘<25M and 740M' should read '<25M and 740M’..

    (I don’t know why it just repeated my original)

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  • Richard Underhill

    “Even if the UK were to double our trade with the “Anglosphere”, the US Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, etcetera we would still be doing less trade than with the largest free market in the world, which is right on our doorstep”

    That might be true, but trade with the EU won’t stop will it. There could be tariffs, but there is no way they would stop trading with each other. Who knows, if we have free trade with America it may tempt EU countries to build factories in the UK so they can benefit from this. I cannot see Germany risking trade ties with the UK when they could be facing serious restrictions in America. Lets just hope both sides play fair and a deal can be done.

  • Malc,
    No trade won’t stop but the volume will decline. Case in point when Southern Ireland gained independence they still traded with the rest of the UK but my how the volume plummeted.

  • I’ve no idea what will happen, but I suspect everyone is just going to retreat further and further into their echo chambers, only reading opposing views so they can be offended by them.

    The press secretary has instantly lost any credibility he may have had with the press, and he will know it. It may be he was pressured into it by Trump, or maybe they just don’t care, so long as they say enough to create a counter-narrative for the supportive media to run with, and for the faithful to cling to.

    I often read articles, or see a sensible politician on Andrew Marr making a very clear and reasoned argument on a subject, for which there is no rational way to disagree. Then I remember that most voters aren’t watching Marr, and even of those who do, they will filter everything through their existing prejudices, which means you are left with a very small minority who are receptive to a change of opinion.

  • David Evershed 22nd Jan '17 - 7:54pm

    Zeke Miller of Time magazine has had to apologise for falsly reporting that Trump had removed the bust of Martin Luther King from the Oval Office.

    Reporting standards have deteriorated in my experience as a Guradian reader for the last fifty years. News reports too often contain reporters’ opinions rather than straight news.

  • David Evershed
    “Zeke Miller of Time magazine has had to apologise for falsly reporting that Trump had removed the bust of Martin Luther King from the Oval Office”
    And a large number of papers mis-reported the archiving of the old Whitehouse webpages as some kind of policy on Trumps behalf rather then the standard procedure when there is a change of administration. Apparently CNN were making claims that fell apart in minutes.
    Trump is looking like he has the possibility of being one of the worst US Presidents, but all the media can do is come up with trivia stores that are weak in the extreme. Trumps press people think they will get away with it because the media is so inept (in reality they won’t the public will get sick of press secretaries behaving like children).
    You see the same on here too. Claims are made that he “hates” women, Mexicans, the disabled or LGBT people. It looks more like he actually has some very narcissistic personality traits, he appears to only judge people on their opinion of himself. That is very dangerous in his position, and combined with his terrible policy ideas he has all the makings of a disaster for the US and the rest of the world.
    To combat this the media needs to actually grow up and focus on being right and going for the policy angle not presentation trivia. As they are repeating the same actions over and over again to undermine him and getting the same result, I do wonder when they will learn.

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