What I am deeply concerned about is the way the media have been covering him and, in some cases, feeding that worst-ever narrative. Trump is being treated unfairly in some parts of the mainstream media, and unless we deal with it honestly and openly, we are the ones who will wind up losing credibility even as we point our fingers at Trump for his lies.What tipped the balance on writing this column was the over-the-top reaction to Sean Spicer, Trump’s press secretary, excluding some reporters from an informal, off-camera briefing Feb. 24 called a gaggle. The word “unprecedented” was used along with the idea that Trump had gone where no modern president ever has by allowing his press secretary to exclude the New York Times, CNN, the Los Angeles Times, Politico, BuzzFeed and others from the session.Dean Baquet, executive editor of the Times, set the tone, writing: “Nothing like this has ever happened at the White House in our long history of covering multiple administrations of different parties,”“The decision struck veteran White House journalists as unprecedented in the modern era,” correspondents Dylan Byers, Sara Murray, and Kevin Liptak wrote in a reaction piece at CNN Money.Even my own paper joined the chorus in the wake of Spicer’s gaggle.
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